December 06, 2016

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Potential Academy Award players from Cannes

Now that the 2016 Cannes Film Festival is safely in our rearview mirror, we can do what always happens a few days after the fest concludes…try and find some Oscar buzz! Yes, Cannes this year had some definite movies that will be in the conversation for Academy Award nominations, though as I said earlier in the week, it likely won’t be coming from their slate of prize winners. The Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake doesn’t seem poised for much love, so while a title or two from the competition section will sniff the precursor season, there will be as much attention paid to the ones that played our of competition in 2016. That’s just how it wound up going down this year, though nothing is set in stone just yet…
The big one it seems, if you had to choose, is Loving from Jeff Nichols. That’s the film with across the board potential, as it resembled awards bait from the start. Look for that one to have a big campaign launched in Best Picture, Best Director (for Nichols), Best Actor (for Joel Edgerton), Best Actress (for Ruth Negga), Best Supporting Actor (for Michael Shannon), Best Original Screenplay (also for Nichols), and a handful of technical categories. I can’t promise anything at this moment, but expect Edgerton, Negga, and Nichols to show up plenty as the awards season gets underway. Nominations aren’t promised, but heavy contention for said nominations basically is. Loving is the one to take to the bank if you were betting on one Cannes title to go all the way to Oscar night, without question.
Also in competition and getting a bit of buzz were things like Paterson and Toni Erdmann. They’re longer shots, for sure, basically limited to the former hoping for attention in Best Actor (for Adam Driver), Best Supporting Actress (for Golshifteh Farahani), and Best Original Screenplay (for Jim Jarmusch), along with Best Original Screenplay (for Maren Ade) and Best Foreign Language Feature for the latter. I actually have a strong feeling/hunch that Toni Erdmann will wind up with a Foreign Language Feature citation if it’s actually submitted, but Paterson is probably a long shot. It’s frankly just too small, and while Driver got buzz, he’ll have bigger contenders to compete with when the time comes.

Out of competition, we had The Nice Guys from Shane Black to definitely keep in the back of our minds. […]

Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes

Yesterday, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival wrapped up with the distribution of a number of awards. Of course, the jury, this time around led by George Miller, threw us some real curveballs, but Cannes surprises when the Palme d’Or is given out is more or less par for the course. Especially considering how this was apparently a weak year over in the South of France, I suppose odd choices were a given. Miller and company opted to go with the well received but not expected to win I, Daniel Blake, from festival favorite Ken Loach. The filmmaker is a mainstay at Cannes, so it’s not a huge shocker, but it wasn’t a win that many were predicting. My predictions were way off the mark for this year’s fest, so we’ll just pretend that they don’t exist…right? Right. Good. Now, let’s get on with things!
For the second time, Loach has won the Palme d’Or. Apparently, Loach is making I, Daniel Blake his final film, so if that’s the case, perhaps Miller and his jury sought to give him a proper send off with this honor. Either way, congrats to Loach. Other notable awards consisted of the Grand Prix (basically the runner up prize) going to Xavier Dolan’s poorly received It’s Only the End of the World, the Director prize being a tie between Olivier Assayas’ weakly reviewed Personal Shopper and Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, along with Andrea Arnold taking the Jury Prize for American Honey. We also saw Asghar Farhadi win the Screenplay prize for The Salesman, along with his lead Shahab Hosseini winning the Actor prize. Actress went to Jaclyn Jose for Ma ‘Rosa, and other awards of note include the Un Certain Regard award in Directing going to Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic and the Fipresci Competition award going to Maren Ade for Toni Erdmann.

Here now are all of the awards given out yesterday at the conclusion of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival:
COMPETITION
Palme d’Or: “I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach, U.K.)
Grand Prix: “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)
Director (tie): Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” (France), and Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation” (Romania)
Actor: Shahab Hosseini, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Actress: Jaclyn Jose, “Ma ‘Rosa” (Philippines)
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” (U.K.-U.S.)
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman” (Iran)
OTHER PRIZES
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Camera d’Or: “Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France-Qatar)
Short Films Palme d’Or: “Timecode” (Juanjo Jimenez, Spain)
Special Mention – Short Films Palme d’Or: “The Girl Who Danced With […]

Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’: 2016 Cannes Film Festival lineup announced

Late last week, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled their lineup at long last. The upcoming 2016 incarnation of the fest looks to be a potentially strong one, with some Cannes favorites returning alongside a whole bunch of possible awards contenders. There’s no guarantees that the festival translates to Oscar, but we almost always can get a contender or two from the group. Whether they can turn into nominees or not is another thing, but the potential is certainly there. You’ll be able to see the full Cannes lineup below, but before that, I’ll be looking over the list for a few films to really look forward to first. Then, you can take a gander at all of the titles set to unspool soon at the fest. Here we go…
From what I can tell, the bigger Academy Award players, assuming the reception over in the South of France warrants it, are Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Sean Penn’s The Last Face, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. The wild card is Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, but I think it’s less likely than those other ones. Frankly, Nichols seems to be by far in the best spot with his awards bait sounding true life civil rights drama. If there’s one early horse to bet on from this lot, it’s probably that one.

Here now is the full lineup right now for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival:
2016 Cannes Film Festival Lineup
Opener
“Cafe Society” (Woody Allen)
Competition
“Acquarius” (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
“American Honey” (Andrea Arnold)
“Baccalaureat,” (Cristian Mungiu)
“Elle” (Paul Verhoeven)
“From the Land of the Moon” (Nicole Garcia)
“The Handmaiden” (Park Chan-wook)
“I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach)
“It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan)
“Julieta” (Pedro Almodovar)
“The Last Face” (Sean Penn)
“Loving” (Jeff Nichols)
“Ma’ Rosa” (Brillante Mendoza)
“The Neon Demon” (Nicolas Winding Refn)
“Paterson” (Jim Jarmusch)
“Personal Shopper” (Olivier Assayas)
“Sierra-Nevada” (Cristi Puiu)
“Slack Bay” (Bruno Dumont)
“Staying Vertical” (Alain Guiraudie)
“Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)
“The Unknown Girl” (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Out of Competition
“The BFG” (Steven Spielberg)
“Goksung” (Na Hong-jin)
“Money Monster” (Jodie Foster)
“The Nice Guys” (Shane Black)
Un Certain Regard
“After the Storm” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
“Apprentice” (Boo Junfeng)
“Beyond the Mountains and Hills” (Eran Kolirin)
“Captain Fantastic” (Matt Ross)
“Clash” (Mohmaed Diab)
“The Dancer” (Stephanie Di Giusto)
“The Disciple” (Kirill Serebrennikov)
“Dogs” (Bogdan Mirica)
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” (Juho Kuosmanen)
“Harmonium” (Fukada Koji)
“Inversion” (Behnam Behzadi)
“The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” (Andrea Testa)
“Pericles the Black Man” […]

What might play this year at the Cannes Film Festival?

Much like I said last year around this time, 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. 2016 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 early on next month, 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, as that begins very shortly, but for the moment…Cannes gets my attention for the day today.
Even though nothing is official yet, word has begun to spread about what might be the likeliest to play Cannes this year. So far, it seems likely that Jodie Foster’s Money Monster will be playing at the festival, though that’s one of the few that seem like a safe bet. Rumors also have titles like Woody Allen’s latest untitled movie (though it might be called Café Society), Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Sean Penn’s The Last Face, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG playing. Those are films that have solid odds to play at Cannes, though they’re not the only ones. Below you’ll see a whole bunch of other flicks that I think might wind up at the festival (with ten specifically cited as well), though obviously this is just guesswork on my end right now.
Here now are 25 other films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order:
American Honey
Elle
Eternity
Family Photos
Finding Dory
The Founder
Free Fire
The Handmaiden
It’s Only The End of the World
Julieta
La La Land
The Light Between Oceans
Lion
The Lost City of Z
The Neon Demon
Nocturnal Animals
Paterson
Personal Shopper
Silence
Snowden
Story of Your Life
Sully
The Unknown Girl
Voyage of Time
Weightless
From that list, you have to assume that a good portion of the titles will wind up just being speculation, but a handful of them will certainly be what winds up playing. There’s tons of small scale films and probably even a big movie or two that will surprise with their inclusion, but this seems like a more or less inclusive grouping of Cannes contenders. Specifically from the list, I’d say […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roger Deakins continues to prove he’s the best cinematographer working today

Over at the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz seems to change each and every single day to the fancy new toy, or in this case…movie. Recently, the big exciting debut was Sicario, which got some of the fest’s best reviews a day or two ago. Chief among the praise was the cinematography of Roger Deakins, a legend in his field. He’s my choice for the best Director of Photography in the business right now, and one of the most overdue people in the industry in terms of not having an Oscar on his mantle. Could Sicario give him his first Academy Award win?
When I ran down my picks for the best cinematographers right now in Hollywood, I made Deakins my number one pick. This is what I had to say: “My pick for the best in the business right now, Deakins is the most overdue cinematographer ever, if you ask me. Just look at this partial bit of his resume: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Barton Fink, No Country for Old Men, Prisoners, The Shawshank Redemption, and Skyfall. That would be more than a career’s worth for many, but that’s just a drop in the bucket for Deakins. It’s a crime that he’s yet to win an Oscar for Best Cinematography, but until that day arrives, this small honor will have to do. He’s going to have an Academy Award eventually though, he’s just too good not to win at some point. (Best work to date: The Shawshank Redemption)” Those words are just as true now, and with another nomination last year in Best Cinematography for Unbroken, he’s getting closer and closer to a win. The Academy will have to acknowledge him at some point, as he’s just too good to ignore, especially with literally a dozen nominations to his credit.
Working with director Denis Villeneuve seems to have really upped his game of late, as they collaborated first on Prisoners (getting Deakins in as the film’s sole Oscar nomination) as well as Sicario over at Cannes. Then, we just learned that they’re teaming up again for a Blade Runner sequel. The thought of Deakins going deep into science fiction is an exciting one to me. That probably won’t break his Oscar losing streak, but he doesn’t lack for opportunities. Again, as the best in the business, it’s only a matter of time. It eventually happened […]

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

Cate Blanchett in “Carol”: Our first big Oscar contender from Cannes 2015

Over the past week or so, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has slowly unveiled some big time releases. Some, like Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, have turned out to be longer shots for any Academy Award attention. On the other hand, Cannes has seen Todd Haynes’ Carol launch towards the top of quite a few Oscar contention lists. Yes, while the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone saw their chances fade, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson certainly had their stock rise. Carol is the cream of the Cannes crop so far…
As a primer, the film is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (later retitled Carol). In it, Blanchett plays a married older woman who begins a flirtation and then an affair with a younger woman, played by Mara. Chandler plays Blanchett’s possessive husband, while the cast also includes the aforementioned Paulson in a vital role, alongside the likes of Carrie Brownstein, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, and more. Haynes directs, obviously, while the adaptation of Highsmith’s book has been penned by Phyllis Nagy. In some ways, this sounds like similar material to Far From Heaven, but if that is the case, that doesn’t mean that Oscar won’t be very interested, regardless.

I think that this one has some huge awards potential, both at Cannes and beyond as we move towards Oscar season. For starters, it’s certainly a contender now for the Palme d’Or prize as well as citations for Haynes and Blanchett at the fest. At the end of the year, when The Weinstein Company puts it out, it’ll likely be one of the bigger Academy Award players as well. This is one that you really can’t ignore, especially after the glowing reviews from the festival. Before that, it was still a strong possibility given its pedigree, but now…well, things are all that much better for Harvey Weinstein’s likely big shot at Oscar gold.
How good could this one do? Well, I don’t think Carol will wind up leading the field, but Best Picture, Best Director (for Haynes), Best Actress (for Blanchett and/or Mara), Best Supporting Actor (for Chandler), Best Supporting Actress (for Mara and/or Paulson), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score represent potential nominations. Yes, a double digit total is something that […]

Films In Competition – Cannes 2015 Trailers

Films In Competition – Cannes 2015 Trailers
La Tête Haute (Emmanuelle Bercot) Umimachi Diary (Kore-Eda Hirokazu) Il Racconto Dei Racconti (Matteo Garrone) The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) Saul Fia (László Nemes) Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti) Sea of Trees (Gus Van Sant) Mon Roi (Maïwenn)
Carol (Todd Haynes) La Loi du Marché (Stéphane Brizé)
Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier) Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
Marguerite & Julien (Valérie Donzelli) Youth (Paolo Sorrentino)
Shan He Gu Ren (Jia Zhang-Ke) Dheepan (Jacques Audiard)
Nie Yinniang (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) Chronic (Michel Franco)
Valley of Love (Guillaume Nicloux) MacBeth (Justin Kurzel)

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