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Shutting the blinds on the warmth that shined through his previous critically-lauded opus “Amour,” Austrian arthouse maestro Michael Haneke is back to doing what he does best: peeling the decadent, bourgeois layers off the European upper class to uncover its festering core full of lies, deceit and misery. The director’s immaculate compositions and sui generis brand of thematic depth suspend “Happy End” with the violent undertones of a high-strung piano wire, creating a nourishing cerebral treat that will nestles itself in the back of the mind to grow forevermore as yet another brilliant entry filmmaker’s intimidating catalog. Continue reading Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ Is Austere, Darkly Comic & Stunning Cinema [Cannes Review] 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.

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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.

  This year is the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and it seems like more than ever, Thierry and co are planning on pulling out the stops to make it a festival to remember. The line-up of movies certainly suggests now, and now the festival has revealed what might be the most high-profile jury line-up in the seven-decade history of movies on the Croisette. We already knew that the legendary Pedro Almodovar was going to serve as jury president, and Jessica Chastain joined him in the line-up last week. Continue reading Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino & Park Chan-Wook Join Pedro Almodovar & Jessica Chastain On Cannes Jury Duties 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.