France’s Cannes Film Festival has seen its share of controversies since it started in 1946. Blame the Riviera sun or the filmmaking iconoclasts that gather on the red carpet each year, but various high jinks and bizarre publicity stunts have often dominated the festivities. Bold action isn’t always required to shake things up, however. Often times it’s just the movies themselves that cause a scene with audiences and the Cannes jury. With the current 66th annual festival underway, we wanted to take a look at ten of Cannes most controversial moments. … Read More
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It’s been thirteen long years since Leos Carax made his last feature film, and as you watch Holy Motors, the film that ended that long drought, you get the feeling that the filmmaker wanted to use it to make all of the movies he should have made in the interim. It almost has the feel of a completed checklist, a film comprised of what appear, at first, to be incompatible parts: oddball romance, family drama, black crime comedy, musical, etc. Only as the loose ends and odd bits begin to stack up do we get a sense of what Carax is up to — and it’s something peculiar and rather marvelous. … Read More
Michael Haneke’s new movie Amour wasn’t the sure bet to win Cannes’ prestigious Palme d’Or award at this year’s festival. Italian director Nanni Moretti — who was sitting at the head of the 2012 jury panel — wasn’t quiet about his profound dislike for the filmmaker’s 1997 violent psychological thriller Funny Games, and Haneke recently won the Palme for 2009 period drama The White Ribbon. Regardless, Amour took home the venerable award for its deeply emotional story about an elderly couple facing their mortality (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva). Isabelle Huppert stars in the film as their daughter who lives abroad. Eventually a health scare tests the bonds of the family.
The film doesn’t open in the UK until November 16, and just this morning no US release date had been announced yet. Deadline delivered the good news this evening, however, that Amour will be released in Los Angeles and New York on December 19. Head to the nearest theater this winter for a closer look at the winning, intimate drama. We’ve shared a trailer for Haneke’s film past the break. … Read More
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We’ve admired this year’s glamorous Cannes Film Festival poster — featuring an intimate, mythical moment with screen legend Marilyn Monroe — and we’ve been readying ourselves for the latest news streaming from the French Riviera city, but the prestigious film fest is already seeing its share of controversy before the gala kicks off on May 16.
A letter recently published in Le Monde signed by a group of women — including Baise Moi director Virginie Despentes, filmmaker Coline Serreau, and actress Fanny Cottençon — have condemned this year’s Palme d’Or nominations. The shortlist of 22 directors for 2012 are all men, prompting the group to point out that, “Men love their women to have depth, but only when it comes to their cleavages.” … Read More
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1. Terrence Malick’s much-debated drama The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, but the director, who is notoriously shy, did not take to the stage to accept his award. [via indieWIRE]
2. In the wake of Saturday’s total lack of Rapture, it was a “really tough… Read More