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Taking a Closer Look at the Cannes Line-Up

15 April 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Sophia Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos, Noah Baumbach, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and more…2017 Official Poster © Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale © Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images

The official lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 18–28, was announced April 13. While a few more screenings will undoubtably be added as we creep nearer to the festival, the selections announced feature a lot worth getting excited over — including, for the first time, two television shows (Twin Peaks and Top of the Lake) and a virtual reality film (Carne y Arena). Also, considering that The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled are both in the main competition, there is, assuming equal probability, an 11.1% chance that a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will take home the top prize. Considering

This year, the festival jury will be headed by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, with French actress Sandrine Kiberlain presiding over the Camera d’Or jury and Romanian »

- Ciara Wardlow

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The Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2017: A Rundown

13 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 2017 Cannes official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, red-carpet star power, and the rarest breed — a handful of players who could return to North America as Oscar contenders.

Nicole Kidman will be stuffing her trunks with evening gowns, as she will need to walk the Palais steps at least four times: twice with Colin Farrell, for Cannes favorite Sofia Coppola‘s Civil War potboiler “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24), both in Competition, and again for John Cameron Mitchell‘s midnighter “How to Talk with Girls at Parties” (A24) and a preview of Jane Campion‘s returning Sundance Channel series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” How the three films play in Cannes will determine if the Oscar perennial returns for another go-round.

Isabelle Huppert won the Cesar and was close — we think — to winning the Oscar for “Elle. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2017: A Rundown

13 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2017 Cannes official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, red-carpet star power, and the rarest breed — a handful of players who could return to North America as Oscar contenders.

Nicole Kidman will be stuffing her trunks with evening gowns, as she will need to walk the Palais steps at least four times: twice with Colin Farrell, for Cannes favorite Sofia Coppola‘s Civil War potboiler “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24), both in Competition, and again for John Cameron Mitchell‘s midnighter “How to Talk with Girls at Parties” (A24) and a preview of Jane Campion‘s returning Sundance Channel series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”

Isabelle Huppert won the Cesar and was close — we think — to winning the Oscar for “Elle.” She’s back in two movies, “Happy End” (Sony Pictures Classics) by Michael Haneke, rejoining “Amour” co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant, »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes Wish List: 50 Films That Have a Serious Shot at the 2017 Festival Lineup

31 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In order to make accurate predictions about the potential Cannes Film Festival lineup, it’s first important to explore which films definitely won’t make the cut. The glamorous French gathering is notorious for waiting until the last minute before locking in every slot for its Official Selection. That includes competition titles, out of competition titles, a small midnight section and the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Cannes announces the bulk of its selections in Paris on April 13, but until then, there are plenty of ways to make educated guesses. Much of the reporting surrounding the upcoming festival selection is simply lists of films expected to come out this year. However, certain movies are definitely not going to the festival for various reasons.

That’s why our own list of potentials doesn’t include “Image Et Parole,” Jean-Luc Godard’s followup to “Goodbye to Language,” which sales agent Wild Bunch now anticipates as a 2018 title. »

- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry, Kate Erbland, Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise

30 March 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Majorie Prime”: Sundance Institute

FilmRise has acquired U.S. distributions rights to Lois Smith and Jon Hamm’s holographic love story “Marjorie Prime,” Deadline reports. Directed by Michael Almereyda (“Hamlet”), the sci-fi film co-stars Geena Davis and Tim Robbins. “Marjorie Prime” took home the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at Sundance this year, where it made its world premiere.

Based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play, the film is set in the near future and centers on Marjorie (Smith), who “spends time with the young likeness of her deceased husband, Walter (Hamm). This revitalized Walter is a sophisticated holographic projection that provides companionship while stimulating Marjorie’s memory — allowing her to explore their shared past as she lives with dementia,” Deadline summarizes. “Marjorie’s daughter Tess (Davis) and her husband, Jon (Robbins), develop their own complex feelings about the new Walter, uneasily coming to terms with the nature of identity, memory, and our ever-shifting relationship to technology.” Smith originated the role of Marjorie in the stage version of the story. She first played the character in 2014.

According to the source, FilmRise is planning to launch a theatrical release mid-2017 and will “push all the main actors with a targeted award-season campaign.” Smith is currently 86 years old, so she’ll be 87 by the time Oscar nominations are announced. The oldest actress to receive a Best Actress nomination thus far is Emmanuelle Riva, who was 85 years old when she scored a nod in 2013 for “Amour.”

Smith’s career spans nearly seven decades, with film credits including “East of Eden,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Dead Man Walking,” and “Please Give.” “Desperate Housewives,” “True Blood,” and “Grace and Frankie” are among her TV credits.

“We are thrilled to announce our acquisition of this superb Sundance award-winner,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “Michael Almereyda has created a subtle and masterly adaptation, and the performances by Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins are extraordinary.”

Marjorie Prime” will also be available on Amazon Prime Video this year.

Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

9 March 2017 8:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As the film distribution landscape keeps evolving, distributors of foreign language fare in the United States are struggling to keep up with a brave new world. French cinema, a niche favorite of American audiences for decades, is struggling to stay in the game — and right now, its future is uncertain.

Ten years ago, we had more success at the box office,” Isabelle Giordano, the Executive Director of UniFrance, recently told IndieWire. “We have to admit that the situation is not as good as it was then.”

But it’s not for lack of effort. Thanks to a number of initiatives headed up by UniFrance – a government-supported body that operates with the sole aim of promoting French cinema throughout the world – French films are fighting to find new life at the U.S. box office.

Per Deadline, ticket sales in foreign markets for French titles dipped to $35 million in 2016, down 69% from »

- Kate Erbland

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Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress

25 February 2017 5:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Isabelle who…?” It’s a question I’ve gotten more times than I’d care to count this Oscar season, as audiences discover the fearless star of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive French thriller “Elle” — who just added an Independent Spirit Award to the collection of accolades the role has earned. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you count yourself among the cinephiles who are only now learning Mme Huppert’s name (pronounced “Hoo-pair”).

Just yesterday, the French film academy honored Huppert with her second César award — but even her compatriots are late to the party. She’s been nominated 16 times, but France takes the provocative — and extremely prolific — actress for granted. After all, she’s never not acting, whether it’s on stage (from “Medea” to “The Maids”) or screen (at a rate of two or three movies a year). When French audiences see “Elle,” in which »

- Peter Debruge

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How a Sexually Violent, Subversive Thriller Earned Its Star an Oscar Nomination

24 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Warning: mild spoilers follow. The film Elle has no interest in making its viewers comfortable. Instead, the movie opens on a rape scene that is loud, startling, and brutal. Seeing sexual assault on screen is not out of the ordinary in film; what is out of the ordinary about Elle is almost everything happens in the aftermath of the attack. The French movie, helmed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (yes, he also did Showgirls), had until last month flown relatively under the radar in the United States. Certainly, most people watching the Golden Globes in their living rooms were taken by surprise when star Isabelle Huppert won best actress in a drama at the award ceremony - and many were again surprised when she scored an Oscar nomination on Jan. 24. Now, as the movie garners more and more attention, it's sparking a complicated conversation about rape culture, our ideas about victims and survivors, »

- Lindsay Miller

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‘Isabelle Huppert: A Tribute’ Is Essential Viewing for All Huppert Super-Fans — Watch

21 February 2017 9:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Oscar voting currently underway, what better time for the Academy to remember the exemplary work of Best Actress contender and the woman Stephen Colbert recently called “the French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert? Or maybe you’re like the rest of us, a lowly Huppert connoisseur who just likes to appreciate the French actress’ immense talents.

Read More: The Oscar Race for Best Actress is Down To Emma Stone vs. Isabelle Huppert

In a career-spanning video (that still only touches on 50 of the 100+ films she’s worked on), our own sometime-contributor Carlos Aguilar has created a tribute that offers a glimpse at the performances Huppert gave in films such as “La Cérémonie,” “Amour,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and 2016’s “Elle,” which garnered her the Oscar nomination.

“Academy Award-nominated actress, Isabelle Huppert, is one of the most versatile, prolific, and talented performers the world has ever seen,” the video’s description reads. »

- Allison Picurro

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5 Reasons Why French Legend Isabelle Huppert Deserves to Win the Oscar for Best Actress

18 February 2017 10:06 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

With final Academy Award voting coming to an end on Tuesday February 21st, it seems like a good time to champion what has been the most honored performance of the year, and which, if voters are looking in the right place, should be crowned on Oscar Sunday. The race for the Best Actress statuette has been fierce this awards season, but the one actress that has come out on top in more occasions than any other is Isabelle Huppert. For her role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” the revered French icon has earned her first-ever Oscar nomination, and there is no one that deserves to win more than she does. In case there is any doubt that Huppert is at the top of her craft and should be recognized, here are five reasons why “the greatest actress working today” should take home the coveted statuette.

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- Carlos Aguilar

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Tspdt’s 1,000 Greatest Films 2017 Edition Adds ‘The New World,’ ‘Amour,’ ‘Hunger,’ and More

13 February 2017 11:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s just a few weeks until this year’s Oscars, which means the Hollywood machine is running out of steam to provide “new angles” on various awards season campaigns and Oscar bloggers are trying to squeeze traffic out of last-minute prediction shifts. It’s fitting, then, that around this time every year we get a rather substantial update of one of the most comprehensive polls on the greatest films of all-time, not simply the November/December releases with the biggest marketing budget come Academy Awards time.

That’s right, They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? has now published their 2017 edition of 1,000 Greatest Films, culled together from an exhaustive list of major publications and critics. Still topped by Citizen Kane, I often find the most interesting portion to be those films that have most moved around, for better or worse, especially those with newfound critical admiration. This year, Terrence Malick »

- Jordan Raup

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race

10 February 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am

This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.

Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.

Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »

- Adriana Floridia

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In tribute to Emmanuelle Riva by Anne-Katrin Titze

1 February 2017 2:27 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Emmanuelle Riva with Vanessa Redgrave and Michael Barker for Michael Haneke's Amour Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuelle Riva, César, Lumière, and BAFTA Best Actress winner and Oscar nominee for Michael Haneke's Best Foreign Language Film winner Amour died at the age of 89 on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Paris.

Riva's performance with Eiji Okada in Alain Renais' Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959 cuts so sharply to the truth about love and war that even after many viewings it is difficult to fully grasp the film's historical significance, storytelling innovations and stylistic brilliance.

Emmanuelle Riva in the hands of Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour

Annette Insdorf, Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia’s School of the Arts, Mademoiselle C director Fabien Constant, and Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words director Stig Björkman sent their remembrances.

"I consider Emmanuelle Riva one of the greatest actors of the past 60 years. I last saw »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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'Amour' star Emmanuelle Riva dies aged 89

29 January 2017 1:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French actress starred in new wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour.

Oscar-nominated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died in Paris aged 89.

Riva, who had cancer, became the oldest woman to be Oscar-nominated in the best actress category for her performance in Michael Haneke’s 2012 drama Amour.

In the acclaimed feature, Riva plays an octegenarian music teacher who suffers a series of devastating strokes.

While the actress missed out on the Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence her performance garnered wins at the Céssar and Bafta awards.

Riva shot to fame aged 26 in 1959 new wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour and worked steadily on stage and screen over six decades.

During her career she worked with film directors including Gillo Pontecorvo, Jean-Pierre Melville, Georges Franju, Marco Bellochhio, Julie Delpy and Krzysztof Kieslowski in Three Colours: Blue.

She most recently performed in 2016 Icelandic thriller Alma, which is currently in post-production.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Emmanuelle Riva obituary

29 January 2017 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor celebrated for her intellectual performances who achieved early success in Hiroshima Mon Amour

For her brave, unsentimental performance as an elderly woman agonisingly declining physically and mentally in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012), Emmanuelle Riva, who has died aged 89, became the oldest best actress Oscar nominee ever, at 85. It was more than half a century since Riva’s soothing cadenced voice and delicate features had dominated Alain Resnais’ masterful Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959).

In that film, the voice of Riva as Elle is first heard over horrific newsreel images of the victims of the atom bomb, and it is almost 10 minutes into the film before we see her in the arms of her Japanese lover (Eiji Okada), called simply Lui. She is a French actor in Hiroshima, he is an architect. The repeated phrases of their dialogue echo throughout the film written by Marguerite Duras. He says: “You saw nothing in Hiroshima. »

- Ronald Bergan

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Newswire: R.I.P. Amour actress Emmanuelle Riva

28 January 2017 3:54 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Variety reports that celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died, at the age of 89. Over the course of her career, Riva worked with some of the most prominent directors in French and European cinema, with Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville, Georges Franju, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Michael Haneke all employing her talents. Her work with Haneke, on 2012’s Amour, (besides being both riveting and heartbreaking in its own right) earned her the distinction of being the oldest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress or Best Actor by the Academy Awards.

In her early career, Riva played the mysterious muse, lending wounded passion to her breakout role in Resnais’ philosophical romance, Hiroshima Mon Amour. She played a similar enigma in Franju’s Thérèse Desqueyroux, portraying a woman who lashes out at her hapless husband and unhappy existence in subtle, deadly ways. (Few actresses have ever made walking down the ...

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‘Amour’ Star Emmanuelle Riva Dies: Oscar-Nominated Actress Was 89

28 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Emmanuelle Riva, French actress known for her role in “Amour,” died on Friday, January 27, in a Paris clinic from a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvarez Correa, told The Associated Press. She was 89.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Riva “deeply marked French cinema” and “created intense emotion in all the roles she played.”

With a career spanning 60 years, Riva received her first Oscar nomination in 2013 for her performance in Michael Haneke’s film “Amour,” about an older couple’s bond of love after one of them suffers a stroke. That same role earned her a BAFTA Award and the prestigious César Award in the Best Actress categories.

“I have always encountered captivating roles and characters. I have often been happy, and still am now, with this exceptional film which happened at the exact moment in my life when I could do it, »

- Liz Calvario

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Emmanuelle Riva, Oscar-nominated Star of Amour, Dies at 89

28 January 2017 8:43 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emmanuelle Riva — the legendary French actress who received an Oscar nomination for her role in 2013’s Amour — has died, her agent said. She was 89.

Anne Alvares Correa told the Associate Press that Riva died Friday in a Paris clinic after battling a long illness.

Throughout the course of her six-decade career, Riva appeared in over 70 features. She scored her first lead role in Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour — which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959. She worked with acclaimed directors like Jean-Pierre Melville, Gillo Pontecorvo, Marco Bellocchio, Philippe Garrel, Francois Mauriac, and Krzysztof Kieslowski — playing an Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother »

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Emmanuelle Riva, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘Amour,’ Dies at 89

28 January 2017 7:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Emmanuelle Riva, the veteran French actress who became the oldest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history for her role in Michael Haneke’s 2012 drama “Amour,” died Friday at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press. Riva, who died in a Paris clinic after a long illness, launched her 60-year career with an early role in director Alain Resnais’ acclaimed “Hiroshima Mon Amour” in 1959. Other noteworthy movies include the 1959 Oscar nominee “Kapo,” 1961’s “Priest” opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo, and 1993’s “Three Colors: Blue,” in which she played Juliette Binoche’s mother. While she continued to work in both movies and on. »

- Thom Geier

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Emmanuelle Riva, Star of ‘Amour,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour,’ Dies at 89

28 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmanuelle Riva, one of the great French actresses with a screen career that spanned over five decades, from Alain Resnais’ “Hiroshima Mon Amour” to Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” has died. She was 89.

Though Riva started studying theater only in her mid-20s and worked onstage at first, her face and distinctive voice became well known early in her screen career, right after the release of Resnais’ “Hiroshima mon amour,” in which she played her first lead role. The film premiered in Cannes in 1959, and the actress returned to the fest for her last feature, simply titled “Amour,” in 2012. Haneke’s “Amour” went on to win the Palme d’Or, with a special mention for stars Riva and Louis Trintignant. Riva also won best actress for the film at the European Film Awards and the BAFTAs.

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