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Director: Eric Hannezo
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Synopsis: After a bungled heist, a group of theives take a woman, a man, and his daughter hostage.
In 1974 Mario Bava’s film Rabid Dogs was derailed after the production company behind it went bankrupt. It wasn’t released for over 20 years, and even then was unfinished and had to have new scenes shot by Lambeto Bava, Mario’s son. It’s still a very celebrated film, but now we have a French remake to that Italian lost & found classic, which is every bit as nasty and pessimistic as its predecessor.
Starting with a bungled heist, we’re immediately hit with a Heat inspired shoot-out of high intensity and nail biting uncertainty. It’s »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: François Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix, Lambert Wilson, Gabrielle Lazure, Pierre Lebeau, Virginie Ledoyen, Nicolas Paquin, Hedi Rian, Nathaly Thibault, Gisèle Trépanier, Christopher Tyson | Written by Yannick Dahan, Éric Hannezo, Benjamin Rataud | Directed by Éric Hannezo
I’m not ashamed to admit that, as a die-hard horror fan, there are still some gaps in my movie-watching history. The original Rabid Dogs, directed by the Italian legend that is Mario Bava, is one such film (something I should correct given the film has recently had the Arrow Video treatment). It’s a situation that meant I was headed into this redux with no prior knowledge of the original.
Once again based on the Michael J. Carroll short story “Man and Boy”, this new take on the story – from first-time director Éric Hannezo and The Horde co-writer/director Yannick Dahan – sees three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father »
- Phil Wheat
Jacques Audiard, 2015 Palme d’Or winner for Dheepan Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival After spending the day (Sunday May 24) ensconced in a hideaway villa high in the hills behind Cannes, deprived of their mobile phones for the sake of secrecy, Joel and Ethan Coen and the rest of the Competition jury tonight have broken their silence to award the festival’s top prize to A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard for Dheepan.
The film, one of a number of films dealing with hard-hitting issues at this year’s festival, deals with a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.
Dheephan, the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France. Lambert Wilson, master of ceremonies, told the gliterati at the Palais des Festivals, that they should open their eyes to the »
- Richard Mowe
Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
The Cannes Film Festival opened with the usual glam and glitter, but also a promising fortnight of eclectic films. Hosted by French actor Lambert Wilson, the opening ceremony was followed by the screening of the off-competition opening film Standing Tall, directed by actress Emmanuelle Bercot and starring Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier and newcomer Rod Paradon. At first, I was scared. I have come to develop a fear of French films that talk about social issues as they end up resembling Lifetime movies, only more dramatic. Or like a Dardenne Brothers film. But my fear was hindered from developing into a phobia with this brutally honest film, a sort of homage to France’s relentless juvenile social workers. Malory (Rod Paradon) is a hotheaded, troubled kid. Abandoned by his mother as a small child, he has been a regular visitor to the juvenile court and even prison. Despite his regular violent outbursts, »
- Talia Soghomonian
Further to our earlier posts with the first clips from Todd Haynes’ Carol and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, the opening ceremony and jury presentation at the Cannes Film Festival is now available to watch online, as well as many clips from those films featured in the Official Competition from the Opening Ceremony.
Presented by French actor Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), the jury which includes Joel & Ethan Coen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro, was presented to the audience at the ceremony, before showing teaser clips from many of the films, including first look’s at Gaspar Noe’s Love, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and the aforementioned films.
The teaser trailers for the films begin around the 22-minute mark is the video, which you can view here.
- Scott J. Davis
The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival has kicked off and you can follow along with all our coverage by clicking right here. The jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, whose members include Jake Gyllenhaal, Sophie Marceau, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller and more, are in place and most of the key films have yet to be unveiled. But Cannes has given us a little taste of what’s to come. In the opening ceremony video (which you can see below), hosted by Master of Ceremony, French actor Lambert Wilson, clips from almost all the competing films have been revealed. They give us a glimpse at coveted titles like Denis Villeneuve's crime drama "Sicario" with Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt in the lead roles, Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees," which stars Matthew McConaughey (you can see a full clip here), Todd Haynes »
- Edward Davis
TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and Awards Editor Steve Pond are on the ground in the South of France for the 68th Cannes Film Festival. See video live from the red carpet, press conferences and interview through the festival week above. The Opening Ceremony took place Wednesday night at the Grand Théâtre Lumière and featured a ballet choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, husband of his “Black Swan” costar Natalie Portman, whose feature film directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is featured among the festival’s Special Screenings. Also Read: 5 Things to Expect at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Lambert Wilson then welcomed on stage the. »
- Deborah Day
It was only the second opening-night film in the festival’s 68-year-history directed by a woman (Emmanuelle Bercot). Girl power seemed to be a theme on and off the red carpet. At 71, Deneuve proved she’s still an international movie icon, drawing cheers as she entered the Palais, along with her co-star Benoit Magimel.
The guest list included a cluster of Hollywood stars: Natalie Portman — whose directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” plays in the official selection; Naomi Watts (here for competition drama “Sea of Trees”); Julianne Moore; Lupita Nyong’o; and Isabella Rossellini, whose mother, Ingrid Bergman, graces the official festival poster. Chinese stars Fan Bingbing and Angelababy were also among the high-profile celebrities who attended.
The mood on the red »
- Elsa Keslassy and Ramin Setoodeh
Italian director Roberto Ando has lined up an impressive Italian and international cast for his “Le Confessioni” (The Confessions), a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk.
Producer Angelo Barbagallo will be pitching the pic to international sales agents on the Croisette.
Ando in 2013 scored a local hit with political dramedy “Viva La Liberta,” toplining Servillo.
Shooting on “Confessions” is set to start in Germany on May 26, and will then segue to Italy.
Pic is an Italian-French co-production being co-produced by Barbagallo’s Bibi Film,
Gaul’s Barbary Film and Rai Cinema. It got a hefty 550,000 euro ($623,000) subsidy from Italy’s Mibact government funding entity.
Though “Confessions” is believed to be inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” the production is staying mum on this »
- Nick Vivarelli
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in Elvis & Nixon, which Bloom sells internationally. The true story recounts the meeting between the King and the President when the former asks to be sworn in as an undercover FBI agent.
Financier-distributor Remstar Group recently launched a content production and financing venture, Remstar Studios, to co-finance, develop and produce independent films and television projects.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen has signed to star as a lung specialist who discovers a link between a series of mysterious deaths and a state-approved drug.
The film is inspired by France’s real-life health scandal revolving around the diabetes drug Mediator, which is estimated to have caused the deaths of around 2,000 people before it was withdrawn from pharmacies in 2009.
Bercot and co-writer Séverine Bosschem’s screenplay is based on the book Médiator 150Mg: Combien de Morts? by Irène Frachon, a pulmonologist who was one of the first medical professionals to spot the link and suggested there had been a cover-up.
“It’s not a direct adaptation but rather inspired by the affair… it’s a sort »
Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.
The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.
Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.
The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on Us writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.
Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.
It marks »
Filmmaker Victor Levin’s smartly written feature debut, 5 to 7, is a charming and funny love story about an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and the beautiful, sophisticated French woman (Bérénice Marlohe) who befriends him on a New York sidewalk. Arielle (Marlohe), who enjoys an open relationship with her husband (Lambert Wilson), invites Brian (Yelchin) to join her in a passionate “cinq-à-sept” affair that he will never forget. The lessons he learns about life and love during their brief but tender courtship change him forever. Glenn Close, Frank Langella and Olivia Thirlby also star. In an exclusive interview, Levin talked about how this was a passion project he’d always wanted to direct, why it’s not a romantic comedy in a traditional sense, how he found the best actors to tell his story, the film’s financing, how his television experience informed his approach, his visual style and the decision to shoot in widescreen, »
- Sheila Roberts
Writer and producer Victor Levin makes a patiently observed portrait of unconventional romance in the heterosexual realm with the warmly performed 5 to 7, so named for the French saying “Le cinq a sept,” which basically means happy hour but carries playful connotations of extramarital romance in the hazy, undocumented hours afforded the working class before reporting for duties on the domestic hearth. Playful, observant, and provoking to those who’ve never considered the possibility (or worthiness) of such an arrangement as the romantic involvement suggested here, the film feels calibrated towards the type of American conservatism that can only begin to fathom such quandaries through the guise of a pronounced European influence.
Here, it is a French couple suggesting that monogamy has little to do with a successful marriage, and a series of intellectual Manhattan »
- Nicholas Bell
Relative to its fellow grand European capitals, Berlin’s potential as a romantic playground has been rather under-explored on film, which is reason enough to welcome Lulu Wang’s slight, sprightly art-scene comedy “Posthumous” onto screens. The city’s scruffy-chic bohemian backstreets add pleasingly eccentric edge to an amiable farce predicated on the old maxim that artists are never appreciated in their time, as Brit Marling’s clear-eyed reporter unravels the truth behind the supposed death of Jack Huston’s dreamily tortured genius. The satire is tempered, however, as proceedings inevitably take an amorous turn. Though Wang’s debut feature — which received its North American premiere at the Miami Film Festival — skips a few steps in its tonal tango, it exhibits enough cheery commercial nous to attract distributor attention at the lighter end of the arthouse gallery.
Chinese-American filmmaker Wang, a recipient last year of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship, »
- Guy Lodge
Lambert Wilson - returning to the Croisette as master of ceremonies
That most elegant and refined of French actors, Lambert Wilson, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival in May to host both the opening and closing ceremonies in the presence of jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.
The organisers of the Festival made no apologies for inviting him back for duty on the 13 May and for the closing awards on 24 May.
“Lambert Wilson left a distinct mark on the 67th Festival de Cannes ceremonies with his elegance, poise and lyrical eloquence while evoking his love of cinema,” organisers said.
Outside of France the versatile Wilson is best known for his roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Currently he is to be seen in Suite Française with Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams.
He first came to the Croisette in 1985 when he appeared alongside Juliette Binoche »
- Richard Mowe
Paris — Following his colorful and eloquent performance at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, French actor Lambert Wilson (“Of Gods and Men”) has been tapped again as master of ceremonies for the 68th edition of the festival.
“At the end of the awards ceremony in which ‘Winter Sleep’ by Nuri Bilge Ceylan garnered the prize, the actor concluded with the following words: ‘The world is written in an incomprehensible language, but cinema helps us translate it universally. Without its guiding light, everyone would be stuck in the dark of the night,'” recalled the festival in its official announcement.
- Elsa Keslassy
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