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Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes
Cannes — Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters,” marking just the second time this century that an Asian film has claimed the festival’s top prize (the other being Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” in 2010). A moving portrait of a self-made family whose secret ultimately jeopardizes their ability to stay together, the widely praised drama represents Hore-eda’s fifth time in competition, making him one of the few veterans in a lineup weighted toward less established directors.

American director Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for his blaxploitation-styled anti-racism satire “BlacKkKlansman,” one of just two American films in the official competition. After accepting the prize “on behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York,” Lee told the press, “Cannes was the perfect launchpad for this film. I hope the film
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Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury
Benicio Del Toro has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

Hailing him as “not only a film lover but a brilliant actor,” the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that Del Toro was “an artist who knows no boundaries” and a performer who “throws himself like no other into his roles.” He won a supporting actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.”

Del Toro succeeds Uma Thurman in presiding over the jury for Un Certain Regard, the sidebar at Cannes that focuses on films with unusual themes or storytelling techniques. About 20 works compete in the section.

Del Toro has had a long association with Cannes. He served on the main competition jury eight years ago, which awarded the Palme d’Or to Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” In 2008, Del Toro won the best
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Tilda Swinton to Star in Palme d’Or Winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Memoria’

With all due respect to whoever lands the leading role in the next Marvel movie, we now have the most exciting casting news of the year: Tilda Swinton is set to star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” the Thai filmmaker’s first outing since “Cemetery of Splendour.” Affectionately known as “Joe,” Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or in 2010 for his dreamlike “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”

The film will be shot in Colombia. “During the 70s and 80s, it was very violent (in Colombia), much more than now,” Weerasethakul recently told Screen Daily. “When you were driving, there could be a bomb and sometimes the traffic stops and you don’t know (why). People imagine things and have a fear. The movie is about this, waiting for something you don’t know.” According to the Independent, “Memoria” will delve into “colonial history and how collective memory can lead to fear.
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See the new trailer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s upcoming film ‘Cemetery of Splendour’

Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has seen his acclaim in the international film community rise steadily since his feature filmmaking debut in 2000, winning awards for a filmography that includes Sud Malad, aka Tropical Malady, Sang Sattawat, aka Syndromes and a Century, and Sud Sanaeha, aka Blissfully Yours. This culminated in Weerasethakul winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for Loong Boonmee raleuk chat, aka Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Having not made a feature film since 2012, Weeresathakul emerged once again at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year with a brand new feature. Titled Rak ti Khon Kaen, or Cemetery of Splendour, the film’s synopsis is as follows.

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors.
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Time Machine: Rare Woman Foreign Film Oscar Winner Bier on the Red Carpet Long Before Directing Cooper-Lawrence Duo

Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World,
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Review – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (original title)

On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee, recalls his many past lives.

Director:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Writer:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Stars:

Thanapat Saisaymar … Boonmee

Jenjira Pongpas … Jen

Sakda Kaewbuadee … Tong

Natthakarn Aphaiwonk … Huay

Geerasak Kulhong … Boonsong

Plot | Story

Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives starts out slowly. Well to be honest the entire movie sort of meanders along. The first twenty minutes of the movie consists of visuals of a normal day to day life in the country. Things don’t really start to get odd and slightly more interesting until dinner. That is when a ghost and a fur covered creature arrived. I loved the minimum of reaction to these two abnormal guests arrival to the dinner table.

Even though it is not overly exciting at any point, Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives flows well and is weird enough that it kept my attention.
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Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen
Also Downplays Tilda Swinton Collaboration, Loves David Fincher But Not 'Social Network' With the latest season of Cannes coming close to an end, what better time than look back at last year's Golden Palm winner? Apichatpong Weerasethakul took home the top prize with his latest experimental narrative, "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives," an incredibly dense feature that delved into traditional Thai spirituality, contemporary regional politics, lost media, and multiple realities including the film medium itself. It may sound pretentious, and it damn-well could've been if it was any other director. However it's actually a stunning experience, one ripe…
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'Uncle Boonme' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul Lining Up 'Mekong Hotel'; Tilda Swinton To Star?

'Uncle Boonme' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul Lining Up 'Mekong Hotel'; Tilda Swinton To Star?
Last year's Palme D'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul is reportedly lining up his follow up to his Cannes-prize-winning "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives" with a project simply known as "Mekong Hotel." Details in the ScreenDaily piece are skimpy on what the story will actually entail but the project definitely sounds like the director's gestating project with thespian Tilda Swinton which was noted to center on the eponymous river and "address the relationship between man and water, the catastrophic flooding which is blamed on Chinese dams and diseases spread by industrial-scale pig farming." “It’s definitely not going to be a…
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Too Great Expectations: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

In last week’s blog I talked about the experience of seeing a film with low expectations, and the potential this has to skew one’s judgement, making a surprisingly good film seem even better than it really is. I had the opposite experience that same week when I went to see Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Loong Boonmee raleuk chat). This film was the 2010 winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, received five-star reviews by The Guardian and the Financial Times, and only slightly less glowing assessments from The Evening Standard, The Telegraph and Little White Lies. ‘There are things in this jungle you have never seen before’ promised the London Film Festival’s programme guide. I meticulously avoided reading too much about the film, so that I could go to it fresh, and be thoroughly enchanted by all its surprises. The
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London Critics Circle Lauds Pic Nominees

London Critics Circle Lauds Pic Nominees
The London Critics' Circle has set its nominees for the 31st Film Awards, a fete that will be held February 10.

Here are the nominees:

Sky 3D Award: Film Of The Year: Black Swan The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech The Social Network Toy Story 3

The Attenborough Award: British Film Of The Year: 127 Hours The Arbor Another Year The King's Speech Monsters

Foreign Language Film Of The Year: Dogtooth I Am Love Of Gods and Men The Secret in Their Eyes Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Actor Of The Year:

Jeff Bridges - True Grit Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network Colin Firth - The King's Speech Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine Edgar Ramirez - Carlos

Actress Of The Year: Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone Natalie Portman - Black Swan Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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Viennale 1: Life's Halt

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Above: Ricardo Iscar's Dance to the Spirits.

"When I become death, death is the seed from which I grow."

—William S Burroughs, Ah Pook Is Here.

Not to be morbid or anything, but the shadow of mortality has been a dominant theme of nearly all the best stuff I've seen so far at the 48th Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale for short), most inescapably in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Loong Boonmee raleuk chat), which clicked with me more than most "Joe" efforts, I suspect, mainly because of its surprisingly prominent horror-movie touches.

Certain spooky scenes involving ape-like jungle "beings" with bright red eyes recall "lowbrow" antecedents like John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead quartet (1971-5) and Eugenio Martín's Horror Express (1972), not to mention the more nightmarish alternate-realities of David Lynch - though Apichatpong has
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Final List of Foreign Language Academy Submissions

Final List of Foreign Language Academy Submissions
The submission list for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has been finalized, with 65 countries having now announced their selections. The selection includes high profile entries on this year's festival circuit, including Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful" (Mexico), Xavier Beauvois's "Of Gods and Men" (France), Apichatpong Weerathesakul's "Uncle Boonmee Can Recall His Past Lives" (Thailand), Susanne Bier's "In a Better World" (Denmark) Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" (Canada), and Oliver Schmitz's "Life, ...
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46th Chicago International Film Festival – 1st 20 films announced

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival is coming, and The Scorecard Review will be there will exclusive interviews, movie reviews and red carpet events beginning October 7, 2010.

Here’s the first 20 films announced for the festival. Below is the news release.

October 7 – 21, 2010

Chicago, August 25, 2010 – Cinema/Chicago is proud to announce the first 20 new films that will appear at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival. Among them are some of the most anticipated domestic and foreign films featuring well-respected talent and directors as well as the work of exceptional newcomers. From Slumdog Millionaire and Resevoir Dogs to Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog, The Chicago International Film Festival has consistently brought the brightest and boldest new films and filmmakers to Chicago first. Audiences will be delighted to find that this year’s Festival will be no different. Below is just a taste of the more than 150 films that will be shown at
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Bell Lightbox unveils fall film lineup

Bell Lightbox unveils fall film lineup
Toronto -- Veteran directors David Cronenberg, John Waters and Peter Bogdanovich, film editor Walter Murch and "Dexter" creator Jeff Lindsay, will help launch the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, organizers said Monday.

Also giving guest talks at Bell Lightbox this fall is actor/director Isabella Rossellini, film critic Molly Haskell, actor Michael Murphy and Quebec cinematographer and director Michel Brault.

Bell Lightbox on Monday also unveiled a fall film lineup heavy on foreign-language arthouse titles and film print restorations to follow Tiff's upcoming Sept. 9 to 19 installment.

The festival's year-round home and its five cinema screens will launch Sept. 23 with screenings of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Oscar winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," Israeli director Yael Hersonski's "A Film Unfinished," which grabbed the best international feature award at the recent Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, and Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan's "Les Amours imaginaires.
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Strand picks up 'Uncle Boonmee' for U.S.

Cologne, Germany -- Strand Releasing has picked up U.S. rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme D'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" from sales outfit The Match Factory.

Strand, which has handled the domestic release of several of the director's films, including "Syndromes and a Century" (2006), "Tropical Malady" (2004) and "Blissfully Yours" (2002), plans to bow "Uncle Boonmee" in Spring 2011.

The Match Factory has now closed deals for "Uncle Boonmee" for more than 40 territories, including Movienet in Germany, Bim for Italy, Pyramide for France, Karma for Spain, New Wave Films in the U.K. and Filmswelike for Canada.

Jon Gerrans of Strand and The Match Factory's Michael Weber negotiated the "Uncle Boonmee" deal. Previous Stand-Match deals include ones for Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" (2007) and Jasmila Zbanic's Berlin Golden Bear winner "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" (2006).

"Uncle Boonmee" follows a Thai man dying
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Movienet takes 'Uncle Boonmee' for Germany

Berlin -- Munich-based distributor Movienet has picked up German rights on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme d'Or Winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" from sales agent The Match Factory.

Germany is the last major European territory to fall for "Uncle Boonmee," a whimsical musing on life and resurrection set in rural Thailand. Out of Cannes, Match Factory closed deals with France (Pyramide Distribution), Spain (Karma Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione) and the U.K. (New Wave Films) and many others.

Movienet recently picked up another Match Factory title, the Spanish drama "Me Too" from director Antonio Naharro. Both "Uncle Boonmee" and "Me Too" will have their German premieres at the Munich Film Festival later this month.
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Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano

Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano
The Cannes Film Festival juries handed out their awards Sunday. Competition jury president Tim Burton announced the winner of the Palme d'Or: the complex critics' fave from Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Of God and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. In a sign that the jury was not unanimous in support of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful (comme tout le monde), the best actor prize was shared by Biutiful's Javier Bardem and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. Mike Leigh's well-reviewed Another Year was shut out of the awards, as best actress went to Juliette Binoche for Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, rather than Lesley Manville. Best director was a surprise: French actor-turned-director ...
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'Uncle Boonmee' wins Cannes' Palme d'Or

'Uncle Boonmee' wins Cannes' Palme d'Or
Cannes -- Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the Festival de Cannes' top honor, the coveted Palme d'Or, as the 63rd annual Festival de Cannes wrapped Sunday night.

Charlotte Gainsbourg joined jury president Tim Burton to present Weerasethakul with the prize at the traditional closing-night ceremony held in the Palais des Festivals, as the world's most famous film festival wrapped its 12-day run.

"I'd like to thank the jury, particularly Tim Burton, whose haircut I really like," Weerasethakul told the crowd while accepting his Palme d'Or. He added: "I'd like to send a message home: This prize is for you."

 

Match Factory is handling international sales for the film about a man suffering from acute kidney failure who spends his last days in the country surrounded by his family.

French director Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" was awarded the fest's Grand Prize.
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Festival de Cannes Winners & Lineup - with Contacts

Winners Of Official Selection Winner of the Palme D'or: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. (ISA: The Match Factory) Grand Prix (runner-up): Des Hommes Et Des Dieux (Of God and Men), directed by Xavier Beauvois. (ISA: Wild Bunch) Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director): Mathieu Amalric for Tournée (On Tour) (ISA: Le Pacte) Prix du Scenario (best screenplay): Poetry by Lee Chang-dong (ISA: Finecut) Camera d’Or (best first feature): Año Bisiesto directed by Michael Rowe
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Cannes 2010: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Trailer!

Watching the just-released trailer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives it's impossible not to think of the director's brilliant Tropical Malady. The jungle setting, the unvarnished approach to the fantastic and supernatural, all of the key points that have made Weerasethakul a favorite around the globe are here in full effect. The man clearly remains on the top of his game.

Uncle Boonmee is suffering from kidney failure. As an avid practitioner of Yoga, he is well aware of his body. He knows that he will die in 48 hours. He feels his illness must be related with his bad karma. He has killed too many communists, he says. Boonmee calls his distant relatives to take him back from hospital to die at home, a longan farm. There, they are greeted by the ghost of his deceased wife who has re-appeared to take care of him.
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