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Reda Kateb Takes an Oath in Hippocrates
By Alex Simon
French actor Reda Kateb always knew he was a born actor. The son of an Algerian actor father and French mother (and grandnephew of celebrated Algerian writer Kateb Yacine), Reda grew up watching his father perform on stages across Europe. After deciding himself to “enter the family business” as a child, honing his skills reciting his great uncle’s texts, Reda stayed busy on the stage as well, making his film debut in the internationally-lauded A Prophet in 2009.
Reda’s latest film, Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, traces the relationship between two young physicians (Kateb and Vincent Lacoste) doing their internships in a Parisian hospital. Reda’s work captured him a 2014 César Award as Best Supporting Actor. The film opens in the U.S. today, June 19.
Reda spoke to us by phone from his home in France. Here’s »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The selection of 98 restored films, directed by movie pioneer Louis Lumière and his cameramen, will be screened internationally for the first time following its Cannes premiere.
It forms part of the line-up of the festival, which also announced the 12 films in the international competition and six features (and 18 shorts) in the national competition.
Two Ukrainian films will participate in both competitions.
Oiff president Viktoriya Tigipko said there had been a trend this year for submissions by female directors.
“During this year’s selection we have noticed an interesting trend: 30% of the entries submitted to the International Competition were from female directors,” said Tigipko.
“As a result, four out of the 12 films selected are directed »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
★★★☆☆ Following the impressive The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), the excellent A Prophet (2010) and the melodramatic Rust and Bone (2012), Jacques Audiard returns to Cannes with Dheepan (2015), a mix of Loachian social realism and Death Wish-style violent fantasy. This outsider in Paris tale begins with a Tamil freedom fighter burning the bodies of his dead comrades and throwing his uniform into the fire. Disillusioned with the war he adopts the identity of one of the dead men, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) and, with the help of the smuggler, recruits a young woman to pose as his wife (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and an orphaned child (Claudine Vinasithamby) to be their daughter.
- CineVue UK
The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. Dheepan is a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in...
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The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. It's a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in theaters in the U.S. via IFC / Sundance Selects, perhaps before the end of the year. The jury gave the Grand Prix to Son of Saul, a widely-acclaimed Holocaust drama directed by László Nemes. The Hungarian film is set at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, as a prisoner...
- Peter Martin
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.
The choice of Dheepan, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as A Prophet and Rust and Bone, some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard's film. Dheepan is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.
"This isn't a jury of film critics," Joel Coen told reporters after the awards ceremony, alongside fellow jurors likeGuillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal. "This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work."
The win for »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
I've seen more than one person say the 2015 Cannes Film Festival quite simply didn't live up to normal expectations. I started getting that vibe at the end of last week as it seemed there were a few "good" films coming out of the festival -- The Lobster, Carol, Son of Saul, Amy -- but nothing that was really wowing a large majority of those in attendance. The teaser for a recently penned story from Manohla Dargis at the "New York Times" read: "As the festival nears its close, many fine movies by revered filmmakers have been shown, but none of them are masterworks." Many fine movies... that's great, but the hope heading into Cannes is finding at least one film that truly knocks the audience's socks off, but it seems this year the jeering for Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees made more headlines than anything else. Yesterday »
- Brad Brevet
'Dheepan' has won the top prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or. The Jacques Audiard-directed drama, which centres on refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France, surprisingly claimed the coveted award after being selected by a judging panel led by acclaimed Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. The French director, whose previous credits include 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone', told the BBC: ''To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm very touched.'' Meanwhile, Joel Coen said: ''This isn't a jury of film critics. This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work.'' Elsewhere, 'Son of Saul' - a Holocaust drama - won the Grand Prix prize, which is essentially the runner-up award, while Vincent Lindon won Best Actor for his role in Stephane Brize's 'The Measure of a Man'. »
Winners were announced on Sunday for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, and the top prize, the coveted Palme d'Or, went to Jacques Audiard's French film "Dheepan." This is the first time Audiard has won the award following three unsuccessful attempts ("A Self-Made Hero" in 1996, "A Prophet" in 2009 and "Rust and Bone" in 2012), though he did previously win a screenwriting award for "Self-Made Hero" and the Grand Prix for "A Prophet." -Break- His last two entries lost to films by Michael Haneke – "The White Ribbon" in 2009 and "Amour" in 2012 – so in his speech, Audiard thanked Haneke "for not making a film this year." Oscars next for Cannes winners Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Lindon? This year, Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen presided over the jury, which also included international actors Rossy de »
During the past week in Cannes people kept asking me, ‘so who is going to win the Palme d’Or?’ I long ago gave up trying to play that guessing game. Juries do their own thing and they’re often unpredictable. But no one was predicting French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, about a created family of Sri Lankan immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay… »
Update, 12:30 Pm Pt: Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, a drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and works as a caretaker outside Paris, scooped the Palme d’Or this evening. The win for Audiard, an acclaimed French filmmaker who has previously taken the Grand Prize for 2009’s A Prophet and the Screenplay honor for 1996’s Un Héro Très Discret, was nevertheless a bit of a surprise. In his acceptance, sans trademark porkpie hat, the helmer thanked his… »
The French drama won the prize earlier today (May 24) in a shock decision as the 68th annual festival drew to a close.
Meanwhile, Vincent London won Best Actor for his role in The Measure of Man and Best »
Jacques Audiard, 2015 Palme d’Or winner for Dheepan Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival After spending the day (Sunday May 24) ensconced in a hideaway villa high in the hills behind Cannes, deprived of their mobile phones for the sake of secrecy, Joel and Ethan Coen and the rest of the Competition jury tonight have broken their silence to award the festival’s top prize to A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard for Dheepan.
The film, one of a number of films dealing with hard-hitting issues at this year’s festival, deals with a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.
Dheephan, the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France. Lambert Wilson, master of ceremonies, told the gliterati at the Palais des Festivals, that they should open their eyes to the »
- Richard Mowe
The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Sunday out in France, and the jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen selected Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan as the winner of the Palme D’Or. Dheepan tells the story of a Tamil warrior who relocates to Paris after being forced to flee his country during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Audiard has previously been a near runner-up with each of his last two films submitted for the Palme, A Prophet and Rust and Bone. Watch the first clip for Dheepan here.
From Laszlo Nemes, the Holocaust drama Son of Saul won the Grand Jury Prize. Hou Hsiao-hsien, thought to be a Palme contender, ended up picking up the Best Director prize for his period, action drama The Assassin. He previously won the Jury Prize for The Puppetmaster. Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot split the Best Actress prize for their films Carol and Mon Roi. »
- Brian Welk
Critics had predicted that Todd Haynes’ Carol or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin would take the top prize, while momentum appeared to shift to Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul when it picked up the Fipresci prize. Even the bookies favoured a different title, pegging Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster for the prestigious honour.
But while they each left the Lumiere Theatre with one prize apiece, it was Dheepan that claimed the top honour.
The drama centres on a Tamil freedom fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, one of three non-professional Tamil leads) who, near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, flees to Europe with a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum »
The Cannes Film festival has given out the awards at its closing ceremony at the Theatre Lumiere. Some inevitable winners were joined by some surprises: perhaps the biggest was French auteur Jacques Audiard winning the Palme d'Or for "Dheepan," his timely, intuitive, brilliant and empathetic portrait of Tamil Emigres in France. While it was respected, no one was picking this for the big win. Clearly, it was a consensus choice. Audiard brought his two first-time actors, Antonythasan Jesuthasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan, up to the stage. Audiard's "Rust and Bone" had gone home empty-handed, but he won the Grand Prix for "A Prophet" in 2009. This is the fourth Palme d'Or win in ten years for IFC Films, which picked up the film for stateside release via Sundance Selects. All in all the French did well this year. Read: How Cannes Changed Its Jurors' Lives. When Agnes Varda, 86, accepted her well-deserved lifetime achievement award, »
- Anne Thompson
Cannes 2015 has closed its celluloid curtain and the awards have been bestowed (proper dress attire still required). Check out the winners below. The films that had been getting a lot of the top-prize buzz have been very diverse: there's the slow-burning 9th century martial arts film from Taiwan (The Assassin), the newest (most brutal) version of William Shakespeare's Macbeth (starring Michael Fassbender as the power-hungry warrior, and Marion Cotillard as his Lady), the 1950s-set lesbian melodrama, Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), and a devastating Auschwitz drama, Son of Saul, about a man trying to save a corpse from the prison camp flames, because he believes its his son. Our own Croisette-critic-on-the-grounds, Talia Soghomonian, chose Youth as her personal Palme pick from the competition litter. Youth is the follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as old friends on a European retreat. »
- Brian Formo
Cannes — The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has officially come to an end and, in something of a surprise, the winner of the Palme d'Or went to Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan." The presidents of the jury, Ethan and Joel Coen, reminded the media during the final press conference these honors weren't determined by critics. Instead, they were chosen by a nine-member jury which included notable names such as Guillermo Del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan, Sienna Miller and Sophie Marceau. Other major winners included "Son of Saul," which took the Grand Prix, "The Assassin," which took Best Director for Hsiao-hsien Hou; "The Lobster," which won the Jury Prize; and "Chronic," which won Best Screenplay. Veteran French actor Vincent Lindon was a mile surprise picking up the Best Actor prize for "La Loi Du Marche," but the bigger story was Best Actress. There was a split in the category amongst Rooney Mara ("Carol »
- Gregory Ellwood
Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams has picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Review: RamsINTERVIEW: Grimur Hákonarson
Following 2010’s Summerland, Icelandic director Hakonarson’s second feature centres on two estranged brothers who have to reunite to save their sheep during an outbreak of disease.
It proved a hot title for New Europe Film Sales, which sold the film around the world during the Cannes Marché, having sold French rights to Arp Selection before the festival.
As winner, Rams will be shown at the end of Cannes’ closing ceremony tomorrow (May 24).
Review: The High Sun
The Zagreb-born writer-director is best known for his 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls but has also had two shorts »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We’ll be better able to assess whether this Jacques Audiard’s seventh feature film was triumphant, faltered or flatlined when more results trickle in, but for the time being this looks to situate itself quality-wise underneath 2009’s Grand Prix winning A Prophet. It got his Cannes debut back in 1994 with Regarde Les Hommes Tomber in the Critics’ Week, saw 1996’s Un héros très discret land him Best Screenplay, and his last showing was for Rust & Bone in 2012. Starring relative unknowns in Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby, (supporting players also include Vincent Rottiers and Marc Zinga), Dheepan has all the earmarks from his other films: the immigrant story, criminal underpinnings, protagonist with odds against them, Paris, a visceral photography and on the tech side: a continued partnership with co-writer Thomas Bidegain. Make sure to click on the chart below for a larger version.
- Eric Lavallee
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