5 items from 2016
We'll update the Oscar charts when Cannes wraps up but for now let's talk about the buzziest actresses of the festival. We should note, however, that Cannes juries are notoriously hard to predict and there are still a few competition films left to premiere. What's more, every year people say "this is a shoo in for that!" and it does not come to pass -- especially when it comes to the acting prizes.
But here are five gorgeous and talented actresses at their premieres* who have garnered enough buzz to make us go "hmmmmm"
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Sandra Hüller stars in the nearly 3 hour comedy Toni Erdmann about a prank loving father and his overly serious daughter. The film comes from German director Maren Ade who had a critical hit several years back with Everyone Else (2009). Hüller's chief claim to fame is the drama Requiem (2006) for which she won Best Actress in Germany. »
- NATHANIEL R
The first English-language feature from Norwegian director Joachim Trier takes its title from an American compilation album by Brit band the Smiths, who in turn lifted it from Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart’s prose-poetry novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. With its suggestion of what Trier calls “the incomparability of pain”, the phrase “louder than bombs” perfectly sums up this flawed yet intriguingly off-kilter oddity, a quiet tale of battlefields at home and abroad that drew somewhat misleading comparison with Robert Redford’s Ordinary People when it played in competition at Cannes last year.
Isabelle Huppert is typically mesmerising as war photographer Isabelle Joubert Reed, whose life and work is to be the posthumous subject of a major exhibition and newspaper retrospective, and whose »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
As it embraces TV’s digital revolution – VOD, shorter-form series – Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV group, is attempting not to lose the baby with the bathwater: Super Bowl-sized audiences every night of the year on its main Globo free-to-air channel, still driven by telenovelas.
Its latest play, “Velho Chico,” with big star-wattage, marks a new twist in its big novela lineup: the telenovela comeback of Luiz Fernando Carvalho (“The King of the Cattle”), nominated for an Intl. Emmy in 2014 for year-end special “Alexandre and Other Heroes” and one of Brazil’s most celebrated super-soap auteurs. Though Carvalho won a slew of prizes with his 2001 movie “To the Left of the Father,” he has spent much of his life battling to prove that Brazilian soaps can be a worthy successor of a great narrative tradition.
Bowing at 9 p.m. peak prime time on main channel Globo as Globo’s big new novela, »
- John Hopewell
Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981), a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old) suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »
- Andre Soares
“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.
Trapero won a »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2016
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