January 01, 2015

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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
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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 […]

2014 Cannes Film Festival Jury is selected

The New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion, winner of the Palme d’or for The Piano, will be the President of the Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes. Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico.
As in 2009 the Jury will therefore include five women and four men. Their task will be to decide between the 18 films in Competition in order to select the winners – to be announced on stage at the ceremony on Saturday 24th May. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the Festival’s closing evening on Sunday 25th of May, in the presence of the jury and the entire team from the winning film.
Jane CAMPION – President (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – New Zealand)
Carole BOUQUET (Actress – France)
Sofia COPPOLA (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – United States)
Leila HATAMI (Actress – Iran)
JEON Do-yeon (Actress – South Korea)
Willem DAFOE (Actor – United States)
Gael GARCIA BERNAL (Actor, Director, Producer – Mexico)
JIA Zhangke (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – China)
Nicolas Winding REFN (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – Denmark)
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Foxcatcher will debut at Cannes and might be on a collision course with Oscar

About a month ago, I wrote a piece here that speculated on some of the Academy Award hopefuls that might be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, the lineup for Cannes has been announced (at least the preliminary list of titles…look for some movies to be added in the coming weeks), and while a few flicks I mentioned in that article like The Homesman, How to Catch a Monster, and Maps to the Stars are set to unspool in France, the film that probably is the most anticipated, especially in terms of awards potential, is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. In fact, I’ve listed it as a Best Picture frontrunner in my Oscar predictions, if you haven’t already noticed.
In case you’re not up to speed on this movie, it’s obviously directed by Miller based on a script from Dan Futterman and based on a true story. The plot surrounds Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how, while training with paranoid schizophrenic millionaire John duPont, Schultz’s brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz, was killed by duPont. The cast is led by Steve Carrell as duPont, Mark Ruffalo as Dave, and Channing Tatum as Mark, with Anthony Michael Hall, Sienna Miller, and Vanessa Redgrave in supporting turns as well. That’s pretty baity stuff if I do say so myself, especially in terms of the potential it holds for Carrell and Ruffalo.
Miller has so far been perfect at getting his films into Best Picture lineups, with both Capote and Moneyball scoring citations. This is also a passion project of his, which could put an extra chip on his shoulder to really nail this one. He’s also gotten multiple performers of his nominated each time out (along with his screenplays getting nominated both times to go along with one Best Director nomination for himself as well), so the odds are really in this cast’s favor. Assuming the debut at Cannes goes well, it’d be pretty foolish to bet against this one not turning into a major awards player.
So, what are the odds of Foxcatcher going from Cannes to the Oscar ceremony? Well, it’s not incredibly uncommon, though winners are a bit more on the rare side. The last movie to pull that off was No Country for Old Men, so while Foxcatcher (along with The Homesman, for example) might not have any statistics out there in the universe to suggest that a strong debut at this […]

66th Film Festival de Cannes Risqué Poster

To grace the poster for its 66th edition, the Festival de Cannes has chosen a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of the aptly named A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).
For the Festival it is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favoured co-star.
They were honoured at the Festival de Cannes in 1958 – the year of their marriage – with the selection In Competition of Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. (…)

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Photo © 1963 by Paramount Pictures Corporation and
Llenroc Productions.
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Steven Spielberg, jury president of the 66th Festival de Cannes

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”
Taking over the reins from the Italian Nanni Moretti, American director and producer Steven Spielberg agrees to head up the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival taking place May 15-26 this year.
“As they say across the Atlantic”, said Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, “Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’: Sugarland Express, Color Purple. But it was with E.T. that I screened as a world premiere in ‘82 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told “E.T., phone home”, I understood and immediately replied: “At last!”
“Steven Spielberg accepted in principle two years ago”, declared Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival. “He was able to make himself available this year to be the new Jury President and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job. Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”
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Jane Campion to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Director, Jane Campion, is to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking over the role from Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.
From New Zealand, Jane Campion stood out from her earliest works: in 1986 she won short film Palme d’or for Peel and garnered the interest of critics internationally for Sweetie, the first feature she presented in competition at the Festival de Cannes. After An Angel at my Table, she returned to Cannes with The Piano, which won the Palme d’or in ’93, as well as the best actress award for Holly Hunter.
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Cannes Film Festival Winners – 2012

HollywoodNews.com: The official Jury of this 65th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Nanni Moretti, revealed this evening the prizes winners during the Closing Ceremony.
Bérénice Bejo hosted Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to Michael Haneke for his film Amour (Love).
Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier, was screened at the end of the ceremony.
FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’Or
AMOUR (Love) by Michael HANEKE
Grand Prix
REALITY by Matteo GARRONE
Award for Best Director
Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX
Jury Prize
THE ANGELS’ SHARE by Ken LOACH
Award for Best Actor
Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN (The Hunt) by Thomas VINTERBERG
Award for Best Actress
Cristina FLUTUR & Cosmina STRATAN in DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills) by Cristian MUNGIU
Award for Best Screenplay
Cristian MUNGIU for pour DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills)
SHORT FILMS
Palme d’Or
SESSIZ-BE DENG (Silent) by L. Rezan YESILBAS
CAMERA D’OR
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh ZEITLIN presented in Un Certain Regard Selection

UN CERTAIN REGARD
PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD
DESPUÉS DE LUCIA by Michel FRANCO
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
LE GRAND SOIR by Benoît DELÉPINE and Gustave KERVERN
UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Suzanne CLÉMENT for her performance in LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier DOLAN
UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Emilie DEQUENNE for her performance in À PERDRE LA RAISON directed by Joachim LAFOSSE
SPECIAL DISTINCTION OF THE JURY
DJECA by Aida BEGIC
(Children of Sarajevo)

CINEFOUNDATION
First Prize:
DOROGA NA (The Road to)
directed by Taisia Igumentseva
VGIK, Russia
Second Prize:
ABIGAIL
directed by Matthew James Reilly
NYU, USA
Third Prize:
LOS ANFITRIONES (The Hosts)
directed by Miguel Angel Moulet
EICTV, Cuba
Photo Courtesy Cannes Film Festival
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Kim Kardashian joins Kanye West for his film premiere

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West recently spent some time in London to support Kim Kardashian’s businesses, and now she is doing the same for him.
Kim joined Kanye in Cannes for his film premiere as he was showing off his latest project, ‘Cruel Summer,’ states UsMagazine.com. The two then hit up the after party where they celebrated with his good friend Jay-Z.
This is Kim’s first time at the Cannes Film Festival.
Do you like how these two support each other?
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