This article was originally published on May 25, 2014. The Turkish film Winter Sleep (or, in Turkish, K?? Uykusu, which technically means “hibernation”) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes yesterday. It was a major victory for its writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who has been winning all the other awards at... More »
Back at Fantastic Fest, our own Jeremy Kirk gave the indie horror It Follows a pretty rave review. The film has already made the round at several festivals this year, including Cannes, and it'll pop up at Sundance in January too. Now,...Show More Summary
Even before this year’s Cannes Film Festival had begun, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep was considered the odds-on favorite to win the Palme D’Or, which it ultimately did. Not bad guesswork, given that nobody had seen the film, nor any of the others in competition, yet. Show More Summary
Getting booed at Cannes isn't always the disastrous omen it would appear to be. When you look back at all the films that have sent the crowd at the world's biggest film festival into angry hysterics and notice that its full of arthouse...Show More Summary
Currently in pre-production, Paladino is a Mob film about a man who goes to prison for a crime that he didn't commit. Written and directed by two time Cannes Film Festival Showcase selected Chasen Parker, Paladino is an independent film looking to make a big splash. Show More Summary
By now, we've pretty much heard about all the potential Oscar contenders as the year winds down, but unless you're an uber cinephile, it's not easy to stay on top of the foreign film contenders. But one of them could very well be White God, a film from Hungary that won the Prize Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes. Show More Summary
Abderrahmane Sissako, whose film won two prizes at Cannes, notes that directors from Europe and elsewhere aren't under pressure to represent a continent.
In his first interview since he was banned from Cannes for his outrageous Hitler jokes, the Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier told the Danish paper Politiken that he has been attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings every day and will be 90 days sober as of this Sunday. He worries, though, that... More »
The shortlist for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country's highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year's Cannes crop. Show More Summary
Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. La Dolce Vita (1960) There’s no...Show More Summary
The Oscar buzz for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" has been going strong since the film premiered at Cannes back in May. The drama, based on a true story, stars Steve Carell in an acclaimed dramatic turn as John du Pont, a millionaire who uses his wealth to help train Olympic wrestlers. Show More Summary
The luxury giant announced a five-year commitment to the Cannes Film Festival.
The funny thing about a film like Leviathan, which many expected to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year (it didn’t), is that suddenly an awful lot of… Continue reading The post Leviathan: is this anti-Putin film the Russians tried to ban on course to win an Oscar? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
An unexpected success at Cannes and now the film of the moment in Los Angeles and New York, "Force Majeure" is the movie to see and talk about if you want to experience the absolute best of contemporary cinema.
Has Mark Wahlberg found one of his defining roles in The Gambler? Working with director Rupert Wyatt to remake the 1974 film in which James Cann played a college professor with a big gambling addiction, Wahlberg looks more dialed-in to a role than he has in quite some time. Show More Summary
After world premiering Abel Ferrara's sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe's first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to...Show More Summary
The must-see ‘Force Majeure,’ which won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, follows a family of four on a disastrous skiing trip in the French Alps.
The new event is scheduled during the film festival. A coincidence? I think not.
Early reports out of Cannes Film Festival noted that Foxcatcher has a pair of Oscar worthy performances in Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. These are two names we really haven’t seen mentioned at all in the Oscar races in years past, despite both being prominent figures in the industry for more than a few years. Show More Summary
US censors have once again been accused of homophobia after British drama Pride was hit with a restrictive rating. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) handed the Cannes film festival hit an NC-17, which means no one under the age of 17 can legally view it in cinemas. The move prompted...