14 posts categorized "Cannes"

April 11, 2018



One of the many things I love about Cannes is the beautiful poster art the festival's artists consistently come up with. Ah yes, the romantic fantasy of Cinema. Is there anything finer?

April 05, 2018

Asghar Farhadi's EVERYBODY KNOWS will open 71st Festival de Cannes Competition

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows © memento films

This year’s forthcoming Festival de Cannes will open with a screening of Asghar Farhadi's new film Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) in Competition at the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday 8 May.

Asghar Farhadi's 8th feature film, shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula, charts the story of Laura, who lives with her husband and children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family celebration, an unexpected event changes the course of their lives. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them lie, as in every one of Farhadi’s scripts, at the heart of the plot.

The last time the Opening Film was neither in English nor in French was for Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education in 2004.
This psychological thriller stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem from Spain and Ricardo Darín from Argentina. As usual, Asghar Farhadi also surrounds himself with a first-class team: José Luis Alcaine on photography (a regular collaborator of Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura and Bigas Luna), the costume designer Sonia Grande (Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, The Others by Alejandro Amenábar), and Iranian editor Hayedeh Safiyari, continuing a long and fruitful collaboration with the director after working together on four of his feature films, including his two Oscar-winning films.

Over the past decade, Asghar Farhadi has quickly established himself as one of Iran's most influential and internationally recognised filmmakers, both for his tense and carefully crafted scripts and for the virtuosity of his realism in directing. At the Berlinale, A Separation (2011) garnered the Golden Bear, as well as the Golden Globe, César and Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Farhadi then entered the Official Selection at Cannes with The Past (2013, Best Actress for Bérénice Bejo) and The Salesman (2016, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini), which also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

The Opening Ceremony to be held on May, 8th, will be broadcast free-to-air by Canal +, as well as in partner cinemas and followed by the preview screening of Everybody Knows in selected theatres in France.

Everybody Knows is produced by Memento Films Production (Alexandre Mallet-Guy) and Morena Films (Álvaro Longoria). The international sales are handled by Memento Films International and the French distribution by Memento Films. It will be released on Wednesday, May 9, in French cinemas.

The 71st Festival de Cannes will be held from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 19 May. The Competition Jury will be chaired by Cate Blanchett. The composition of the Official Selection will be announced on Thursday, April 12 and will be published live on our social media sites. Stay tuned!

Cinemafiles will note that this is the first time in a very long time that Cannes has not opened with a Hollywood film. Cannes is sending a long-overdue message that Hollywood is not at the top of international Cinema anymore. Hollywood is dead; long live Cinema.  

May 30, 2017



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

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