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One of the key awards at Cannes is the Camera d'Or, launched in 1978, which goes to the best film from a first-time filmmaker in the Official Selection, La Semaine de la Critique and Directors’ Fortnight. Past winners include Benh Zeitlin, whose 2012 "Beast of the Southern Wild" went on to nab Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Actress, as well as Jim Jarmusch ("Stranger than Paradise," 1984), Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!", 1988), John Turturro ("Mac," 1992), Marc Levin ("Slam," 1998), Miranda July ("Me, You and Everyone We Know," 2005), and Steve McQueen ("Hunger," 2008). It's a career launch prize. In 2014, fifteen films will be vying for the Camera d'Or award to be presented during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24th. French director Nicole Garcia will preside. Here's the jury: Nicole Garcia, President, actress and director Richard Anconina, actor Gilles Gaillard, technician Sophie Grassin, journalist and critic Héléna »
- Anne Thompson
Actor John Turturro may be best known as one of the screen’s best character actors who has been a part of the repertory companies of both Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever) and the Coen brothers (Miller’S Crossing, The Big Lebowsky), but he’s begun to make a name for himself behind the camera as well. After directing the music based documentary Passione in 2010 he has now directed his fourth dramatic feature (Mac in 1992, Illuminata in 1998, and the musical Romance And Cigarettes in 2005). Well, this a more of a comedy. To be more precise it’s a New York City-based comedy, much in the same vein as Woody Allen’s 70′s and 80′s classics (for the last few years Woody’s been shooting his stories in Europe and with last year’s Blue Jasmine in ‘gasp’ California). And guess who Mr. Turturro is directing and sharing scenes with? »
- Jim Batts
Director John Turturro arguably is the only filmmaker who’d ever think of casting actor John Turturro as an attentive escort who's handsomely paid for his sexual favors by exceptionally attractive -- and extremely grateful -- women. "Fading Gigolo" is the newest addition to his list of directorial credits, an inventory that also includes "Mac" (1992), his affectionate portrait of a workaholic building contractor not unlike Turturro's own dad, and "Passione," which was screened with Turturro in attendance at the 2010 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Turturro called a few days ago to discuss his work on both sides of the camera for "Fading Gigolo." The 57-year-old multihyphenate sounded justly proud of the movie's early success during bookings in New York and Los Angeles -- and seemed optimistic that audiences elsewhere also would embrace the film, offbeat casting and all. Highlights from Joe Leydon's interview with Turturro for Culture Map below. Read »
- Joe Leydon
Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer topliner “Elsa and Fred,” a remake of the 2008 Argentinian/Spanish hit, will open the 31st annual Miami Intl. Film Festival, a ten day event that this year will also screen the world premiere of Raymond De Felitta’s “Rob the Mob” and hand a career achievement award to John Turturro.
Michael Radford’s “Elsa and Fred,” about two people who find love late in life, features MacLaine and Plummer as the titular lovers as well as Marcia Gay Harden, George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin and Wendell Pierce, among others.
“Rob the Mob” (pictured) is the latest team-up for writer-helmer De Felitta and star Andy Garcia, the duo who last collaborated on indie hit “City Island.” Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Ray Romano, Burt Young and Griffin Dunne also are in the cast.
Turturro scores the career tribute for work as an actor that includes “Barton Fink” and “O Brother, »
- Gordon Cox
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