Sunday, May 22, 2016

69th Festival de Cannes Award Winners

Today is the day! Will do a post with links to the Closing Ceremony and will update winners as they're announced.

Will write about winners and the closing ceremony later.  Now will watch the winners photocall, press conference and more...

As the first Cannes awards were given yesterday, decided to start this post that will be in progress until after the festival awards ceremony that seems will be on Sunday as tomorrow, Saturday May 21, there are two in competition films that will have their premiere.

So here are the awards that were announced yesterday and will update post with as soon as the awards are announced today.

#Cannes2016 Closing Ceremony

Check the live streaming of the Red Carpet

2016 Queer Palm Award Winners

Yesterday organizers had their award ceremony and closed a quiet year with not much activities, low social media coverage, low media coverage (it increased for the awards), the official website not working, some info in the partners sites, and some info in the facebook page. Hope that organizers collect themselves and prepare better for next year, hopefully with partners that help them to consolidate the award.

The winner of the feature film is a documentary about Thérèse Clerc directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, who hast top documentary credentials in my book as his 2013 Bambi is mesmerizing. Here is Les Vies de Thérèse synopsis from la Quinzaine official site.

Thérèse Clerc is one of the great figures of militantism. From the struggle to legalize abortion to the fight for equal rights of men and women and the battle for gay rights, she’s been on the front lines of all of them. She has just learned that she has an incurable disease and has decided to take a last look back over her life, a tender and lucid look at the battles and the love that went with them.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2nd L’Œil d’Or Documentary Award Winners

Today at noon organizers had the award ceremony at the Salon des Ambassadeurs in the Palais des Festivals and the second documentary annual award went to Eryk Rocha from Brazil with his documentary feature Cinema Novo. Also Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya from India with their film Cinema Travelers collected a Special Mention.

To read news at official site go here or check the photos and the announcements at La Scam twitter account here.

Winners are in *BLUE.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

55th Semaine de la Critique Awards Winners

Will not deny that I'm completely surprised that La Semaine de la Critique decided to do their closing ceremony today, Thursday, May 19 as usually the ceremony is Friday before the festival closes.

As a matter of fact went back to the schedule and (lol) yes, the closing ceremony was scheduled for today at 20:45 local time.

There are three awards given by the jury and another three given by the event partners, so here there are the six awards that were announced a few minutes ago via twitter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

69th Festival de Cannes Official Selection Lineup - Final

On May 16 fest organizers announced the last film in the Official Selection and this is the official reason to add the film so late, while the fest is running full force.

The Festival de Cannes has decided to add another film as a Special Screening: Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy.

This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. With just a small team in tow, the director traveled 1,000 km along the Iraqi frontier, from south to north, filming war situations, landscapes and the faces of men and women rarely seen in the wider world.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Day 1 - #Cannes2016

The day started with me trying to watch LIVE Café Society photocall and/or press conference and surprise, surprise: NO luck! This year it's not possible to watch events live, at least as of today, May 11 when the fest officially opens in a few hours.

Perhaps the website will improve in the following days but gee, organizers should knew that the BEST way to go was to keep "old" site in one place with all the perks -like fest archives and LIVE events coverage- and in a different place the new site (alright is expensive BUT is the best way to transition from one quite good site to a very simple site with no info and lots of photos).

Anyway I'm hoping that now opening ceremony will be open to the World especially when something is happening to the relation between Canal+ and the festival. Will find later on if happens or not.

#Cannes2016 Opening Ceremony

Today we will play the guessing game, yes we will have to guess IF the new and so much advertised Web TV Live will be open to the World and IF I'll be able to watch where I am...

For starters here are the two links to Dailymotion that offers an English version as well as a French Version ... as of this moment the clock says 5 hours 38 minutes to live stream, but know that Cafe Society press conference is happening right now so seems no live stream of the event. Sigh.

Added Youtube and Canal+ 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Women in Cannes 2016

Many things have been written about women and Cannes 2016 but got the feeling that not many articles gave a positive light into the future of female participation in world cinema. While this time I’m not trying to save the world of females in cinema, will share what I consider a positive reaction to the female directors and actresses that will attend this edition of the festival.

We already know that there are many great actresses in movies that this year are in the Official Selection as well as in the parallel sections and will try to “count” them for you but will start with the directors that to my surprise and just in the official selection plus Cannes Classics amount a total of 27 female directors with 8 feature films, 5 documentaries and 11 short films.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cannes Classics 2016

Last Wednesday fest organizers announced the Cannes Classics program for this edition and later on Friday, April 22 the news were updated. This post has the updated news for the section and yes, it's almost a cut and paste with all the info released as have added some comments when applicable. If you wish to read it at the official site go here.

Bertrand Tavernier with a world premiere preview, a conversation with William Friedkin, a 1966 celebration, the 70th anniversary of the Fipresci prize, Wiseman & Depardon, two giant documentary filmmakers, unknown features from far away countries, film libraries honored, Eastern Europe movies, documentaries about cinema, great popular films, genre films, science fiction, comedies, an animation film, gothic horror, westerns: this is Cannes Classics 2016.

Most of the films which will be presented will be released in theaters and on DVD/Blu-ray. In whole or in part, the Cannes Classics program will be screened at Les Fauvettes theater (Paris), at the festival Cinema Rittrovato (Bologna), at the Institut Lumière (Lyon).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

60th David di Donatello Awards Winners

Last Monday the Accademia del Cinema Italiano had their award ceremony and to the surprise of many the so-called "offbeat superhero" movie They Call Me Jeeg was the big winner of the night as collected seven (7) prizes including best debut director but top awards went to more traditional cinema as Perfect Strangers by Paolo Genovese won Best Picture, Matteo Garrone won Best Director for Tale of Tales and film also won best cinematography plus several tech categories for a total of also seven (7) prizes.

Legend Gina Lollobrigida and venerable auteur duo the Taviani Brothers were honored with Special Davids earlier in the day by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

48th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Selection

A few minutes ago in Paris, la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Artistic Director, Edouard Waintrop, announced the films in the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival run by the Société des réalisateurs de films (French Director's Guild) and I'm glad that some of the films I was looking forward to see in Cannes are in this section. Relief.

Waintrop regretted the passing of outstanding filmmaker and actress Ronit Elkabetz, R.I.P. The news hit me hard as she was very young, 51-years-old, and I highly enjoyed her particular performing style as well as her directing style in films she directed with her brother. I'm sad but know that she will live in her body-of-work.

Back to the selection, there are some snubs that puzzle me as was hoping for French cinema filmmakers Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama, Rebecca Zlotowski's Planeatarium and Katell Quillévéré's Répare les vivants; still glad Lafosse made it, as well as the last film by the late Solveig Anspach. Most interesting is the animated film by Claude Barras co-written by none other than Céline Sciamma and I'm extremely curious about Laura Poiras latest documentary but from all the selection the film that wish to watch the most is Neruda by Pablo Larrain.

24th L'ACID Selection

Today the Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion (ACID) announced the usual nine (9) films in the selection that promotes diffusion of independent films in movie theaters and encourages debates between authors and audiences for the last 23 years.

The selection of nine films has 14 filmmakers, 2 documentaries and 1 animation; three are first films and five are second films plus only three films have already distribution. But most interesting is the fact that the selection is eclectic with diverse approaches, mises en scène, narrations and genres. From the deadpan comedy to incredible paranoid anti-hero, the movies explode the boundaries and make us take a step aside.

The program is crossed by a major reason, that the uniqueness of the characters that reverse the patterns that surround them: the fragile, the dissimilar, the melancholic, the lonely, the eccentric are endowed with wise words of unalterable will, of fertile imagination, refreshing humor ...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

1st Audentia Award Winner

Yesterday at the 35th Istanbul Film Festival the jury of the 1st Audentia Award, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, director Angelos Frantzis, and Sanja Ravlic from the Eurimages, announced the winner and is none other than a puzzling animated documentary.

Anca Damian with her film La Montagne Magique

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#Cannes2016 Press Conference Live Stream

Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, present the Official Selection of the 69th Festival de Cannes Press Conference on April, 14th 2016 at 11:00 am (Paris time), or 5am ET.

Please NOTE the the English stream says: April 14, 2016 4:30 AM.  So, maybe there will be something happening from 4:30am ET.

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