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 […]

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)

The Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors, screenwriters and producers, will be the two Presidents of the Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes.
This year they will be joined by seven key figures in world cinema from Canada, Spain, the United States, France, Mali, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
The Jury will thus be made up of nine distinctive voices – four women and five men – each with the same voting rights. Their task will be to decide among the films in Competition and select the prize winners, culminating in the Palme d’or, which will be announced on stage during the Festival Closing Ceremony on Sunday 24th May.
Joel & Ethan Coen – Presidents
(Directors, Writers, Producers – United States)
Rossy de Palma (Actress – Spain)
Sophie Marceau (Actress, Director – France)
Sienna Miller (Actress – United Kingdom)
Rokia Traoré (Composer, Singer-songwriter – Mali)
Guillermo del Toro (Director, Writer, Producer – Mexico)
Xavier Dolan (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor – Canada)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Actor – United States)

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 […]

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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