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Palme Thursday: Abbas Kiarostami shared Cannes glory with another departed master

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. Taste Of Cherry (1997) and The Eel (1997) Abbas Kiarostami made difficult films. Show More Summary

Chris Pine And Jeff Bridges Crime Drama ‘Hell Or High Water’ Taps Into American Angst – Watch The Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: One of the best movies I saw at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May was Hell Or High Water, a very American movie from a very British director,David Mackenzie. It played very well in the Un Certain Regard competition at...Show More Summary

Inside 'The Field Trip to Mars,' the Single Most Awarded Campaign at Cannes 2016

Virtual reality was the talk of the 2016 Cannes Lions festival. But in truth, most VR entries were underwhelming. The Film jury, for example, gave out just one Lion (a bronze) to a VR project, and jury president Joe Alexander openlyShow More Summary

Kristen Stewart In Two Weekend Openers Including Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ – Specialty Preview

Woody Allen gets another summer bow this weekend with Café Society, which opened the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Amazon/Lionsgate release stars Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, whose fans will have two opportunities to see the actress in new releases this weekend. Show More Summary

Watch the First Trailer for ‘Loving,’ One of the Few Films Critics Seemed to Actually Like at Cannes

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival seemed to have been full of either disappointing or polarizing films: The Neon Demon had looked worthy of anticipation, but “wildly divided critics” both critics at Cannes and on its actual release; Olivier Assayas’ follow-up to the exquisite Clouds of Sils Maria — Personal Shopper — was booed (though that makes it perhaps all […]

Must Watch: First Trailer for Jeff Nichols' Interracial Drama 'Loving'

"I'm going to raise my family here; I don't care what they do to us." Focus Features has unveiled the first beautiful full trailer for Jeff Nichol's new film Loving, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. The...Show More Summary

No Oscar fodder at this year’s Karlovy Vary film festival

2 weeks agoArts : Prospero

THOUGH Cannes, Venice and Berlin may still get top billing among European cinephiles, there is no more beautiful setting for a film festival than the pristine Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary, where the 51st incarnation of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) wrapped on July 9th.

Mel Gibson Is A Tattooed, Bearded, Angry Dad In Latest Blood Father Trailer

Folks who didn't attend the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year can see even more of what's in store for Mel Gibson this time around in his new action movie, Blood Father trailer.

Cannes Lions Criticized After 'Sexist' Aspirin Ad Wins Award

Summary: Cannes Lions is facing criticism after an aspirin ad carrying the line "Don't worry babe, I'm not filming this" was awarded a bronze lion in the outdoor category. The ad, created by Brazilian agency AlmapBBDO for pharmaceutical firm Bayer, has been slammed by social media users including the prominent equality...

In One Of His Final Interviews, Anton Yelchin Talks Rachmaninov, Nazis, and Trek

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi :

Last year, when he was Anton Yelchin was promoting the movie Green Room at the Cannes film festival, he gave an interview to writer John Bleasdale that seems especially poignant now. It gives great insight into Yelchin’s background, his goals, and his appreciation for the franchise that was so fun for him to be a part of. Show More Summary

Cannes 2016 Shingerview: Matthew Luhn, Pixar

"People are always saying how important storytelling is, not just for film and TV, but for business as well. But what they really should be saying is that making people feel something is what is important, because that is at the heart of what storytelling is doing. Show More Summary

French Cannibalism Thriller Raw Acquired by Focus World

The critically-acclaimed film won the FIPRESCI Prize at this year's Cannes film festival The post French Cannibalism Thriller Raw Acquired by Focus World appeared first on

How 2 Young Creatives Made One of the Most Celebrated Ads at Cannes in Just 48 Hours

The Young Lions competition at Cannes is a stressful thing. You get briefed by a nonprofit on the Wednesday during the festival, and then you have 48 hours to come up with an idea, film original footage (entirely on a camera the festival provides) and edit your 60-second film. Show More Summary

Abbas Kiarostami, celebrated Iranian director, dies at 76

His 1997 drama “Taste of Cherry” won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.

A British TV Network Ran Knitted Versions of Well-Known Spots for an Entire Ad Break

In work you may have missed last year, here's a crafty campaign from British TV network ITV, which is riding fresh exposure after winning a Silver Lion in Film Craft at Cannes last month. The network's in-house team, ITV Creative, meticulously recreated well-known ads from various advertisers, using knitted wool and stop-motion animation. Show More Summary

Concourse Media Pacts With Productivity To Finance Films Beyond ‘The Little Hours’

EXCLUSIVE: Concourse Media, which acquired the international rights during Cannes to Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours, has just sealed a deal with Productivity Media to finance eight to 12 features with budgets between $2.5M and $20M each. Show More Summary

Iranian director Kiarostami dies in France at 76: report

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France, Iranian media reported on Monday. Kiarostami, who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for "Taste of Cherry", left Tehran last...Show More Summary

Renowned Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami dies at 76

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian writer-director whose “Taste of Cherry” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1997, died Monday in Paris at 76, according to the Associated Press. Born in Tehran in 1940, Kiarostami studied painting at the University of Tehran before working...

‘Deer Hunter’ Director’s Death: The ‘Final Cut’ On Michael Cimino’s Abrupt Career

Michael Cimino, who became famous for directing the critically acclaimed The Deer Hunter and the demise of United Artists has died at 77-years-old. His death was announced by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux in French via Twitter saying, “Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and two women who loved him. Show More Summary

'Deer Hunter,' 'Heaven's Gate' director Michael Cimino dies at 77; the film community reacts

3 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

The first tweet came in French, from Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux - that director Michael Cimino had passed away. Fremaux wrote that Cimino "died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him. We loved him, too."

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