Archive for May, 2013

2013 Cannes Film Festival Recap

2013 Cannes Film Festival Recap

in Cannes Film Festival Blog

Despite a somewhat puritan image, Steven Spielberg – and his jury – surprised festivalgoers by giving the highest award to the most memorable and daring entry, Blue is the Warmest Color (read our review), also embracing the two lead actresses’ performances (Adele Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux – photo on the right). He also emphasized that they were rewarding the film […]

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

in American Movies

Steven Soderbergh comes full circle presenting his – supposedly – last film in Cannes, the festival that put him on the map with his first – award-wining – feature film, Sex, Lies and Videotape. And, to an extent, Behind the Candelabra is somewhat reminiscent of his debut, not in terms of visuals but because of familiar themes such as image, lies […]

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Cannes 2013 Award Forecast

Cannes 2013 Award Forecast

in Cannes Film Festival Blog

It’s that time of the year, when we’ll try to predict winners and list our favorites. Before getting started, let’s highlight our three favorites: Jim Jarmusch’s rock vampire flick Only lovers Left Alive (photo: Moland Fengkov), Abdellatif Kéchiche’s The Life Of Adele and Kore Eda’s Like Father, Like Son. Here are our favorites: Palme d’Or: The Life Of Adele (review) […]

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2013 Cannes Film Festival – Day 9

2013 Cannes Film Festival – Day 9

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Sometimes, much-anticipated films disappoint while other movies that were under the radar take you by surprise. As the festivals nears its conclusion, we were hoping that the best was yet to come, even though the showings of James Gray (photo : Moland Fengkov), Roman Polanski and Jim Jarmush’s entries late in the festival were presaging they would just be minor […]

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Borgman

Borgman

in Dutch Movies

And they came down to Earth to strengthen their ranks. This mysterious quote penned by the director and highlighted in the opening credits can be used to understand – or interpret – this film. Borgman is a cruel, strange and disturbing tale, which emphasizes Alex Van Warmerdam’s talent for dark humor – watch his previous work Les Habitants to get […]

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2013 Cannes Film Festival – Day 8

2013 Cannes Film Festival – Day 8

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The 66th Cannes Festival still has a few surprises to offer, especially with upcoming entries from James Gray, Jim Jarmusch and Roman Polanski. A few performances however already look  award-worthy, from Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra  (photo: Moland Fengkov) to Ali Mosaffa as a distressed father and Toni Servillo as an old melancholic man in The Great […]

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2013 Cannes Film Festival Blog – Day 7

2013 Cannes Film Festival Blog – Day 7

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Now that the festival enters its second week of the festival, let’s have a quick recap. This first week was high in off-screen diversions, from the rain that drenched the red carpet to the shootings that interrupted a live TV show and the theft of 1 million euros worth of jewelry in a hotel room. Fortunately, after a few days, […]

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The Past

The Past

in French Movies

Here is one the films that some might call a masterwork but beware … Since his previous success with A Separation, the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has become one of the rising figures on the international film scene. Far from being handicapped by the language barrier, he directs his actors with acute precision, even if it means filming in France, with […]

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Young And Beautiful

Young And Beautiful

in French Movies

Young and pretty, she certainly is; newcomer Marine Vacth has the looks and talent to give life to her role, infusing her performance with fragility, absence and rebellion. French director François Ozon (Swimming Pool) certainly knows how to choose his muses. This promising actress is radiant throughout the film, carrying it on her frail shoulders. She assumes her nakedness, offered […]

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2013 Cannes Film Festival Blog day 3

2013 Cannes Film Festival Blog day 3

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The Cannes film festival is certainly pretty consistent this year. Following a day about adolescence (Young and Beautiful, The Bling Ring), this third day was all about families. Asghar Farhadi’s The Past deals with reconstructed families and secrets while Kore Eda Hirokazu’s Like Father Like Son is about two families which babies were swapped at birth.                 […]

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