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Cannes Film Festival 2017

The 70th Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, but its films will live on as the march toward awards season begins. 2017 has already delivered one true Oscar player in Luca Guadagnino‘s Sundance breakthrough “Call Me By Your Name” and now Cannes has a chance to add to the coffers of potential contenders. (And, yes, there is the question of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” potentially earning a Best Picture nod, but at this point, I’m not sure it’s more than an Original Screenplay contender, although I reserve the right to change that opinion when we get to September.) Last year’s surprise awards season player from la Croisette turned out to be “Hell or High Water.” What film or films will keep Cannes’ Oscar streak going this time around?  Continue reading Are Robert Pattinson, Diane Kruger And ‘The Florida Project’ Cannes’ Stealth Oscar Contenders? at The Playlist.

CANNES – There was truly only one major shock when the winners of the 70th Festival de Cannes competition were announced Sunday evening and it was the fact Ruben Östlund’s “The Square” won the Palme d’Or over Robin Campillo’s “120 Beats per Minute.” The latter centers on the Paris chapter of ACT Up, a radical organization, originally founded in New York City, that fought drug companies and the French government to move faster with releasing drugs that could treat HIV infected patients. Continue reading Pedro Almodovar Fights Back Tears When Asked Why ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ Didn’t Win Palme d’Or [Cannes] at The Playlist.

CANNES – The jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival made history — or maybe that should be “herstory.” They not only awarded the festival’s best director honor to “The Beguiled”‘s Sofia Coppola, the first time a woman has won in 50 years, but they bestowed the screenplay honor (in a tie) to “You Were Never Really Here“‘s Lynne Ramsay. Continue reading Jessica Chastain ‘Disturbed’ By Depiction Of Women At 2017 Cannes Film Festival at The Playlist.

CANNES – She’s coming off some of the most glowing (if not slightly overrated) reviews of her career, but Lynne Ramsay is keeping all her options open after the debut of “You Were Never Really Here” at the 70th Festival de Cannes this weekend. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix at the peak of his acting powers, is a genre thriller through a cinematic auteur’s eyes, but halfway through watching it you realize it features some of the most “commercial” sequences of Ramsay’s career.  Continue reading Hey Hollywood, Ask Lynne Ramsay If She Wants To Make A Super-Hero Movie [Cannes] at The Playlist.

One thing that non-Cannesgoers might not realize about this crazy festival is that underlying the stew of emotions served up by the programming, the one constant is guilt: every moment not spent either watching a film or writing about a film comes freighted with a low-level background hum of remorse, with a side order of vertiginous FOMO. But this year I’ve tried to come to terms with my inability to bilocate, and to explore just a few of the other experiences the festival has to offer. Continue reading The First 3 Days: Iñarritu Goes VR, Focus Features Tease And More [Cannes Report] at The Playlist.

When the Cannes line-up was announced a few weeks back, Thierry Frémaux hinted, as is often the case, that a few slots remained to be filled in the line-up. And news has just dropped as to exactly what those films are. The only addition to the Competition selection (which may indicate that there are still one or two more to come) is “The Square,” the latest from Ruben Östlund, director of the brilliant “Force Majeure.” The film, which revolves around a piece of public performance art, is at least partly in English, and stars the great Elisabeth Moss (who’ll be doing the Cannes double with Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake: China Girl”) and Dominic West, and instantly becomes one of the most anticipated of the festival. Continue reading Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’ & Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ Join Cannes Line-Up 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.

While most think of the main slate of the Cannes Film Festival as the be-all, end-all of the lineup, the importance of the various sidebars to the festival’s success cannot be overlooked. And today marked two big updates about the festival’s most popular siders, with the Cannes Critics’ Week setting its 2017 lineup and the Un Certain Regard jury naming a president. The Critics’ Week lineup looks to feature another strong year, with returning participants Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza and first-time filmmaker and “Saturday Night Live” alum Dave McCary bookending the series. Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Announces Its Critics’ Week Selections, Un Certain Regard Jury President at The Playlist.

Now that Arnaud Desplechin‘s “Ismael’s Ghosts” is set to open the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the film has released its first official trailer, complete with its brand new Sundance badge. “Ismael’s Ghosts” and Cannes are a strong match: not only is Desplechin a five-time Palme d’Or nominee — beginning with his 1992 film “La sentinelle” and continuing through 2013’s “Jimmy P. Continue reading Marion Cotillard Shines In The Trailer For Cannes Film Festival Selection ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ 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.