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House of Tolerance, The Artist, and the other nominations for the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards have been announced. The 17th Annual Prix Lumière Awards are “The Price of Enlightenment international criticism, sometimes also called Enlightenment Trophies” and were “created by leading producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and U.S. journalist Edward Behr to honor French-language cinema from France and abroad. 200 journalists (international media correspondents in Paris) from around 50 countries vote each year to award their own prizes to members of the French film industry.” This year’s ceremony “will take place on Friday, January 13, 2012.”
The full listing of the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards nominations is below.
L’exercice de l’Etat (The Minister), Pierre Schoeller
Best Foreign Film in French
Curling, Denis Cote, Canada
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Decapitations have been a horror movie staple for decades. To celebrate this fact, here’s Phil’s list of cinema’s finest choppings, loppings and beheadings…
In onscreen depictions of violence or combat, when it comes to delivering a coup de grace, nothing is quite so effective or final as a decapitation. It’s the death stroke that can illicit applause, gasps, cheers, screams, or make you feel a bit queasy, but no matter what the effect, it seems that you never have to wait too long for another one to come along in the crazy, wacky, world of on-screen carnage.
However, as this list shows, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and movie beheadings have proved endlessly inventive, a fact that explains why something as mundane and straightforward as a guillotine will find no place in this top 10. This list is an attempt to celebrate the most shocking, »
When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: College students Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) and Marie (Cécile De France) journey into the French countryside with the intent of escaping the lure of partying and boys. They plan to focus on study while staying with Alex’s family in their quiet farm house. Unsurprisingly the picturesque country very quickly becomes frightening when an almost amusingly brutal killer terrorizes them. Killer Scene I won’t spoil too much but I will say that I knew this movie »
- Jorge Del Pinal
Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli, Declaration of War La Guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War is France's submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The second feature film directed by actress-turned-filmmaker Valérie Donzelli (Who Killed Bambi?, The Untouchable), who also co-wrote it with her former real-life companion Jérémie Elkaïm (perhaps best known in the Us for the 2000 gay drama Come Undone), Declaration of War is a tear-jerking family drama inspired by events in their own lives. In the film, Donzelli and Elkaïm play a young couple, Roméo and Juliette, whose baby (at the age of 8 played by the couple's real-life son, Gabriel Elkaïm) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Roméo and Juliette then proceed to declare war against death while struggling to save their own relationship as well. (The French-language title sounds like a pun on the title of Alain Resnais' 1966 classic La guerre est finie / The War Is Over. »
- Andre Soares
A total of 25 films which screened this May in Cannes will make their way down under for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival, including some of its most prominent successes. "Drive," a high-octane speed triller with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan which won the Director's prize for Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, will screen along with Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty", Maiwenn le Besco's "Polisse," which »
We complete our look at the key players in the Cannes market with the sales agent that has the most number of highly anticipated film projects. Wild Bunch came to the fest with popular items such as Polisse, The Artist and The Kid With a Bike, and it looks like they might outfit Venice and Tiff with some premium titles with Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters being one of the most sought after titles this coming August/September. Here's their lengthy list of auteur film projects. Bye Bye Blondie by Virginie Despentes - Post-Production In Turmoil (Dans La Tourmente) by Christophe Ruggia - Post-Production That Summer (Un Ete Brulant) by Philippe Garrel - Post-Production Bollywood - Completed Declaration Of War by Valerie Donzelli - Completed Hideaways by Agnes Merlet - Completed Leila by Audrey Estrougo - Completed Michel Petrucciani/ Body And Soul by Michael Radford - Completed Polisse by Maïwenn »
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The 64th annual Cannes film festival was kicked off in style with the opening screening of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. The annual 11 day long festival is famous for bringing together some of the biggest names in the film making industry.
The Palme d'Or is a highly coveted accolade which is awarded to the director of the winning best feature film category of the official competition. Previous winners include Roman Polanski for the Pianist in 2002 and Martin Scorsese for Taxi Driver in 1976.
The festival, with an aim to bring attention to the film industry and to »
- Ami Sedghi
The Tree of Life, Drive, and the other winners of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival have been announced. The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes), ”founded in 1946, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France…at the Festival de Cannes in France, the jury presided by Robert De Niro presented their awards in a ceremony at the Palais. Robert De Niro received a standing ovation from the attendees.” The jury for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival consisted of aforementioned “president Robert De Niro (USA), Martina Gusman (Argentina), Nansun Shi (China), Uma Thurman (USA), Linn Ullmann (Norway), Olivier Assayas (France), Jude Law (UK), Mahamat Saleh Haround (Chad) and Johnnie To (China/Hong-Kong).” The full listing of the winners »
The 64th Cannes Film Festival ended just a few days ago, with Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking home the Palme d’Or. Many of the movies playing there are just getting distribution now, and several of them have been picked up over the past couple of days.
First up, IndieWire says that Sundance Selects has picked up two award winners, the Dardenne brothers‘ The Kid with the Bike, as well as Maïwenn Le Besco‘s Poliss. The former of the two won the Grand Prix, while the latter took home the Jury Prize. Raffi saw Bike and, in addition to calling it a “vivid portrait of working class Belgians,” gave it an A. Meanwhile, he said that Poliss is an “authentic and deeply moving portrait of an extremely tough subject matter handled with care.” Both seem like good acquisitions for the company, and hopefully they’ll be »
- Nick Newman
In the end, what Robert De Niro's jury at Cannes responded to in Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life, the winner of the Palme D'Or, was almost certainly the same thing that captivated me and captivated all admirers of this outstanding movie.
It was the scale, the ambition, the sheer mass. Like those people who gathered, awestruck, in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall in 2002 to gaze at Anish Kapoor's monumental Marsyas installation, festivalgoers gasped and goggled at Malick's film. Some wondered at it, a few shrugged, others giggled. It was a movie to be gazed at, rubbernecked at.
Malick explicitly gave it a cathedral-like structure with one shot of a spiralling stained-glass window. The Tree Of Life is, simply, big – very big. It takes on big themes, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It's a nice surprise to see a pair of films I enjoyed at Cannes find themselves domestic distribution beginning with Maiwenn's Jury Prize-winning Polisse, a film I referred to as "a fast-paced, tragic, touching, emotional and occasionally hilarious look at the French police's Child Protective Unit (Cpu)." Outside of most French film critics, I was one of the few critics to enjoy it as much as I did, but at least now there's an opportunity for stateside viewers to give it a look as Sundance Selects will be distributing it. You can read my full review of the film right here.
- Brad Brevet
Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was a front-runner to make last year's Cannes Film Festival but the film wasn't finished in time. This year's Cannes jury decided it was worth the wait, as it gave "The Tree of Life" the festival's biggest prize, the Palme d'Or at the annual Cannes awards ceremony (the film opens in limited release this Friday). The jury, which included filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Johnnie To, actors Jude Law and Uma Thurman, and jury president Robert De Niro, also gave an award to controversial director Lars von Trier's film "Melancholia," though not to the director himself. Instead they bestowed Best Actress honors on his actress, Kirsten Dunst.
Other big winners were "Bronson" director Nicolas Winding Refn, who took home the Best Director prize for his new film "Drive," a crime film starring Ryan Gosling as a movie stuntman-turned-wheelman, and the Dardennes Brothers, whose "The Kid With a Bike, »
- Matt Singer
The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival drew to a close yesterday as the jury announced their prizes for 2011, with Terrence Malick's divisive drama The Tree of Life taking the top award, the Palme D'Or. The film, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, was met with a mixed reaction of cheers and boos when it premiered earlier in the festival but the jury, which was headed up by legendary actor Robert De Niro, deemed it worthy of their most prestigious honour.
Take a look at the full list of honours below...
Jury Prize - Polisse (dir. »
Robert De Niro and his Cannes jury team have awarded the Palme d’Or to Terrence Malick’s completely uneven Tree of Life – deeming the excessive, overly ambitious, one-note and pretentious meditative movie to be the Best Picture of the 64th edition of the festival. Of course Malick had better things to do yesterday and it was up to producers Bill Pohlad and Dede Gardner to accept the award on his behalf but they did say the director would be ‘delighted’ by the win and he would have thanked his family if he had been there.
De Niro said at the awards press conference;
“Most of us felt very clearly it was the movie, the size of it, the importance seemed to fit the prize. Other movies were good also. It’s a difficult process, and it’s never quite 100%, but most of us thought it was terrific.
There were »
- Matt Holmes
Word was the Cannes film festival had been itching to give their top honour to Terrence Malick for 40 years. But so patchy is the director's output that they hadn't yet been given the chance. They made up for it on Sunday night, bestowing the director with the Palme d'Or for his fifth film. The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt as a domineering father in late 50s Texas, and Sean Penn as his son in the present day, struggling to cope with his brother's premature death. It also features CGI dinosaurs, an extended sequence set in space at the beginning of the world, and one of the most upbeat depictions of the afterlife seen on screen.
Yet one of the key attractions of Malick for a festival that that adores »
- Catherine Shoard
Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life" has won the coveted Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival which was awarded last night. The Fox Searchlight film is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters in limited release this Friday.
- Garth Franklin
Did Lars von Trier's Hitler gaffe blow Melancholia's chances? Did Terrence Malick show up? Find out who won the Palme d'Or and how the night unfolded for the rest of the contenders at this year's festival
5.00pm: So, this year's Cannes is almost at an end. The credits have rolled on the official screenings, the Marché has shut up shop and Henry Barnes and Laurence Topham and I are the only ones still standing from the Guardian.
Last night the awards winners were announced in the sidebar competitions (of which more later). Tonight it's the turn of the main competition: by 7pm UK time we'll know which film Robert De Niro, Jude Law, Uma Thurman el al chose to give the Palme d'Or to. So stick with us - I'll be recapping the last weekend, weighing up the contenders and then liveblogging the ceremony from an increasingly glam and noisy Palais. »
- Catherine Shoard
Murder. Suicide. Pedophilia. Prostitution. Just another day at Cannes. The murder came from the very last competition film, Once Upon a time in Anatolia, the longest, most demanding film of the official selection. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s previous movie was the very accessible, entertaining drama Three Monkeys, but this time around, he returned to his previous style: quiet, bleak, without giving much information. A group of men are driving through the country, looking for a corpse after the murderer has confessed the crime. They can’t find the body and while searching, they engage in what appears to be random chatter. They find the body after 90 minutes, and by this point the audience realizes that most of that apparently pointless talk has major significance, not in the crime itself, but in the different lives of all the men involved in the procedure. This is not an easy film, but if »
- Ed Lucatero
French director Maiwenn poses with the Jury Prize for 'Polisse' during the Award Winners Press Conference on the closing day the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 22 May 2011. Epa/Guillaume Horcajuelo Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn poses with the Best Director award for 'Drive' during the Award Winners Press Conference on the closing day the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 22 May 2011. Epa/Guillaume Horcajuelo Belgian director Luc Dardenne (R) and Belgian director Jean-Pierre Dardenne (L) pose with the Grand Prix award ex aequo for 'Le Gamin Au Velo' (The Kid With A Bike) during the Award Winners Press Conference on the closing day the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 22 May »
- James Wray
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival award winners were announced today, and I'm excited about just how many are already set for American distribution. Despite mixed (yet still reverent) buzz for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life took home the Palme d'Or (Cannes' top honor) before it hits theaters on May 27. Likewise, Kirsten Dunst overcame the controversy Lars Von Trier inflicted on Melancholia to win Best Actress; Magnolia acquired the film in February. Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director for Drive, scheduled for release on September 16 courtesy of FilmDistrict. Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for his role in The Artist -- you wouldn't expect a silent black-and-white French film to be a hot commodity, but The Weinstein Company picked up The Artist for release later this year. And Sundance Selects will bring us The Kid with a Bike, the latest from the Dardenne brothers, after it tied with Once Upon a »
- Brendan Bettinger
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