July 11, 2015

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Rooney Mara: Oscar possibilities for the Cannes 2015 winners

Yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded their prizes for 2015, so as always, immediate attention has turned to Academy Award possibilities. Some years, there’s a dearth of contenders, while others have no shortage of them to sift through. It’s very much an American thing, as if a fest always needs to have an Oscar correlation to matter, but hey…who am I to argue? Luckily, this year we have a number of potential players worthy of discussion among the winners. There are some titles that went home empty handed that could easily hit with the Academy, including Sicario and Out of Competition entries like Inside Out, Irrational Man, and Mad Max: Fury Road, but for now I’ll limit it to only those that wound up In Competition and with a prize…
Obviously, we have to start with the Palme d’Or winning Dheepan, which likely will be a Best Foreign Language Feature contender or bust. The same can be said of Grand Prix (second place, basically) winner Son of Saul and The Assassin, which gave Hou Hsiao-Hsie a Best Director win. Those are harder to figure out right now since it winds up being one film per country in terms of Oscar submissions and we don’t know what else each nation will be choosing between, but these certainly go on the long list. Other longer shots include co-Best Actress winner (more on that shortly) Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon roi, Best Actor winner Stéphane Brize for The Measure of a Man, and Chronic, the Best Screenplay victor.
Then, we have the singular X factor that is The Lobster, winner of the Jury Prize (third place, essentially). Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos got his very unique film Dogtooth into Best Foreign Language Feature a few years back, so his English language debut was on everyone’s radar. It apparently lived up to the hype too, so while this probably is too weird for Best Picture, there’s an outside shot that the Best Original Screenplay could be livened up by The Lobster’s presence. It was widely expected to win that prize at Cannes, so perhaps the Academy can choose to go where the fest did not this weekend?
Finally, the most likely contender out of this year’s festival crop is clearly Carol. Perhaps disappointing some by only leaving the fest with a tie in Best Actress, Todd Haynes’ movie is still the odds on favorite to translate to Oscar. An interesting […]

And the Cannes Film Festival 2015 winners are…

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with an awards ceremony at the Palais des Festivals.
This year’s Grand Prix was awarded to the Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” the debut film by Hungarian director László Nemes. The festival’s Jury Prize went to “The Lobster,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
And the winners are…
IN COMPETITION :
FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’Or
DHEEPAN Directed by Jacques AUDIARD
Grand Prix
SAUL FIA (SON OF SAUL) Directed by László NEMES
Award for Best Director
HOU Hsiao-Hsien for NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASSIN)
Award for Best Screenplay
Michel FRANCO for CHRONIC
Award for Best Actress Ex-aequo
Emmanuelle BERCOT, Rooney MARA in MON ROI Directed by MAÏWENN
Rooney MARA, Emmanuelle BERCOT in CAROL Directed by Todd HAYNES
Award for Best Actor
Stéphane BRIZÉ in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (THE MEASURE OF A MAN) Directed by Stéphane BRIZÉ
Jury Prize
THE LOBSTER Directed by Yorgos LANTHIMOS
SHORT FILMS
Palme d’Or – Short Film
WAVES ’98 Directed by Ely DAGHER

UN CERTAIN REGARD :
Prize of Un Certain Regard
HRÚTAR (RAMS) Directed by Grímur HAKONARSON
Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard
ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN) Directed by Dalibor MATANIC
Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
KISHIBE NO TABI (JOURNEY TO THE SHORE) Directed by KUROSAWA Kiyoshi
Un Certain Talent Prize
COMOARA (THE TREASURE) Directed by Corneliu PORUMBOIU
Promizing Future Prize Ex-aequo
NAHID Directed by Ida PANAHANDEH
MASAAN Directed by Neeraj GHAYWAN
CINEFONDATION :
1st Prize Cinéfondation
SHARE Directed by Pippa BIANCO
2nd Prize Cinéfondation
LOCAS PERDIDAS (LOST QUEENS) Directed by Ignacio JURICIC MERILLÁN
3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo
VICTOR XX Directed by Ian GARRIDO LÓPEZ
THE RETURN OF ERKIN Directed by Maria GUSKOVA
GOLDEN CAMERA :
Caméra d’or
LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA Directed by César Augusto ACEVEDO

Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard 2015 Awards Announced

Un Certain Regard 2015 presented in competition 19 films hailing from 21 different countries. Four of the works were first films. The Opening film was An by Naomi Kawase.
Under the presidency of Isabella Rossellini (filmmaker – United States, Italy), the Jury was comprised of Haifaa al-Mansour (director – Saudi Arabia), Panos H. Koutras (director – Greece), Nadine Labaki (director, actress – Lebanon) and Tahar Rahim (actor – France).
“We, the jury, would like to thank the Festival de Cannes for inviting us to be part of the Jury for Un Certain Regard.
The experience of watching nineteen films from twenty-one countries was memorable. It was like taking a flight over our Planet and its inhabitants… Any anthropologist would be envious of us.
We would like in particular to thank Thierry Frémaux and his team for their incredible kindness.
I cannot refrain from expressing also my personal gratitude to the Festival for having chosen my mother Ingrid Bergman for the poster of the 68th edition of this festival.
Mamma seems to hovered over all of us, filmmakers and film lovers, as a guardian angel.
Thank you.“
Isabella Rossellini
PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD
HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson
JURY PRIZE
ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić
BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE
Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore)
UN CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE
COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu
PROMISING FUTURE PRIZE
MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan
Ex aequo
NAHID by Ida Panahandeh
Photo : Winners of Un Certain Regard © FDC / Cyril Duchene

Cannes 2015 Palme d’Or predictions

Over the course of the next few days, the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival will be deliberating and deciding on the newest group of award winners for the classy fest. Led by the incredibly prestigious Palme d’Or prize (their version of Best Picture), Cannes could just as easily launch something into the Oscar race as opposed to merely highlighting a smaller title. Historically, the festival has given us a bit of both, which makes it hard to accurately predict what a new jury will do each year. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen head up this one, so perhaps that favors English language contenders? But, perhaps that doesn’t matter? Predictions here are an even more inexact science than awards shows that have precursors of sorts. I’m still going to try, of course. Just know that these are basically shots in the dark. Regardless, enjoy them!
In short, there’s no guaranteed winners, but I think the main contenders to keep an eye on across the board are Todd Haynes’ Carol, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, László Nemes’ Son of Saul, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, and Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Those five, along with perhaps Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster are the likeliest ones to contend for the Palme d’Or as well as possibly some acting prizes as well. The most buzz seems to surround Carol, Son of Saul, and Youth, but Sicario represents an interesting X factor. It would be a slightly mainstream pick, but with the sort of reviews out of the fest for it, anything is possible. One thing is for sure though…Cannes could very well hold a surprise or two, so all eyes are on the Coen Brothers and company on the jury. It’ll be interesting to compare this to the ultimate winners, which is what I’ll likely do early next week.
Here now are my Cannes award predictions, with brief commentary:
Palme d’Or
I’ve narrowed this down to Carol, The Lobster, and Son of Saul. Haynes’ romantic melodrama is the favorite right now, so I’m not going to go against my fellow pundits, but both The Lobster and Son of Saul would represent family unique choices. Nothing would surprise me here, but those three seem the most likely right now, though don’t count out Youth as well. I’m picking Carol, but I really kind of want to go on a limb with The Lobster. If only I were a bit bolder, I’d […]

In Mexico, “SICARIO” means hitman – Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

SICARIO’s Emily Blunt [Kate Macer], Benicio del Toro [Alejandro], Josh Brolin [Matt Graver], and Director Denis Villeneuve, walked the Palais des Festivals Red Carpet tonight before the In Competition Screening of SICARIO at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.
In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.
Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
A Lionsgate presentation, a Black Label Media presentation, a Thunder Road production, a Denis Villeneuve film.
SICARIO opens in the US in limited release on September 18, 2015, and opens wide on September 25, 2015.
Photo courtesy Lionsgate, by Paul Le

2015 Cannes Film Festival Line Up Revealed

The Official Selection of the 68th Festival de Cannes was announced this Thursday, 16 April during the press conference held by Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux in Paris.
Opening film :
Emmanuelle BERCOT LA TÊTE HAUTE
(STANDING TALL)
Out of
Comp. 2h00
***
Jacques AUDIARD DHEEPAN (TEMPORARY TITLE) 1h49
Stéphane BRIZÉ LA LOI DU MARCHÉ
(A SIMPLE MAN)
1h32
Valérie DONZELLI MARGUERITE ET JULIEN
(MARGUERITE AND JULIEN)
1h50
Matteo GARRONE IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
(THE TALE OF TALES)
2h05
Todd HAYNES CAROL 1h58
HOU Hsiao Hsien NIE YINNIANG
(THE ASSASSIN)
2h00
JIA Zhang-Ke SHAN HE GU REN
(MOUTAINS MAY DEPART)
2h00
KORE-EDA Hirokazu UMIMACHI DIARY
(OUR LITTLE SISTER)
2h03
Justin KURZEL MACBETH 1h53
Yorgos LANTHIMOS THE LOBSTER 1h58
MAÏWENN MON ROI 2h10
Nanni MORETTI MIA MADRE 1h42
László NEMES SAUL FIA
(SON OF SAUL)
1
er film 1h47
Paolo SORRENTINO YOUTH 1h58
Joachim TRIER LOUDER THAN BOMBS 1h45
Gus VAN SANT THE SEA OF TREES 1h50
Denis VILLENEUV

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Neeraj GHAYWAN MASAAN
1
st film 2h00
Grímur HÁKONARSON HRÚTAR (RAMS)
1h30
KUROSAWA Kiyoshi KISHIBE NO TABI
(JOURNEY TO THE SHORE)
2h08
Laurent LARIVIÈRE JE SUIS UN SOLDAT
(I AM A SOLDIER)
1
st film 1h36
Dalibor MATANIC ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN)
2h03
Roberto MINERVINI THE OTHER SIDE 1h30
Radu MUNTEAN UN ETAJ MAI JOS
(ONE FLOOR BELOW)
1h33
OH Seung
-Uk MU
-ROE
-HAN
(THE SHAMELESS)
1h58
David PABLOS LAS ELEGIDAS
(THE CHOSEN ONES)
Ida PANAHANDEH NAHID
Corneliu PORUMBOIU COMOARA
(THE TREASURE)
1h30
Gurvinder SINGH CHAUTHI KOOT
(THE FOURTH DIRECTION)
1h55
SHIN Suwon MADONNA 2h01
Alice WINOCOUR MARYLAND 1h:40
Out of Competition :
Woody ALLEN IRRATIONAL MAN 1h36
Pete DOCTER
Ronaldo DEL CARMEN
INSIDE OUT 1h42
George MILLER MAD MAX : FURY ROAD 2h00
Mark OSBORNE THE LITTLE PRINCE 1h48
Midnight Screenings :
HONG Won-Chan O PISEU
(OFFICE)
1
st film 1h49
Asif KAPADIA AMY 2h07
Special Screenings :
Samuel BENCHETRIT ASPHALTE 1h40
Souleymane CISSE OKA 1h50
Elad KEIDAN HAYORED LEMA’ALA 1
st film 1h45
Natalie PORTMAN SIPUR AL AHAVA VE CHOSHECH
(A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS)
1
st film 1h35
Barbet SCHROEDER AMNESIA 1h36
Pavle VUCKOVIC PANAMA 1
st film 1h45
LA SELECTION CINEFONDATION 2015
Behzad AZADI
Mateo BENDESKY
Pippa BIANCO
Simon CARTWRIGHT
Ian GARRIDO LÓPEZ
Maria GUSKOVA
Félix HAZEAUX
Thomas NITSCHE
Edward NOONAN
Franck PINA
Raphaëlle PLANTIER
Ignacio JURICIC MERILLÁN
Sofie KAMPMARK
Tomáš KLEIN
Tomáš MERTA
Aurélien PEILLOUX
Eliza PETKOVA
Miki POLONSKI
Maksim SHAVKIN
Héctor SILVA NÚÑEZ
Salla SORRI
Laura VANDEWYNCKEL
Qiu YANG
KOSHTARGAH
(Slaughterhouse)
EL SER MAGNÉTICO
(The Magnetic Nature)
SHARE
MANOMAN
VICTOR XX
VOZVRASHENIE ERKINA
(The Return of Erkin)
LEONARDO
LOCAS PERDIDAS
(Lost Queens)
TSUNAMI
RETRIEVER
LES CHERCHEURS
(The Wheel of Emotions)
ABWESEND
(Absent)
ASARA REHOVOT MEA ETSIM
(Ten Buildings Away)
14 STEPS
ANFIBIO
(Amphibian)
AINAHAN NE PALAA
(To Return Until)
HET PARADIJS
(Paradise)
RI GUANG ZHI XIA
(Under the Sun)
Art University of Tehran
Iran
Universidad del Cine (FUC)
Argentine / Argentina
AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women
États-Unis / USA
National Film and Television School
Royaume-Uni / United Kingdom
ESCAC
Espagne / Spain
High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors
Russie / Russia
MOPA (ex Supinfocom Arles)
France
Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile
Chili / Chile
The Animation Workshop
Danemark / Denmark
FAMU Prague
République Tchèque / Czech Republic
La Fémis
France
Deutsche Film & Fernsehakademie (dffb)
Allemagne / Germany
Minshar for Art
Israël / Israel
Moscow School of New Cinema
Russie / Russia
EICTV
Cuba
Aalto University, ELO Film School Helsinki
Finlande / Finland
RITS School of Arts Brussels
Belgique / Belgium
The VCA, Film […]

Which films could play this year at the Cannes Film Festival?

When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day.
Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order:
1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls of 2015 is the new movie from Todd Haynes. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, it stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a very unique love story. So yeah, this is a big player, provided the quality is there. Assuming it’s done, I’d be shocked if it didn’t debut at Cannes. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.
2. Erran – The new film from Jacques Audiard, the director of both A Prophet as well as Rust and Bone, makes perfect sense for Cannes. He’s been there before, garnering awards buzz, so this should wind up at the fest as well. The only question is if it’ll be ready in time or not. I’m definitely curious about this one, that’s for sure.
3. Lawless/Untitled Terrence Malick Project – There’s no doubt that the fest would love a new Terrence Malick film, so if it’s actually somewhere close to completion…count this one in for sure. With a cast led by Ryan Gosling and potentially some members of his Knight of Cups cast, there’s plenty of intrigue here. I’m not always wild about Malick, but I love Gosling, so consider me intrigued.
4. The Lobster – I’ve been fascinated with filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos ever since seeing Dogtooth a few years ago. His follow up Alps was solid, but this new one seems like it could very well be his masterpiece. An English language feature (one of a bunch from foreign directors coming out in 2015), the cast is eclectic, including John C. Reilly, the […]

How might the Cannes winners impact the upcoming awards season?

Over the weekend, the Cannes Film Festival gave out its annual awards, highlighted by Winter Sleep taking the Palme d’Or, Bennett Miller taking the Best Director prize for Foxcatcher, Timothy Spall taking the Best Actor prize for Mr. Turner, and Julianne Moore taking the Best Actress prize for Maps to the Stars. Those films and performances now almost automatically have increased Oscar buzz, but what exactly does that mean? After all, these were citations given out in May, about six months before any of the other precursors are bestowed upon awards hopefuls. We can’t know exactly what it means, but on this day, I’d like to make a few educated guesses.
First off with the Palme d’Or winner, the Turkish film Winter Sleep is now basically assured of two things. One is that it’ll almost certainly play at the New York Film Festival (both of the past two winners in Amour and Blue is the Warmest Color made this trip as well, so it makes sense), while the other is that it now will have substantial Best Foreign Language Feature buzz. This is a challenging movie that will struggle for recognition anywhere else from the Academy and may even have trouble winning the Foreign Oscar, but it’s in the pole position right now, there’s no way around that. Beyond that, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film is now in the history books, if nothing else.
With Miller’s win for his Foxcatcher direction, that more or less just confirms that he’s going to be a heavy hitter in the race. I don’t know of any other pundit who’d exclude him from their Best Director lineup if they were to do Oscar predictions, so this win only moves him up, potentially into a place where a win won’t be out of the question. Foxcatcher on the whole should be a major player, so while Steve Carrell didn’t receive an award for his acclaimed turn, Miller basically represents the film on the whole.
As for Spall, he’s yet to be nominated by the Academy, but this collaboration with Mike Leigh on Mr. Turner may very well be the one to do it. Much like Bruce Dern parlayed a Best Actor prize last year into an Oscar nomination for Nebraska, Spall could potentially do the same here. A nomination for Best Actor certainly isn’t out of the question, especially considering that Leigh films more often than not are cited […]

Julianne Moore, Timothy Spall and “Winter Sleep” are the big winners at the Cannes Film Festival

The Jury of this 67th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Jane Campion, revealed the names of the prize winners this evening during the Awards Ceremony. Lambert Wilson hosted Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best of the 18 films in Competition. Sergio Leone’s Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) presented by Quentin Tarantino, was screened at the end of the ceremony.
AN the winners are:
FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’or
WINTER SLEEP by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN

Grand Prix
LE MERAVIGLIE (The Wonders) by Alice ROHRWACHER
Best Director Award
Bennett MILLER for FOXCATCHER

Jury Prize ex-aequo
MOMMY by Xavier DOLAN
ADIEU AU LANGAGE (Goodbye to language) by Jean-Luc GODARD
Best Screenplay Award
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV and Oleg NEGIN for LEVIATHAN
Best Actress Award
Julianne MOORE in MAPS TO THE STARS by David CRONENBERG

Best Actor Award
Timothy SPALL in MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH

SHORT FILMS
Palme d’or
LEIDI by Simón MESA SOTO
Special Mention – Ex-aequo
AÏSSA by Clément TREHIN-LALANNE
JA VI ELSKER (Yes we love) by Hallvar WITZØ
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Prize
FEHÉR ISTEN by Kornél Mundruczó
Jury Prize
TURIST by Ruben Östlund
Un Certain Regard Special Prize
THE SALT OF THE EARTH by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Ensemble Prize
PARTY GIRL by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis
Best Actor Award
David Gulpilil in CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by Rolf de Heer
CAMÉRA D’OR
PARTY GIRL by Marie AMACHOUKELI, Claire BURGER, Samuel THEIS presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection
CINÉFONDATION
First Prize
SKUNK by Annie Silverstein
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Second Prize
OH LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
Joint Third Prize
LIEVITO MADRE by Fulvio Risuleo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
THE BIGGER PICTURE by Daisy Jacobs
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:
Dick POPE, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH
To read more go to Cannes Film Festival

Predicting the Palme d’Or at Cannes

HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK: Over at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, the awards announcements will take place, leading up to the crowning of this year’s Palme d’Or winning film. There doesn’t seem to be a movie there that’s the obvious frontrunner, so we have a situation where the festival jury (led by filmmaker Jane Campion) could go in any number of directions. They have American Oscar bait, new works from Cannes favorites, and a whole host of other flicks to choose from. I have to say, this year is probably one of the more wide open ones that we’ve seen in a bit. I’ve never been less confident in Cannes awards predictions than I am now, but we’ll press on anyway…
Before we get to the big award, I’ll speculate a bit on the acting, directing, and screenplay awards. For Actor, I think it’ll be the high profile selection of Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher, though Timothy Spall could just as easily win for Mr. Turner as well. With Actress, Marion Cotillard seems like the far out frontrunner for Two Days, One Night here, though if you want a potential upset, look for Julianne Moore in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, or Hilary Swank in Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman. Director is almost like another runner up prize, so something that loses the Palme could win here. For that I have Xavier Dolan for Mommy, though any of the other contenders are possible, especially Bennett Miller or Mike Leigh. Lastly, I’m sort of at a loss for Screenplay, so I’ll go with what I’ve heard is the likely winner in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, though watch out for Foxcatcher here as well.
Now, on to the Golden Palm. It seems to be a competition between Foxcatcher, Leviathan, Mommy, Mr. Turner, and Winter Sleep, though some have speculated that Two Days, One Night could be a spoiler. I suspect that at least one of those will also wind up as either the Grand Prix (Second Place) or Jury Prize (Third Place) winner, but I have no good clue as to which one, though if a gun was to my head, I’d say maybe Leigh’s Mr. Turner comes in second and Miller’s Foxcatcher comes in third. By that line of thinking, that would have Dolan’s Mommy and Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan fighting it out for the big […]

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