13 items from 2015
While the Cannes 2015 line-up won’t be announced for another two weeks or so, today we have a first look at a likely premiere. Following 2011′s acclaimed We Have a Pope, Italy’s Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti will be returning with a new drama this year on the festival circuit, My Mother. A somewhat meta-tale following a director […] »
- Jordan Raup
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
While the official Cannes Film Festival lineup won't be revealed for a couple of weeks yet, one movie you can probably bet on making the lineup is "Mia Madre." It's the latest from Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palme d'Or in 2001 for "The Son's Room," and has been regular fixture on the Croisette since, with movies like "The Caiman" and "We Have A Pope." And today the first trailer for "Mia Madre" has arrived, though you may want to brush up on your Italian. Margherita Buy, John Turturro, and Moretti himself star in the film about a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. The movie made our The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 list. Here's the official synopsis: Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a character on set. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star
If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from Luc Besson acolyte Pierre Morel, is hardly as silly as previous action films, such as 2010’s From Paris With Love and the first ‘chapter’ of the Taken (2008) trilogy, which lands the French helmer the distinction of revitalizing the career of Liam Neeson. On the surface, it looks like the director is priming Sean Penn for a similar autumnal invitation to action star status, but while the performer’s hermetic seriousness may downplay the film’s camp value, it also neutralizes any aspect of entertainment.
Not smartly written enough to be a truly intelligent thriller with either a political or activist inclined angle we’re used to seeing from Penn’s increasingly infrequent on-screen performances, the end result is a leathery prune of a film, »
- Nicholas Bell
Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.
The French Film Directors Guild, which runs Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight, is to honour Chinese director Jia Zhangke with its Carrosse d’Or (Golden Carriage) award during this year’s festival.
The guild, known as the Société de Réalisateurs de Films (Sfr) in France, will present Jia with the award on the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight (May 14-24).
The guild published an extract of a letter sent to Jia by the Sfr board, explaining why it had chosen him for the honour: “We are captivated by the boldness of your body of works. Your ability to capture the constant changes in Chinese society, to show its corruption and violence, clearly and concisely, your commitment to younger generations, resonate within each of us.
“Your films are visual poems, with the precision of each shot offering a constant »
China’s Jia Zhangke is to be awarded the Carosse d’Or prize in May during the Cannes festival.
The prize is given annually by the French Directors’ Association (Societe des Realisateurs Francais), to an international recipient chosen for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work. The Srf also selects and organizes the Cannes festival’s Directors Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) section.
Jia has been regularly honoured in the West and hailed as one of the most important directors working today. He has directed films including “Still Life,” “The World,” “Unknown Pleasures” and “Platform” while also producing other films including “Plastic City,” and Yu Lik-wai’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.”
He remains a controversial figure within China, hailed within the film industry, but representing a consistent critic of development in Chinese society.
Jia’s most recently completed feature “A Touch of Sin” was made with official approval and finance, »
- Patrick Frater
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.
At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.
Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.
Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.
Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »
- Patrick Frater
Berlin – Paris-based Films Distribution has closed a robust brace of first-round pre-sales on Italian Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which looks a good bet for festivals later this year.
The director’s hallmark mix of drama and comedy, including sardonic satire, “Mia madre,” now in late post, stars Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”), in her third collaboration with Moretti, as what’s said to be a Moretti alter ego: a film director whose assured persona on set contrasts with her doubts and fears as she cares for her ailing mother at home.
Reportedly a scream, John Turturro plays a famous, demanding American actor while Moretti limns the director’s brother.
In early pre-sales, »
- John Hopewell
Rome – Yearly box office in Italy dropped 7 percent in 2014 to $666 million, as both local and Hollywood pics lost market share. But 2015 has kicked off strong largely thanks to Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” which has now cumed more than $18 million on Italian screens since making a killer opening as the year started.
“Exodus” bowed this weekend in Italy at $3 million of 649 screens via Fox; “Everything” took $1.5 million from 308 via Universal.
“Sniper,” which launched in Italy on January 1, prior to any other country on the planet, is being cited by a Warner Bros. statement as testimony that Italy remains an important movie market. Since the start of 2015 Italo box office intake and admissions are both up more than 10 percent year-on-year.
After smashing all previous »
- Nick Vivarelli
After winning the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti has only made two films since, 2006’s The Caiman and 2011’s We Have a Pope. He presided over the Cannes Jury in 2012, and is finally back in 2015 with his latest title, Mia Madre, stars John Turturro and reunites Moretti with regular collaborator, actress Margherita Buy, who will be the film’s main protagonist this time around. The film will relate the tragicomic mishaps of a committed filmmaker who is going through a personal and professional crisis.
Production Co.: Arte France Cinema, Le Pacte, Films Boutique, Fandango, Sacher Film.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.
Release Date: Considering he’s competed six times at Cannes, we’re sure to see this be announced as part of »
- Nicholas Bell
13 items from 2015
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