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Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?

23 May 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.

Guy Lodge

Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »

- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang

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The Callow Way – Why Cannes Still Matters

18 May 2015 3:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks at what winning the Palme d’Or can do to your box office…

So we are in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a two-week publicity vehicle for beautiful actresses to get photographed next to middle-aged European film directors on the Croisette, or a time for oligarchs and their trophy wives to entertain fading Hollywood stars on their super yachts. However, the importance of the festival to the film industry cannot be understated.

Cannes is the biggest film industry event of the year; the Oscars comes close but that only lasts one night. It is, in fact, one of the biggest annual events of any kind. As William Goldman points out in Hype and Glory, his entertaining memoir of sitting on the juries for both Cannes and the Miss America Pageant, the World Cup and Olympics are bigger, »

- Neil Calloway

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James Bond 007: revisiting Octopussy

17 May 2015 2:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We've arrived at Roger Moore's penultimate Bond. But isn't it about time somebody fought Octopussy's corner?

After the comedown of For Your Eyes Only, the series is back on a high. A very good-natured, occasionally thrilling escapade that boasts an impressive roster of villains, a finely developed heroine, unusually meaty roles for series stalwarts General Gogol and Q, a nuclear bomb and a gloriously stupid title. Yes, Roger Moore has aged to the point where counting the wrinkles is a legitimate distraction. And many valid criticisms can be levelled about plot and credibility. But the good outweighs, or certainly overwhelms, the bad in Octopussy. Still, he really should have quit after this one.

The Villain: Kamal Khan got his break by winning the talent competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar - and that was just the beginning. 2012 hit Ishk Sufiana launched Khan into stardom and he bagged »

- simonbrew

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Woody Allen: agreeing to make Amazon TV series was 'a catastrophic mistake'

15 May 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In Cannes with new movie Irrational Man, veteran director reveals his unease about forthcoming online streaming series and says he’d reshoot all his previous films if he could

The Cannes film festival is well within Woody Allen’s comfort zone. This is the director’s 11th time at the festival, where – as with fellow auteurs Ken Loach and Paolo Sorrentino – he’s routinely received with yet greater adoration than on his home soil. But the director used the press conference for his new movie, Irrational Man, to confess misgivings about his next project, a six-episode TV show for Amazon Prime.

“It was a catastrophic mistake for me,” Allen said, speaking with what appeared to be a mix of irony and genuine anxiety. “I’m struggling with it at home. I never should have gotten into it. I thought it was going to be easy. You do a movie and »

- Catherine Shoard

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Sixteen Films to 'Catch the Moon' with Le Pacte

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The UK’s Sixteen Films is joining forces with French Le Pacte, German Pandora and Egyptian Film Clinic to co-produce Palestinian filmmaker’s Sameh Zoabi Gaza-set comedy Catch The Moon.

Described as a “dramatic comedy”, it revolves around a father and son’s attempts to a get a brand new Mercedes into Gaza during an Israeli blockade, after the father promises the son’s new bride the car as a gift.

Determined to keep the promise, the pair will go to any lengths to get the prestigious vehicle into the closed territory.

Jean Labadie’s Paris-based production and distribution house Le Pacte is also handling international sales.

Zoabi, whose credits include the comic Man Without a Cellphone, will direct the film from an original first screenplay by writer Anne Koski-Wood.

“Anne’s starting point was imagining what on earth normal life could be like in Gaza… it’s a difficult concept and this evolved into a dramatic »

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Gaumont launches 'Odd Job', 'Pattaya' at Cannes

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.

Gaumont has launched sales on Pascal Chaumeil’s upcoming Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot), achieving a first early deal to Pathé Switzerland on the eve of the Cannes market.

The production unites Chaumeil with Romain Duris, co-star of his 2010 hit Heartbreaker, as a down-on-his-luck unemployed factory worker who takes on a job as a hitman.

The film is based on Iain Levison’s novel Since the Lay-Offs adapted to the big screen by actor Michel Blanc who also appears in the film.

Described as a black comedy, combining the absurdity of the Coen Brothers and the tenderness of Ken Loach’s social comedies, the film is currently shooting in Mallorca.

Other new titles include Franck Gastambide’s comedy Pattaya in which he stars alongside Malik Bentalhal as two friends who set off on a madcap trip to a notorious Thai beach resort »

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Cannes: Europe and Egypt Join Forces on Gaza-Set Dramedy ‘Catch The Moon’

12 May 2015 8:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films production shingle, France’s Le Pact, Germany’s Pandora and Egypt’s Film Clinic have joined forces to co-produce Gaza-set dramedy “Catch the Moon,” by Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi. Pic marks a rare multi-pronged European-Arab co-production that could serve as a new model for mounting Arab movies with mainstream elements.

Le Pacte will handle world sales.

Rebecca O’Brien, who is Loach’s partner in Sixteen Films, is producing “Moon,” which is described as a heart-warming comedy.

“Moon” is about a young Palestinian named Halim who’s father whimsically commits to providing him and his future bride a Mercedes Benz as dowry, only to realize this is impossible due to the current Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip. They need to provide this dowry in order for the marriage to go ahead.

“Moon” marks Zoabi’s (pictured) second feature following “Man Without a Cell Phone, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Locarno to honour Marco Bellocchio

12 May 2015 5:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Italian auteur is to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival in August.

Italian director Marco Bellocchio is to be honored with the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.

Bellocchio’s debut feature Fists In The Pocket screened at Locarno in 1965, winning the Vela d’argento, and the film will play again this year as a special Piazza Grande screening on August 14. The restored print is being sold internationally by The Match Factory.

Bellocchio will also take part in a masterclass in the Spazio Cinema.

A regular visitor to Locarno, the Italian auteur’s Victory March played in competition in 1976. He was president of the jury in 1997 and in 1998, the Festival featured a major retrospective of his work.

Previous recipients of the Pardo d’onore include Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Sidney Pollack, William Friedkin, Jia Zhang-ke, Alain Tanner, Werner Herzog and, in 2014, Agnès Varda »

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Locarno Film Festival To Celebrate Italian Auteur Marco Bellocchio With Career Nod

12 May 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate veteran Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio with its Pardo d’onore Swisscom and also screen the freshly restored version of his 1965 debut, dysfunctional family drama “Fists in the Pocket.”

“Fists” was pretty incendiary in its day, starring a Brando-esque Lou Castel as a rich young epileptic tearing apart his family with fratricide, matricide and even suggested sister incest. It first screened at Locarno.

“We are showing the film in a restored print as both an appropriate tribute to the start of his trajectory as a major filmmaker, and an indication of a programming policy that has remained faithful to its principles,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.

The restored print produced by Bellocchio’s Kavac Film and executed by the Cineteca di Bologna film archives and its “L’immagine ritrovata” laboratories, with support from Giorgio Armani, will screen on Locarno’s Piazza »

- Nick Vivarelli

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La Film Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

5 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Spring is in the air and that means that the good folks at Film Independent have been hard at work putting together their lineup for the upcoming La Film Fest. The downtown festival runs June 10-18 and features some new programs for this, its 21st edition. In its inaugural year, the Launch section is designed to showcase innovations in independent storytelling crafted in digital media including music videos, web series, podcasts, interactive games and digital activism shorts. "Launch recognizes vibrant pools of independent artists who are telling stories their way to larger audiences because of new platforms and technologies," said Programmer Drea Clark. Notable filmmakers with works at this year's fest include Ondi Timoner, Ken Loach, and Zoe Cassavetes. The always eclectic Us Fiction Competition...

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Los Angeles Film Festival Unveils Lineup

5 May 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has unveiled its lineup with 39 world premieres including Baron Davis’ documentary “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” and Will Slocombe’s “The Escort,” starring Lyndsy Fonseca.

The festival also announced notable titles from Sundance and other festivals including Netflix’s “Manson Family Vacation,” thriller “Victoria,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” Russell Brand’s “Brand: A Second Coming” and “The Vanished Elephant.”

The festival, now in its 21st year, returns to downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. Lily Tomlin comedy “Grandma” was announced last month as the opening night film of this year’s festival on June 10.

The lineup includes 74 feature films, 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. New sections include the U.S. fiction and world fiction competitions and launch, as well as the previously announced Buzz, Nightfall and Zeitgeist programs.

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- Dave McNary

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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

1 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

27 April 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one.   Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine?   Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth?  A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe?   It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »

- Michael Oates Palmer

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We Are Many: the legacy of the global anti-war protests in 2003 – video trailer world exclusive

24 April 2015 4:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We Are Many, directed by Amir Amirani, explores the legacy of the global anti-war demonstrations of 15 February 2003, an event that saw an estimated million people march against the Iraq war in London alone. Filmed over nine years, the film talks to key campaigners, including Damon Albarn, Ken Loach and the late Tony Benn, as well as those who made the decision to go to war. A special satellite screening of the film with a Q+A with Jon Snow takes place in London on 21 May, transmitted to select cinemas across the country, while the film is released on 22 May.

See if first on May 17th as part of Guardian Live at the Rio Cinema Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Daily | L’Acid 2015 Lineup and More

21 April 2015 7:26 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Association for Independent Film Distribution announced that it'll be screening nine features from May 13 through 23 in Cannes, five of them world premieres: Lionel Baier's La vanité, Emilie Brisavoine's Pauline s'arrache, Philippe Fernandez's Cosmodrama, Benoît Forgeard's Gaz de France, Julia Kowalski's Crache coeur, Nathan Nicholovitch's De l'ombre il y a, João Pedro Plácido's Volta a terra, Anna Roussillon's I Am the People and Patrick Wang's The Grief of Others. Plus: Ken Loach leads a protest against the Locarno Film Festival for its partnership with the Israeli Film Fund. And Toronto's jumping on the television bandwagon. » - David Hudson »

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Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

17 April 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… »

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Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

17 April 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… »

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Mike Leigh To Make Peterloo

16 April 2015 9:22 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Fresh from Mr. Turner and a different corner of the 19th century, Mike Leigh is back, back, back with a new film set in a similar timeframe but offering a whole different slate on the period. His new film, just announced, will be Peterloo, a first cinematic telling of Manchester's notorious Peterloo Massacre in 1819, an event writ large in the nation’s social history.The background to the event sounds like fertile terrain for Leigh, even if it sounds like a story Ken Loach might have had a beady eye on too. Viewing the forces of 19th century reform as seditious, the powers-that-be of the time unleashed a cavalry charge on a peaceful protest in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, that left 18 people dead and 700 wounded. The result was a further swelling of popular unrest that would contribute to the passing of the Reform Act of 1832, arguably the most important national document since Magna Carta. »

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Locarno: filmmakers call to drop Israel focus

16 April 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals are urging the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned focus on Israel this summer, being organised in partnership with the state-backed Israeli Film Fund

Ken Loach, a Locarno regular and recipient of its Leopard of Honour in 2003, is among the petitioners alongside screenwriter Walter Bernstein and composer Richard Horowitz.

Other protestors include Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Rachel Leah Jones and Eyal Sivan, and Palestinian directors Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman and Hany Abu-Assad.

But a statement from Locarno said the festival “has always been a place of freedom of expression” and that it would not drop the focus, which would “represent an important opportunity for debate and dialogue, within the context of cultural enrichment”.

Click here for the petition in fullScroll down for Locarno’s statement

The Swiss lakeside, summer festival »

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don »

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