16 items from 2013
After a week of stars, filmmakers, and worldwide media coverage on the Croisette, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to an end today. The Palme d’Or went to Blue Is The Warmest Color from director Abdellatif Kechiche, best director award went to Amat Escalante for Heli, while the Jury Grand Prix went to the Coen Bros. for Inside Llewyn Davis.
Audrey Tautou hosted Uma Thurman on the stage to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 20 in Competition. Taking place May 15 – 26, director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby kicked off the 66th Festival in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, out of Competition in the Official Selection.
With films such as Inside Llewyn Davis scheduled »
- Michelle McCue
M vs Moneypenny
Next year's race for the actress Oscars is already taking tasty shape after Cannes. It should be a battle of the Princesses as we see Cannes juror Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco go toe-to-toe with Naomi Watts in a film now, finally and officially, named Diana. But there could be another twist as two Bond girls enter the fray. Dame Judi Dench, who was M in the Bond movies, must be a cert for Philomena, the British road movie written by and co-starring Steve Coogan, for which Harvey Weinstein parted with $6m after seeing just a seven-minute showreel at Cannes, clearly scenting a movie that will swell his Oscar cabinet. But Weinstein has also swooped on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and is, I hear, preparing »
- Jason Solomons
I haven't been able to find a partner for Red Carpet Convo discussions this holiday weekend *sniffle* so instead I thought I'd share some red carpet lineups with jury prizes and brief notes now that the awards are coming in. Are you with me?
First up is the Un Certain Regard jury which was led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg who came to fame with the great Festen (Celebration) in 1998 and has been enjoying similarly ecstatic praise for his recent picture The Hunt which could be Denmark's Oscar entry this year. On his jury were actresses Zhang Ziyi, Ludivine Sagnier, Head of Brazil's Festival Ilda Santiago and producer Enrique Gonzalez Macho. Here's Ziyi... !
Which is your favorite? And when was the last time you saw Ziyi onscreen? It seems like it's been forever for me so I'm eager for The Grandmaster which is a totally unofficial 2046 reunion (see also: Tony Leung »
- NATHANIEL R
Cannes, France — An autobiographical French-Cambodian film, "The Missing Picture," which explores the bloody history of Pol Pot's dictatorship in late 1970s Cambodia, has won the "Un Certain Regard" prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
To rousing applause, director Rithy Panh collected the award at a ceremony Saturday night, expressing his gratitude to be able "to have the freedom to do the films I want to do."
Panh's film, based on his nightmarish memoir "The Elimination," documents his own family's experience under the heavy-handed Communist Party's Khmer Rouge, which resulted in the death of his parents and sisters.
The "Un Certain Regard" accolade, presented one day before the Palme d'Or and decided by a jury of cinema insiders, rewards works from up-and-coming filmmakers or those that transmit original messages and aesthetics.
The premise of the "missing picture" in the film is that because of censorship within Cambodia, no photo exists that »
The Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard 2013 presented in competition 17 films from 15 different countries, six of which were first films. Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" opened the program out of competition. The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt") included actresses Zhang Ziyi (China) and Ludivine Sagnier (France) as well as Ilda Santiago, the Head of Festival do Rio, and Enrique Gonzalez Macho, the Spanish producer, distributor, exhibitor. Vinterberg's letter is below: “Dear Thierry, dear Gilles Jacob, dear Cannes Film Festival, Thank you for giving us the responsibility of choosing and celebrating films from a very powerful Certain Regard selection 2013. It is a great honor for us, and the selection has been outstanding in many ways. One of the finest achievements in filmmaking is to create unforgettable moments - moments that stay with us - as a collective memory - as a collective mirror of our existence. Clay figures, »
- Anne Thompson
"The Missing Picture" by Rithy Panh has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. The film uses clay figures to recreate Panh's childhood under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The jury was headed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and also included actresses Ludivine Sagnier and Zhang Ziyi. Other prizes went to Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar," Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake," Diego Quemada-Diez's "La Jaula de Oro" and Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station." In a letter to Cannes' Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob, Vinterberg wrote, "One »
- Steve Pond
For a third consecutive year, we bring back our twice daily, five-star system, critical snapshot of the Main Competition selected films (16 films in all) as rated by our group of 16 film critics. Joining Ioncinema.com’s Nicholas Bell, Blake Williams and I, we once again find Christophe Beney, David Calhoun, Per Juul Carlsen, Mike D’Angelo, Carlos F. Heredero, Eric Kohn, Fabien Lemercier, Guy Lodge, Lin Min, Isabelle Regnier and Cedric Succivalli. Added to the group, we’d like to welcome Aaron Hillis and Neil Young to the ’13 edition of esteemed critics.
Technically not the first title out of the gate (as Amat Escalante’s Heli received an early preview the night before) this morning’s first 8:30a.m screening belonged to a contempo “Belle de Jour” with director-screenwriter Francois Ozon’s Young & Beautiful (Jeune & Jolie) which stars the exceptionally beautiful Marine Vacth in the role of a seventeen »
- Eric Lavallee
There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
See Also: Cate Blanchett »
- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
In Cannes news, juries have been rounded out for the Un Certain Regard sidebar as well as the Camera d'Or. It was previously announced that Danish director Thomas Vinterberg -- whose drama "The Hunt" was an official selection up for the Palme d'Or last year -- will lead the tribunal as president for Un Certain Regard. The other members are Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, French actress Ludivine Sagnier, Festival de Rio director Ilda Santiago and Enrique Gonzalez Macho, president of Spain's equivalent of AMPAS. The jury will award one of the eighteen films in the selection the Prix Un Certain Regard, which last year went to Michel Franco's "After Lucia." The Camera d'Or is an award given to the best film out of either the main competition, Critics' Week or Directors' Fortnight (last year's winner was Oscar Best Picture nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). On the jury this »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and French actor Ludivine Sagnier are among the four names on this year's jury for the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes. Presided over by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, Sagnier and Ziyi are joined by Rio Film Festival director Ilda Santiago and Spanish producer, distributor and exhibition player Enrique Gonzalez Macho. Festival de Cannes organizers also announced April 30 this year's Camera d'or jury, which will be led by French director Agnes Varda. Joining Varda is Spanish director Isabelle Coixet, French helmer Regis Wargnier, Chloe Rolland (Syndicat de la Critique), Michel Abramowicz (Afc), Eric Guirado (Srf)
- Stuart Kemp
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival kicks off in just over two weeks, with the juries for the festival's Un Certain Regard program and Camera D'Or award (going to a first time filmmaker) being finalized. Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg will head Un Certain Regard, while French director Agnès Varda with lead Camera D'Or. Full list of juries in the press release below. The Members Of The Jurys Un Certain Regard And Camera D’Or Un Certain Regard 2013: President Thomas Vinterberg The films of Un Certain Regard will also be granted prizes alongside the films of the Competition. A five-member jury will award prizes, Danish director Thomas Vintenberg being the president. The members of the jury are: President: Thomas Vinterberg (Director - Denmark) Members of the jury Zhang Ziyi (Actress - China) Ludivine Sagnier (Actress - France) Ilda Santiago (Festival de Rio Director - Brazil) Enrique Gonzalez Macho (Producer, distributor, exhibitor - Spain) Eighteen films. »
- Peter Knegt
★★☆☆☆ Having slunk onto UK screens for the first time last year - presumably to pre-empt the release later in 2013 of Brian De Palma's English language remake Passion (2012) - French director Alain Corneau's Love Crime (Crime d'amour, 2010) is a muddled and ultimately unsatisfying attempt at making a tense, psychosexual European thriller. Even the presence of Kristin Scott Thomas as Machiavellian antagonist-cum-victim Christine is unable to shake this frustratingly inconsistent game of 'cat-and-cat' into life, with the usually dependable Ludivine Sagnier arguably coming off worst as put-upon plaything Isabelle.
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- CineVue UK
Love Crime (French: Crime d'amour), 2010.
Directed by Alain Corneau.
When ruthless business executive Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas) is threatened by her young and ambitious protégé Isabelle (Laudivine Sagnier), she begins to undermine and toy with Isabelle’s naive innocence. The fallout changes the lives of both women forever.
Originally released in its native France back in the summer of 2010, Crime d’amour (Love Crime) finally makes its way onto DVD here in the UK following a theatrical release as recently as late 2012.
Love Crime is the final film of French filmmaker Alain Corneau, who passed away just shortly after the film’s release. This tragedy contributes an additional emotion to the experience of watching Love Crime, if only in that it is a full stop on the career of a man who has worked with French acting royalty including Gérard Depardieu, »
- Flickering Myth
Jack Reacher; Love Crime; She Monkeys
Of the few physical descriptions offered in Lee Child's source novel One Shot, one fact is clear – the hero of this ongoing avenging angel series is very big (Clive James's phrase "a condom stuffed with walnuts" has been invoked) and very tall. Not so Tom Cruise, who brings many qualities to the title role of Jack Reacher (2012, Paramount, 15), of which both heft and height are notable only by their absence. Replacing physical bulk with bankable box-office power, Cruise ambles through this oddly inert actioner as the eponymous, ghost-like figure, (re)appearing from nowhere after a clearly culpable crackpot is arrested following an apparently random daylight massacre. Teaming up with Rosamund Pike's glamorously attired defence lawyer, whose district attorney father (Richard Jenkins) has sent several prisoners to their deaths, Reacher follows the money to the Zec, a milky-eyed maniac with a very »
- Mark Kermode
Francois Ozon's psychological mystery “In the House,” which is adapted from the play by Juan Mayorga, works as an interesting companion piece to Ozon’s 2003 film “Swimming Pool.” Both center on a middle-aged literary curmudgeon who develops a fantastic fixation on a young, enticing and distinctly threatening protégée, while blurring the lines between reality and lurid imagination. What events actually happen, and what events get cooked up along the way by a smart, jaded mind all too willing to introduce a little excitement to the story? In “Swimming Pool,” the better of the two films, Charlotte Rampling seemingly invents a lethal babe (Ludivine Sagnier) with whom to spend her summer holiday in the French countryside. The strength of that film is that what happens “in the house” -- a rustic mini-chateau drenched in sunlight -- is absorbingly suspenseful, and occupied by characters both sumptuously extraordinary yet intriguingly real (whether they »
- Beth Hanna
It’s going to be a bumpy flight for two ex-lovers who are accidentally seated next to each other on a plane in “Stand by Love,” Alexandre Castagnetti’s glossy, cliched French romantic comedy adapted from a screenplay by Yank thesp-scribe Vincent Angell (2009 TV series “The Beast”). On her way back from New York, an about-to-be-married sculptress, played by a vivacious Ludivine Sagnier, has to spend hours talking with a debonair cad she once dated, prompting a severe case of recurring flashback-itis. Though uneven, the pic should coast to respectable numbers locally and see some offshore action.
A Gotham-set prologue somewhat crudely telegraphs what auds need to know about the characters: Antoine (Nicolas Bedos, in his first starring role) is a handsome but heartless Casanova — he wakes up handcuffed in a sea of empty bottles and nameless babes — and Julie (Sagnier) is a cutesy yet earthy Zooey Deschanel type (except French, »
- Boyd van Hoeij
16 items from 2013
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