Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 Nastri d'Argento Awards Winners


Today organizers announced the award winners and to the surprise of many three movies get each three awards to lead the pack of winners this year.

Anime Nere by Francesco Munzi, Tales of Tales by Matteo Garrone and Youth by Paolo Sorrentino are the three movies that each collected three awards.

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 German Films Award Winners


... and the BIG winner of the night is (drums) none other than Victoria by Sebastian Schipper, the thriller shot in a single, unedited take won six (6) Lolas including best film, best director and the top acting honors.

No, this year didn't watched live the award ceremony but I'm please that Victoria won even when I know since 2015 Berlinale that will be a hard-to-watch movie.

To read winners at official site go here (pdf file in German).  Below is the list with ALL award winners; winners are in *BLUE.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

59th David di Donatello Awards Winners




Last night the big winner was undoubtedly Anime Nere that collected nine awards but what has generated more English media buzz was Quentin Tarrantino attending in person to collect past awards for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.  The awards were handled by Ennio Morricone and surprisingly both announced that Morricone has agreed to compose music for next Tarantino movie, upcoming The Hateful Eight -which many are expecting will premiere in Venice fest.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

88th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Submissions


Today, June 11th, we have the first announcement of a submission to Oscars 2016 and even do film and country are no surprises, the big surprise is how early we will start the post that will be final by the end of September 2015.

The list begins with the first country to do their announcement and as in previous years in parenthesis will include the festival where film was screened plus the director's name will be in BLUE when director is female.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Women in Motion Talks - Final


Now is good moment to do the final installment of the Women in Motion Talks as there were more videos with some very interesting people talking about women and the film industry.

Frances McDormand discusses sexism and gender discrimination in Hollywood (5/22/15)

None other than recently married Frances McDormand, in Cannes with husband Joel Coen, had a conversation with Alison Brower, THR deputy editorial director. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.

68th Festival de Cannes Award Winners


And the BIG winner of the night is ... (drums) French cinema!!! Which is not a surprise as this year there is a huge list of what could be great French films and some made it to Cannes, some got great reviews and some won top awards.

But when you carefully look at the list below you can also find another winner, a cinema that had NO films in the main competition but managed to be present in several sections and ... (drums) won awards! I'm talking about Latin American cinema with movies from Colombia, Argentina and Chile. Then there was also a Mexican director winning a top award.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rec Carpet and Closing Ceremony


Here some links to the live streaming of the events.

Day 12 - Cannes 2015


As far as I remember this is the first time that the day of the closing ceremony ALL films in competition have a final screen that seems is open to all audiences. That's a great idea that hope will be a norm for the future.

Maybe will tweet live the winners but for sure will update LIVE the post with the list of award winners and of course will watch live the red carpet hoping to see who is really in Cannes and who is not.  So expect me complaining or being happy via twitter (lol).

Before getting into more news or comments, let's talk about yesterday Un Certain Regard awards ceremony that I deeply regret was not stream live (not even by Cannes TV or Canal +) as this year I would have liked to see it because Isabella Rossellini was the head of the jury and as expected seems she did a good speech before the awards. But today there is an official video with the ceremony; this is the English version video, but there is also a video in French that doesn't have the not-nice voice over translation.

6th Queer Palm Award Winners


Last night organizers had their award ceremony at Silencio and as I was expecting with a 100% female jury, winner had to go to a lesbian interest film. So, surprise: IT DID! ... for the first time ever in the short history of this award that always had primordially gay men and straight women as their jurors until this year. That's one of the reasons why Palme d'Or winner for film and the two main actresses, La Vie d'Adele didn't won the Queer Palm that went to Stranger by the Lake.

As a matter of fact last night was talking with friends who asked what's happening with this award as seems this year organizers had some troubles like not having up an award site and using the facebook page to post news plus have award sponsors with some light coverage. I have no idea what's going on but we conclude that award low profile will not allow them to grow, so maybe award has to disappear to reappear with a different organization behind. Still all this is us a bunch of cinema-lovers friends speculating about the Cannes queer award that in six years has not laid strong-enough bases to become similar to, let say, Berlin's Teddy Award. Sigh.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Day 11- Cannes 2015




The last day of the festival as tomorrow the only event is the closing ceremony. Today planes are full with the few cinema journalists that stayed to cover the last film in competition and the closing film.

Now we have the quest to find the people that have been called to return and those that never left, let the award winners guessing game begin!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 10 - Cannes 2015




Each day have been using the photo that Festival organizers publish in social media with "the films screened today". Most interesting is that today in photo composition there is a film that is NOT screened today! As I truly do not mind having Carol photo in composition, decided to use it even when there is a too-obvious mistake.

Today we have two awards ceremonies, the first for Cinéfondation and the second for Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Also imagine that today we will start to learn about some collateral awards.

47th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Award Winners


La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs is a non-competitive parallel section of the Festival de Cannes but there are several awards that are given by section partners and sponsors.

Can't help but to notice that from all sections that have already announced their awards winners, many honors have gone to films from Latin American cinema and La Quinzaine is not an exception as has honored a film from Colombia.

Winners are in *LIGHT PURPLE.

2015 Cannes Short Films Award Winners


The first short films award winners have been announced just a few minutes ago in a ceremony hosted by Gilles Jacob with the presence of the Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury.

Have to share that this year I really missed Gilles Jacob as he has such an elegant presence that current new festival president does not have. We miss you! But we know that age is merciless. Sigh.

To check the Cinéfondation and Short Film award winners please go below. Award winners are in *LIGHT PURPLE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 9 - Cannes 2015




After today there are only three more films to go in the main competition; but more shocking, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and La Semaine de la Critique have their closing ceremony tomorrow, so believe it or not, tomorrow we will start to learn awards winners.

Oops! just realized that La Semaine de la Critique closing ceremony is TODAY!!! Oh gosh. Ceremony will be at 7pm local time.

54th Semaine de la Critique Award Winners


Today was La Semaine de la Critique Award Ceremony and the screening of the closing film La Vie en grand by Mathieu Vadepied.

The big winner is the Latin American cinema as two feature films from the region won top awards.

Paulina (or La Patota) by Santiago Mitre is the big winner as won the top award, the Grand Prix.

Cesar Augusto Acevedo's La Tierra y la Sombra wins the SACD Award (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) that supports new authors with a cash prize and also the Visionary Award that rewards outstanding creativity and innovation.

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