13 posts categorized "Editorial"

May 11, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: THE CLIMB —MICHAEL ANGELO COVINO

THE CLIMB

"A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years." "The Climb" screens in Un Certain Regard.

MICHAEL ANGELO COVINO

"Michael Angelo Covino is an actor and producer, known for Kicks (2016), Hunter Gatherer(2016) and Keep in Touch (2015)."

"Three things I really like in no particular order are tree houses, pizza bagels, and telling stories. Now that I think about it those three go really well together. I also love lakes, and I don't roll on shabbos." —Michael Angelo Covino

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May 10, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: ADAM —MARYAM TOUZANI

Adam

Abla, a widow and mother to a 10-year-old girl, struggles to survive and give her child the best possible future. After the death of her husband, she starts a home-based business from her kitchen, which opens up on the street through a metal shutter. Everyday, she makes and sells homemade bread and all types of traditional Moroccan pastries. Closed-off from life, leading an existence devoid of happiness and taking refuge in her work, Abla has become old before her time.

Unable to manifest love towards her child, she has replaced tenderness with pragmatism. When Samia, a young woman who is heavily pregnant knocks on her door, seeking shelter and overwhelmed by the weight of her burden of giving birth to a child without a father, Alba is unaware that this chance encounter will change her forever.

Maryam-touzani

Moroccan actor/writer/director Maryam Touzani's debut feature will premiere in Cannes's Un Certain Regard section. Seek out Babil Ayouch's "Razzia" (2017) to see Maryam Touzani in a leading role in a film she co-wrote. 

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May 01, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: JEANNE —BRUNO DUMONT

JEANNE BRUNO DUMONT

"A musical that tells Joan of Arc’s story through her victorious battles against the English, court case and death, burnt at the stake."

BRUNO DUMONT

Man alive! 

Dumont is one of Cinema's most inventive, and innovative, auteurs. Dumont's films transport the viewer to unknown yet familiar dramatic realms where magical realism thrives. "Jeanne" sees Dumont stepping into a musical dialectic that is certain to vibrate with universal energies. As thematically oblique as Dumont's films ("Camille Claudel 1915" or "Slack Bay") might seem on the surface, you can savor filmic satire as theatrically fresh and politically relevant as anything the Group Theater did in American in the '30s. 

Lise Leplat Prudhomme promises a breakout performance in the title role. "Jeanne" is being screened in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.

"Bruno Dumont directed his first feature film at the age of thirty-eight: La vie de Jésus(1996), shot in Bailleul, where he was born. This film earned him immediate acclaim: it was selected for the Director's Fortnight, winning a Caméra d'Or Special Mention. Creating demanding, singular and raw works of cinema, Bruno Dumont returned to Cannes in 1999, in Competition, with L'humanité. He was awarded the Grand Prix and a double Best Performance prize for two of the films non-professional actors."

"Bruno Dumont moved away from Northern France to shoot Twenty-nine Palms in the Californian desert, a road movie that was selected for the Venice Mostra in 2003. In 2006, Flandres, a harsh film about the devastation caused by war, received the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes." 

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