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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 Carpet #1: Cruz, Bingbing, Adjani, Moore and more...

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Chloe, Chiara, Fan Bingbing, and Carey

With Cannes two days strong now, let's survey the first round of fashions with 16 of the most memorable looks to date. Chloe Sevigny has moved past her fashion muse days but still brings the style while jurying one of the sidebars. It's sort of a starchy pleat with silver gift wrapping. (I don't know what I'm looking at exactly which is sometimes welcome!) Actress Chiara Mastroianni, child of not one but two bonafide legends appears to have stepped out of the 1980s directly into 2018. From a distance the dress is like a splatter painting on acid. And Fan Bingbing generally brings several trunks (or maybe trucks?) worth of fashion to Cannes. This Ali Karoui mint-green strapless number is the best of them so far...
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Memento’s ‘The Apparition,’ from France’s Xavier Giannoli, Sells Most of World (Exclusive)

UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Memento’s ‘The Apparition,’ from France’s Xavier Giannoli, Sells Most of World (Exclusive)
Paris — Handled by Memento Films Intl., and one of the best-selling of films coming out of France in early 2018, Xavier Giannoli’s “The Apparition” has been licensed to most of the world. An international trailer, to which Variety has had exclusive access, suggests some reasons why.

Screening at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous, “The Apparition’s” roll-out around the world comes as Mfi has also kicked off robust new sales on “Claire Darling,” directed by Julie Bertuccelli (“The Tree”) and starring Catherine Deneuve and daughter Chiara Mastroianni in an on-screen mother-daughter drama, which has closed deals for 10 of the 13 biggest territories in the world.

With Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” toplining Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and Nuri Bilge Ceylon’s “The Wild Pear Tree” in post-production, and three titles at Sundance – Nicolas Pesce’s “Piercing,” “Marc Turtletaub’s “Puzzle,” Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” – Memento Films Intl. has grown into one of the busiest arthouse sales companies out, whether
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Catherine Deneuve Apologizes to Sexual Assault Victims, Explains Public Letter

Catherine Deneuve Apologizes to Sexual Assault Victims, Explains Public Letter
Less than a week after signing a public letter blaming the #MeToo anti-harassment movement for spurring puritanism and unfair punishment of men, French star Catherine Deneuve has written a long statement addressing the backlash provoked by the letter and apologized to victims of “odious acts.”

In her personal statement, published in national newspaper Liberation on Monday, Deneuve sought to bring some nuance to the public letter which was signed by 100 women and appeared in Le Monde last Tuesday. That letter contended that the #MeToo movement had led to a puritan crackdown on sexual behavior and that men had a right to offend and bother women.

“I have been an actress since I was 17 years old. I could obviously say that I’ve often been a witness of situations that were more than indelicate, or some that I know from other actresses about filmmakers who cravenly abused their power,” Deneuve wrote in her new statement.

“What creates
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'K.O.': Film Review

'K.O.': Film Review
Less of a K.O. than a Wtf, writer-director Fabrice Gobert’s second feature stars French pretty boy Laurent Lafitte (Elle) as a TV executive caught in a Mobius strip-style plot that has him dying, resurrecting, falling in and out of love with Chiara Mastroianni, and acting like a d-bag for most of the film’s two-hour running time.

It’s a lot to ask an audience to get hooked on, especially with a lead character who really has nothing to commend except his perfectly etched beard, but Gobert — who created the well-regarded supernatural TV series Les Revenants — manages to keep the...
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Mathieu Amalric, Cédric Klapisch films on MK2 | Mile End slate

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Mathieu Amalric, Cédric Klapisch films on MK2 | Mile End slate
Fledgling Canadian distributor indulges in French passion.

Montreal-based upstart MK2 | Mile End has snapped up rights to a number of French auteur-driven titles led by Mathieu Amalric’s Un Certain Regard opener Barbara (pictured).

The distributor, recently launched by Paris-based MK2 and Metropole Films co-founding MD Charles Tremblay, struck a deal with Gaumont also yielded Guillaume Gallienne’s Maryline.

MK2 | Mile End acquired two from Pathé – Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub Is Mektoub and Xavier Beauvois’ The Guardians, both of which are in post.

The distributor has signed three from Memento, taking Berlinale premiere The Midwife by Martin Provost, Xavier Giannoli’s in-production The Apparition, and Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli, which will star Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni.

Rounding out the spree are Cédric Klapisch’s Back To Burgundy from StudioCanal, and Jean-Stephane Bron’s The Paris Opera from Les Films du Losange.

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Mathieu Amalric, Cédric Klapisch on MK2 | Mile End slate

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Mathieu Amalric, Cédric Klapisch on MK2 | Mile End slate
Fledgling Canadian distributor indulges in French passion.

Montreal-based upstart MK2 | Mile End has snapped up rights to a number of French auteur-driven titles led by Mathieu Amalric’s Un Certain Regard opener Barbara (pictured).

The distributor, recently launched by Paris-based MK2 and Metropole Films co-founding MD Charles Tremblay, struck a deal with Gaumont also yielded Guillaume Gallienne’s Maryline.

MK2 | Mile End acquired two from Pathé – Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub Is Mektoub and Xavier Beauvois’ The Guardians, both of which are in post.

The distributor has signed three from Memento, taking Berlinale premiere The Midwife by Martin Provost, Xavier Giannoli’s in-production The Apparition, and Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli, which will star Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni.

Rounding out the spree are Cédric Klapisch’s Back To Burgundy from StudioCanal, and Jean-Stephane Bron’s The Paris Opera from Les Films du Losange.

As part of its exclusive output deal with MK2 Films, MK2 l [link
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Cannes Update: Catherine Deneuve to Star in Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling”

Catherine Deneuve in “A Christmas Tale

“School of Babel” director Julie Bertuccelli has begun production on her next film, “Claire Darling.” According to Variety, Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni have signed on to star in the fantasy drama. Memento Films is pre-selling the film at the Cannes Market.

“Set over 24 hours, ‘Claire Darling’ turns on a woman (Deneuve) who, convinced after hearing voices that it’s her last day on Earth, decides to have a garage sale to get rid of all the objects she has collected,” Variety summarizes. “Each object stirs vivid memories that take her back in time.” The project is a personal one for Bertuccelli; she is even filming at her grandmother’s suburban home in northern France.

Mastroianni (“3 Hearts”) will portray the daughter of Deneuve’s character. Alice Taglioni (Katell Quillévéré’s “Heal the Living”) and Olivier Rabourdin (“Taken”) co-star.

Bertuccelli and Sophie Fillieres (“If You Don’t I Will”) adapted “Claire Darling” from Lynda Rutledge’s book “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale.” Les Films du Poisson is producing. The film has already been pre-bought by France 2 Cinema, Canal Plus, and Cine Plus, and Pyramide is planning an autumn release in France. Memento is presumably pre-selling the film’s international rights.

Memento’s Matthieu Delaunay describes “Claire Darling” as “emotional, subtle, and elegant.” He also mentioned that the film is part of Memento’s slate of women-centric fare such as the Catherine Frot-toplined “Marguerite” and “The Midwife,” an upcoming dramedy starring Deneuve and Frot.

“Be yourself, and don’t be afraid when you doubt or are not sure of yourself, even in front of men,” Bertuccelli advised female filmmakers in an interview with Women and Hollywood. “It’s also our strength to be instinctive, sometimes fragile, and not pretentious.” The director previously helmed the immigration doc “School of Babel” and “The Tree,” a drama about a young girl grieving her father.

Deneuve has been acting on-screen for over half a century. Her credits include “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Indochine,” and “8 Women.” The Oscar-nominated actress has received a Berlin Silver Bear for outstanding artistic achievement, an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes, and the Lumière Award at the 2016 Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival. One of Deneuve’s more recent films, Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall,” opened Cannes 2015.

Cannes Update: Catherine Deneuve to Star in Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Memento Clinches Raft of Pre-Sales on Catherine Deneuve Starrer ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)

Memento Films Intl. has clinched a raft of pre-sales on Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling,” a lighthearted drama with fantasy elements starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni.

Memento has sold the project to Germany (Neue Visionen), Benelux (September Film), Switzerland (Frenetic), Austria (Filmladen), Greece (Seven), Israel (Lev) and Turkey (Fabula).

Adapted from Lynda Rutledge’s “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale,” “Claire Darling” turns on a woman (Deneuve) who, convinced that she heard voices telling her that it’s her last day on Earth, decides to have a garage sale to get rid of all the objects she has collected. Each object stirs vivid memories that take her back in time in a series of flashbacks.

“Claire Darling” is being produced by Les Films du Poisson, the Paris-based company that has Eric Caravaca’s “Carré 35,” which is in the Cannes special screenings section. “Claire Darling” just started shooting.
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Nicolas Cage Starring in Action Movies ‘Red Squad,’ ‘Zander’ (Exclusive)

Nicolas Cage Starring in Action Movies ‘Red Squad,’ ‘Zander’ (Exclusive)
Nicolas Cage has signed with Hannibal Classics for a pair of action movies — “Red Squad” and “Zander” — with both shooting in Puerto Rico in October through end of the year.

Hannibal Classics is selling rights to both films at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cage will play a recently paroled Navy Seal in “Red Squad.” In the film, he teams up with a fed-up DEA Agent who’s his best friend to take down a ruthless drug lord whose cartel killed the parolee’s family.

Producers on “Red Squad” are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Moshe Diamant, Luillo Ruiz and Oscar Generale; exec producers are Walter Josten, Patricia Eberle, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth and Mike Nilon. Alexander Witt is directing from a script written by Jorge Suarez, Cam Cannon, Scott Windhauser and David Sardi.

In “Zander,” Cage will portray an American ex-pat in Puerto Rico who finds his family-owned coffee farm threatened
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‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes to Start Shooting ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)

‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes to Start Shooting ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)
László Nemes, the Hungarian director whose feature debut, “Son of Saul,” won the Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2015 and a foreign-language Oscar in 2016, is about to start shooting a new film set in pre-World War I Europe, with newcomer Juli Jakab.

Sunset” is set in 1913, when Budapest was considered to be at the heart of Europe. The drama follows 20-year-old Irisz Leiter, who arrives in the Hungarian capital after spending her younger years in an orphanage, hoping to work as a milliner in the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is suddenly confronted with her past and starts searching for answers about her family before stumbling upon dark secrets.

Sunset” re-teams Nemes with “Son of Saul’s” producers Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna at Hungarian banner Laokoon Filmgroup, his two co-writers Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier, and Paris-based Films Distribution, which is co-producing and handling worldwide sales on the film.
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Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni Set for Julie Bertuccelli’s ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)

Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni Set for Julie Bertuccelli’s ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)
Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni are set to topline Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling,” a lighthearted drama with fantasy elements that Memento is pre-selling at Cannes.

The project is being produced by Les Films du Poisson, the Paris-based company that has Eric Caravaca’s “Carré 35,” which is a Cannes special screenings. “Claire Darling” just started shooting.

Bertuccelli’s last narrative feature, “The Tree,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg, premiered at Cannes on closing night in 2010.

Yael Fogiel, co-founder of Les Films du Poisson, said “Claire Darling” was a highly personal project for Bertuccelli. The film is shooting in the home of her grandmother in a northern French suburb.

“This film explores a mother-daughter relationship. It’s emotional, subtle and elegant, and it portrays strong women characters,” said Matthieu Delaunay, sales executive at Memento Films Intl.

Delaunay said “Claire Darling” was part of Memento’s slate of films powered by female protagonists,
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Cannes: ‘Wonderstruck’ Director Todd Haynes Says Amazon ‘Loves Cinema’

Cannes: ‘Wonderstruck’ Director Todd Haynes Says Amazon ‘Loves Cinema’
Wonderstruck” director Todd Haynes leaped to the defense of Amazon in Cannes on Thursday, saying that the streaming service was as interested in the big-screen movie experience as he and his filmmaking counterparts.

Asked about the debate over Netflix’s role at Cannes, Haynes quickly deflected the conversation to Amazon, which backed his Cannes competition entry “Wonderstruck” alongside Roadside Attractions.

“The film division at Amazon is made up of true cineastes who love movies and really want to try and provide opportunity for independent film visions to find their footing in a vastly shifting market,” Haynes told reporters at the press conference for his competition entry. “They love cinema.”

With Netflix’s approach to theatrical releases unclear, Haynes said Amazon is behind the vision for films such as “Wonderstruck,” which are meant for theaters. “This was always about the experience of seeing something on the big screen, and I think
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New Jean-Luc Godard, Omar Sy films on 2017 Wild Bunch slate

Exclusive: Paris-based company reshuffles sales team as Carole Baraton steps down as head of sales.

Wild Bunch will launch sales on new films by Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Carion, Michel Ocelot, Raymond Depardon as well as a feel-good, Senegal-set drama starring Omar Sy at Unifrance’s upcoming Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 12-16).

The event will also mark the first outing for the company’s reconfigured sales team following Carole Baraton’s decision to step down as head of sales to set-up her own company.

Baraton’s long-time territories the Us, France and the UK will be carved up between the sales team, now consisting of Silvia Simonutti, Emilie Serres, Olivier Barbier, recent hire Fanny Beauville and Esther Devos for festivals.

Notably, Beauville will co-handle Canada and the Us in partnership with La’s Creative Artist Agency (CAA), working closely with the agency’s film finance and sales group co-chief Roeg Sutherland and his team.

Bilingual
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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Lumière Festival: Catherine Deneuve On Truffaut, Trump, And Why She Never Had a Hollywood Career

Lumière Festival: Catherine Deneuve On Truffaut, Trump, And Why She Never Had a Hollywood Career
Lyon, France — Catherine Deneuve was honored with the Lumière Award Friday evening during an emotional ceremony with Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, Bertrand Tavernier, Lambert Wilson, Vincent Lindon, Thierry Fremaux, and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni on stage.

Fremaux, who heads both the Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals, was the master of ceremonies.

“Being here with all these friends, all this is actually quite shattering for me,” Deneuve said fighting back tears. The iconic French actress dedicated the award to “all French farmers,” as a crowd of some 2,500 fans cheered.

“I love you Catherine,” said Polanski handing her the career prize. Deneuve, who is 72, starred in Polanski’s first English-language movie “Repulsion” (1965).

Deneuve is the first woman to receive the Lumière Award, dubbed “the film world’s Nobel Prize” by the French press.

Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese.

Earlier in the day Deneuve held an
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Red Carpet: Venice, Toronto and Kruger (Oh, My!)

Jose here. I'm glad to report that as the temperatures come down, slightly, so do the hemlines, which means it's red carpet season! <3 So let's get down to business! First up in Venice we have Eva Herzigova in a sheer, but elegant, Alberta Ferreti. The Italian designer's bold work usually pops up in Venetian red carpets and Herzigova's simple styling make us think she's equally ready for a fancy cocktail party, as she is for lounging poolside. Next up the divine Emma Stone in Atelier Versace, who more and more seems to be paying homage to red carpet goddess Nicole Kidman and you won't hear me complain about that.

European red carpets tend to be more playful which is why it's no surprise to see Chiara Mastroianni in this androgynous suit from Gucci, the smoky makeup and severe hair round up one of my favorite looks of the year. Since
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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Venice Critics’ Week to open with Alice Lowe revenge-comedy

Venice Critics’ Week to open with Alice Lowe revenge-comedy
The strand will be bookended by Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats [pictured].Scroll down for line-up

The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.

The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.

Opening the strand with be UK director Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (out of competition), which stars Lowe as a pregnant woman on a killing spree and will have its world premiere at the festival.

Lowe was co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. The film is a Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker production and was shot in Wales last year.

Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival
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Venice Film Festival Juries Announced: Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Nina Hoss & More Headed to the Lido

Venice Film Festival Juries Announced: Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Nina Hoss & More Headed to the Lido
Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Are ‘Virtually Assured’ to Premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet,
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