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Returning to Cannes following her international breakthrough performance in 2011's awards juggernaut "The Artist," directed by her husband Michel Hazanavicius, Oscar nominee Bérénice Bejo returned the Croisette this year with another film to sure to return her to the forefront of awards talk -- Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "A Separation," "The Past." Shot over a whopping four months in Paris following two months of intense rehearsals, "The Past," Farhadi's first film shot outside of his native Iran, centers on Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who after returning to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize his divorce to Marie (Bejo), discovers all is not well at home with his soon to be ex and her rebellious daughter (Pauline Burlet). In trying to bring the two together, Ahmad uncovers a secret from the past that could threaten to keep the pair at odds for life. Read More: Cannes: Asghar Farhadi »
- Nigel M Smith
Hollywood's finest and most familiar faces - from Jessica Chastain to Jessica Biel - have flocked to the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival. (Did we mention Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Watson, too?) But the true stars of the festival have yet to show up. Meet the ginger-colored cats who steal scenes from Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in the Coen brothers' latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis. (Fun fact: It took six felines to fill the role of the cat who follows Isaac around 1961 New York in the film.) Not surprisingly, the four-legged stars were quite the divas. »
- Dana Kennedy
I just spent 108 minutes catching up with Jesse and Celine. We've met them twice Before... and I spent the first 2/3rds of the movie grinning like a damn fool I was so happy to be marinating in their always passionate detour-filled conversations. It's too early to say how much I loved the movie (though I did) but it got me to thinking what an achievement this series is and got me to thinking of true movie magic and how much of it we've had lately. So while so many of my fellow critics enjoy their mad rush through Auteursville at Cannes tonight I'm remembering the time I fell in love with this movie...
...and that one
...and that one
...and that one.
Here's my ten favorite movies of the 'Teens (2010-2019) ... so far of course
the bonafide masterpieces -it'd be tough to imagine them not being on the decade best »
- NATHANIEL R
Régis Roinsard’s Populaire is being marketed as a romantic comedy, and so it is, but it’s also a buddy comedy of sorts, featuring a girl and her trusty typewriter. As colorful and perky as its tenacious blonde protagonist, Populaire is a sumptuously crafted and cheerful event likely to beguile the same audiences who adored Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist. If there’s nothing particularly [...] »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Spc and Farhadi have collaborated successfully before. Spc released Farhadi’s Iranian film “A Separation,” which won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2012.
Paris-based Memento films produced the project. »
- Rachel Abrams
At 8:30am Friday morning, I got it. What Cannes is truly all about. You get something in theory, and then there’s the moment you get it through experience. Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” had just begun, and I thought back to what a friend said was the real reason to attend Cannes: because you see the best films in the world. Literally, according to one of the money men in James Toback’s new documentary about Cannes, “Seduced and Abandoned” – more on that later – half of the year’s supply of big films debuts at the festival. Farhadi won the Oscar for best foreign film with his last, “A Separation,” and as the new film began, the audience just relaxed into their seats as the film, with its first shot, took over. It’s a wonderful feeling when you realize you are in very, very, very good hands. »
- Tom Christie
Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Photo: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi’s The Past) So far, what’s the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi’s Palme d’Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim? Variety‘s Justin Chang called Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation "an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths." (Scroll down to check out The Bling Ring cast Cannes 2013 photos.) Or perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davies, which impressed The Independent film critic Geoffrey Macnab with "the sure-footed way the Coens combine comedy, music and brooding film noir elements"? Or maybe the fact that Carey Mulligan had »
- Andre Soares
Every year, American audiences get what feels like 3 million films thrown at them that are about American people living in America. On the flip side, we've gotten to see roughly one Iranian film that explores Iranian culture: Asghar Farhadi.s tense familial drama A Separation, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film last year and also earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination. And now American cinemas will see a 100% increase in films about Iranian men living in France. Deadline reports Sony Pictures Classics picked up the U.S. rights to Farhadi.s next film, the multi-leveled drama The Past after its Friday screening at Cannes, where the film is considered an early contender for the coveted Palme d.Or award. It stars Berenice Bejo, whose performance in The Artist earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, and Tahar Rahim, who was in the Oscar-nominated French film »
Cannes, France — The magic and glamour of Cannes can be hard to spot on a day when rain is lashing the palm trees, roiling the gray Mediterranean and pooling in puddles along the Croisette.
But the world's leading film festival can transform careers – something no one knows that better than actors Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim, stars of director Asghar Farhadi's festival entry "The Past."
Bejo shimmered on-screen in Cannes two years ago in "The Artist," her director husband Michel Hazanavicius' vivacious silent homage to Hollywood's Golden Age. It went on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture.
Cannes exposure helped boost both performers onto the international stage. While once most European actors could choose between stay at home and playing Hollywood villains, »
If you had gone to see every single one of the acclaimed movies from Iran that have played in the U.S. since the mid-’90s — the lyrically subdued Abbas Kiarostami films, like Through the Olive Trees and Taste of Cherry, that were hailed at the time as minimalist masterpieces; the feminist political parable The Circle; scrappy fables like The White Balloon, Children of Heaven, and A Time for Drunken Horses; the enchantingly colorful woven rug of a movie Gabbeh — it would be perfectly reasonable for you to come away from that experience thinking that Iran is a land of »
- Owen Gleiberman
Harvey Weinstein previewed some of his company's most anticipated upcoming releases at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. He's made a habit of such previews, doing the same in 2012 for the Oscar-winning films "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Last year, Weinstein said, was "as good as any year at Miramax" – the first film company run by Weinstein and his brother Bob.
Nicole Kidman, a jury member at the festival, was on hand to introduce footage of "Grace of Monaco," in which she stars as Kelly after wedding Prince Rainier III (played by Tim Roth). It looks to be the kind of grand, alluring performance that often leads to an Oscar nomination.
"She has to go to a jury meeting to hopefully decide which of »
Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room (after obligatory cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in an adjoining room). "The last four years have been amazing with movies like 'The King's Speech,' 'Django Unchained,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'The Artist' -- we've reached new heights," said Harvey Weinstein, squeezed into a dapper tux. "Last year was as good as any year at Miramax. Our international business keeps building as well." With a packed room of about a couple hundred press, festival programmers and special guests, Weinstein thanked »
- Brian Brooks
Asghar Farhadi may have left his native Iran to shoot a picture in Paris starring Berenice Bejo, but in all the ways that count, “The Past” couldn’t feel closer to home. Like 2011′s Oscar-winning “A Separation,” this is an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths. If Farhadi’s sense of narrative construction is almost too incisive at times, costing the drama some focus and credibility in the final reels, he nonetheless maintains a microscopic attention to character, performance and theme that will make this powerfully acted picture a very classy specialty-division prospect.
Few filmmakers today can honestly claim to be working in the Renoir humanist tradition, but “The Past” is the veritable embodiment of the central “Rules of the Game” maxim that everyone has their reasons. »
- Justin Chang
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) has made the trip from Iran to Paris for the first time in four years to finally sign divorce papers, officially ending his marriage to Marie (Berenice Bejo) at her request. Upon his arrival at the airport, Marie sees him through a thick pane of glass. She smiles, he shrugs. The airline has lost his bag and will have to send it to him the following day. They communicate by mouthing words and using hand gestures. One understands the other, but the metaphor is quite clear. At this moment in the film we know nothing about these two people. They could be happily married and he returning home from a business trip and she simply picking him up, but writer/director Asghar Farhadi and cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari's visual representation of the invisible barrier between the two weighs heavy on the rest of the film. Farhadi's The »
- Brad Brevet
Heavy, Heavy Hangs: Farhadi’s Latest a (mostly) Worthwhile Endeavor
For his first film made outside his native country, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi unveils his latest exercise in domestic unrest with the French language The Past. Following hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 2011 film, A Separation, anticipation has been high, and Farhadi nearly succeeds in equaling the compelling portrait of miscommunication and misunderstanding he has so brilliantly wrought in his previous film. Once again beginning with a couple on the verge of severing ties (though this time the separation has calcified into divorce), intertwining character arcs unveil an overly complicated scenario that unfortunately brings us to a finale that seems a bit little too late.
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) has returned to Paris from Tehran seemingly to grant his ex-wife Marie’s (Berenice Bejo) request to divorce. While his presence wasn’t necessarily required, it seems they intend on finally ending on good terms, »
- Nicholas Bell
Even before it screened this morning for press at Cannes, Asghar Farhadi's anticipated French-language follow up to his Oscar-winning foreign smash "A Separation" had been touted by many here as a top contender for the Palme d'Or, given the director's track record and a story that calls to mind many of the themes at the center of his international breakthrough. While there's no way of knowing how Steven Spielberg and co. will react to the drama when it premieres tonight, the majority of press in attendance responded very favorably to the film, boding good things to come. Shot over a whopping four months in Paris, as Farhadi revealed during the film's press conference following the screening, "The Past" centers on Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who after returning to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize his divorce to Marie ("The Artist" star Berenice Bejo), discovers all is not well at »
- Nigel M Smith
Showing in competition, domestic drama The Past is the follow-up to Oscar-winning A Separation by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. A devastating tale of secrets, lies and scalding, squirm-inducing truths, it will surely feature come awards time. Set in Paris, it sees Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) return from Tehran after a four-year absence to sign the divorce papers on his marriage to Marie (The Artist’s Berenice Bejo), a French woman who balances motherhood with a job in a pharmacy. Marie lives with her new boyfriend Samir (A Prophet’s Tahar...
- Jamie Graham
One of the single greatest opportunities for an actor to break out on the world cinema stage, the Cannes Film Festival, has helped launch countless careers. With the 66th edition kicking off tonight with the European premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (starring a breakout actress who made this list...), we run down the 10 actors who could leave Cannes as the next Jean Dujardin. Here are Indiewire's picks for the 10 actors to watch this year. Berenice Bejo, "The Past" We know what you're thinking: Why is she on this list? Academy Award nominated for her graceful turn in "The Artist," Berenice Bejo is a bonafide star in France, but in the black-and-white sensation Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin came out as the true stateside breakout -- that and he got to utter some dialogue at the end of the film, while Bejo did not. Despite a prolific career onscreen in France, »
The Candy Store coupon cast: Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke, Omar Sy (photo: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained) Get your coupons ready, as The Candy Store cast keeps growing: Besides Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke, and Omar Sy, writer-director Stephen Gaghan’s thriller will also feature this year’s Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. Co-written by Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) and Shannon Burke (a "consultant" on Syriana), The Candy Store follows several storylines set in the underworld of Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Here’s the basic plot: A former covert operative (Jason Clarke) discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new backyard. When he teams up with a disgraced local cop (Robert De Niro), their investigation leads them to an international sex trade entrepreneur (Omar Sy), a Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite (Christoph Waltz), and a »
- Zac Gille
The star of The Artist Bérénice Bejo did not believe for one moment that she would have the opportunity to appear in the first French film by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who made the Oscar-winning A Separation.
Marion Cotillard had been mooted for one of the most sought-after roles of the year in The Past (Le Passé) to be presented in the Cannes Film Festival’s competition this Friday (17 May). Although she had met Farhadi several times when they were in the States on Oscar duty last year she learned that he had thought she was more American than French.
Bejo tells me she was “never more excited” than when the director agreed to meet her – and thereafter she learned she had got the role and was sent the script. Back in Paris she immersed herself in Farhadi’s rigorous regime – two months of rehearsal followed by a »
- Richard Mowe
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