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Cannes: Un Certain Regard Gives Top Prize To ‘White God’; Winners Include ‘Turist’, Wenders’ ‘Salt Of The Earth’ & More

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)The prizes are starting to come fast and furious here in Cannes. The Un Certain Regard jury has just given its top prize to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, a buzzed about cautionary tale that features a gang of stray dogs who seize an opportunity to escape from a pound and revolt against mankind. The Jury Prize went to Swedish film Turist from director Ruben Oestlund with a Special Prize reserved for Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s documentary The Salt Of The Earth. Party Girl, the French debut feature that opened the section, was awarded the Ensemble Prize. It hails from writer/directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. David Gulpilil was named Best Actor for his role in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country. Earlier today, Jauja by Lisandro Alonso was honored by international critics group FIPRESCI with its UCR prize. Pablo Trapero was president of the jury which said the section testified to the diversity and vitality of filmmaking in the world today.

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Hot Cannes Trailer: Josh Charles In ‘Bird People’

Pascale Ferran’s Bird People is one to watch for in the official Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar. Josh Charles stars in the first feature from director Ferran after 2006′s award-winning Lady Chatterley. He plays a stressed-out American engineer who arrives at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport and decides to radically change his existence — he checks into a local hotel, unplugs from technology and embarks on a new life. Hot French actress Anaïs Demoustier co-stars as a young chambermaid who has a life-altering supernatural experience. Ferran and Guillaume Bréaud (Le Petit Lieutenant) co-scripted the English- and French-language film which was some time in the making. The main reason for that lies in the title: the birds in the film are real and had to be trained from the moment they hatched, which led to some delays. Paris-based FilmsDistribution has international sales. The movie screens in UCR on May 19.

Related: Cannes Unveils 2014 Lineup

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

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 7:04am PDT

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 Regard section. The title is a bit of a misnomer considering Party Girl is about a 60-year-old night club hostess who still loves men and enjoys partying. But as the senior member on staff, she begins to feel she has reached the end of the line and impulsively agrees to marry regular client, Michel. The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented, the festival says. Elzévir Films produced Party Girl which will be released locally by Pyramide Films. The co-directors are graduates of France’s national film school, La Fémis. They have previously collabroated on shorts Forbach, a Cinéfondation selection in 2008; C’est Gratuit Pour Les Filles, a Critics’ Week selection in 2009 and a César winner; and 2013′s Demolition Party. The UCR section is committed to discovering new talent and calls Party Girl, “innovative both in its form and its subject.” It also reflects the desire of recently appointed UCR jury president Pablo Trapero “to present a passionate selection of established masters, young talents and new forms of cinema.” Party Girl will open the section on May … Read 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 Competition and includes 20 features to be unveiled on April 17. A festival circuit staple, the Argentinean writer, producer and director’s first feature, Mundo Grúa, received the Critics’ Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1999. His second, El Bonaerense, was selected at the 2002 Cannes festival in the UCR section and in 2008, his Leonera screened in Competition. Carancho was also in UCR in 2010. Cannes-Film-Festival-2011-2502Trapero’s oeuvre is known for its quasi documentary style, that offers an uncompromising look at contemporary political issues. He also works with young Argentinean filmmakers via his production company, Matanza Cine. Today, he said, “I am very proud to serve as president of the jury for Un Certain Regard. Proud to take part in another way in the adventure in Cannes. Un Certain Regard, where I have presented three of my films, is always a very exciting selection. It brings us grand masters, promising young talent, new countries and new forms of cinema.” Trapero follows Thomas Vinterberg who was president last year and gave its top prize to Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture, which went on to a Foreign Language Oscar nomination. This year’s winner … 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 Raison and Suzanne Clement for Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Always. Those were the only acting nods this year. Jury president Tim Roth said the decisions were tough. Special jury prize went to directors Benoit Delephine and Gustav Kervern for Le Grand Soir. Special distinction of the jury to director Aida Begic for Djeca (Children Of Sarajevo).

Separately, Sundance hit Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Into The Fog were recognized in the Fipresci Critics Week event.

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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 the panel that will pick winners from among 20 films are actress Leïla Bekhti, director/producer Tonie Marshall, Argentinian film critic Luciano Monteagudo and Head of Cinemas at Centre Pompidou in Paris Sylvie Pras. Un Certain Regard opens Thursday with Mystery from Chinese director Lou Ye, and closes with Renoir by French director Gilles Bourdos.

 

London-based uMedia’s just-formed sales and finance arm uConnect has acquired international rights to Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, the first deal concluded by new head Peter Rogers. Geoffrey Rush stars with Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks. Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone provided the soundtrack. The Best Offer is currently shooting in Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic and is being produced by Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia of Paco Cinematografica in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment Italy, which will distribute the Film in Italy, Germany and Austria.

 

Arclight Films announced today it has taken on international sales of time travelling sci-fi action thriller Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke. Brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, who work as the Spierig Brothers, wrote and will direct the film. It is based on a Robert A. Heinlein story “All You Zombies,” but the brothers say this one won’t be a zombie movie.


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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 Competition during the press conference on April, 19th.

He is an English actor who began his career in television before moving on to cinema with The Hit directed by Stephen Frears, Tim Roth made his first appearances at Cannes with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (Palme d’or, 1994) which earned him international renown. In 1995, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Rob Roy directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Roth directed his first film in 1999: The War Zone, which received nominations at Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. He also appeared in Don’t Come Knocking directed by Wim Wenders, Planet of the Apes directed by Tim Burton, Funny Games directed by Michael Haneke and Everyone Says I Love You directed by Woody Allen. Since 2009, he has starred in the lead role of successful American TV series Lie to Me.

Accompanied by a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors to be announced in the next few days, Tim Roth will award the Prix Un Certain Regard along with the other awards on Saturday May, 26th, the day before the Festival draws to a close.

The 2011 Prix Un Certain Regard was awarded ex-aequo to Arirang directed

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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 Track).

The Special Jury Prize went to the Andrew Zvyagintsev-directed Elena and the directing prize went to Mohammad Rasoulof for Be Omid E Didar (Au Revoir). Latter award is poignant considering Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi were hit with six-year jail sentences by the hard-line Iran government. The harsh sentences have resulted in an outcry among organizations including Amnesty International, filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and festivals that include Cannes, which made sure to include films by both directors in the lineups.

The Un Certain Regard jury was headed by Serbian director Emir Kusturica and was comprised of French actress Elodie Bouchez, UK critic Peter Bradshaw, Tribeca’s Geoffrey Gilmore, and Morelia Festival director Daniela Michel.

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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 Un Certain Regard category. The Un Certain Regard jury has been set, with Emir Kusturica presiding and French actress Elodie Bouchez, UK Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoffrey Gilmore and Morelia Festival director Daniela Michel making up the jury. As for the Camera d’Or jury, Bong Joon-Ho will preside over a panel that consists of French critic Daniele Heymann, Magyar Filmunio head Eva Vezer, cinematographer Robert Alazraki, Cinedia laboratory manager Daniel Colland, director Jacques Maillot and critic Alex Masson.

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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 teenage outsiders brought together by unseen circumstances.

The film Restless by Gus Van Sant will open Un Certain Regard, selection of the Festival de Cannes, on the evening of Thursday, May 12.

Produced by Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and 360 Pictures, the film examines the relationship of two teenagers, played by Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper.

Gus Van Sant received the Palme d’or in 2003 for Elephant and the 60th anniversary award for Paranoid Park (2007). His first nomination at the Festival de Cannes was in 1995 for To Die For.

Un Certain Regard chooses close to twenty films each year for its official selection.

The president of the jury, Emir Kusturica, will present the Prize Un Certain Regard on May 21.

The official selection will be announced on Thursday, April 14.

The president of the jury, Emir Kusturica, will present the Prize Un Certain Regard on May 21.

The official selection will be announced on Thursday, April 14.

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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 their ideas as well as their aesthetic.

Emir Kusturica received the Palme d’Or in 1985 for When Father Was Away on Business. Ten years later, his second Palme d’Or for Underground made him a member of that elite group of directors who have twice been honoured.

Accompanied by a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors, Emir Kusturica will award the Prix Un Certain Regard, together with the other festival awards, over the closing weekend.

The 2010 Prix Un Certain Regard was awarded to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha, which was recently released in France.

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