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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
Et maintenant, »
"The San Francisco Film Society's annual French cinema roundup stretches its national mandate a bit this year," writes Max Goldberg in the Bay Guardian, noting the inclusion of The Kid with a Bike by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, "one of the best films of the year regardless of country of origin," and Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre. "Also worth checking out is Pierre Schöller's fascinating train wreck of an information age political thriller, The Minister, starring longtime Dardennes player Olivier Gourmet as a compromised bureaucrat. The Long Falling [image above], Martin Provost's second match up with actress Yolanda Moreau after Séraphine (2008), purposefully shuttles from a hardened Belgian village to an unmoored Brussels and features Agnès Godard's characteristically probing camerawork, itself a pride of French cinema."
Still from The Artist
The 2011 edition of Mumbai Film Festival can boast of a strong French connection. Not only does it include a strong line-up of French films in a special section, but it will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cannes Critics Week by presenting a retrospective of 25 films.
The special section called ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ will be co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance. For those who remember, this is the fourth edition of the event in Mumbai which has been merged with the Mumbai Film Festival this year. The past three editions were held separately as film festivals. This section will bring to Mumbai some of the critically acclaimed contemporary French films which include The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian and Declaration of War by ValérieDonzelli.
The Artist which will open the section competed at the Cannes Film »
- Nandita Dutta
High time to round up the films at this year's Cannes Film Festival that never saw entries of their own and send them on their way. Today: Un Certain Regard.
"Bakur Bakuradze's The Hunter seems like a ficticious version of Raymond Depardon's Modern Life, a trilogy on farming that was screened in Cannes in 2008," finds Moritz Pfeifer, who also interviews the director for the East European Film Bulletin. "With no soundtrack, no professional actors, little dialogue and a minimalist plot, the film depicts the daily life of Ivan (Mikhail Barskovich) as he peacefully runs his pig farm in one of the less populous areas of northwestern Russia…. Clearly, Bakuradze wants to depict an alternative world, and the spirit of his film is more utopian than its hyper-realistic images suggest."
Grumbles the Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt: "There is maybe 10 to 15 minutes of actual story located within this 124 minute slog, »
Updated through 5/23.
Emir Kusturica and his Jury (Elodie Bouchez, Peter Bradshaw, Geoffrey Gilmore and Daniela Michel) have announced that the Prize of Un Certain Regard is a tie this year between Andreas Dresen's Stopped on Track (image above) and Kim Ki-duk's Arirang. A roundup on the first is on its way, while you can read up on critical reaction to Kim's solo project here.
A round of other awards has been announced this evening as well. John Hopewell reports for Variety that the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) has presented awards to films in three sections at Cannes: Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre (Competion; roundup), Pierre Schöller's The Minister (Un Certain Regard; more soon) and Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter (Critics' Week; roundup). For that third prize, »
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
Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life has picked up the coveted prize of Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The past ten winners were The Pianist, Elephant, Fahrenheit 9/11, L’enfant, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Class, The White Ribbon, and last year’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Malick’s film also joins the ranks of classics like Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and La Dolce Vita. I personally found the film to be a masterpiece, well deserving of the award. Check out our full Cannes coverage here, and links to any reviews by clicking the film titles below.
The Grand Prix: (Tie) The Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn »
- Jordan Raup
Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, about an author-turned-shoeshiner (André Wilms) who tries to assist a young African immigrant pursued by France's immigration police, has won the International Federation of Film Critics' Fipresci Prize for Best Film in the Official Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Other Fipresci winners were Pierre Schoeller’s L’exercice de l’Etat / The Minister in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter in the Semaine de la Critique sidebar. Additionally, Take Shelter won the Semaine de la Critique jury's Grand Prix and the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques' Prix Sacd as well. The [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
Variety has the news: Aki Kaurismaki’s ”Le Havre,” Pierre Schoeller’s ”The Minister” and Jeff Nichols’ ”Take Shelter” shared awards Saturday at Cannes from the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics. »
- Ryan Adams
Inspired by British satire In The Loop, first French film to tell story of a serving president breaks last taboo
It threatens to be so true to life that it's more like a documentary than a feature film. "I'm surrounded by cretins!" shouts a stack-heeled, would-be French president at his terrified advisers. "Remember, I'm a Ferrari. When you open the bonnet, you use white gloves."
When the Cannes film festival opens next week, it will break the last taboo in French film. La Conquête, a scathing portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power - the first French feature film brave enough to tackle a serving president - will be shown on La Croisette after a row over whether officials wanted to sideline it to spare the Elysée's blushes.
Inspired by the merciless British satire In the Loop, and subtitled "The man who won the presidency, but lost a wife »
- Angelique Chrisafis
Updated through 4/20.
Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux announced that, out of 1715 submissions, 49 features from 33 countries have been selected in total for this year's Cannes Film Festival — four of them made by women, a record. 19 titles are lined up for the Competition so far, leaving room for surprise announcements from here on to the Opening Ceremony on May 11.
Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Inhabit. As noted yesterday, here's what Variety's Justin Chang had heard as of this past weekend: "In late March, it seemed that Almodóvar, a Cannes veteran who won prizes for All About My Mother and Volver, might skip the event altogether this year. Since 2004's Bad Education, the helmer has presented every one of his films in competition at the May fest, usually following a spring local release. The Sept 2 Spanish release date for The Skin That I Inhabit (which Sony Classics will release Stateside in »
The Film Lineup for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition) has 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…The President of the Jury is American actor Robert De Niro.” One of the surprises for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival is that “Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris opens the festival on May 11. The film’s all-star cast of Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Gad Elmaleh, Léa Seydoux and Adrien Brody are expected to attend the Croisette to launch the festival. The film is being screened out of competition. Although the juries have not yet been finalized, »
The complete line up for the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, which takes place 11th – 22nd May, has been announced and this year seems like a less than stellar competition, with only a handful of serious competitors airing “in competition”. Although this year it seems the festival has decided to at least *try* and widen their horizons with a whopping four films directed by women!
Opening film (out of competition)
To be announced
L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la Maison Close (Bertrand Bonello) Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) Footnote (Joseph Cedar) Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Takashi Miike) Hanezu No Tsuki (Naomi Kawase) Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki) The Kid with the Bike (Dardenne Brothers) Melancholia (Lars von Trier) Michael (Markus Schleinzer) Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Pater (Alain Cavalier) Polisse (Maiwenn) The Skin that I Inhabit (Pedro Almodóvar) Sleeping Beauty »
The nearly-full slate for the competitive schedules at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and while it isn't packed with many surprises, there is some great stuff premiering in France this May. We basically knew that Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin That I Live In, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin would all be on the Croisette, so seeing those in the competition slate isn't a surprise. But it's nice to see Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive in there (FilmDistrict, give us a trailer, please!) along with Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, Takashi Miike's remake of Harakiri (his 13 Assassins is also in some theaters, On Demand and on iTunes now, and is the best thing he's made in a while) and even Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki. In the Un Certain Regard »
- Russ Fischer
No surprise here. Terrence Malick's bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where "The Tree of Life" will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I'm not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I'd want to see all of those, plus the new film from "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay and "Drive" by "Bronson"'s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of "a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong." The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.
At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition's high-end, »
- Matt Singer
As expected Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin that I Live In (La Piel Que Habito), Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive, Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia and Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need To Talk About Kevin will be shown at Cannes 2011 In Competition Category.
In the same category will be also presented This Must Be The Place directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Ichimei (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) by Takashi Miike, The Kid With The Bike by Dardenne Brothers, Sleeping Beauty directed by Julia Leigh, We Have a Pope by Nanni Moretti but you can see the full list below.
When it comes to the Out of Competition selections Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will have that honor to be presented, »
The anticipation of summer isn’t reserved for superheroes and sequels – it’s also the time for the Cannes Film Festival, which is like an actual World Series of international film. Occurring this year from May 11th through May 22nd, this year has many anticipated titles from its list of “all-star” directors that includes Woody Allen, Pedro Almoldovar, Terence Malick, Lars Von Trier, etc. Out of all of these films, I am most excited for Von Trier’s Melancholia, though Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is a close second.
Released today, here’s the list of films playing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with many of these titles bound to be big deals in the movie world during and after their premieres:
Pedro Almodóvar – La Piel que Habito
Bertrand Bonello – L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la Maison Close
- Nick Allen
Fest president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Frémaux announced the official selection of the 64th Cannes Film Festival at the Grand Hôtel in Paris today. I warn you that after reading over the list, you’ll be insanely jealous if you’re not one of the lucky people attending the festival. The list includes films from Pedro Almodóvar, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn, Radu Mihaileanu and Aki Kaurismäki.
Our contributor Eduardo Lucatero will be at the festival and he’ll be providing us with a daily blog with his thoughts on the festival as well as the films he’ll see. As previously reported, Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, will still be getting its worldwide premiere in Cannes. Apparently there was some confusion since a studio decided to release it in the UK sometime in April. However after some legal threats, it »
After a rather disappointing year last year, the Croisette looks to be getting some bigger and better titles for this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival which kicks off May 11th with Woody Allen‘s "Midnight in Paris".
Highlights of this year's in competition line-up include Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life”, Lars Von Trier‘s apocalyptic drama “Melancholia,” Nicholas Winding Refn‘s action thriller “Drive," Pedro Almodovar‘s horror tale “The Skin That I Live In," Julia Leigh's erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty,” Lynne Ramsay's adaptation "We Need To Talk About Kevin," and Paolo Sorrentino‘s odd-sounding "This Must Be The Place".
Gus Van Sant‘s teen romance “Restless" and Sundance favorite “Martha Marcie May Marlene” will also screen in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, while "The Beaver," “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom Of Doom” will also screen out-of-competition.
- Garth Franklin
Finally, the speculation can end.
The minds behind this year’s Cannes Film Festival have announced the slate for the said festival, and it’s one of the more jaw-dropping lineups of recent memory.
First up, the biggest addition here is, to no one’s shock, Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life. The film is now confirmed for the festival, and not only that, but it will be shown in competition, a first for director Terrence Malick. Other names that were previously linked to the festival like Pedro Almodovar (The Skin That I Live In), Lars Von Trier (Melancholia) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) have also now been confirmed, all in competition.
- Joshua Brunsting
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