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Oscar Contenders From Cannes 2018, From Spike Lee to Hirokazu Kore-eda — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Oscar Contenders From Cannes 2018, From Spike Lee to Hirokazu Kore-eda — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is over and receding into the history books, but many of its movies are poised to remain in the conversation for months to come. While pundits predicted that the 2018 edition of the festival wouldn’t produce many big Oscar contenders, there were a number of highlights with serious awards potential, from Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” to Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters,” directed by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda. Still, it’s hard to say how any of these movies will compete for attention as the dense fall season comes together.

…But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a stab at some predictions. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson unpack the festival lineup to assess which movies got the biggest boost. They also discuss their reservations with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and evaluate the new
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Cannes 2018. Top 10 & Coverage Roundup

Below you will find an index of our coverage from the Cannes Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight, and Critics' Week in 2018, as well as our favorite films.Awardstop 101. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)2. Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke) & Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher)4. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)5. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)6. Long Day's Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)7. Dead Souls (Wang Bing)8. In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)9. Climax (Gaspar Noé)10. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)(Contributors: Gustavo Beck, Annabel Ivy Brady-Brown, Giovanni Marchini Camia, Josh Cabrita, Jordan Cronk, Jesse Cumming, Lawrence Garcia, Daniel Kasman, Roger Koza, Richard Porton, Kurt Walker, Blake Williams)Correspondences#1 Daniel Kasman previews the festival | Read#2 Lawrence Garcia on Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi), Dead Souls (Wang Bing) | Read#3 Daniel Kasman on Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra), Donbass (Sergei Loznitsa) | Read#4 Lawrence Garcia on Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov), Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski) | Read#5 Daniel Kasman on The Image Book
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Best of 2018 Cannes Film Festival

The best thing you can say about the 71st Festival de Cannes is that the truly bad movies were few and far between. That’s somewhat remarkable considering the programmers lost out on a few titles they hoped would be in competition due to a Netflix dispute and others that preferred to wait for a fall festival premiere.

Read More: Cannes: ‘Shoplifters’ Wins The Palme d’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlackKklansman’ Takes Grand Prize

“Long Day’s Journey into Night”

We’re still scratching our heads as to why Bi-Gan’s remarkable and perplexing “Long Day’s Journey into Night” didn’t make it into this year’s official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
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2018 Cannes Award Winners include “BlacKkKlansman” and “Shoplifters”

Over the weekend, the Cannes Film Festival marked another moment in the cinematic calendar. Their 71st fest came to a conclusion, with the annual doling out of the Palme d’Or, among other awards. Last week I presented some shot in the dark predictions, but go figure, Cannes did their own unique thing. The festival unveiled their prestigious winners, throwing into the year a number of potential Foreign Language contenders, along with one potential across the board Oscar hopeful. From here, we’ll move into the full on summer movie season, but after that, before you know it, we’ll be into the fall festival season. Crazy, right? Below, the Cannes prize winners can be found in full, with the top two prizes going to Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, as well as Shoplifters, from Hirokazu Kore-eda. There was some speculation that Cate Blanchett’s jury was going to go for
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Cannes Palme d'Or winner 'Shoplifters' scores UK deal (exclusive)

Thunderbird Releasing picks up Cannes main prize winner.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s family drama Shoplifters, winner of Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or this year, has landed a UK distribution deal with Thunderbird Releasing.

Kore-eda’s seventh film to screen at Cannes beat Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning to take the top honour from Cannes’ main competition this year.

Starring Sakura Ando and Mayu Matsuoka, the film tells the story of a shoplifting father-and-son duo and the little girl they take in from the street. Producers on the project are Kaoru Matsusaki,
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‘Star Wars’ is to Blame for the Delay of Leos Carax’s Next Film

It’s been six long years since Leos Carax premiered Holy Motors at the Cannes Film Festival and we’ve been awaiting his follow-up ever since. Gestating for a many number of years, his English-language musical Annettte tells the tragic story of a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He then finds himself alone with his 2-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift. The project has gone through a number of casting iterations, but the director has been holding out for his lead, Adam Driver, who has now been confirmed to be the main factor for the delay.

Sparks’ Russell Mael, who co-wrote the script with brother and band-mate Ron Mael and whose music will be featured in the film, has spoken to Independent to confirm the great news that the Amazon Studios production is still moving forward. However it is “taking longer than we had hoped” due
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Cannes 2018 Winners

Cannes 2018 Winners
For a “slow year” the award winning films saw lots of sales. Let’s look to the box office numbers next.


The Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters, about a family of thieves and throwaways living on the margins in Japan. Magnolia acquired U.S. rights from Wild Bunch and CAA. It also sold to Film Europe for Czech Republic and Slovakia, Filmbazar for Denmark, Edko for Hong Kong, Lev Cinemas/ Shani for Israel, Gaga for Japan, Clover for Singapore, Tcast for So. Korea, Kino Pavasaris for the Baltics, September for Benelux, Golem for Spain, Cineworx for Switzerland, Cai Chang for Taiwan, Filmarti for Turkey. Read the Indiewire review here.

Palme d’Or Winner, Cannes Competition

Spike Lee won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second prize, for BlacKkKlansman, based on the strange, true-life story of a black
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Gaspar Noé Isn’t Angry ‘Climax’ Didn’t Compete at Cannes, Says Jury Was Too ‘Moralistic’ to Give Him An Award Anyways

Gaspar Noé Isn’t Angry ‘Climax’ Didn’t Compete at Cannes, Says Jury Was Too ‘Moralistic’ to Give Him An Award Anyways
Read any list of the best movies at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and it’s more than likely you’ll find Gaspar Noé’s “Climax” listed among the best titles the festival and its sidebar sections had to offer this year. IndieWire raved the movie was Noé’s best film to date, and critical buzz was so strong A24 picked up the title for U.S. distribution. Ironically, “Climax” wasn’t included in this year’s official competition for the Palme d’Or, nor was it a member of Cannes’ official selection. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Fortunately, Noé harbors no ill will towards Cannes for leaving him out of its official selection in 2018. Quite the contrary, as the filmmaker told The Guardian that he was overjoyed to debut his latest film in Directors’ Fortnight, where it didn’t have the glaring spotlight and pressure that Cannes
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Facts Are Facts: Simply The Gayest Cannes Ever

Cannes – At the end of a relatively quiet Cannes Film Festival, competition jury president Cate Blanchett admitted her disappointment with the lack of female-driven narratives. But that shouldn’t take away from the fact diverse voices took much of the spotlight this year. The festival had more Asian films in competition than in many years, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was a rare African-American centered tale up for the Palme d’Or and, oh yeah, it was probably the gayest Cannes ever.
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U.S. Deals in Cannes 2018

Fifty films have thus far been acquired by U.S. distributors out of Cannes. The following show these titles, linked to IMDb. To buy the quarterly and annual reports on all U.S. distributors and their films, go to http://www.sydneysbuzz.com/rights-reports

A24 acquired Gaspar Noé’s Acclaimed Drug Trip Movie Climax, winner of Directors’ Fortnight Art Cinema Award for No. America from Wild Bunch. Read the Indiewire review here.

Amazon picked up Best Director Prize Winner in the Competition, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, last August. Based on his own parents’ love story, this gorgeously shot, Robert Doisneau-esque (when in Paris) black and white period piece takes a slice of your heart away in its retelling. Read Indiewire review here.

Best Director Prize to Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War starring Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot

Archstone acquired No. American rights to The Big Take from Bleiberg.

Bleecker Street acquired No.
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Netflix and Movie Theaters Are on the Same Side, Whether or Not They’ll Admit It — Cannes Critic’s Notebook

Walking the red carpet at Cannes feels less like you’re going to the movies and more like you’re going to the Oscars. It’s like being in the eye of the world’s most glamorous hurricane, a maelstrom of pomp and celebrity raging around you as you try not to trip over your own feet. Once inside the theater, you’re ushered to your seat by someone dressed like a Pan Am stewardess. A hush sweeps over the crowd when the director of that evening’s film arrives, as everyone rises to their feet for a thunderous ovation as he or she (but probably he) walks down the aisle; it’s like the royal wedding, but not as diverse.

Waiting for the lights to go down on the depressing Polish love story at the center of all this fuss, I found myself reflecting on the very public spat
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Cannes 2018 Spotlights Lives of People on the Margins of Society

Cannes 2018 Spotlights Lives of People on the Margins of Society
Egyptian director A.B. Shawky’s feature debut, “Yomeddine,” didn’t win any prizes at Cannes last Saturday, but in its own profoundly empathetic way, the film might be considered the face of the festival’s 71st edition — one that looked thin on paper, got off to a clunky start but ultimately delivered strong, powerful stories of people living on the margins. For the lead role, Shawky cast Rady Gamal, a nonprofessional actor badly disfigured by a long-ago case of leprosy, who breaks audiences’ hearts at one point when his character, attacked by strangers who view him as some kind of contagious monster, cries out, “I am a human being!”

Those words, reminiscent of “The Elephant Man,” might just as well have been uttered by Marcello Fonte, who won the best actor prize from the Cate Blanchett-led jury for his role in Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” — practically the definition of an underdog as a disrespected,
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Cannes 2018: Where and When You Can See the Festival’s Winners, From ‘Shoplifters’ to ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Cannes 2018: Where and When You Can See the Festival’s Winners, From ‘Shoplifters’ to ‘BlacKkKlansman’
This year’s Cannes Film Festival may have come to an end, but the repercussions of the annual cinephile gathering are still yet to be felt on a big screen near you. Fortunately, some of the festival’s biggest winners have already locked down North American distribution and are already bound for wider releases that will allow plenty more movie fans to check them out. That includes the Palme d’Or winner, “Shoplifters,” and both runner-ups, including “Capernaum” and “BlacKkKlansman,” all of which have homes that guarantee them theatrical releases in the coming months.

A number of other Cannes contenders were also picked up for distribution during the festival, including Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s crime thriller “Birds of Passage,” which went to The Orchard and the Mads Mikkelsen-starring survival drama “Arctic,” which was bought early in the fest by Bleecker Street. The opening night film, Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,
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Asia Argento Says Spike Lee Was the Only One Who ‘Spoke Kind Words’ to Her After Her Fiery Cannes Speech

Asia Argento Says Spike Lee Was the Only One Who ‘Spoke Kind Words’ to Her After Her Fiery Cannes Speech
Reactions to Asia Argento’s speech at the Cannes Film Festival’s awards ceremony have been positive, but the actress — who used her time onstage to say that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein at the festival in 1997 and that Cannes was “his hunting ground” — says that the response was more muted in person. With one exception, that is: Spike Lee, whom Argento cites as the only person who “congratulated” and “spoke kind words” to her afterward.

“I am definitely feeling it more from you all here than I did last night,” she tweeted to Mia Farrow, who wrote that she hopes Argento and Mira Sorvino “both feel So Many of us, standing with you.” Argento continued, “After my speech, the only person who came up to me, congratulated and spoke kind words to me was Spike Lee.”

“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento said on Saturday night.
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Cannes 2018 Critics Survey: The Best Films, Directors, and One Big Palme d’Or Snub

Cannes 2018 Critics Survey: The Best Films, Directors, and One Big Palme d’Or Snub
The Cannes Film Festival wrapped its 71st edition on Saturday with the Palme d’Or ceremony, awarding the top prize to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.” Other movies recognized by Cate Blanchett’s jury included Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” (Grand Prix) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” (Best Director). While these movies were all well-received by the media covering the festival, one major film in competition went home empty-handed — and now, it has topped IndieWire’s critics survey of the best films of the festival.

“Burning,” Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s first feature in eight years, took first place for best film in IndieWire’s annual poll. The drama, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” focuses on the mysterious experiences of a working class man (Ah-in Yoo) who obsesses over a seductive woman (Jeon Jong Seo) while resenting the confidant man (Steven Yeung) she spends her time around.
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The Conversation: In the Cannes – 2018: Burning, Donbass & Climax Top the List

In a surprisingly unpredictable and overall enjoyable 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the Cate Blanchett led jury awarded Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters the Palme d’Or (his fifth time in competition), trumping Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaum, which were both predicted to potentially take the top prize. While three of the newcomers to the competition premiered the festival’s most risible material, it was an overall strong year (despite starting off a bit rough with Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish soap opera Everybody Knows). And despite some weaker line-ups in the…
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Cannes Film Market ‘Healthy’ as New Players Fill Streaming Giant Void

Predictions of the Marche du Film’s death were greatly exaggerated. While indie film prices have come back to earth after big-spending streaming giants rattled the ecosystem a few years back, industry players told TheWrap, the market at Cannes was buzzing this year from start to finish.

“A lot of times, people associate activity with the big players spending a lot of money and buying movies for big price tags,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley told TheWrap from France on Friday.

“That can be a little misleading,” said the executive, whose company brought home five films — more than any other distributor to visit the festival this year.

Also Read: The Cannes - Oscar Connection: How Strong Will It Be This Year?

It was a polarizing year at Cannes, with no shortage of hemming and hawing about the state of affairs in the coastal haven. The headlines and soundbites came in
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Which of Spike Lee’s Movies are the Least “Spike Lee”

Spike Lee‘s movies have been called just about everything under the sun by a lot of different people that either loved or hated his work. But apart from those movies that made him famous there are those that don’t seem to follow the same line as those that are heavily involved in the type of subjects that Lee has delved into so much in the past. It might be that he was trying something different or that he just felt the need to try and put his special touch into different genres, but as good as some of those movies

Which of Spike Lee’s Movies are the Least “Spike Lee”
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Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes

Ava DuVernay Asked Spike Lee to Hold His ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Grand Prix on the Flight Back From Cannes
Spike Lee received one of the biggest awards of his career yesterday at Cannes, where he won the festival’s prestigious Grand Prix (essentially second prize) for “BlacKkKlansman.” Jury president Cate Blanchett said the film is “quintessentially about an American crisis,” with fellow juror Ava DuVernay praising it as “startling and stunning” and saying she’s seen every one of Lee’s films. Which is to say, she appears to have been pleasantly surprised when she found herself on the same flight back from the festival — and asked him to hold his new prize.

“Let me tell you a small Sunday story,” the “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director tweeted. “We happened to be on the same flight back to NYC. And I happened to ask to see his history-making Cannes Grand Prix Prize. And he happened to say yes. And then me and about 27 other passengers stood there and swooned and smiled.
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Cannes 2018. Awards

ShopliftersIN COMPETITIONPalme d'Or: Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (read our review)Special Palme d'Or : The Image Book directed by Jean-Luc Godard (read our review)Grand Prix: BlackKkKlansman directed by Spike Lee (read our review)Jury Prize: Capernaum directed by Nadine LabakiBest Director: Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War (read our review)Best Actor: Marcello Fonte for Dogman (read our review)Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka (read our review)Best Scenario: Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazzaro (read our review) and Jafar Panahi & Nader Saeivar for 3 Faces (read our review)Un Certain REGARDBorder directed by Ali AbbasiPrix d'interpretation: Victor Polster for Girl (read our review)Prix de la mise en scène: Sergei Loznitsa for Donbass (read our review & watch our interview)Jury Prize: The Dead and the Others directed by João Salaviza and Renée Nader MessoraCAMERA D'ORGirl directed by Lukas Dhont (read our review)CINÉFONDATIONFirst Prize: The Summer of
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