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Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2018 selection

Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2018 selection
Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan will open the selection.

Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features as well as shorts, has unveiled the line-up of its 57th edition, running May 9-17.

Wildlife, the directing debut of Paul Dano and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, will open the selection. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is based on the novel by Richard Ford.

The closing film is Guy, Alex Lutz’s second feature, a “caustic and endearing” comedy about a once famous entertainer.

All seven competition films are by European filmmakers.
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Movie Review – Lean on Pete (2018)

Lean on Pete, 2018.

Written and Directed by Andrew Haigh

Starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Thomas Mann, Amy Seimetz, Lewis Pullman, and Alison Elliott

Synopsis:

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Structurally, Lean on Pete will go down as one of the most unpredictable features of the year, meaning plot details will be left more vague than usual in this glowing review. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin from 45 Years writer and director Andrew Haigh, the story about a boy and his best friend horse places the titular equine as the co-lead major character to be expected, but also subverts narrative thought processes in order to express that this is ultimately Charley’s harshly depicted coming-of-age story. Played by Charlie Plummer who turns in a revelatory performance
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Joaquin Phoenix In ‘You Were Never Really Here’ & Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny ‘Lean On Pete’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Joaquin Phoenix In ‘You Were Never Really Here’ & Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny ‘Lean On Pete’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Just in time for the Cannes announcements, Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, which debuted at last year's event, is headed to U.S. theaters. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the Amazon Studios feature had a solid opening in the U.K. last month. The title headlines a fairly wide pack of newcomers this weekend, including A24's Lean On Pete by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh and starring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and Charlie Plummer. Great Point Media/Paladin are…
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Your tear ducts will get a workout with “Lean on Pete”

If there’s an animal mentioned in the title of a film, there’s a good chance that you’re going to cry by the end of it. Sometimes it’s the animal itself, sometimes it’s just the portal towards human emotion. This week, Lean on Pete opens to try and give your tear ducts some exercise. Whether it has to do with the animal who gives the movie its title or the events that happen to the protagonist, I’ll leave for you to discover, but this is the sort of picture that would love for you to cry. Luckily though, it never feels manipulative. Andrew Haigh actually tells the story in a distant enough way that the organic moments of emotion are more on your part than on the part of the filmmaker or the actors. That’s an accomplishment. This movie is a drama that initially
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'Lean On Pete' Review: Boy Meets Horse in Quiet, Heartbreaking Drama

'Lean On Pete' Review: Boy Meets Horse in Quiet, Heartbreaking Drama
It's a movie about a boy, a horse and the setbacks that befall them – so you can be forgiven for walking into Lean On Pete and immediately thinking you've just landed right smack dab in the middle of Tearjerker Central. Don't worry: British writer-director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) avoids sentiment – if anything, he’s allergic to it. Sobs are earned the hard way in this moving drama, which grips you with such scrappy humor and no-bull grit and grace that you'll be hooked.

Talented newcomer Charlie Plummer – he was damn good as J.
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard

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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Boy-and-His-Horse Tale Hits Hard
When a European director makes his or her first movie in the United States, you can pretty much rely on two things: the camera’s awe at the wide-open spaces and big skies, and a downbeat story of how the Land of Opportunity so often lets its most helpless citizens fall between the cracks.

So on the American Miserabilism shelf at your local shuttered video store, you can put Andrew Haigh’s powerful and poignant “Lean on Pete” alongside such other classics of the genre as Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.”

Lean on Pete” calls to mind other greats as well — one imagines a pitch meeting where it was described as “The 400 Blows” meets “Wendy and Lucy” — but writer-director Haigh, working from the novel by Willy Vlautin, has his own way of telling this kind of story. While the film’s semi-picaresque, road-trip nature might seem antithetical to the maker of such intimate dramas as “Weekend” and “45 Years,” Haigh brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.

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Teenage Charlie (Charlie Plummer, “Boardwalk Empire”) has just moved to Portland, Oregon, with his ne’er-do-well dad Ray (Travis Fimmel). Mom is long-gone, and Charlie’s only other family is his loving aunt Margy (Alison Elliott, “20th Century Women”), who he hasn’t seen since childhood after she and Ray had a squabble about how he’s been raising Charlie. (When Charlie was 12, Ray left the boy alone for several days to spend time with a woman.)

Their new house is near a racetrack, and Charlie ingratiates himself with small-time horse owner Del (Steve Buscemi), working with him at the stable and traveling with him to seedy races on the state-fair circuit. Along the way, Charlie befriends Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny), a jockey who rides Del’s horses from time to time. Bonnie tries to tell Charlie that the horses aren’t pets, and that he shouldn’t get attached, but it’s too late — he’s already bonded with an aging Quarter Horse named Lean on Pete, even though the racer is coming to the end of his career, likely to be “sent to Mexico” (where horses can be legally slaughtered) once his use to Del has run out.

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When the husband of Ray’s latest conquest beats Ray bad enough to send him to the hospital, Charlie has to elude Family Services while still earning money to keep up the household. But as Ray’s condition worsens, and Lean on Pete seems destined to be destroyed, Charlie steals Del’s truck in an attempt to save the horse and to look for Margy in Wyoming.

As you might imagine, Charlie’s journey gets more and more bleak as he faces starvation, thirst and eventual homelessness. But while “Lean on Pete” certainly has its dark moments, and its 119 minutes seem like it’s never going stop throwing obstacles in Charlie’s way, there’s ultimately a sense of hope here, much of it being communicated by Plummer, in an extraordinary performance. There’s so little calculation or actorliness in his work that I thought Haigh had found a 15-year-old non-actor; I was surprised to learn after the fact that Plummer is an experienced pro with an ascendant career. (He’s about to play kidnap victim John Paul Getty III in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming “All the Money in the World.”)

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The anguish and determination that Plummer can display with just a look or subtle motion is heartbreaking; this is the kind of naturalistic acting that can just kick you in the stomach. He’s part of a strong ensemble: Buscemi’s Del makes an honest mentor, but he doesn’t sugarcoat the character’s darker side. (And it’s fun to see the easy chemistry between Buscemi and Sevigny: she starred in his feature directorial debut “Trees Lounge” two decades ago.) Steve Zahn turns up as a mercurial homeless man who offers Charlie some help along the way, and Elliott (an indie stalwart since her breakout role in “The Spitfire Grill”) radiates a warmth that makes you realize why finding Margy is worth Charlie’s Herculean effort.

Haigh adjusts to a different kind of storytelling here: “Weekend” was fairly dialogue-heavy (as was, to an extent, his little-seen debut “Greek Pete”), and unlike “45 Days,” he can’t substitute dialogue with a meaningful glance from Charlotte Rampling. Still, he manages a lot of quiet here — with the exception of some exposition dumps that Charlie gives the horse in conversation — and his storytelling is no less powerful. Danish cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Joenck (“A War”), also working in the States for the first time, collaborates with Haigh to place the characters into a very specific context, finding both beauty and horror in the American sprawl.

Your gut will be wrenched by “Lean on Pete,” but it’s also quite likely that your heart will be touched. It’s a powerful new entry for a director who is ever more deserving of attention, and it provides a spotlight for a talented young actor who would appear to be going places.

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Lean on Pete Movie Review

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Lean on Pete Movie Review
Lean On Pete A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Andrew Haigh Screenwriter: Andrew Haigh, novel by Willy Vlautin Cast: Charley Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 1/31/18 Opens: April 1, 2018 There’s not a single reference to politics in “Lean on Pete,” but people in the audience who are […]

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Cannes Critics’ Week Sets Jury President Joachim Trier, Chloë Sevigny Among Jurors

Cannes Critics’ Week Sets Jury President Joachim Trier, Chloë Sevigny Among Jurors
Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) will head the jury for the 57th Cannes Critics' Week (9-17 May), the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival which honours first and second films. The director, whose Louder Than Bombs competed for the Palme d'Or in 2015, is joined on the jury by actress and director Chloë Sevigny, Bpm (Beats Per Minute) star Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Vienna Film Festival Director Eva Sangiorgi and French journalist Augustin…
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Cannes: Joachim Trier to Preside Over Critics’ Week Jury; Chloe Sevigny to Serve

Cannes: Joachim Trier to Preside Over Critics’ Week Jury; Chloe Sevigny to Serve
Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (“Louder Than Bombs”) will preside over the jury of Critics’ Week, the Cannes Film Festival’s sidebar dedicated to first and second films.

This year’s jury will be completed by daring American actress-director Chloë Sevigny; Argentine actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, who just won a Cesar award for his role in Robin Campillo’s “Bpm”; Eva Sangiorg, the Italian programmer of the Vienna International Film Festival; and French journalist Augustin Trapenard.

Critics’ Week, which is headed by Charles Tesson, said Trier was a filmmaker whose world is “sensible, modern, [and] reflects the questioning of his generation.”

A leading light of Scandinavian film, Trier made his feature debut with “Reprise” and went to direct “Oslo, August 31st,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. His third outing, “Louder Than Bombs” (pictured), which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, competed in Cannes’ official selection. His latest film,
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Director Joachim Trier to head 2018 Cannes Critics' Week jury

Director Joachim Trier to head 2018 Cannes Critics' Week jury
Chloë Sevigny, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart join Thelma director on jury.

Norwegian director Joachim Trier will preside over the jury at the 57th Cannes Critics’ Week (9-17 May), the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival honouring first and second films.

The jury will award the Nespresso Grand Prize to one of the seven feature films in competition, the Discovery Prize to one of the 10 short films, and for the first time, the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award to an actor or actress from one of the competition’s feature films.

The director, whose Louder Than Bombs competed for the
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Portlandia

Network: IFC. Episodes: 77 (half-hour). Seasons: Eight. TV show dates: January 21, 2011 — March 23, 2018. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Returning guests include Kyle MacLachlan, Kumail Nanjiani, Angel Bouchet, Sam Adams, Kristine Levine, Chloë Sevigny, Pat Boyle, John Levenstein, Henry Cottrell, Jana Lee Hamblin, Andrew Dhulst, Dana Millican, Katie O'Grady, Jaime Langton, Kyle Stoltz, and Jeff Goldblum. TV show description: From creators Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel, the Portlandia TV show is a satirical comedy featuring sketches that take a self-aware poke at life in Portland, Oregon. Brownstein and Armisen star as various characters, many of which recur on the series. Most of their characters utilize wigs, makeup, and costumes
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Vincent Gallo Calls Himself the ‘Donald Trump of Cannes,’ Bashes Roger Ebert For Starting ‘Brown Bunny’ Outrage

Vincent Gallo Calls Himself the ‘Donald Trump of Cannes,’ Bashes Roger Ebert For Starting ‘Brown Bunny’ Outrage
The upcoming Cannes Film Festival will mark the 15th anniversary of the infamous world premiere of Vincent Gallo’s “The Brown Bunny.” The arthouse drama, starring Gallo opposite Chloë Sevigny, competed for the Palme d’Or in 2003 and caused outrage for an explicit sex scene between the actors. Roger Ebert notoriously panned the movie and called it the “worst film in the history of Cannes,” and now Gallo is bashing Ebert in a personal essay written for Another Man.

According to Gallo, the inappropriate way Ebert behaved during the Cannes screening affected the entire festival reaction to “The Brown Bunny.” Ebert allegedly started “ranting” aloud in the screening room within the first 20 minutes of the movie and never gave it the chance to win him over.

“It is outrageous that a single critic disrupted a press screening for a film chosen in main competition at such a high profile festival
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Kristen Stewart to Play ‘Breathless’ Star and French New Wave Icon Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’

Kristen Stewart to Play ‘Breathless’ Star and French New Wave Icon Jean Seberg in ‘Against All Enemies’
Kristen Stewart has been cast as legendary actress Jean Seberg in the upcoming thriller “Against All Enemies.” The movie is being directed by “Una” breakout Benedict Andrews and is set to co-star Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, and Colm Meaney. “Edge of Tomorrow 2” scribes Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse wrote the screenplay.

Against All Enemies” is inspired by the true story of Seberg, who was targeted by the illegal FBI surveillance program Cointelpro in the late 1960s for supporting the Black Panther Party. Seberg is famous for playing the female lead in Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave classic “Breathless.” The actress also starred in “Bonjour Tristesse,” “Saint Joan,” and “Airport.”

The casting is the latest high profile gig for Stewart. The actress appeared opposite Chloë Sevigny in the Sundance premiere “Lizzie,” which will open in theaters this summer courtesy of Saban Films and Roadside Attractions, and will
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Glasgow Film Festival: ‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Dir. Andrew Haigh (2018)

Lean on Pete review: Andrew Haigh’s film will envelop you into its world and refuse to let you go for 2 hours

Lean on Pete review by Awais Irfan.

Lean on Pete review

A24 are an indie studio at the top of their game – from Moonlight to Lady Bird, The Florida Project and more. And now they’ve given us Lean on Pete, another triumph for their catalogue of triumphs.

A racehorse running out of game, Lean on Pete’s days as a champion look slim. For Del (Steve Buscemi), a horse that can’t win is a lost cause. But when the young, naïve Charlie (Charlie Plummer) comes along to assist Del with his horses, he develops a bond with our eponymous animal, cutting him loose and heading across the country with Pete on a personal journey. And, similarly to director Andrew Haigh’s last film 45 Years, Lean on Pete
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Sofia Coppola Misses the Days When Women Dressed Themselves and Took Risks on the Red Carpet

Sofia Coppola Misses the Days When Women Dressed Themselves and Took Risks on the Red Carpet
Sofia Coppola isn’t a fan of red carpets these days. The Oscar-winning writer and director wrote an essay for W in which she laments the rise of the Hollywood stylist, who she says has killed the chance of women taking real risks at big award shows like the Oscars. Coppola calls the red carpet a “bummer” because all the women now look alike.

“I miss the days before actresses hired stylists, when women dressed themselves for formal events,” Coppola writes. “There was personality, style—and mistakes. I loved Cannes in the ’70s, when there was a mix of European glamour, Hollywood, and hippies: Nastassja Kinski in a cotton dress with flowers in her hair. Wearing a kimono jacket could pass as black tie.”

“Now everyone looks the same, with perfect grooming, gowns, and brand-new jewelry, as they parade a catalog of luxury items,” she continues. “It’s disappointing that
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Feb 09

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The 15:17 to Paris [my review]

Dorothy Blyskal wrote the script for this docudrama about three young American men who thwarted a terrorist attack on a European train. (male director)

Fifty Shades Freed [my review]

Dakota Johnson costars as a newly married woman whose husband uses his fear over her stalker as an excuse to control her every move. (male writer and director)

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The Female Brain [IMDb]

Whitney Cummings directs, costars, and cowrites with Louann Brizendine (and another male cowriter) a ensemble romantic comedy about why women trip themselves up with men. Also costarring Sofia Vergara, Jane Seymour, and Beanie Feldstein.

Becks [IMDb] pictured

Lena Hall stars in a musical drama about a singer/songwriter who moves back to her hometown after a bad breakup. Codirected by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and cowritten by Rohrbaugh and Rebecca Drysdale (and another male cowriter).

FourPlay [IMDb]

Tammy Blanchard and Emanuela Galliussi costar in an ensemble romantic dramedy. Cowritten by Galliussi.
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Saban Buys Ben Kinglsey’s Thriller ‘An Ordinary Man’ for North America

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Brad Silberling’s “An Ordinary Man,” starring Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar.

The war thriller was produced by Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, and Kingsley and Silberling. Saban Films is planning a theatrical release in the second quarter.

Silberling directed from his own script. “An Ordinary Man” follows a war criminal in hiding who forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world — his maid. Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Blythe also star.

“Sir Ben Kingsley is the epitome of class, boldness, and exalting talent,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “He has truly captivated us with ‘An Ordinary Man.'”

Daniel Petrie Jr. executive produced the film. Ness Saban and Bromiley negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films.

An Ordinary Man” had been in development for many years. Liam Neeson had been in the lead in its first iteration in 2009. Brendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish were in the
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Ben Kingsley war thriller 'An Ordinary Man' lands at Saban Films

Distributor plans second quarter theatrical release.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights to Brad Silberling’s An Ordinary Man starring Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar.

Silberling, whose credits include City Of Angels, directed from his screenplay about a war criminal in hiding who forms a relationship with his only connection to the outside world – his maid. Hilmar stars in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Mortal Engines.

Rick Dugdale produced An Ordinary Man for La-based Enderby Entertainment, alongside Kingsley and Silberling. Daniel Petrie Jr. serves as executive producer.

Saban Films plans a second quarter theatrical release. Ness Saban and Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal with Enderby on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Sir Ben Kingsley is the epitome of class, boldness, and exalting talent,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said. “He has truly captivated us with An Ordinary Man.”

Saban Films acquired Craig William Macneill’s provocative period drama Lizzie starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart in Sundance.

The company
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‘Golden Exits’ Poster: Alex Ross Perry’s Latest Gets Illustrated [Exclusive]

Writer/director Alex Ross Perry has made a name for making films that bring audiences close — sometimes uncomfortably close — with the complicated characters in his films. “Listen Up, Philip” and “Queen Of Earth” zoomed in on the lives of its complex protagonists, and his upcoming “Golden Exits,” finds the filmmaker exploring the knots of a myriad of relationships.

Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton, the story follows a young woman from Australia whose arrival in Brooklyn rocks the foundation of those she meets.

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amfAR Gala New York 2018 To Take Place Tomorrow Night

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will kick off New York Fashion Week with its annual amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street and will pay tribute to writer, producer, and director Lee Daniels and W Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi for their longstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS.

The amfAR Gala New York, now in its 20th year, will feature dinner, a live auction, honoree tributes, and a special musical performance by pop sensation Halsey.

Event Chairs include Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg, Chloë Sevigny, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Heidi Klum, Sienna Miller, Iman, Laura Linney, Linda Evangelista, Taraji P. Henson, Zac Posen, Alan Cumming, Carine Roitfeld, Alex Soros, Riccardo Silva, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby. Co-

Chairs include Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, Irina Shayk, Maggio Cipriani, Susanne Hatje, Johnny Lin, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky,
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