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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Give any cinephile worth their salt the keys to one of the major European festivals and you can bet they’ll find a high-profile slot for the latest film by Claire Denis. However, the film festival gatekeepers deny a Competition berth to one of the best regarded filmmakers in contemporary French cinema with surprising regularity. She’s only competed at Cannes once —and that was over 25 years ago — although an argument could be made that some of her recent work is perhaps too delicate (“35 Shots of Rum”) or too raw (“Bastards”) for the scrutiny that such a spotlight invites. Continue reading ‘Let the Sunshine In’ Starring Juliette Binoche Is An Unprecedented Misfire From Claire Denis [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.

Joan Of Arc fought with her faith for France, but most stories around The Maid of Orléans focus on her final teenage years where she was captured, and burned at the stake by the English. Filmmaker Bruno Dumont takes a different angle with “Jeanette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc,” exploring the young martyr’s early years — through song. Starring Aline Charles, Élise Charles, Jeanne Voisin, Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Lucile Gauthier, and Victoria Lefebvre, the musical takes a look at Joan at eight years old, where she starts feeling for the cause, while living in small French village. Continue reading First Trailer For Bruno Dumont’s Musical ‘Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc’ Sings A Rebellious Song at The Playlist.

As we inch closer to the Cannes Film Festival‘s opening night on May 17, festival organizers find themselves bombarded by questions about Netflix‘s involvement in the festival. Last week, French exhibitors released a statement decrying Netflix’s involvement in the festival given their ongoing attempts to circumvent French film laws. A few days later, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux defended the selections of Netflix titles “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Okja,” noting that he “hardly spoke to Netflix” during the deliberation process. Continue reading Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Boss Discusses ‘Complicated’ Selection Of Netflix’s ‘Bushwick’ at The Playlist.

Savvy Cannes-goers know that while the Official Selection has some of the biggest hitters (and certainly has them this year) on the Croisette, the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar is often the home of some of the most daring and exciting cinema that any festival has to offer. Focused a little more on newer filmmakers (but not exclusively), recent years have seen the bow of excellent movies like “Divines,” “My Life As A Zucchini,” “Neruda,” “Green Room,” “Embrace Of The Serpent,“Mustang,” “Arabian Nights,” “Girlhood” and “Whiplash” within the parallel selection. Continue reading Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2017 Line-Up Led By Claire Denis, Abel Ferrera, Sean Baker… And Dave Bautista at The Playlist.