FESTIVALS

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JAFAR PANAHI GETS GOLDEN BEAR AT BERLINALE

The film world a political injustice loveth (but it also loveth good cinema). And in a perfect storm of urgent, inspired filmmaking and jurisdictional accuracy the Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlinale, went to Jafar Panahi for his film "Taxi," a day after the FIPRESCI prize was given to him. Many of the other awards given out last night went to the underdogs, directors making cinema on a ... more >

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BERLINALE REPORT – Anton Corbijn’s LIFE

Film was written by Luke Davies
A premiere was held on February 9th
Running time: 111 minutes

As usual, lots of mesmerizingly-good cinema to see and report on at the ongoing Berlinale. I'm a die-hard Cannes-goer but somehow Berlin being held in February seems to work pretty good timing-wise for a lot of the more vital and less-established filmmakers. The wild, young things go to Berlin and the older, more reliable filmmakers make their appearance in May. This might have something to do ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – BILGE CEYLAN HANDED PALME D’OR

His "Winter Sleep" more than deserved it
Some disappointments, an even bigger triumph
Closing ceremony lasted 45 minutes

The 67th Cannes Festival was capped with a lively closing ceremony last night. There were tears, there was comedy and there was scandal. Some of the night's victories were well-deserved—Timothy Spall's winning of the best actor prize was a fait accompli, his turn as the British painter Turner in Mike Leigh's romanticized biopic rating well above par. Xavier Dolan sharing his prize with French new ... more >

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CANNES – Clouds of Sils Maria

Not the director's best work
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
Directed by Olivier Assayas

For an unbeatable view of the Swiss Alps and their picture-perfect mountaintops see the “Clouds of Sils Maria.” This new film by French director Olivier Assayas (“Summer hours,” “Carlos”) shot entirely within the idyllic spreads of rural Switzerland puts in focus the coming undone of Maria Enders, an older actress (played by Juliette Binoche) who is confronted by her past when an actress half her ... more >

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CANNES – WHITE GOD WINS UCR PRIZE (AND DESERVEDLY SO)

"White God" is just over two hours long
You'll never look at dogs the same way after this movie
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó

CANNES (France) - In a brief ceremony in the Debussy theater prizes for the Un Certain Regard (“a certain look” in French translation) program were given by the jury, presided over by Pablo Trapero. Even though these films run in the non-competitive selection they are still recognized by a jury and awarded prizes. Something happened tonight which I’ve never seen before: departing festival ... more >

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CANNES – KIAROSTAMI ANNOUNCES CINEFONDATION WINNERS

"The bigger picture" given joint third prize
Cinefondation acknowledges finished student films
Program was created by Gilles Jacob

(FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE) The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abbas Kiarostami and including Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, has awarded the 2014 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of sixteen student films, chosen out ... more >

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DAY 8: CANNES COMES ALIVE WITH “MOMMY”

This is Xavier Dolan's sixth feature film
140 mins.

This Cannes Festival has finally been unshackled from the supremacy of older males turning out less than stellar work: Xavier Dolan, a twenty five year-old filmmaker from Québec who's brought films to Cannes before has thrown down the gauntlet. His new film "Mommy" is the first one to appear in the competition section and is the new favorite for the top prize this year. In “Mommy” single-mother ... more >