62 posts categorized "Cannes Film Festival"

May 30, 2017

JESSICA CHASTAIN WHITELADYSPLAINS THE 2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

OH NO SHE DI'ENT. OH YES SHE DI'ID.

Jessica Chastain Dumps On All Films In Competition At Cannes

Jump to 04:08 to watch Jessica Chastain whiteladysplain how poorly female characters were represented in the films-in-competition this year at Cannes. Sadly, Ms. Chastain is unable to articulate specific examples from the specific films she is calling out. As a result, no one has any idea what she's talking about. When Chastain talks about seeing female characters she "recognizes," it begs the question of who exactly who she imagines — white women shopping at Whole Foods while talking obnoxiously on their cell phones perhaps. We'll never know because Chastain can't be bothered to elucidate such details. Chastain's dubious intention seems to draw attention to herself, rather than to the matter at hand as evidenced by the fact that she ignores the work of the the two women filmmakers who won awards for films in competition. (Lynne Ramsey and Sofia Coppola). It just doesn't pass the BS detector test as the expression on female interpreter's expression sitting behind Chastain evinces. 

Chastain at Cannes

That Chastain's buzzkill remarks come during a year when two women filmmakers were recognized with awards — Lynne Ramsey took home the Best Script Award for "You Were Never Really Here," and Sofia Coppola won the Best Director Award for "The Beguiled" — further blunts her overgeneralized point. Perhaps it would have served her better to celebrate the female filmmakers whose (ostensibly) ethical artistic efforts stood in opposition to depictions of women characters Chastain disapproved of in the unnamed films that she cast aspersions on. Chastain speaks with (remedial) Trumpian simplicity. 

A little preparation for making her point might have served her better. When taken in the context of the daggers being shot at her by Pedro Almodovar's translator, it seems that such whiteladysplaining isn't everyone's cup of tea. And I'll take Vera Farmiga, as an actress, over Jessica Chastain any day of the week. You really wanna talk about female filmmakers working at the height of their craft; have you seen "Bates Motel," which Farmiga produced and acted in? Take at look at "Bates Motel," Ms. Chastain, and witness a female actor and filmmaker running veritable circles around you. But you (Ms.  Chastain) would easily find an excuse to not acknowledge Ms. Farmiga's fine work I'm sure. Viewers don't want to be talked down to, babied, or pandered to. To earn respect is to give respect. Jessica Chastain fails miserably in this regard. 

Agnes Jaoui

Fortunately, Agnes Jaoui took over the baton to reduce the issue to meeting the criteria of the Bechtel Test — wherein in two female characters discuss something other than a male. Admittedly, that's setting the bar pretty low. Will Smith pitched in to clean up Chastain's mess by noting that having a couple of black folks (filmmakers in competition) "wouldn't be a bad thing either." Smith may fill the shoes of a boisterous American abroad, but he nevertheless presented a suave and worldly representative of Global Culture,  as opposed to Jessica Chastain who came across as an entitled ditz with an axe to grind. Cheers to Will Smith as a responsible envoy of cinematic culture to Chastain's Trumpian version of truth. 

Will Smith

May 28, 2017

2017 CANNES AWARDS

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COMPETITION

Ruben Östlund

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Palme d’Or: “The Square” (Ruben Östlund)

Special Prize: Nicole Kidman

Grand Prix: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo)

Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”

Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”

Jury Prize: “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Yorgos Lanthimos

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Screenplay — TIE: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou) and “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay)

OTHER PRIZES

Camera d’Or: “Jeune femme” (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (Léonor Serraille)

Short Films Palme d’Or: “Xiao Cheng Er Yue” (Qiu Yang)

Short Films Special Mention: “Katto” (Teppo Airaksinen)

Golden Eye Documentary Prize: “Faces Places” (Visages Villages) (Agnès Varda, JR)

Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Radiance” (Naomi Kawase)

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award: “A Man of Integrity,” Mohammad Rasoulof

Best Director: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”

Jury Prize: Michel Franco, “April’s Daughter”

Best Performance: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”

Award for Poetry of Cinema: Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

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Art Cinema Award: “The Rider” (Chloe Zhao)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize — TIE: “Lover for a Day” (Philippe Garrel) and “Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis)

Europa Cinemas Label: “A Ciambra” (Jonas Carpignano)

CRITICS’ WEEK

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Grand Prize: “Makala” (Emmanuel Gras)

Visionary Prize: “Gabriel and the Mountain” (Fellipe Barbosa)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Ava” (Léa Mysius)

FIPRESCI

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Competition: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”

Un Certain Regard: “Closeness” (Kantemir Balagov)

Directors’ Fortnight: “The Nothing Factory” (Pedro Pinho)

May 27, 2017

CANNES: Un Certain Regard 2017 Prizes

The Jury and the winners of 2017 Un Certain Regard

The Jury and the winners of 2017 Un Certain Regard © Christophe Bouillon / FDC

Un Certain Regard 2017 presented in competition 18 films hailing from 22 different countries. Six of the works were first films. The Opening film was Barbara by Mathieu Amalric.

Under the presidency of Uma Thurman (actress - United States), the Jury was comprised of Mohamed Diab (director - Egypt), Reda Kateb (actor - France), Joachim Lafosse(director - Belgium) and Karel Och (artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Czech Republic).

“We feel enormous gratitude to have had the honor of serving on the Jury for this historic 70th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes. We are proud to present an esthetically diverse and beautiful awards list for Un Certain Regard.”

“UN CERTAIN REGARD” PRIZE


LERD (UN HOMME INTEGRE – A MAN OF INTEGRITY) by Mohammad Rasoulof

PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS

JASMINE TRINCA for FORTUNATA by Sergio Castellitto

PRIZE FOR THE BEST POETIC NARRATIVE

BARBARA de Mathieu Amalric

PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Sheridan for WIND RIVER

JURY PRIZE

LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (APRIL’S DAUGHTER) by Michel Franco

May 26, 2017

The Winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection

The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection

The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection © Mathilde Petit / FDC

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.

First Prize

PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)
directed by Valentina MAUREL
INSAS, Belgium
 

Second Prize

HEYVAN (AniMal)
directed by Bahram & Bahman ARK
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran


Third Prize

DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died)
directed by Tommaso USBERTI
La Fémis, France

            
Awards

The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The winner of the First Prize is also guaranteed the presentation of his/her first feature film at the Festival de Cannes.

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The awarded films will be screened at the Cinéma du Panthéon on May 30th at 7 p.m.

All the films of the Cinéfondation selection will be screened at the Cinémathèque française on May 31st and June 1st.

May 24, 2017

CANNES 2017: THE BEGUILED — PRESS CONFERENCE


Okay, so someone at the festival can't spell. Don't let that stop you from checking out the press conference for Sophia Coppola's latest film, The Beguiled, starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kristen Dunst, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, and, Youree Henley. The film is a woman's take on Don Siegel's 1971 filmic adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's novel.

May 23, 2017

CANNES 2017: PHOTOCALL

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Cannes photocall


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May 20, 2017

WONDERSTRUCK: Press Conference — Cannes 2017

Todd Haynes's WONDERSTRUCK is on my list of Most Promising Films of 2017. The film's warm reception in Cannes is evident in the press conference, which you can watch here without having to get on a plane to France.


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May 19, 2017

CANNES 2017 LIVE BROADCAST

OKJA — Press Conference Cannes — 2017

OKJA is on my Most Promising Films of 2017 list. Great cast working in Bong Joon Ho's magical realist narrative with ecological underpinnings. This is exciting Cinema! Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Steven Yuen, Devin Bostick, and Giancarlo Esposito star. Wait 'till you see the wonderfully enormous pig creature that shepherds a young girl into adolescence. Is the film political? You better believe it.

OKJA Cannes Conference

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