Cannes: France’s ‘Party Girl’ To Open Un Certain Regard Section

CannesFrench debut feature Party Girl, written and directed by the trio of Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been selected as the opening night movie for the Cannes Film Festival‘s Un Certain RegardRead More »

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Cannes: Argentina’s Pablo Trapero Named Un Certain Regard Jury President

pablo traperoPablo Trapero‘s last appearance at the Cannes Film Festival was with his Un Certain Regard title Elefante Blanco in 2012. He’ll now head up the jury for that section, which runs parallel to the … Read More »

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Cannes Un Certain Regard: Michel Franco’s ‘Despues De Lucia’

By | Saturday May 26, 2012 @ 11:03am PDT

Mexico director Michel Franco’s Despues De Lucia (After Lucia) took the top prize today in the Un Certain Regard sidebar to the Cannes Film Festival. There was a tie for best actress for Emilie Dequenne for Joachim LaFosse’s A Perdre La RaisonRead More »

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Cannes Roundup: Un Certain Regard Jury; Arclight Picks Up ‘Predestination’; GRB Entertainment Launches Film Unit

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 10:00pm PDT

With just two days to go before the start of the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, the official sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard, has announced its jury. Joining previously announced jury head Tim Roth on … Read More »

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2012 Cannes: Tim Roth Tapped As President of Un Certain Regard Jury

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 9:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the Festival de Cannes Official Selection, for which twenty films will be announced at the same time as those for the

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CANNES: In Un Certain Regard, ‘Arirang’ And ‘Stopped On Track’ Tie For Top Honors

By | Saturday May 21, 2011 @ 10:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

In the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival that consisted of 21 films from 19 different countries, the top prize was shared by the Kim Ki-Duk-directed Arirang and the Andreas Dresen-directed Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped On Read More »

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CANNES: Competition Underway With Double Bill Of Tilda Swinton & Gus Van Sant

Pete Hammond

After a fun opening night living vicariously through Woody Allen’s Paris, the Cannes official competition and sales market really got down to business Thursday. And how’s this for a good time? The fest started the competitive entries with a double bill of downer flicks directed by two very smart women. Unfortunately, only one of them worked.

First up was the dreadful Sleeping Beauty, an Australian drama revolving around a girl, played by Emily Browning, who subjects herself to such degrading inhuman sexual acts we can’t even go into it here. As she is induced into a coma-like state a number of eighty-something men have their way with her. Fun, huh? The really stunning thing is that rare Palme D’Or winning woman, Jane Campion (The Piano), is lending her name to this dreary exercise from first-timer Julia Leigh.

It could only go up from there and it did — waaaaay up — at the 8:30 AM Thursday morning press screening for Lynne Ramsey’s extraordinary We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring the ever-remarkable Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly as parents dealing with tragic circumstances caused by their out-of-control son. It is a most impressive acting and directorial feat that gives the festival its first genuine awards contender, and if it can secure domestic distribution (may distribs such as Sony Pictures Classics and Lionsgate were seen entering the early AM screening), the Oscar-winning Swinton could once again find herself in the Academy race next year and definitely for a prize here on May 22. Read More »

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Cannes Adds To Film Roster, Sets Juries

Mike Fleming

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has added the Michel Hazanavicius-directed The Artist to the competition roster, which is now made up of 20 films. The festival has named the Andrey Zvyagintsev-directed Elena to screen at the closing-night ceremony of the … Read More »

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2011 Cannes Sets Competition Slate As Jodie Foster, Terrence Malick and ‘Pirates’ Add Starpower

Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, is the surprise inclusion in this year’s list of major films playing in Cannes, announced this morning in Paris. As expected, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life will play In Competition, vying with other festival-favorite directors including Pedro Almodovar, Aki Kaurismaki, Takashi Miike, Nanni Moretti, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lars von Trier. Malick’s Days Of Heaven played In Competition in Cannes in 1979, winning best director. This year’s list promises a much livelier event than last year’s, which left critics bored with the selection. And you can expect plenty of star wattage at next month’s festival –- something lacking last year – assuming, that is, all the stars show up: Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life); Sean Penn (This Must Be the Place); Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Keith Richards (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides); Ryan Gosling (Drive); Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In); and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin). But perhaps Carla Bruni, the ex-supermodel wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, will upstage them all as she shreds flashbulbs on the Palais red carpet for Woody’s latest, the opening-night film Midnight In Paris.

Opening Film
Midnight In Paris, dir. Woody Allen (Out of Competition)

Competition
The Skin I Live In, dir. Pedro Almodovar
House of Tolerance (L’apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close), dir. Bertrand Bonello
Pater, dir. Alain Cavalier
Footnote, dir. Joseph Cedarhttp
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu ), dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin Au Velo), dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Le Havre, dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Hanezu No Tsuki, dir. Naomi Kawase
Sleeping Beauty, dir. Julia Leigh
Poliss, dir. Maiwenn
The Tree of Life, dir. Terrence Malick
La Source des Femmes, dir. Radu Mihaileanu
Hara-kiri: Death Of A Samurai, dir. Takashi Miike
We Have a Pope (Habemus Papum), dir. Nanni Moretti
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
Michael, dir. Markus Schleinzer
This Must Be The Place, dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Melancholia, dir. Lars Von Trier
Drive, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

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Gus Van Sant’s ‘Restless’ To Open Un Certain Regard Cannes Sidebar

Sony Pictures Classsics expects to release Gus Van Sant’s new film Restless in North America this fall, with Sony Pictures Releasing distributing in the rest of the world. Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska star in this coming-of-age story about two … Read More »

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Emir Kusturica To Preside Over Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury

By | Friday March 25, 2011 @ 5:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Serbian film-maker Emir Kusturica will be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th Festival de Cannes, from 11th to 22nd May 2011.

Every year, Un Certain Regard, at the very heart of Official Selection, alongside the Competition, presents around twenty films characterised by the originality of

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