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Cannes Film Festival 2017

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.

While every major festival slate features its fair share of Monday morning quarterbacking, the 2017 Cannes Film Festival has been a particularly contentious affair. This year, Cannes parted ways with tradition by including two Netflix titles among its lineup – one of which, Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Okja,” will compete for the Palme d’Or – and two television series, Jane Campion‘s “Top of the Lake” and David Lynch‘s long-anticipated sequel to “Twin Peaks.” Some might argue that Cannes is simply evolving to follow the talent, making room for new platforms as more and more talented filmmakers choose to dabble in new media. Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Frémaux Talks TV, Netflix, And Studio Films at The Playlist.

The times, they are a changin’. Last week, the Cannes Film Festival turned a few heads when it announced the addition of two Netflix titles to the festival. Bong Joon-ho‘s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach‘s “The Meyerowitz Stories” will both appear on this year’s lineup of films, with “Okja” competing for this year’s Palme d’Or. Continue reading Netflix’s Cannes Film Festival Selections Run Afoul Of French Exhibitors at The Playlist.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. But don’t worry, we got you. Here’s a quick round-up of the week’s highlights in case you possibly missed them. “20 Great Actors & The Roles They Probably Just Did For The Money” There comes a time in an actor’s career when one has to swallow their pride to get the dough for their second summer house or their child’s tuition. Continue reading Quick & Dirty: Top Ten Stories You Might Have Missed at The Playlist.

While Michel Franco‘s previous film “Chronic” didn’t earn unanimous praise, it certainly made an impression with those who sparked to it. The Tim Roth-starring drama won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2015, and last year, was nominated at the Indie Spirit awards for Best Feature and Best Male Lead. Now the director is returning to the Croisette where he hopes to continuing his good fortune with “April’s Daughter,” which will screen in the Un Certain Regard section. Continue reading Cannes: First Trailer For ‘Chronic’ Director Michel Franco’s ‘April’s Daughter’ at The Playlist.