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Cannes Review: ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Marks Another Triumph for Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Last week we saw a film from Pawel Pawlikowski that crossed continents and spanned decades and lasted a mere 84 minutes. With the exception of a devastating climax that skips a few years, the majority of The Wild Pear Tree takes place over just a few days. It is more than twice as long, and, I would wager, has ten times as many lines of dialogue. We are being rather flippant here (it’s been a long week), especially given the fact that the director, of course, is Nuri Bilge Ceylan, hardly a filmmaker known for his concision. He is, however, responsible for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia — a work that seems, as the years glance by, to be gaining the aura of a modern classic. He also made Winter Sleep, which was even longer. It also won the Palme d’Or.

So: in short, this is something certainly worthy
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‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Funny, Touching Father-Son Bonding Tale Earns Its Three Hours — Cannes 2018

‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Funny, Touching Father-Son Bonding Tale Earns Its Three Hours — Cannes 2018
Forget the menacing length: “The Wild Pear Tree,” Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest sprawling feature, clocks in at just over three hours, but that’s been his average range for years. For the first time, however, he has applied that ambitious approach to a bittersweet and at times even witty father-son bonding story. The director of “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” and Palme d’Or-winner “Winter Sleep” tends to construct grim, serious character studies that dwell on pregnant pauses and stern exchanges, but that’s far from the case here. By Ceylan standards, “The Wild Pear Tree” is brisk.

The narrative’s gradual pace remains an acquired taste, but anyone willing to engage with Ceylan’s slow-burn approach will find his variation on an accessible formula — it stretches and magnifies the details of its character’s dilemma while pushing him along an impactful journey at a leisurely pace.
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The Comedy Critic - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate Humanity)

Adam Hollingworth casts a satirical eye over Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia...

Well, I’ve just been to see Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and I must say that I am deeply unimpressed by it. Not only has Sergio Leone made us wait an inordinate amount of time for the follow-up to his thirty year old gangster masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America (and no I don’t accept “being dead” as a reasonable excuse for this), but when he’s actually pulled one foot out of the grave to make a new film it turns out he’s taken a radical departure from the style and content of his earlier films, and become the proud creator of some arty rubbish.

Firstly, I was dismayed that absolutely no-one gets shot in this film. The best parts of Leone’s great epics are the
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Toronto 2011. Masters Lineup

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"The mammoth Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the last of its 2011 lineup today, with added titles to its Masters section," reports indieWIRE's Brian Brooks. "Additionally, the event announced more selections for its Maverick series and Discovery program." We'll get to the Mavericks and Discoveries, but first, an overview of the complete Masters lineup:

Chantal Akerman's Almayer's Folly (La Folie Almayer). Tiff: "Somewhere in South-East Asia, in a little lost village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. Working freely from Joseph Conrad's debut novel, Akerman tells the story of a trader in 1950s Malaysia whose dreams of a Western life for his Malay daughter slowly lead to destruction. A quest for the absolute, a story of passion and madness." Here are a few images.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da
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Terrence Malik's The Tree Of Life wins top honors at Cannes

Terrence Malik's The Tree of Life has become the first American film to win the top prize at Cannes since Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004. There were reports of some audience members booing the film while others clapped. It will be interesting to see how the film fairs in the U.S. as it opens this week in theaters. Check out the full list of winners below!

Feature Films

Palme d'Or

The Tree Of Life directed by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix Ex-aequo

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Le Gamin Au VÉLO (The Kid With A Bike) directed by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne

Award for Best Director

Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Award for Best Screenplay

Joseph Cedar for Hearat Shulayim (Footnote)

Award for Best Actress

Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia directed by Lars Von Trier

Award for Best Actor

Jean Dujardin in The Artist directed
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Cannes: Competition Lineup Includes Films From Malick, Almodovar, Von Trier, Miike, Refn and More

Cannes: Competition Lineup Includes Films From Malick, Almodovar, Von Trier, Miike, Refn and More
The nearly-full slate for the competitive schedules at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and while it isn't packed with many surprises, there is some great stuff premiering in France this May. We basically knew that Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin That I Live In, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin would all be on the Croisette, so seeing those in the competition slate isn't a surprise. But it's nice to see Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive in there (FilmDistrict, give us a trailer, please!) along with Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, Takashi Miike's remake of Harakiri (his 13 Assassins is also in some theaters, On Demand and on iTunes now, and is the best thing he's made in a while) and even Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki. In the Un Certain Regard
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2011 Cannes Film Fest Line-Up Announced

After a rather disappointing year last year, the Croisette looks to be getting some bigger and better titles for this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival which kicks off May 11th with Woody Allen‘s "Midnight in Paris".

Highlights of this year's in competition line-up include Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life”, Lars Von Trier‘s apocalyptic drama “Melancholia,” Nicholas Winding Refn‘s action thriller “Drive," Pedro Almodovar‘s horror tale “The Skin That I Live In," Julia Leigh's erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty,” Lynne Ramsay's adaptation "We Need To Talk About Kevin," and Paolo Sorrentino‘s odd-sounding "This Must Be The Place".

Gus Van Sant‘s teen romance “Restless" and Sundance favorite “Martha Marcie May Marlene” will also screen in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, while "The Beaver," “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom Of Doom” will also screen out-of-competition.

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Cannes Film Festival official selection 2011

Earlier we reported that Restless and Kung Fu Panda 2 had been added to the Cannes Film Festival lineup that included The Tree of Life and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Today, we have the full lineup for the festival. The majority of the films are ones I have not heard of, but there are some exceptions. Jodie Foster's The Beaver, Sleeping Beauty and Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn. Takasi Miike and Pedro Almodovar also have films in competition at the festival.

Below is the full list of films at this year's Cannes Film Festival:

Opening Film

Midnight in Paris (Out of Competition)

Director: Woody Allen 

Closing Film

To be announced

In Competition

The Skin I Live In

Director: Pedro Almodovar

House of Tolerance

Director: Bertrand Bonello


Director: Joseph Cedar


Director: Alain Cavalier

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Boy with a
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Cannes 2011 Lineup Announced; Features Films From Terrence Malick, Lars Von Trier And Lynne Ramsay

Finally, the speculation can end.

The minds behind this year’s Cannes Film Festival have announced the slate for the said festival, and it’s one of the more jaw-dropping lineups of recent memory.

First up, the biggest addition here is, to no one’s shock, Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life. The film is now confirmed for the festival, and not only that, but it will be shown in competition, a first for director Terrence Malick. Other names that were previously linked to the festival like Pedro Almodovar (The Skin That I Live In), Lars Von Trier (Melancholia) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) have also now been confirmed, all in competition.

Joining them in competition are new films from The Dardenne Brothers (The Kid With The Bike), Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre), and most notably, Nicholas Winding Refn, and his new film Drive. The film
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Cannes 2011 Line-Up Includes Drive, Tree Of Life & More Exciting Debuts…

Cannes Film Festival chief Terry Fremaux has unveiled a wide selection of movies that will play at this year’s Cannes Film Festival from May 11th-May 22nd and although it might be a little light on big name American directors premiering movies, there’s a few last minute additions and surprises today that literally has the Owf crew salivating at the mouth.

As expected, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life will premiere at the festival but surprisingly the ambitious movie about life & the universe is going for an in-competition birth, which has to be a huge sign of confidence for the movie. It had been widely expected it would play as a special screening but instead it will be Malick’s first time in competition for the Palme D’Or.

Confirmations also came of movies we had long expected would play with Pedro Almodovar’s dark horror thriller The
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Cannes considering Malick’s “Tree of Life” and more?

By Sean O’Connell It’s all wishful thinking and informed speculation at this point, but Screen Daily does a pretty great job at compiling a list of films we may hear announced as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s 2011 line up.

The lengthy rundown of international A-list directors working on films that might be ready for the May fest begins with Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” a project shrouded in secrecy that stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn but has teased film aficionados for months. Will it actually play at Cannes? As Screen Daily reports (and IMDb confirms), “Life” has a May 18 release date in France (smack dab in the middle of the Cannes fest). It’s expected to expand to the U.S. on May 27. Cannes seems like the natural place for Malick’s mystery film to bow.

Beyond that, Screen Daily speculates that Pixar’s sequel,
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45 Potential Titles Rumored for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

The Palais des Festivals, which is where I watched all of the press screenings

It seems there have been a lot of articles speculating as to which films will be showing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival this year, each of them pretty much naming the same films. However, the only film confirmed is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris which will open the fest. The rest is simply speculation and rumor, but now the most comprehensive and seemingly "in the know" list has surfaced.

Of the films currently expected to hit the Croisette, but obviously in no way confirmed yet seem to be among the most likely, are Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, Gus Van Sant's Restless and Lars von Trier's Melancholia.

Of course, those are the big name features. The films that draw the
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