Cannes 2016: Films We’re Excited For

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May 102016


The 2016 addition of the Cannes Film Festival, arguably the World’s most prestigious festival, is about to kick off in France. This year there is an unusually high 21 films competing for the Palm d’Or, after Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman was a late addition to the official competition. Outside of the official competition, films also screen in the Un Certain Regard section, as well as at a number of out of competition and special screenings.

With so much on, what is there to look out for? Well, we’ll be paying close attention to the reactions to the films listed after the jump.

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Cannes Buzz Part 2 – 5 Films to look out for

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May 262015


The Festival de Cannes has finished for another year, with films the second half of the festival receiving reactions from “An intensely compelling work” to, “sharp and heavy-handed”.

We haven’t included it in the list, but obviously the Palme d’Or winner Dheepan is a film to seek out. If a jury led by the Coens gave it the top prize, it’s probably special. Aus film fans will be pleased to know that Transmission Films have already picked it up for Aus distribution.

After the jump, check out the five films we are the most excited to see from the second half of the fest.

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Cannes Buzz – 4 Films to look out for

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May 182015


The Festival de Cannes has been running for 5 days, with films receiving reactions from “magnificently realized” to, “fantastically annoying and dishonest”.

After the jump, check out the four films we are the most excited to see from the first 5 days of the fest.

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2014 Cannes Prize Winners

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May 252014

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The Festival de Cannes has wrapped up for another year with the Jury (Jane Campion (president), Willem Dafoe, Carole Bouquet, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeon Do-yeon, Jia Zhangke, Leila Hatami and Nicolas Winding Refn) awarding Turkish drama Winter Sleep the Palme d’Or. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is no stranger to winning at Cannes, he has previously been awarded the Grand Jury Prize (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), best director (Üç Maymun) and the FIPRESCI critics’ award (Iklimler). The director’s lengthy, slow-paced films aren’t exactly the most accessible cinema, but there is no doubt about their power or beauty.

Italian film-maker Alice Rohwacher’s (whose first feature Corpo celeste played Critics’ Week in 2011)  The Wonders took up the Grand Prix (2nd) prize. The film was incredibly well received by critics at the festival, with Robbie Collins saying (in his 5 star review):

The film was photographed not on digital cameras, but Super-16 film stock: a dying way of seeing dying things, and yet everything it captures seems to flare and crackle with life. There’s so much here to remind you of the Italian neorealist pictures, particularly in Rohrwacher’s brilliant deployment of her mostly young and inexperienced cast, but it also shares an underlying magic with Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, the great Studio Ghibli animations about children whose rural lives have a quiet profundity that transcends incident or plot. The film comes and goes without commotion, but its magic settles on you as softly and as steadily as dust.

I was particularly happy that Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan was awarded for his first official competition appearance at Cannes. Mommy was jointly awarded the Jury (3rd) Prize along with Jean-Luc Goddard’s 3D film, Goodbye to Language.

The extremely well reviewed Leviathan took home best screenplay, with Mr Turner walking away with a best actor award for veteran British character actor Timothy Spal. Other highlights among the award winners were Bennett Miller receiving the best director award for Foxcatcher (which has to be one of the most anticipated films of 2014 now) and Australian actor David Gulpilil receiving best actor in the Un Certain Regard section for his role in Charlie’s Country.

The complete list of award winners is after the jump.
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Cannes: A Filmmaker’s Perspective

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Jun 022013


The Cannes Film Festival is arguably the pinnacle of the film year. It is here that we get the first real idea of what films might be the films to get excited about seeing in the next 12 months. There is glitz, there is glamour and there is money. There is also the commercial side where film rights are sold, and various deals are made. So what is it like to actually attend Cannes as a young filmmaker? I chatted with Ryan Unicomb, an Australian filmmaker, about his Cannes experience.

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2013 Festival de Cannes Award Winners Announced

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May 272013

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The Festival de Cannes is over for another year, with French drama Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle) taking out the Palm d’Or, the festival’s top award. Head of the competition jury, Steven Spielberg announced that the jury was taking the unusual move of recognising not only the director, but also the two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. The three-hour drama is about a young woman’s awakening, and the two actresses appear in several sex scenes together, one lasting 12 minutes (the end of which was reportedly met with applause at the film’s première at Cannes).

Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, picked up the second most prestigious award, the Grand Prix. The film staring Oscar Isaac received much praise for its screenplay and fantastic performance from Isaac.

Blue is the Warmest Colour has been picked up for Australian distribution by Transmission Films. It will be interesting to see how it fares with the country’s classification board. Inside Llewyn Davis is being distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films. It currently has a 30th Jan 2014 release date in Australia.

Other films which have Australian distribution include Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (Roadshow Films – 26 December 2013), for which Bryce Dern won best actor, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (Madman Entertainment), for which Bérénice Bejo won best actress. Expect more to be announced as Cannes deals are finalised and made public.

Full list of 2013 Cannes Film Festival award winners (Official Competition and Un Certain Regard) are after the jump.

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Cannes 2013 Line-up Announced

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Apr 182013


The In competition & Un Certain Regard Films, as well as films from the likes of the midnight and out of competition sections of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival have been announced, and there are more than a few films to get excited about.

Check out the line-up and our picks for the 5 films we cannot wait to see after the jump.

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Festival de Cannes 2012 Awards

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May 282012


Cannes has wrapped up for another year, and by the sounds of it there were many quality films on display. I for one, am very much looking forward to seeing the likes of Amour, Mud, Killing Them Softly, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. There are at least 10 new films on my radar that weren’t there before! After the jump check out the list of 2012 Festival De Cannes award winners.

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