Wednesday, May 04, 2016

2nd L’Œil d’Or Documentary Award


Today The French Civil Society for Multimedia Authors (Scam) published the selection of documentaries that will be in competition for the second edition of the award that honors short and feature-lenght documentaries in the Festival de Cannes at the Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, Director's Fortnight, Semaine de la Critique, Special Screenings, Out of Competition and Short films.

Let's recall that the ‘L'Œil d’Or’ Documentary Award was created in 2015 by the Scam, in collaboration with the Cannes Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, with the support of the INA (the French national audiovisual Institute).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

69th Festival de Cannes Official Selection Lineup - Update 2


A few minutes ago the juries of the other festival sections in the Official Selection were announced and now we know who will decide the awards in Un Certain Regard, la Camera d'Or and the short films in competition and at the Cinéfondation.

The Jury is listed below each section plus have included a photograph with all the jurors.

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4/25/16
A few minutes ago the jury of the selection competition was finally announced and well, yes the leaked list was right but missed quite a few names. Now the jury has become official and I'm very glad that Mads is going to be all over the festival, lol! Enjoy!

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 ...

Monday, April 18, 2016

55th Semaine de la Critique Selection


A few minutes ago organizers released the video with Charles Tesson, Artistic Director, revealing the selection to journalist and film critic Charlotte Lipinska and the rest of the world and perhaps the biggest surprise for me is the total absence of Latin American cinema, except for a short film by a previous Critics' Week participant.

As we know this year La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 55th edition by placing spotlight on the films and talents discovered since its 50th anniversary, so their event logo uses the 50+5 iconography to represent the celebration. There are some posters that have appeared during the weeks before the selection announcement, which will include them at the end of this post. Also as a 50+5 celebration, the jury is composed by 5 directors discovered by the Critics' Week during these past 5 years.

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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

9th La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde Selection


Waited a couple of days to share the selection for the 2016 edition because organizers had to uncover a new website and yes, now is open, new and a lot easier to browse. Congrats to the Institut Français that by-the-way also has other programs to support cultural diversity like the Cinémathèque Afrique (African Film Archive) and Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (World Cinema Support), a fund which is co-managed with the CNC.

As not many are aware of this Festival de Cannes collateral event let's share some basics about the professional program.

La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde is a professional program helping talented young directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure. Each year this program, developed by the Institut français, in partnership with France Médias Monde – RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya- with the support of The International Organization of La Fancophonie, invites ten directors working on their first or second feature films to attend the Festival de Cannes along with their producers.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

55th Semaine de la Critique Poster


The oldest among the parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 55th edition by putting the spotlight on the films and talents discovered since its 50th anniversary.

In collaboration with the Parisian agency les bons faiseurs, La Semaine chose the image which better reflects this 50+5 edition: the magnificent actress Jessica Chastain in a scene from Take Shelter, second feature film by Jeff Nichols where her performance in one of her first leading roles was particularly remarked.

Winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at the 50th edition of La Semaine, Jeff Nichols, whose promising and very personal universe was already acknowledged, became a prominent talent with such films as Mud, in the 2012 Official Competition in Cannes, then with Midnight Special, competing for the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlinale.

In this picture taken from Jeff Nichols’ film, the actress seems to both cunningly and serenely gauge the ground covered since the 50th edition, from Terrence Malick to Kathryn Bigelow, not to mention Christopher Nolan, J.C. Chandor or Ridley Scott.

Friday, March 25, 2016

#Cannes2016 Wish List - Part Five American Directors


Have not doubt that this year American cinema journalists are the ones that speculate the most with the films that could be in Cannes this year, specially with the ones that could make it to the competition. There is more press coverage from UK, France, Germany and more European countries, but if something they tend to agree is that 2016 will bring to Cannes more than the usual share of American films.

Perhaps the reason why so many American movies have a significant degree of opportunity to make it is based on the filmmaker and well, the "stars" that hopefully give good performances in film. The bad news is that speculation claims that Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans will not be ready as well as Terrence Malick doc Voyage of Time, Martin Scorsese's Silence and Oliver Stone's Snowden; soon enough we will find if they rush to make Cannes or not, but no matter what, obviously those are films that will watch as Cianfrance's film stars none other than the IN couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.

#Cannes2016 Carrosse d'Or


Waking up to great news always makes a great day and I'm truly happy to share with you all that one of my most-favorite directors will be honored this year with the honor given to a director by his peers. La Carrose d'Or (Golden Coach) is a tribute by directors of Société des réalisateurs (SRF) to one of their own, chosen from the international filmmaking community for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.

The Carrosse d'Or is a bronze statuette inspired by the figures of the Comedia dell'Arte and Jean Renoir's film of the same name – it was created by painter-sculptor Lili Legouvello.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Quinzaine des Réalisateurs News


Today Directors' Fortnight unveiled the poster for current edition and even do rationale tells us a credible story, when I saw it got a completely different one. Cannes Festival section always has had unusual images in their posters and 2016 is no exception.

The Directors' Fortnight poster for 2016 was created from a photo by Cécile Burban and the graphic design is by Michel Welfringer; most puzzling Waintrop thanks the collective Le Mouvement, I assume is for work done to produce this graphic identity.

The following is the "poetic" reason why or graphic rationale to the creation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#Cannes2016 Wish List - Part Four Asian Directors


Some News First

As an introduction to this part let us review what has been happening mainly with US industry press, where "insiders" seem to be spilling the beans and let journalists all about the movies that are going to Cannes and the ones that are not. But let me share that also European press in different languages also are speculating about films that will not be ready for Cannes and films that "for sure" will be at the festival.

If we believe all the buzz that's been happening for the last 3 weeks then ladies and gentlemen we will have a very strange festival as almost all "sure thing" films are French or American! Honestly I wouldn't mind an almost 80% French festival; but surely wouldn't like fest to be an American fest as for that there is Toronto, Sundance, and many more American festivals.

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