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The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd Haynes’ Carol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.
In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »
- Eric Lavallee
Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.
Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »
- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Most films depicting old age tell their stories slowly and move in a darker and depressing direction. While this isn't always a bad thing, director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth takes a more light-hearted approach to aging and it's a welcome departure. The Italian filmmaker recently won the Best Foreign Language Oscar for The Great Beauty and all the fun and whimsy of that previous endeavor is on full display here as well. Youth is also Sorrentino's second English-language film after the disastrous This Must Be the Place, a huge misfire that has paved the way for this return to form. Sorrentino's Youth takes place in an exclusive Swiss spa for the wealthy and pampered. We're introduced to many eccentric characters but at first glance are focused on two best friends. Fred (played by Michael Caine) is a world-renowned musician who has just »
- Marco Cerritos
Over the course of the next few days, the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival will be deliberating and deciding on the newest group of award winners for the classy fest. Led by the incredibly prestigious Palme d’Or prize (their version of Best Picture), Cannes could just as easily launch something into the Oscar race as opposed to merely highlighting a smaller title. Historically, the festival has given us a bit of both, which makes it hard to accurately predict what a new jury will do each year. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen head up this one, so perhaps that favors English language contenders? But, perhaps that doesn’t matter? Predictions here are an even more inexact science than awards shows that have precursors of sorts. I’m still going to try, of course. Just know that these are basically shots in the dark. Regardless, enjoy them! In short, »
- Joey Magidson
Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Nigel Smith and I debate the winners and losers at Cannes, and who will do well with the jury here, not to mention the Academy later on. Clearly, we do not always agree, particularly on "Sicario" and "Louder than Bombs." What's heading for a longer life via Cannes jury prizes and/or the fall fest circuit and later awards contention? Todd Haynes' "Carol," Asif Kapidia's music documentary "Amy," Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster." Check out our full discussion below. »
- Anne Thompson
With only one more film to screen at Cannes 68 – Macbeth – the Screen International team of jurors are tied for their lead film.
Final titles including Valley of Love and Chronic, by Michel Franco, failed to sway our international jury, which include representatives from the UK (The Times, Sight & Sound), France (Positif, Liberation), Germany (Der Tagesspiegel), Italy (Il Messaggero), the Us (The Village Voice), Thailand (Bangkok Post) and Australia (The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald).
- email@example.com (Fionnuala Halligan)
Italian movie buffs are up in arms against the odd fact that Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine-starrer, which is shot in English, is on release across Italy only in a version dubbed into Italian. They are being prevented from seeing the original version due to piracy concerns.
Gag on the hot pic being seen in Italy’s movie theaters the way it was shot is ostensibly due to a diktat imposed by Fox Searchlight when it recently acquired North American rights from French sales company Pathe.
“There are plenty of you — and that makes us glad — who are asking where they can see the film in original language,” noted the film’s production shingle, Indigo Films, in a statement.
“Unfortunately, our U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Sir Michael Caine has “never been tempted to stray” from his wife.
The 82-year-old actor has been married to wife Shakira, 68, for 42 years and insists that despite working alongside Hollywood beauties such as Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson, he’s never thought about cheating on her.
He said: “In this business, you’re surrounded by beautiful women – but I’ve got one at home, so I’ve never been tempted to stray.”
However, the ‘Interstellar‘ star – who was previously married to the late actress Patricia Haines – did confess that part of the reason he never felt tempted was because he always brought Shakira with him to the sets of his movies.
He told the Daily Mail newspaper: “We also pre-empted any of that kind of danger because I never went on location without her. Going on location is a killer: Among actors they say, ‘Well, location doesn’t count.’
“I never went with that saying, »
- The Hollywood News
Cannes — Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino has already dipped his toe into the familiar genre of characters of a certain age reminiscing about the good old days with 2013's "The Great Beauty." He even won an Oscar for it. Two years later he returns to the Cannes Film Festival with "Youth," a follow-up that stands besides "Great Beauty" thematically while also presenting a decidedly different point of view. “Youth” starts off with The Retrosettes Sister Band performing a cover of “You Got the Love," interpreted in a retro style and a twist on the old adage “everything old is new again.” In this case, everything new is old again, a theme that may or may not apply to the central characters in Sorrentino’s cinematic opera. The movie centers on Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), a legendary British composer and conductor, and Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a famous American film director. Friends for 60 years, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Two years ago, Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino won the Foreign-Language Film Oscar for "The Great Beauty." His second English-language feature, "Youth," unspooled at Cannes on Wednesday to a rousing reception. Fox Searchlight acquired the title last month and plans to release it in the fourth quarter, perfectly positioned for awards season. -Break- Two-time Oscar champ Michael Caine ("Hannah and Her Sisters," 1986; "The Cider House Rules," 1999) plays a conductor holidaying at a Swiss spa with his long-time friend, a director (Harvey Keitel) determined to make one final film. While Caine's character is visited by his daugher, 2005 Supporting Actress winner Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener"), Keitel's is content to spend time with a gaggle of screenwriters who are plotting his screen comeback. Another two-time Oscar winner, Jane Fonda ("Klute," 1971; "Comi..." »
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino knows his contemporary indie music, and even in a movie like “The Great Beauty,” filled with sonorous opera, vocal ensemble, and classical music, he still manages to sneak in some Esg, Damien Jurado, Decoder Ring, and Gui Boratto’s Kompact Records version of “Take My Breath Away.” The director also clearly has affection for classic post-punk influenced music. His 2011 film, “This Must Be the Place” (named after a Talking Heads song), featured Sean Penn in a role that appeared to be a thin disguise for The Cure’s Robert Smith, and its soundtrack featured artists like David Byrne, Will Oldham, Jonsi from Sigur Ros, Iggy Pop, and more. His latest film, “Youth,” which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (read our review here), has its own hip score. The film features Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano and centers on two aging friends, »
- Edward Davis
Who will win the Palme this year? Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol"? Yorgos Lanthimos' macabre future-romance "The Lobster"? Paolo Sorrentino's paean to life and death "Youth"? No question, a few serious contenders have emerged, but we won't know until awards unveil May 24. In the meantime, enjoy these five powerful Palme d'Or winners at home. "Winter Sleep" (2014) Watching Nuri Bilge Ceylan's near-four-hour Turkish drama sounds like a lot of work. And it is. The first time I saw it, it felt like nothing but a series of moving pictures of empty individuals bloviating about life, work, pride, class and intellect. But upon closer inspection, this is a haunting masterpiece of world-building. Ceylan checks us into the Anatolian mountaintop hotel that is a psychological prison for three people — has-been writer/actor Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), his young trophy wife Nihal (Melisa Sozen) and his careworn, trundling sister Necla (Demet Akbag »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“This is my idea of what older people dwell on later in life,” Italian director Paolo Sorrentino told Deadline today about his latest film Youth, a title much like his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty that centers around accomplished men’s reflection on ‘what could have been’, but against a colorful, absurdist environment. Sorrentino says that the movies couldn’t be more different; that Great Beauty’s nightlife-dwelling Jep is moons away from Michael Caine’s contemplative… »
There was some cheering, but also some jeering. The notorious Cannes crowd had mixed feelings about Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Like fellow Cannes contender Matteo Garrone (Tale of Tales), Sorrentini paints vivid tableaux, sometimes surreal. And while the story sometimes gets lost in these aesthetics, its array of colorful characters is what brings the film to life. A luxurious Swiss resort nestled in the emerald foothills of the Alps is the perfect retreat for retrospection, reflection and ultimately rebirth. Michael Caine is commanding as Fred Ballinger, or Maestro, a retired composer-conductor who refuses to play his famous "Simple Songs" for Queen Elizabeth II, despite the persistence of Her Majesty’s emissary. His days are spent in friendly banter with his best friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker, who is there with his team of young writers to finish the screenplay to his "testament movie," which will star his »
- Talia Soghomonian
Read More: Cannes: Michael Caine Will Win Awards for Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino returned to the Cannes Film Festival yesterday to premiere "Youth," the follow-up to the biggest crossover hit of his career, "The Great Beauty," which premiered at the festival in 2013 and went on to win 2014's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. "Youth" marks Sorrentino's second English language feature following 2011's "This Must Be the Place," which also first screened at Cannes. The comedy stars Michael Caine as an elderly famed composer on an extended stay at a an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps, along with his filmmaker friend (Harvey Keitel). Indiewire's Eric Kohn called "Youth" Sorrentino's "most broadly appealing comedy-drama" in his review. We sat down with Sorrentino in Cannes to discuss his latest, the negative critical reception to "This Must Be the Place," and his »
- Nigel M Smith
One of the more frequently viewed sights in Paolo Sorrentino's lush new film, Youth, which screened this morning in Cannes to rapturous applause and a smattering of boos, is Michael Caine's naked body. The 82-year-old plays a former orchestra conductor holing up at a Swiss spa hotel with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and old movie-director friend (Harvey Keitel), and who is often lounging in a pool or getting a massage from a girl who has braces. Caine is far from bashful at this point in his life. "It didn’t matter to me because it’s the only body I’ve got," Caine said at the movie's hard-truths-filled press conference. "An aging body, also, to people who are not old, this is what’s going to happen to you. So don’t get too smart about it." Hear that, bros? Someday you'll have Michael Caine's body. Enjoy »
- Jada Yuan
Depending on who you talked to (and I talked to just about everyone at tonight’s elegant J.W. Marriott poolside after-premiere screening party for Youth) the Paolo Sorrentino competition film got anywhere from a 10- to 17-minute ecstatic standing ovation at the Grand Theatre Lumiere (I saw it earlier at the 8:30 Am press screening). The timing is confusing because the film doesn’t really end when you think it does, leading to some tentative applause before dying down and… »
★★★☆☆ Paolo Sorrentino's Youth (2015), his latest meditation on aging, memory and mortality, premièred at Cannes in competition today to assorted cheers and boos. This review is going to fall somewhere between the two. Retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) is spending his holiday undergoing a variety of health treatments in a spa resort in the Swiss Alps, along with his old friend and film director Mick (Harvey Keitel), his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) and Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano), a Hollywood actor preparing for a new role in a German film. In the evening the world's most elegant pub band plays covers on a revolving stage which is eminently suitable for a striking opening shot.
- CineVue UK
Oh, Youth and Beauty!: Sorrentino’s Shows Softer Side in Switzerland
Following the success of the snide yet undeniably eloquent 2013 title The Great Beauty, which ended up snatching the Best Foreign Language statue at the Academy Awards, Paolo Sorrentino takes a second dip in English following 2011’s This Must Be the Place with Youth. Tender, sweet, and more emotional than his last film, Sorrentino is once again pontificating on the last chapter of life, this time through the vessels of a retired composer and aged film director, as portrayed by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Threaded with the auteur’s usual flashes of visual inspiration, this time around he seems less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.
At an isolated hotel in the foothills of the Alps, two old friends return to spend another vacation period. Retired composer Fred »
- Nicholas Bell
Paolo Sorrentino's bittersweet age drama, Youth, features a tour de force performance by Michael Caine as a retired conductor reflecting on the passing of time and memories of his wife, a former singer.
Caine's character, Fred, bitterly refuses a request by Queen Elizabeth to conduct his most famous work at a royal gala - because it used to be performed by his wife.
But as Fred tries to move beyond the pain of loss, he's able to look to the future; the theme of aging introspection riffing on Sorrentino's Oscar-winning 2013 smash The Great Beauty.
"That is the only subject that really interests people - passing time," said Sorrentino at the Cannes Film Festivalpress conference, calling his latest work, "very optimistic."
"The future gives us freedom and freedom gives us a feeling of youth. Whatever one's age, one can look toward the future," he added.
But the film's poignancy about »
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