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Many a filmmaker shows up at the Sundance Film Festival dreaming of becoming the next Martin Scorsese. But only Alfonso Gomez-Rejon can claim to have crashed on the legendary director’s sofa, retyped his script pages and learned at his side.
Unsurprisingly, the “Taxi Driver” auteur is everywhere in Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance grand jury prize-winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release June 12. Greg Gaines, the movie’s cinephile protagonist, has a “Mean Streets” poster tacked to his bedroom wall, a first-edition copy of “Scorsese on Scorsese” on his desk, and a photo of the filmmaker’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker as his computer screensaver.
And those are just some of the homages that crop up throughout the second feature by Gomez-Rejon, who learned some of his craft at Scorsese’s elbow, as the director’s production assistant on the Las Vegas shoot of “Casino” in 1995. Now, »
- Scott Foundas
Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Gail Heaney as executive VP of media, responsible for marketing solutions and media strategies for releases across all platforms.
Prior to Summit Entertainment, Heaney worked for the CW Television Network, developing media campaigns for “Gossip Girl” and “Reaper.” She worked at Universal on media spending for theatrical and DVD releases, including “King Kong” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Broad Green, founded last year by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has focused on adult-oriented dramas, with an upcoming slate that includes “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield; “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford; Sarah Silverman’s “I Smile Back”; and three Terrence Malick films: “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
In addition to its current specialty slate, »
- Dave McNary
Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.
People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders, from eventual Best Actor-winner Roberto Begnini ("Life is Beautiful") and "The Piano" and "The Pianist" to Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Best Picture-winner "The Artist." Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't opened stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? Weinstein Co. has a full slate this year: "Carol." This is a strong contender on many fronts. Most likely are its two leads. Rooney Mara shared the Cannes Best Actress jury award, which will help her going forward and lends support for a Best Actress slot along with Cate Blanchett. Mara was nominated once »
- Anne Thompson
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
Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It's just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company will campaign them both in lead, or place Mara in supporting. The latter seems more like Harvey, and if that's the case we can pretty much guarantee that one of the category's five slots will go to Mara. Who joins her? That depends on how big, small or good dozens of hopefuls' roles are in films we -- in some cases -- won't see until November. The mighty likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Laura Linney, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »
- Peter Knegt
In CompetitionPalme d'Or – Dheepan, directed by Jacques AudiardGrand Prix – Son of Saul, directed by László NemesJury Prize – The Lobster, directed by Yorgos LanthimosBest Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien, The AssassinBest Actor – Vincent Lindon, The Measure of a ManBest Actress – Rooney Mara, Carol; Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon RoiBest Screenplay – Michel Franco, ChronicRead our Notebook coverage of Son of Saul, The Lobster, The Assassin, and CarolUn Certain RegardPrix Un Certain Regard – Rams, directed by Grímur HákonarsonJury Prize – The High Sun, directed by Dalibor MatanićBest Director – Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Journey to the ShoreA Certain Talent Prize – Corneliu Porumboiu, The TreasureSpecial Prize For Promising Futures – Nahid, directed by Ida Panahandeh; Fly Away Solo, directed by Neeraj GhaywanCheck out our Notebook coverage of Journey to the Shore and The TreasureCamera d'OrCamera d'Or – Land and Shade, directed by César Augusto AcevedoCritics' WeekCritics' Week Grand Prize – Paulina, directed by Santiago MitreFrance 4 Visionary Award – Land and Shade, directed by César Augusto »
Cannes — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign. Before you start second guessing which films have a shot and which don't, remember the actions of this year's Hollywood-influenced competition jury. The Coen brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and the Guillermo Del Toro, among others, awarded some interesting prizes that will absolutely affect the race. The critical kudos are important, too (as are those of us who cover the beat on a regular basis and took in this year's slate »
- Gregory Ellwood
I've seen more than one person say the 2015 Cannes Film Festival quite simply didn't live up to normal expectations. I started getting that vibe at the end of last week as it seemed there were a few "good" films coming out of the festival -- The Lobster, Carol, Son of Saul, Amy -- but nothing that was really wowing a large majority of those in attendance. The teaser for a recently penned story from Manohla Dargis at the "New York Times" read: "As the festival nears its close, many fine movies by revered filmmakers have been shown, but none of them are masterworks." Many fine movies... that's great, but the hope heading into Cannes is finding at least one film that truly knocks the audience's socks off, but it seems this year the jeering for Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees made more headlines than anything else. Yesterday »
- Brad Brevet
'Dheepan' has won the top prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or. The Jacques Audiard-directed drama, which centres on refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France, surprisingly claimed the coveted award after being selected by a judging panel led by acclaimed Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. The French director, whose previous credits include 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone', told the BBC: ''To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm very touched.'' Meanwhile, Joel Coen said: ''This isn't a jury of film critics. This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work.'' Elsewhere, 'Son of Saul' - a Holocaust drama - won the Grand Prix prize, which is essentially the runner-up award, while Vincent Lindon won Best Actor for his role in Stephane Brize's 'The Measure of a Man'. »
Winners were announced on Sunday for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, and the top prize, the coveted Palme d'Or, went to Jacques Audiard's French film "Dheepan." This is the first time Audiard has won the award following three unsuccessful attempts ("A Self-Made Hero" in 1996, "A Prophet" in 2009 and "Rust and Bone" in 2012), though he did previously win a screenwriting award for "Self-Made Hero" and the Grand Prix for "A Prophet." -Break- His last two entries lost to films by Michael Haneke – "The White Ribbon" in 2009 and "Amour" in 2012 – so in his speech, Audiard thanked Haneke "for not making a film this year." Oscars next for Cannes winners Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Lindon? This year, Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen presided over the jury, which also included international actors Rossy de »
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has now come to an end, with “Dheepan” winning the Palme d’Or, a pair of flat shoes grabbing headlines and a consensus gradually emerging that this wasn’t a particularly impressive Cannes – that, perhaps, the first few days of euphoria that TheWrap noted last weekend faded into a succession of good-but-not-great films. Over the 12 days of the festival, a variety of winners and losers emerged. Here are a baker’s dozen of them: Winner: “Carol” No, it didn’t win the Palme d’Or, and had to settle for an odd tie (Rooney Mara tying with Emmanuelle Bercot from. »
- Steve Pond
The film with the biggest Oscar buzz out of this year's Cannes Film Festival was Todd Haynes' lesbian love story, "Carol," which took the Best Actress prize for Rooney Mara, who tied for the honor with French actress Emmanuelle Bercot ("Mon Roi"). Mara, who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," now has a serious chance to return to the derby, especially since most of the buzz about the film had surrounded her co-star, two-time Oscar champ Cate Blanchett. Click Here to see the complete list of Cannes winners. -Break- Nineteem women who won this category at Cannes went on to snag Oscar nominations and four have won: Simone Signoret for "Room at the Top" (1959), Sophia Loren for "Two Women" (1961), Sally Field for "Norma Rae" (1979) and Holly Hunter for "The Piano" (1993). Will Cannes hit 'Youth' bring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda bac. »
The 12 days of the prestigious 68th Festival de Cannes came to a close on Sunday (May 24, 2015) when the winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony.
The Palme d’Or went to Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan. To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. They barely know one another, but try to build a life together.
The Best Director prize was awarded to Nie Yinniang (The Assassin) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In 9th Century China, a »
- Movie Geeks
The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with an awards ceremony at the Palais des Festivals. This year’s Grand Prix was awarded to the Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” the debut film by Hungarian director László Nemes. The festival’s Jury Prize went to “The Lobster,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. And the winners are… In Competition : Feature Films Palme d’Or Dheepan Directed by Jacques Audiard Grand Prix Saul Fia (Son Of Saul) Directed by László Nemes Award for Best Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien for Nie Yinniang (The Assassin) Award for Best Screenplay Michel Franco for Chronic Award for Best Actress Ex-aequo Emmanuelle Bercot, Rooney Mara in Mon Roi Directed by MAÏWENN Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot in Carol Directed by Todd Haynes Award for Best Actor Stéphane BRIZÉ in La Loi Du MARCHÉ (The Measure Of A Man) Directed by Stéphane BRIZÉ Jury »
- Josh Abraham
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 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Sunday out in France, and the jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen selected Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan as the winner of the Palme D’Or. Dheepan tells the story of a Tamil warrior who relocates to Paris after being forced to flee his country during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Audiard has previously been a near runner-up with each of his last two films submitted for the Palme, A Prophet and Rust and Bone. Watch the first clip for Dheepan here.
From Laszlo Nemes, the Holocaust drama Son of Saul won the Grand Jury Prize. Hou Hsiao-hsien, thought to be a Palme contender, ended up picking up the Best Director prize for his period, action drama The Assassin. He previously won the Jury Prize for The Puppetmaster. Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot split the Best Actress prize for their films Carol and Mon Roi. »
- Brian Welk
Critics had predicted that Todd Haynes’ Carol or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin would take the top prize, while momentum appeared to shift to Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul when it picked up the Fipresci prize. Even the bookies favoured a different title, pegging Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster for the prestigious honour.
But while they each left the Lumiere Theatre with one prize apiece, it was Dheepan that claimed the top honour.
The drama centres on a Tamil freedom fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, one of three non-professional Tamil leads) who, near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, flees to Europe with a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum »
Screen is reporting live from the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, including quotes from the red carpet.
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After 12 days of world premieres and red carpets, the winners of the 68th Cannes Film Festival are being revealed inside the Lumière Theatre.
Opinion from Screen’s jury of critics gave close to top marks to both Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period Chinese drama The Assassin, while Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey, scored a 12-year low.
But it is the jury chaired by Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen that will decide who takes home the prestigous Palme d’Or.
The winners of of the 68th Cannes Film Festival have been unveiled. In a rather surprise announcement, the Palme d’Or top prize went to Jacques Audiard's émigré drama "Dheepan," which features all Sri Lankaian non-actors in the lead roles. Audiard has been here before, and won the jury prize for "A Prophete" in 2009. The runner up Grand Prize went to Hungarian filmmaker “László Nemes’ much-loved Holocaust drama “Son Of Saul,” a film many predicted for the top award. The Best Director award went to Hou Hsiao-Hsien for his long-gestating martial arts drama ”The Assassin,” and the Best Actress prize was shared between Rooney Mara for “Carol” and Emmanuel Bercot for “Mon Roi.” Another festival favorite, Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster," took the Jury prize. Read More: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Is An Excellent, Searing, And Compassionate Drama The full winners list below with links to the. »
- Rodrigo Perez
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