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Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.
Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
With only a week to go before the announcement of the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival Richard Mowe looks at the potential contenders.
A week today (17 April) all will be revealed by artistic director Thierry Fremaux at the media launch in Paris of this year’s 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, running from 14 to 25 May.
Tantalising morsels have been dangled by informed sources such as Ken Loach’s Jimmy Hall which if selected would mark his 12th time on the Croisette including the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley and two years ago with The Angels’ Share. A portrait of the Irish communist leader James Gralton (Barry Ward) Loach’s new film is said to be the director’s swansong before he retires from fiction film-making. »
- Richard Mowe
If you’re any kind of film lover, then you’ll have a favourite of Ken Loach’s work, my recent favourite is still The Wind That Shakes The Barley, an unforgettable drama that takes a different look into more recent Irish history, and today we’ve got a first look at the spirited-looking Jimmy’S Hall.
The film is based on a true story and Loach is once again working with writer Paul Laverty, who has collaborated a number of times with the director, with films that include Looking For Eric, The Angels’ Share, Sweet Sixteen plus a whole host more.
Jimmy’S Hall stars Barry Ward (Songs For Amy), Simone Kirby, Jim Norton (American History X), Francis Magee, Aisling Franciosi (The Fall), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Brian F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) and focuses around the life of Jimmy Gralton (Ward) who in 1921 built a dance hall. However, »
- Dan Bullock
Last year, Loach announced that the project will most likely be his final film.
Jimmy's Hall stars Barry Ward (Songs for Amy), Simone Kirby (Season of the Witch), Jim Norton (American History X), Francis Magee (Layer Cake), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Brian F O'Byrne (Million Dollar Baby).
Set in 1932, the film is centred around Jimmy Gralton, who returns to Ireland from New York after a decade away, having previously built a dance hall in the rural town.
Loach won the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2006 for The Wind that Shakes the Barley and won a career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. »
Based on a true story, Jimmy's Hall follows political activist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) who organises classes and events to help his local community out of his town's dance hall in 1930's Ireland. Facing opposition from the Church, Gralton is soon branded a Communist and threatened with deportation. The movie teams The Wind That Shakes The Barley director Ken Loach up again with screen writer Paul Laverty, and they make good use of the Irish scenery (the movie was shot in Co. Leitrim and Co. Sligo) and the Irish talent, including Ward, Sherlock's Andrew Scott, and Father Ted's Jim Norton. Released: 30th May (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Over the course of a career spanning 5 decades, director Ken Loach has made a mark for himself in the international film community, helming features such as Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and Hidden Agenda. Many fans of Loach were saddened to hear of the director’s possible retirement from feature filmmaking, but were intrigued by what would mark his potential final project. The film, titled Jimmy’s Hall, sees Loach working from a screenplay by Paul Laverty, with a cast that includes Andrew Scott, Jim Norton, Barry Ward, and Simone Kirby. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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The post ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, from director Ken Loach, releases its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
For over four decades, British auteur Ken Loach has been carving out his place in cinema history, starting with "Kes" in 1969. In 2006 he took home a Palme d'Or at Cannes for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a highlight in a career that has seen him loaded with honors from around the world. Last year, it was announced that the 77 year-old filmmaker was tiring of moviemaking and would be making his final feature, "Jimmy's Hall." And a taste of the results are here. The first trailer for the film has dropped over at The Guardian, and it looks firmly in Loach's wheelhouse of religion, drama and community colliding. Barry Ward leads the 1920s set film playing James Gralton, a political activist who fought the Catholic church's restriction of free speech in 1920s Ireland. And in an additional 9-minute behind-the-scenes featurette you can learn more about the true story with an interview with screenwriter Paul Laverty. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
From locked-in Cannes bait like the Dardennes brothers to outliers like Disney's new take on Sleeping Beauty, we list the films we predict will be vying for the prizes come May
The Oscars are over; Sundance is but a memory; SXSW has been overrun with musos. The film industry's eyes, forever trained forward, are now squinting against the glare of the south of France and the Cote d'Azur: Cannes is on its way. As ever, the speculation has already begun as to which films the festival will tie up for its official selection: Cannes's bespoke mix of esoteric auteurism, finger-poking controversy and shameless glitz. We know the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco will be there (it was announced as opening film back in January) and we're fairly sure the extended cut of Nymphomaniac Volume II has a spot reserved for it. But other than that, it's anyone's guess. Here »
- Xan Brooks, Andrew Pulver
The idea that only a British director such as Steve McQueen with British stars could have made Hollywood confront America's slavery legacy is a popular one with fans of UK cinema. But is there any foundation for it?
The bookies, at least, are of one mind: Sunday's Oscars victor will be either Gravity or 12 Years a Slave. The space spectacular must surely rank as the greatest-ever achievement of British film craftsmanship; the Louisiana-set drama doesn't even qualify as a UK film. Nonetheless, Britain's cinema chauvinists aren't all rooting for Gravity. There is something about its rival that inspires yet fiercer patriotism.
Of course, unlike Gravity, Slave features British stars. But that doesn't fully explain its hold on British hearts. Something else is involved: after decades of guilty silence from Hollywood, many believe, a British director has laid bare America's historic shame. Steve McQueen's feat is thus a rare transatlantic putdown of the swaggering yanks. »
- David Cox
“The angels’ share” is a term used in the distillery world to describe the two percent of a whiskey that evaporates while it spends years aging to perfection in its oaken cask. It’s a lovely, oddly poetic sentiment, and a perfect title for the latest collaboration between director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Looking for Eric). Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, The Angels’ Share is an uplifting comedy-drama that tells the story of Robbie Emmerson, a young man who has so far wasted his short life fighting in the Glasgow gutters. After his most recent violent scrape earns him a sentence of 300 hours of community service, Robbie decides to finally turn his life around--before it’s too late to do so. He is motivated to succeed by his loving girlfriend and their newborn son, but everyone else who knows »
- Lee Jutton
12 items from 2014
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