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Before I even begin considering the offerings in the field of eighteen Main Competition items, it’s the composition of the jury members (team of nine lead by Steven Spielberg) where my dissection begins. While I’d be tempted to brand/make the bogus remark that cine-folk Spielberg, Daniel Auteuil and Ang Lee votes would go towards the formulaic and/or conventional, I’m more inclined to say that it’s slightly more obvious to gauge how provocateurs such as Lynne Ramsay, Cristian Mungiu and Naomi Kawase might direct their vote intentions: towards the aesthetically daring, narratively challenging material. I’m including bold actress Nicole Kidman in this group – as her best perfs are found in the audacious, darker micro films that garner little coin, but plenty of critical praise. Last year we had what was probably a unanimous consensus choice with Amour winning the Palme, though I would bet »
- Eric Lavallee
Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director at Cannes for his 2011 film Drive when Robert De Niro was jury president. While many may presume that Spielberg may shy away from Refn’s entry, I think there’s a great possibility that Refn’s unique, innovative skills have a good shot at being awarded the top prize. Fellow jury members Christoph Waltz and Nicole Kidman both seem to gravitate towards dark, stylized material, while something tells me other fellow directors on the jury like Lynne Ramsay and Ang Lee may lean towards this more splashy entry in the lineup. Sight unseen, Only God Forgives is at the top of the leader-board.
The French presence is heavy in this year’s Main Comp lineup, so it goes without saying that there’s a greater chance of one of these directors taking home the top prize. While of course we need to wait to see the end products, »
- Nicholas Bell
Obviously, we won’t know till we see the films. But last year I predicted Amour‘s victory based on the likely preferences of the jury, so that makes me some kind of prophet in my opinion, therefore allow me to deem James Gray’s The Immigrant to be this year’s odds-on favorite, a film he believes to be his best, which could end his losing streak in Cannes in a big way. It has star power, a talented auteur, and appears to deal with a touchy subject – if the title is anything to go on.
Also look out for M. Desplechin, who’s also never won the big prize, and appears to be taking on projects that get more and more ambitious until there will just be no choice left. The big-name jury may want to send Soderbergh off into semi-retirement with a bang, and the film seems »
- Blake Williams
La Grande Bellezza, or if you prefer The Great Beauty is an upcoming drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It is also one of the titles that will compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, so quite logically – we’re here to share the official trailers, one great classy poster and some awesome images from the film described as a portrait of today’s Rome. What a portrait that is when lovely Sabrina Ferilli stars in the whole thing… Sorrentino directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello, and the project will tell us the story of an aging journalist...
Controversial politician at the heart of power in Italy who was prime minister seven times
Giulio Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was the ultimate insider of Italian political life. For half a century he was at the heart of power. His tenure at the highest echelons of government was unequalled in Europe. From the early 1960s to the early 90s, he was – almost uninterruptedly – either prime minister or a senior minister. Andreotti was in all but six of the 45 governments that ran from May 1947 to April 1992, led seven of them and, at various times, was the minister of defence, foreign affairs (five times), finance, treasury, and interior. He held the post of prime minister for longer than any other postwar Italian politician except Silvio Berlusconi, yet he never led the Christian Democratic party.
His tenacity in remaining at the centre of affairs became a source of fascination in itself. Just »
- Donald Sassoon
The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo." The trailer’s closest point of comparison is Federico Fellini's "8 ½," only here it follows a journalist hoping to cling to the last vestiges of his youth. The trailer is sweeping and comprises all the best of Italia, including beautiful women, partying, and gorgeous scenery. Fans of the country, art house films, and Sorrentino’s past work ("The Consequences Of Love," "The Family Friend," the »
- Kristen Lopez
Cannes 2013 jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg’s fellow jury members. It’s a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest), Academy Award winner and three-time nominee Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Rabbit Hole), and BAFTA winner Lynne Ramsay (Swimmer, We Need to Talk About Kevin). Also: Cannes Film Festival and two-time César winner Daniel Auteuil (The Eighth Day, Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette), two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), Cannes’ 2007 Palme d’Or and 2012 Best Screenplay winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained). Those listed above will select the winners »
- Anna Robinson
London — Producers from Montenegro and the Republic of Kosovo will take part for the first time in European Film Promotion’s “Producers on the Move” program at the Cannes Film Fest in May.
Sehad Cekic of Montenegro’s Cut Up Productions and Valon Jakupaj of Kosovo’s Gegnia Film will join 27 other specially selected participants for the event, which runs from May 18-21.
The program is designed to bring producers together with like-minded colleagues from across the continent to network, showcase their achievements and forge co-production opportunities.
Producers also participate in pitch sessions, speed-date meetings and more to enable them to connect with sales companies, financiers and previous participants.
Now in its 14th year, it is supported by the Media Program of the European Union and the participating Efp member organizations.
The 29 producers were chosen by Efp member organizations in each country and have all previously been involved in European co-productions. »
- Robert Mitchell
The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the members of Steven Spielberg's 2013 jury: this year, directors dominate. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Cristian Mungiu (whose "Beyond the Hills" racked up prizes in last year's main competition), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Japanese director Naomi Kawase will all deliberate over the best films in the main competition. The jury is rounded out by actors Daniel Auteil ("Cache"), Oscar winner Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained"), Nicole Kidman -- whose "Grace of Monaco" will screen footage at Cannes -- and Indian actress Vidya Balan. In other Cannes news, European Film Promotion announced the lineup for this year's Producers on the Move program, which in its 14th year comprises 29 producers who will gather on the Croisette. The networking platform allows producers to discuss projects of the past, present and future. The lineup includes Viola Prestieri, producer of Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Cannes has announced the lineup for the Official Competition and Un Certain Regard section, as well as special screenings, for the 66th edition of the festival.
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Un Chateau en Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
Grisgris (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
Jeune et Jolie (François Ozon)
Jimmy P. (Arnaud Desplechin)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirozaku Koreeda)
The Life of Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud Despallieres)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Straw Shield (Takashi Miike)
Tian Zhu Dang (Jia Zhangke)
Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski)
Closing Night: Zulu (Jérome Salle)
Un Certain Regard
Anonymous (Mohammad Rasoulof)
Bastards (Claire Denis)
As you already know the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take placed in Cannes from 15 to 26 May 2013. The official competition lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was announced. I’m sure you also remember that this year, Steven Spielberg is the head of the jury for the main competition. Check out the full list of Cannes titles below Opening Film “The Great Gatsby” (dir. Baz Luhrmann) Official Selection “Behind The Candelabra” (dir. Steven Soderbergh) “Borgman” (dir. Alex Van Warmerdam) “Un Chateau En Italie” (dir. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) “The Great Beauty” (dir. Paolo Sorrentino) “Grisgris” (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun) “Heli” (dir. Amat...
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Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, whose La-thriller Drive ran rings round the Croisette two years ago, are planning a second pitstop on the Riviera, it has been confirmed. Their latest collaboration, Only God Forgives, which sees Gosling as a taciturn gangster in Bangkok (and Kristin Scott Thomas as his mother) is the most mainstream entry in the eclectic lineup for this year's competition.
Also rolling onto the grid are new films from the Coen brothers, Alexander Payne, Steven Soderbergh and Roman Polanski. Joel and Ethan Coen present Inside Llewyn Davis, set in the folk scene of 1960s New York, while Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra will also vie for the Palme d'Or. The film, which stars Michael Douglas as the pianist, »
- Catherine Shoard
Cannes Film Festival announces 2013 Lineup. There were 1,858 submissions this year, according to festival chief Thierry Frémaux. Some titles will be added in the coming weeks: In Competition Opening Film Baz Luhrmann The Great Gatsby (H.C.) *** Valeria Bruni-tedeschi Un CHÂTEAU En Italie Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Inside Llewyn Davis Arnaud des PALLIÈRES Michael Kohlhaas Arnaud Desplechin Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian) Amat Escalante Heli Asghar Farhadi Le PASSÉ (The Past) James Gray The Immigrant Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Grigris Jia Zhangke Tian Zhu Ding (A Touch Of Sin) Kore-eda Hirokazu Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) Abdellatif Kechiche La Vie D’ADЀLE (Blue Is The Warmest Color) Takashi Miike Wara No Tate (Shield Of Straw) François Ozon Jeune Et Jolie (Young And Beautiful) Alexander Payne Nebraska Roman Polanski La VÉNUS À La Fourrure Steven Soderbergh Behind The Candelabra Paolo Sorrentino La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) Alex Van Warmerdam »
- Josh Abraham
More than the first cuckoo, the announcement of the Cannes competition list is the first sign of spring; always an exciting moment and even more so as in recent years Cannes has consolidated its primacy among the film festivals of the world. There look to be no major or startling omissions: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is reportedly not ready, although I was disappointed not to see Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. There are, in fact, no British entries in competition, but Stephen Frears's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight – an HBO project about Ali's opposition to Vietnam – has a Special Screening slot. (A small footnote here: young British film-maker Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has »
- Peter Bradshaw
The 66th Cannes Film Festival official selection was just announced. A total of 53 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition plus Special Screenings (including Midnight Screenings). The festival kicks off on May 15th next month and lasts for 12 days until May 26th. I will be attending for my fifth straight year in a row and always love returning to this fest. It was previously announced that Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 3D will open the festival, but there's plenty more to see, including The Bling Ring, James Franco's As I Lay Dying, Only God Forgives & others. Full list below! Here's the complete selection of 2013 films directly from Cannes, including the director for easy reference. Competition (19 Films): Only God Forgives - dir. Nicolas Winding Refn Borgman - dir. Alex Van Warmerdam La Grande Bellezza - dir. Paolo Sorrentino Behind the Candelabra - dir. »
- Alex Billington
The full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and it looks like a really great group of films will be screening in the south of France later next month. Official selections include Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, and James Gray’s The Immigrant (previously titled Low Life). Additionally, the Robert Redford man vs. nature film All Is Lost will premiere out of competition, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, James Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the Sundance hit Fruitvale Station (previously titled Fruitvale) will screen Un Certain Regard. A number of these titles are early awards contenders, and I’m particularly interested to hear the reaction for the Coens’ Davis and Payne’s The Descendants follow-up Nebraska, which »
- Adam Chitwood
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival includes 19 films and lots of world cinema, including from some of the globe’s most difficult locales for artists.
Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said Thursday that the high-profile festival protects talent in countries where freedom of expression is threatened.
Among the films in competition for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, are Chadian work Grigris and Chinese film A Touch of Sin. A Mexican narco-film, Heli, shows the constants of family and love in crisis.
The festival will also have works from old favorites including Ethan and Joel Coen »
- Associated Press
It's afternoon in Paris but bright and early here in NYC and the official Cannes lineup has been announced. In 28 days Baz Luhrmann and his undoubtedly enormous Bazmark posse will be hitting the Croisette for the opening night film The Great Gatsby. Immediately following that debut reactions will explode chaotically all over the web with unvariably less art-directed beauty than the fireworks in the film.
But here's what'll actually be competing for the Palme D'Or and assorted main jury prizes.
Behind The Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh) Borgman (Alex Van Warmerdam) Un Chateau En Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) La Grande Bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino) Grisgris (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun) Heli (Amat Escalante) The Immigrant (James Gray) Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen) Jeune Et Jolie (Francois Ozon) Jimmy P (Arnaud Desplechin) Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud Despallieres) Nebraska (Alexander Payne) Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) The Past (Asghar Farhadi) Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Hirokazu Kore-eda »
- NATHANIEL R
The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled and noticeable absentees in the list of 19 Main Comp films and the Un Certain Regard section include Terrence Malick, Ari Folman’s The Congress, Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Michael Rowe’s Manto Acuifero, Tsai Ming-Liang’s Diary of a Young Boy, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language 3D, Serge Bozon’s Tip Top, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Nine Minute Interval, Michel & Vicky Franco’s In the Eyes and not surprisingly, a film which might have become a colony instead in Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau. All of these may trickle into the Directors’ Fortnight section, or might join Steve McQueen on the Lido in Venice.
In the Main Comp selection plenty that were targeted as likely candidates were included, and while we were thinking this was the year of the U. »
- Eric Lavallee
This morning in Paris, the official competition lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was announced. Steven Soderbergh ("Behind The Candelabra"), Paolo Sorrentino ("La Grande Bellezza"), James Gray ("The Immigrant"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Only God Forgives"), Francois Ozon ("Jeune Et Jolie"), Asghar Farhadi ("The Past"), Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Takashi Miike ("Wara No Tate") will all have films screening in competition. They make for a very male-centric group (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is the only woman with a film in competition), despite all the criticism last year for an equally male-dominant lineup. Oddly, new films from Sofia Coppola and Claire Denis -- two of the most notable female directors living -- were both selected for the Un Certain Regard program instead of official competition (quite a few women are Un Certain Regard, including Flora Lau's "Bends," Rebecca Zlotowski's. »
- Peter Knegt
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