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Live from Cannes: Dispatch 2

22 May 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Hello again, I'm back. Well after a strong opening, many films in the competition failed to impress the critics and the audiences. Many have have been wondering how those films got selected. These include "Selon Charlie (Charlie Says)" by Nicole Garcia, "Fast Food Nation" by Richard Linklater and "Southland Tales" by Richard Kelly. So far "Volver" by Pedro Almodovar is in the running for the awards. However it doesn't mean anything. Last year "Caché" was in the same position only to loose to "L'enfant" which was also poorly reviewed. It's up in the air what goes in the mind of the jury since the president Wong Kar Wai didn't set any criteria for the jury to select a film. Given the fact that his films relies on mood, atmosphere and emotions, I guess that will be the criteria. So my hunch is so far "Volver" and "Babel" but that remains to be seen. »

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Critic's notebook: Cannes midpoint finds Competition worthy

22 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- The 59th edition of the Festival de Cannes is shaping up as the best Competition since the much-celebrated 2002 vintage. (The Pianist won, you'll recall.) Which does not mean that one can easily spot the winners. There are some obvious front-runners though, as well as some obvious disappointments. And certainly this jury, weighed so heavily with actors, has any number of superb performances to judge. Probably the most universally admired Competition entry at this juncture is Pedro Almodovar's Volver, a terrific piece of entertainment with a standout performance by Penelope Cruz (a best actress?). A tale of mothers, sisters and friends wrapped in a beguiling ghost story, the film has the hallmarks of a cinematic master. Combining stark reality with whimsical fantasy so well is testament to Almodovar's filmmaking skill. The result is one of the director's most accessible and therefore commercial ventures. The question is then: Will Almodovar's conventional approach -- for Almodovar, mind you -- militate against him in the eyes of the jury? Nicole Garcia's accomplished mosaic Selon Charlie may give France its best shot at the Palme d'Or in years. A rich and insightful piece of storytelling, it explores the lives of a handful of men as they are given cause to reassess the choices they've made. »

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Critic's notebook: Cannes midpoint finds Competition worthy

22 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- The 59th edition of the Festival de Cannes is shaping up as the best Competition since the much-celebrated 2002 vintage. (The Pianist won, you'll recall.) Which does not mean that one can easily spot the winners. There are some obvious front-runners though, as well as some obvious disappointments. And certainly this jury, weighed so heavily with actors, has any number of superb performances to judge. Probably the most universally admired Competition entry at this juncture is Pedro Almodovar's Volver, a terrific piece of entertainment with a standout performance by Penelope Cruz (a best actress?). A tale of mothers, sisters and friends wrapped in a beguiling ghost story, the film has the hallmarks of a cinematic master. Combining stark reality with whimsical fantasy so well is testament to Almodovar's filmmaking skill. The result is one of the director's most accessible and therefore commercial ventures. The question is then: Will Almodovar's conventional approach -- for Almodovar, mind you -- militate against him in the eyes of the jury? Nicole Garcia's accomplished mosaic Selon Charlie may give France its best shot at the Palme d'Or in years. A rich and insightful piece of storytelling, it explores the lives of a handful of men as they are given cause to reassess the choices they've made. »

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French film lab union calls off strike

4 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- A threat to the delivery of prints at the Festival de Cannes was averted late Thursday when unions at France's biggest film laboratories called off a two-day old strike over feared job cuts. Workers at I Laboratoires outside Paris downed tools Tuesday in protest at expected job cuts, and the stoppage was renewed Thursday. Eclair, which employs close to 400 people, recently announced a 50% drop in its revenue from 35mm negative processing for the first quarter, prompting management to examine restructuring the workforce through early retirement and voluntary redundancies. Management met with staff reps Thursday evening and gave guarantees that there will be no forced redundancies. "We restart work tomorrow," said Sylvain Szuscany, representative of the CGT union. No one from management was available for comment at press time. Eclair is processing about a dozen films due to unspool at Cannes, mainly French titles including the Competition films Selon Charlie and Quand j'etais chanteur, the closing-night film Transylvania and the opening film for sidebar Un Certain Regard, Paris, je t'aime. »

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