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Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Edge Entertainment has acquired Cannes title Disorder (Maryland) from Indie Sales for Scandinavia and Iceland.
The drama, directed by Alice Winocour, played in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Winocour follows her lauded debut Augustine, which played in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2012, with this Antibes-shot psychological thriller about a former French Special Forces soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who has to protect the wife (Diane Kruger) and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman.
Mars Distribution has French theatrical rights for an autumn 2015 launch.
IFC/Sundance Selects acquired Us rights during Cannes.
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The French drama won the prize earlier today (May 24) in a shock decision as the 68th annual festival drew to a close.
Meanwhile, Vincent London won Best Actor for his role in The Measure of Man and Best »
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
A compact, effective, if low-key film that takes an interestingly counterintuitive approach to its blending of arthouse and genre elements, Alice Winocour's "Disorder" (which will be its title in the U.S. where its French name "Maryland" might suggest a light comedy involving rival crabcake recipes) is a small but polished find. Starring an entirely convincing Matthias Schoenaerts and a delicately understated Diane Kruger, the film moves in the opposite direction to many hybrids, starting out as a more formally adventurous exercise in empathy for a character suffering from a collection of symptoms that suggest Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but switching gear in its second half to take on the form of a genre thriller. Perhaps surprisingly, while a certain amount of the nuance is lost or left unresolved by this shift, it perhaps is the stronger film in those latter home-invasion sections, where Winocour shows a very sure, »
- Jessica Kiang
The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.
Disorder (Maryland) stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and Paul Hamy and follows a French Special Forces soldier who becomes paranoid after he is hired to protect the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa Maryland.
“We are sure that Us audiences will be as riveted by this film as our team was when they saw it at Cannes.”
Winocour’s first feature film Augustine premiered at the 2012 Cannes Critics Week. »
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Schoenaerts plays a French Special Forces soldier hired to ensure the security of Kruger’s character — the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman — at their luxurious villa. Variety‘s Guy Lodge gave the film a strong review, noting “Winocour has the gift of instilling fear at a range of tempos.”
Winocour’s first feature film, “Augustine,” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Critics Week.
- Dave McNary
Sundance Selects has picked up Alice Winocour's "Disorder." The Parisian writer/director follows up her 2012 Cannes Critics' Week entry "Augustine" with this Un Certain Regard premiere formerly titled "Maryland." While her moody period debut "Augustine" turned on a 19th-century case of female "hysteria," her sophomore feature pivots on Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier reeling from Ptsd who's hired to protect Jessie (Diane Kruger), the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Holed up in her Maryland villa, Vincent's obsession unfurls into increasing paranoia. No release date yet from Sundance Selects. "Disorder" marks the company's first Cannes 2015 pickup. Here's what critics are saying: Variety: A fine-cut tension exercise that eventually ignites into a full-blown home-invasion thriller, “Disorder” reps about the last step one might have expected Winocour to take after debuting with »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Actress Jane Fonda offered words of encouragement about evening the gender scales in Hollywood on Sunday, and urged the entertainment industry to make sure that “the narrative of 51 percent of us is represented.” The legendary Fonda, 77, and as stunning as she was articulate, accepted the first “Women in Motion” award at the Cannes Film Festival, launched by the luxury and fashion company Kering. Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 5: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Sing for 'Carol,' Matthias Schoenaerts Goes Carpet Casual She accepted the award at a glittering dinner overlooking the Cannes harbor, presented by Festival President Pierre Lescure and. »
- Sharon Waxman
★★☆☆☆ Screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes, Parisian director Alice Winocour's Maryland (aka Disorder, 2015) is a neat little thriller which unfortunately never achieves plausibility. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts - most widely seen in Rust and Bone (2012) and The Drop (2014) - plays Vincent, a soldier with some medical problems who is awaiting a new mission, but almost sure that he is going to be turned down. He has hearing problems, nightmares, anger issues and occasionally bleeds for no reason, so he's probably not fit for active duty. A friend helps him out with a job providing security for the party of an industrialist in his luxury villa, the titular Maryland.
- CineVue UK
"Ever since the one-two punch of his knuckle-smashing performances in Bullhead and Rust and Bone, Matthias Schoenaerts has become an in-demand import in Hollywood," writes Benjamin Lee for the Guardian. "But despite high-profile roles in Far From the Madding Crowd, A Little Chaos and Suite Française, he’s largely been miscast as a soft romantic lead." In Alice Winocour's Disorder, "he’s back on safer ground. Tortured physicality is his forte and in the role of a soldier struggling with Ptsd, he’s comfortably commanding." In further reviews, Diane Kruger comes in for praise as well for her performance. » - David Hudson »
“Maryland” is the original title of “Disorder,” the second feature by Parisian writer-director Alice Winocour, and while not one minute of it takes place in the American state of the same name, it’s a film that hints at bright transatlantic possibilities for its helmer. A fine-cut tension exercise that eventually ignites into a full-blown home-invasion thriller, “Disorder” reps about the last step one might have expected Winocour to take after debuting with 2012’s porcelain-textured costumer “Augustine.” It’s a sharp, slinky change of pace, however, given human backbone by Matthias Schoenaerts’ tightly wound performance as a Ptsd-afflicted ex-soldier hired to protect Diane Kruger’s corporate trophy wife. Schoenaerts’ current international ubiquity lends added commercial appeal to a genre pic that already doesn’t want for exportable elements; arthouse distribs should form an orderly (or disorderly) queue.
For Belgian thesp Schoenaerts, now coming off a triple-shot of English-lingo period romances — “Far From the Madding Crowd, »
- Guy Lodge
The "Women in Motion" talks, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and luxury group Kering, continued Saturday with a Salma Hayek and Matthias Schoenaerts conversation that tackled gender disparity in Hollywood. Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of THR parent Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, opened the candid discussion with some sobering statistics, including the fact that a mere 4.6 percent of studio films in 2014 were directed by women and that not one Oscar best picture nominee this year featured a female protagonist. That drew a lengthy answer from Hayek, long a champion of women’s causes, who suggested that the
- Tatiana Siegel
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Title: A Little Chaos Director: Alan Rickman Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle. ‘A Little Chaos marks Rickman’s second film after his 1997 directorial debut ‘The Winter Guest.’ The 2014 British period drama is the second collaboration of Rickman and Winslet after their 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ Love blooms amid the Sun King’s gardens in 17th-century Versailles: A Gallehault indeed, the project that engages two talented landscape artists at Louis Xiv’s palace of Versailles. Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) is a fictional proto-feminist figure of lower-class gardener, who shakes up the ordered world of the king’s landscaper in chief, Maître [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
A new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming psychological thriller The Loft which sees Karl Urban and James Marsden leading a cast that also includes Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra. Che it below after the official synopsis…
Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller. »
- Gary Collinson
Adapted from Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel, Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd follows Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) as she attempts to dissuade three cliched male suitors who seem to be ripped from the pages of trashy romance novels. Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a monstrously rugged yet broodingly sensitive sheep farmer; William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) is a wealthy yet socially awkward, 40-year-old bachelor; and Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) is a sexually confident and arrogant sergeant. »
- Don Simpson
Now, here’s a great example of counter-programming. As of last Friday, with the return of Marvel’s superstar super-team, the onslaught of the big blockbuster, “check your mind at the door”, movie season officially began. But what about those cultured folks needing an oasis at the multiplex, a quiet escape from the movie mayhem. The colder temps generally welcome those more serious, somber films, often adapted from literary classics. However, a few of these often seep through the Summer season (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Help). That’s the case with this literary adaptation, but it’s also a reboot since there was a celebrated film version starring Julie Christie way back in 1967. Now, once again, from the classic tome written by Thomas Hardy (no, not next week’s “Mad Max”), here’s Far From The Madding Crowd.
With the first fade-in, we meet the story’s heroine, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) on horseback, »
- Jim Batts
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
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