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As a memorable if wet festival draws to a close, and Blue is the Warmest Colour emerges as a tentative Palme d'Or frontrunner, The Immigrant seems to capture the prevailing mood of fatigue
When the Cannes logo swings into view at the morning screening, the delegates greet it with a warm round of applause. It could almost be the very first screening, two Wednesdays in the past, when hopes were high and the whole festival stretched out like some fresh new frontier. On that occasion the guests applauded in excited anticipation. This time, I think, they are demob happy.
By the fag end of the Cannes competition the legs have gone, the brain is woolly and the films themselves appear to have come out in sympathy. Michael Kohlhaas is a creaking, unyielding historical horse-opera that finds Mads Mikkelsen jutting his chin and staring endlessly into the middle distance as the »
- Xan Brooks
Hollywood is still squeamish about homosexuality, money can't buy you happiness, and there is no conceivable situation in which Ryan Gosling doesn't look hot – these are the things you never truly learn until you have spent a week at the world's greatest film festival
Plastic surgeons are the new secular priests
The Cannes programmers give guests a religion they can at least relate to. First came La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino's swooning fresco of Italian high society, in which an exacting cosmetic surgeon dispenses Botox injections as though he's offering holy sacrament. Then, not 24 hours later, came the sight of Rob Lowe's smirking little Frankenstein, resplendent in a Farrah Fawcett hairdo, in Behind the Candelabra. Lowe's character is tender, wise and knows what is right. He comes to make Matt Damon's chauffeur into Liberace's own image. It's what the man upstairs demands. Damon's response: "I suppose I should be flattered. »
- Xan Brooks, Elliot Smith, Henry Barnes, Charlotte Higgins
From the rumoured vantage point of a luxury yacht, Spielberg and his fellow Cannes judges may have a different perspective to critics on the pick of this year's offerings – not least Nebraska
Rumour has it that the jurors at this year's Cannes film festival occasionally bypass the official screenings, preferring instead to watch the films from the luxury of Steven Spielberg's yacht, with its infinity pool and state-of-the-art cinema. Obviously, there is no way of knowing if such gossip has any bearing on reality (not really mixing in those circles and all), but I do relish the image of the millionaire judges – Spielberg, Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman et al – vaguely squinting at the screen while the champagne and cigars are passed around. It sounds like something out of La Grande Bellezza.
What they are thinking is anyone's guess. By this stage last year, the consensus had it that Michael Haneke »
- Xan Brooks
Paolo Sorrentino‘s latest film, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), opens with a sizeable quote lengthy enough that the English subtitles at this evening’s Cannes Film Festival screening had to zoom through it at lightning speed, giving non-natives a chance only to speed-read the mounting context of the piece. Still, it isn’t long before a character brings us up to speed with the film’s focal question – “what do you enjoy most in life?” Jep Gambardello (Tony Servillo) finds himself trying to answer this for most of The Great Beauty, which opens with a bizarre sequence in which a man taking snaps around Italy suddenly drops dead, hitting the thematic nail on the head right from the first frames. The scene soon enough changes to a seductive, lengthy montage set inside a club, a regular haunt of the 65-year-old Jep, now entering the final stages of his life and getting a little dewey-eyed about »
- Shaun Munro
Back at the Hotel du Cap for an audience with Liberace, then home to Cannes for Eurotrash excess from Paulo Sorrentino … and Euro-tensions courtesy of the cabbie
The route from the Hotel du Cap back to Cannes leads from the clifftops past stone-walled mansions and then, via a series of bumpy twists and turns, down into the throng. En-route we drive along quiet, faded promenades, still idling in the 1950s, and past dazzling swatches of sea; the wave-caps all illuminated.
There are four people in the car into Cannes: the driver, an American journalist, an HBO producer and me. We are returning from an audience with the makers of Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh's terrific, bracing biopic of Liberace. But we are in danger of ignoring the splendours at the window.
"Will you look at us?" the American journalist exclaims. "We've got this view but what are we doing? »
- Xan Brooks
Paulo Sorrentino's magnificent return to form sees him reteam with Toni Servillo for a lush, classical tale of middle-age hedonism and lost love
Paolo Sorrentino has returned to Cannes with a gorgeous movie, the film equivalent of a magnificent banquet composed of 78 sweet courses. It is in the classic high Italian style of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte: an aria of romantic ennui among those classes with the sophistication and leisure to appreciate it. The grande bellezza, like the grande tristezza, can mean love, or sex, or art, or death, but most of all it here means Rome, and the movie wants to drown itself in Rome's fathomless depths of history and worldliness.
La Grande Bellezza is a return to Sorrentino's natural form and cinematic language, after his uneasy English-language picture This Must Be The Place, which starred Sean Penn as a swirly-haired rock star. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
One week into the fest and the double bill appears to be a strong one – we find Steven Soderbergh’s last feature film (I’m betting we won’t wait as long as Alejandro Jodorowsky to pull one out of the rabbit) and Paolo Sorrentino’s stroke of genius La Grande Bellezza which many have compared to some of Fellini’s best works in the baroque La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. A Valentine’s card to Rome, and at times a touching, almost fantasy-like salute to a life well lived, Sorrentino’s muse Toni Servillo camps out in different planes of the city and at just about every minute in a 24 hour cycle is represented in what is essential a recap of one’s romantic life and how professionally he moves from writer’s block to being reinvigorated. Running just over the two hour mark, this was well-received by the critics on our rid, »
- Eric Lavallee
Just how whispers about a film’s quality sweep the Croisette before anyone’s seen a frame is one of the festival’s mysteries, but word on the boulevard yesterday was that Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a masterpiece. It’s not, but it is one of the competition’s strongest showings so far, its large canvas, heavyweight themes and stylistic verve inviting Palme d’Or chatter. Consciously evoking Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Roma in location and ideas, The Great Beauty swoops and soars about the capital in a...
- Jamie Graham
★★★☆☆ Il Divo and This Must Be the Place director Paolo Sorrentino returns to Italian cinema (with a capital 'I' and a capital 'C') courtesy of The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza, 2013), a visual tour-de-force that strives to fulfil its own title. Long-time Sorrentino collaborator Tony Servillo stars as the film's protagonist Jep Gambardella: an ageing 'King of La Dolce Vita', a man who has written a novel in his youth but has spent the rest of his life in dissipation and distraction. Jep's opening birthday party is an exuberant, invigorating sequence, as Sorrentino weaves music and sweeping saturnalian images together with glee.
It's a virtuoso piece of filmmaking which will have Baz Luhrmann hanging up his glad rags in despair. However, birthdays are as much a moment for reflection as they are for celebration, and the elegant partygoer soon finds himself increasingly gripped by ennui and melancholy. Despite his »
- CineVue UK
La Grande Bellezza, or if you prefer The Great Beauty is an upcoming drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It is also one of the titles that will compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, so quite logically – we’re here to share the official trailers, one great classy poster and some awesome images from the film described as a portrait of today’s Rome. What a portrait that is when lovely Sabrina Ferilli stars in the whole thing… Sorrentino directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello, and the project will tell us the story of an aging journalist...
The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo." The trailer’s closest point of comparison is Federico Fellini's "8 ½," only here it follows a journalist hoping to cling to the last vestiges of his youth. The trailer is sweeping and comprises all the best of Italia, including beautiful women, partying, and gorgeous scenery. Fans of the country, art house films, and Sorrentino’s past work ("The Consequences Of Love," "The Family Friend," the »
- Kristen Lopez
Cannes 2013 jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg’s fellow jury members. It’s a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest), Academy Award winner and three-time nominee Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Rabbit Hole), and BAFTA winner Lynne Ramsay (Swimmer, We Need to Talk About Kevin). Also: Cannes Film Festival and two-time César winner Daniel Auteuil (The Eighth Day, Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette), two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), Cannes’ 2007 Palme d’Or and 2012 Best Screenplay winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained). Those listed above will select the winners »
- Anna Robinson
Cannes Film Festival announces 2013 Lineup. There were 1,858 submissions this year, according to festival chief Thierry Frémaux. Some titles will be added in the coming weeks: In Competition Opening Film Baz Luhrmann The Great Gatsby (H.C.) *** Valeria Bruni-tedeschi Un CHÂTEAU En Italie Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Inside Llewyn Davis Arnaud des PALLIÈRES Michael Kohlhaas Arnaud Desplechin Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian) Amat Escalante Heli Asghar Farhadi Le PASSÉ (The Past) James Gray The Immigrant Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Grigris Jia Zhangke Tian Zhu Ding (A Touch Of Sin) Kore-eda Hirokazu Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) Abdellatif Kechiche La Vie D’ADЀLE (Blue Is The Warmest Color) Takashi Miike Wara No Tate (Shield Of Straw) François Ozon Jeune Et Jolie (Young And Beautiful) Alexander Payne Nebraska Roman Polanski La VÉNUS À La Fourrure Steven Soderbergh Behind The Candelabra Paolo Sorrentino La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) Alex Van Warmerdam »
- Josh Abraham
The 66th Cannes Film Festival official selection was just announced. A total of 53 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition plus Special Screenings (including Midnight Screenings). The festival kicks off on May 15th next month and lasts for 12 days until May 26th. I will be attending for my fifth straight year in a row and always love returning to this fest. It was previously announced that Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 3D will open the festival, but there's plenty more to see, including The Bling Ring, James Franco's As I Lay Dying, Only God Forgives & others. Full list below! Here's the complete selection of 2013 films directly from Cannes, including the director for easy reference. Competition (19 Films): Only God Forgives - dir. Nicolas Winding Refn Borgman - dir. Alex Van Warmerdam La Grande Bellezza - dir. Paolo Sorrentino Behind the Candelabra - dir. »
- Alex Billington
It's afternoon in Paris but bright and early here in NYC and the official Cannes lineup has been announced. In 28 days Baz Luhrmann and his undoubtedly enormous Bazmark posse will be hitting the Croisette for the opening night film The Great Gatsby. Immediately following that debut reactions will explode chaotically all over the web with unvariably less art-directed beauty than the fireworks in the film.
But here's what'll actually be competing for the Palme D'Or and assorted main jury prizes.
Behind The Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh) Borgman (Alex Van Warmerdam) Un Chateau En Italie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) La Grande Bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino) Grisgris (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun) Heli (Amat Escalante) The Immigrant (James Gray) Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen) Jeune Et Jolie (Francois Ozon) Jimmy P (Arnaud Desplechin) Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud Despallieres) Nebraska (Alexander Payne) Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) The Past (Asghar Farhadi) Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Hirokazu Kore-eda »
- NATHANIEL R
The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled and noticeable absentees in the list of 19 Main Comp films and the Un Certain Regard section include Terrence Malick, Ari Folman’s The Congress, Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Michael Rowe’s Manto Acuifero, Tsai Ming-Liang’s Diary of a Young Boy, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language 3D, Serge Bozon’s Tip Top, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Nine Minute Interval, Michel & Vicky Franco’s In the Eyes and not surprisingly, a film which might have become a colony instead in Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau. All of these may trickle into the Directors’ Fortnight section, or might join Steve McQueen on the Lido in Venice.
In the Main Comp selection plenty that were targeted as likely candidates were included, and while we were thinking this was the year of the U. »
- Eric Lavallee
This morning in Paris, the official competition lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was announced. Steven Soderbergh ("Behind The Candelabra"), Paolo Sorrentino ("La Grande Bellezza"), James Gray ("The Immigrant"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Only God Forgives"), Francois Ozon ("Jeune Et Jolie"), Asghar Farhadi ("The Past"), Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Takashi Miike ("Wara No Tate") will all have films screening in competition. They make for a very male-centric group (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is the only woman with a film in competition), despite all the criticism last year for an equally male-dominant lineup. Oddly, new films from Sofia Coppola and Claire Denis -- two of the most notable female directors living -- were both selected for the Un Certain Regard program instead of official competition (quite a few women are Un Certain Regard, including Flora Lau's "Bends," Rebecca Zlotowski's. »
- Peter Knegt
With less than a month to go before the festival kicks off out in France, the official line-up has finally been unveiled for this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival.
The festival is, of course, one of the most prominent events of the year for the industry, with a handful of films launching their status as strong awards contenders out on the Croisette.
Last year, it was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Michael Haneke’s Amour, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The year before that, it was Michael Hazanavicius’ The Artist, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.
- Kenji Lloyd
The official lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was officially announced in Paris earlier today.
Here’s the line-up in full…
Behind the Candelabra, dir: Steven Soderbergh
Venus in Fur (La Venua a la Fourrure), dir: Roman Polanski
Just 17 (Jeune & Jolie), dir: Francois Ozon
La Vie D’Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru by Kore-eda Hirokazu
Tian Zhu Ding by Jia Zhangke
Grisgris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Immigrant by James Gray
Le Passe by Asghar Farhadi
Heli by Amat Escalante
Jimmy P. by Arnaud Desplechin
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Despallieres
Un Chateau En Italie by Valeria Bruni-tedeschi
- Joseph Dempsey
66th Cannes Film Festival announced its complete lineup today. The selection includes two Indian Films: “Bombay Talkies” by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar and “Monsoon Shootout” by Amit Kumar. Actor Nandita Das is on the Cinefondation jury.
Here is the complete lineup:-
Arnaud DESPALLIÈRES Michael Kohlhaas 2h05
Amat Escalante Heli 1h45
James Gray The Immigrant 2h
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Grigris 1h40
Jia Zhangke Tian Zhu Ding
(A Touch Of Sin) 2h15
Kore-eda Hirokazu Soshite Chichi Ni Naru
(Like Father, Like Son) 2h
Abdellatif Kechiche La Vie D’ADЀLE 3h07
(Shield Of Straw) 2h05
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