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CANNES FESTIVAL | Kelly Reichardt among this year’s jury members (FULL ANNOUNCEMENT)

Gender parity has finally been achieved

Gender parity and multiculturalism are on the program at this year's Cannes Festival. Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux have done their homework and they've taken the temperature. Quite right! This year’s program, which we reported on on April 18th after attending the press conference here in Paris, is gleaming with talent and may even earn the Cannes Festival a Nobel Peace Prize, with women ... more >

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Editorial: Spielberg spoke. Nobody listened.

Netflix: 1

In an odd reactionary display, Steven Spielberg had recently called for a change in the Academy Awards eligibility criteria in order to rule out any chance for the streaming platform Netflix to be able to throw nominees in the race for an Oscar. He lost. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which is responsible for handing down the Oscars, announced last week that it ... more >

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INDIE OUTFIT ORCHARD FILM GROUP, producer of “Meeting Gorbachev” and “Halston,” renamed 1091

1091 was chosen as a nod to history

Los Angeles, Calif. – The company formerly known as The Orchard Film Group has officially launched today as 1091, a new global commercial distribution platform company for independent film and television content creators. The new company will invest in technology, new delivery options and business intelligence that will offer superior levels of transparency for its clients. The announcement was ... more >

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “Birds of Passage”

Families feuding against a backdrop of an all-invasive capitalism
Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta and Natalia Reyes
Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

With "Birds of Passage" Ciro Guerra, alongside co-director Cristina Gallego, continues his work as historiographer of South America. Guerra is known for his previous work, “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” (“Embrace of the serpent” in the Spanish original), in which a shaman from the Amazon teams up with scientists in searching for a sacred healing plant. This is the first time that Gallego goes behind ... more >

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TEN QUESTIONS for Penny Lane, director of “Hail Satan?”

Taking stock of the rise of the Satanic Temple
Jex Blackmore and Nicholas Crowe
Directed by Penny Lane

The debate between secularists and the religious is nothing new, but a fresh front on that long-simmering battle of the culture wars is being waged on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock, where one organization is pushing to have its deity, Baphomet, displayed next to a large monument of the Ten Commandments. It gets dicey when you consider that the organization behind the ... more >

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“Us,” every person in the world is stalked and will eventually be destroyed

Monkeypaw Productions
Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Moss and Winston Duke
Directed by Jordan Peele

Given the praise showered on “Us,” the latest by Jordan Peele, I’m beginning to wonder whether this is the same movie I saw as everyone else, a movie that I found neither as original nor as gripping as the director’s previous film “Get Out.” Or maybe I missed the entire point, whatever it was? A middle-class African American family arrives at their vacation home, in a middle-class neighborhood ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – Short films slate announced

The Cannes Festival takes place from May 14th to May 25th, 2019

Presided over by filmmaker Claire Denis the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury will be awarding three prizes in ceremony on the 23rd of May. The Short Film Palme d'or will be awarded during the closing ceremony, to be held on May 25th. The 2019 Short Films Competition includes eleven films (nine fiction-based shorts, one documentary and one animated film) from countries as diverse as Albania, ... more >