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The final additional titles for the 2015 Cannes Competition and the sidebar Un Certain Regard were announced earlier today (23 April) by the Festival organisers, and include a first film in the official selection from Ethiopia - Lamb by Yared Zeleke.
Artistic director Thierry Frémaux altogether added nine titles to the slate, including two which will vie for top prize the Palme d’Or: Michel Franco’s Chronic and Guillaume Niicloux’s Valley Of Love (with Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert).The opening slot of Un Certain Regard will be Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Red Bean Paste, adapted from the novel An by Japanese author Tetsuya Akikawa.
- Richard Mowe
Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.Click here for the full line-up
The 68th Cannes Film Festival has completed its Official Selection. Headlining the additions are two more Competition titles, taking the number of films in the running for the Palme d’Or up to 19.
The first is Chronic by Mexican director Michel Franco, starring Tim Roth and Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm). The film marks Franco’s English-language debut and centres on a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Wild Bunch handles sales
Franco and Roth decided to work together after meeting at Cannes in 2012, where the film-maker’s previous feature After Lucia won Un Certain Regard and Roth served on the jury.
The Mexican filmmaker was also in the running for Cannes’ Golden Camera in 2009 with his debut feature, Daniel and Ana.
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It was just a week ago that Cannes honcho Thierry Fremaux said that up to eight more films could be added to the festival's prestigious lineup. And he wasn't joking around. Today, seven more films have been added to the slate, but the one that has everyone talking is Gaspar Noe's "Love," which will get a Midnight Screening. Previously described as “a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl...that will give guys a hard-on and make girls cry" (remember, this is Gaspar Noe we're talking about), not much else has been spilled about the movie. But the filmmaker behind "Enter The Void" and "Irreversible" is known for his audacious visuals, and he's is taking it up a notch. "The film I'm finishing is going to be very unusual, because it's a love story in 3D," he recently told Marfa Journal (via Les Temps Detruit Tout »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River was torn limb from limb by critics at Cannes, followed by the news that it would be a straight to VOD release. The latter appears to have been an overreaction, as Warner Brothers quickly confirmed it’s set to receive a day and date limited spring run, but in any event, it’s a significant demotion for someone of Gosling’s pedigree at the hands of a major studio. The first trailer is now out, and I’m getting definite shades of Malick, Lynch and Tarkovsky, with Benoît Debie’s colorful lensing recalling his work on Irreversible, Enter the Void and Spring Breakers, in particular. There’s […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
The most controversial director in our top ten list has to be Argentinean director Gaspar Noé, who has made an infamous name for himself with a trio of French titles, beginning with 1998’s I Stand Alone, which starred a grizzled Philippe Nahon (who many should recognize for an equally unsettling role in Aja’s 2003 film High Tension) as a butcher spiraling into a violent rampage. But it was Noe’s 2002 title, Irreversible, which still makes entries on many lists documenting the most shocking or disturbing films ever made, thanks mostly to a nine minute rape scene featuring Monica Bellucci. And if we thought he couldn’t outdo himself there, Noe managed to do so with controversial Enter the Void (2009), in which the soul of a drug dealer is our guide through the underbelly of Tokyo, starring Paz de la Huerta in a terribly underrated performance. »
- Nicholas Bell
6 items from 2015
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