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Cannes: ‘Rams’ wins Un Certain Regard prize

23 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prizes awarded to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.

Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams has picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Review: RamsINTERVIEW: Grimur Hákonarson

Following 2010’s Summerland, Icelandic director Hakonarson’s second feature centres on two estranged brothers who have to reunite to save their sheep during an outbreak of disease.

It proved a hot title for New Europe Film Sales, which sold the film around the world during the Cannes Marché, having sold French rights to Arp Selection before the festival.

As winner, Rams will be shown at the end of Cannes’ closing ceremony tomorrow (May 24).

Jury Prize

The Jury Prize went to The High Sun (Zvizdan), a Croatian drama from Dalibor Matanic.

Review: The High Sun

The Zagreb-born writer-director is best known for his 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls but has also had two shorts »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Nahid’

16 May 2015 11:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Were the title not already taken, “Nahid” writer-director Ida Panahandeh could easily have called her debut feature “A Separation,” for its similarly fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and remarriage in Iran. That thematic connection is hardly lost on Panahandeh, who has cast “A Separation” co-star Sareh Bayat in the title role here, as a small-town divorcee who finds herself navigating a peculiar minefield known as “temporary marriage.” The result is a reasonably absorbing, well-acted melodrama that lacks the taut dramatic construction and universal resonances of Asghar Farhadi 2011 Oscar winner, but adds another valuable voice to the cinematic chorus concerning the generally deplorable position of women in Islamic society. Further festival play and minor arthouse exposure should follow the film’s Cannes premiere.

Nahid (Bayat) is a single mother living in a northern Iranian coastal town where low grey clouds seem to hang perpetually in the skies, »

- Scott Foundas

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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

16 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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