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CANNES FESTIVAL, Safdie Brothers aim for Palme D’Or with GOOD TIME

New York City breaks bad again
Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie
Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

A24, an independent film studio, is like Weinstein or Focus but for the millenial set: their films are possessed of an edge and an immediacy, to say nothing of quality, that isn’t seen very often these days in the film market. "Good Time," which debuted this morning, is the latest title to come out of this studio. In this new film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie about a bank robbery gone wrong ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, Christopher Doyle gets Excellence in Cinematography award

Doyle studied film at university in Hong Kong

Every year at the Cannes Festival the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award is given to a director of photography whose work has marked cinema. In 2013 the award was given to Philippe Rousselot, Vilmos Zsigmond got it in 2014 and Roger A. Deakins in 2015, followed by Peter Suschitzky the year after that. This year, which marks seventy for the Cannes Festival, cinematographer ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Krotkaya” (“A Gentle Creature”)

Slot Machine / Haut et Court
Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriuta and Sergei Kolesov
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

There’s something mildly sadistic about a master-filmmaker botching his own, brilliant, film with an underwhelming ending, such as that which Sergei Loznitsa did with “Krotkaya” (“A gentle creature” in the Russian original). A woman whose husband is in prison gets the care package she’d sent to her husband returned to her. A delivery attempt was made, person is no longer at that jail cell. In ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Tesnota”

A film from the Sokurov School of filmmaking
Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova and Artem Tsypin
Directed by Kantemir Balagov

The first thing that I noticed while watching Kantemir Balagov’s new film “Tesnota” (“Closeness” in the original russian) is the performance by lead actress Darya Zhovner. Her Ilana, the character from whose point of view the film is told, is a tomboy who works in her step-father’s garage and whiles away the days hanging out with her boyfriend. Zhovner, for whom this film represents a first role ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Beguiled”

Based on the 1971 Don Siegel remake
Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman
Directed by Sofia Coppola

*"The Beguiled" has earned Sofia Coppola the BEST DIRECTING award at the 2017  Cannes Festival* Ever since “Marie Antoinette” filmmaker Sofia Coppola has seemed to suffer from indolence, and that was the case again with “The Beguiled,” her new film debuting today in Cannes. I could not get into this movie in spite of its bravura visual palette, its many funny moments and primo cast composed ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Yorgos Lanthimos is back in Cannes
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

This film was co-awarded the BEST SCREENPLAY prize (along with Lynne Ramsay for "You were never really here") during the Cannes Festival's closing ceremony on May 28th, 2017) Characters in Yorgos Lanthimos’s movies seem moved by strange spirits and unknown motivations. From the beginning of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” questions come up: what is the relationship of Dr. Steven Murphy, an ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “How To Talk To Girls at Parties”

An A24 and StudioCanal UK production
Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Two men at an Andre Balasz properties hotel step inside an elevator decorated in a gawdy baroque style. One says to the other, “so, Bob, can you tell me about that new John Cameron Mitchell film?” The other responds, “well, Malik, think Romeo and Juliet crossed with ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Hedwig and the angry inch.’ This encounter, one of the subterfuges my mind comes up, sometimes, to help me soldier on ... more >