Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cannes Post Mortem & Crtitics Poll #3/The Master to Venice?/The Hunt/Les Miz Teaser

Good Morning!

Summer blogging begins in earnest today as MTFB/FAC begins its 6 times a week posting schedule.  The serious countdown to the 39th Telluride Film Festival begins today.  Three months from today (Aug. 31) the festival opens...as always, I can't wait.



CANNES POST MORTEM AND THIRD CRITIC'S POLL



Cannes #65 is in the books with Michel Haneke's "Amour" taking the top prize.  I started the fest thinking that six films were the most likely for repeating in Colorado: "Amour", "Beyond the Hills", "Rust and Bone", "Reality", "On the Road"' and "Cosmopolis".  At the end of the festival, I feel as strongly, maybe even more strongly, that we'll see "Amour", "Hills" and "Rust".  "Reality" seems like a 50/50 proposition and I think that "Road" and "Cosmopolis" may have lost some steam for Telluride.

I think"Holy Motors", "The Hunt", You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Like Someone in Love", and "Mud" may have put themselves into some Telluride conversations.  In addition, I have some suspicions that non-competition films "No" and "The Sapphires" will make it into the Telluride program.

Also, CriticWire at IndieWire posted a third critic's poll of Cannes films here:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/criticwire-at-cannes-the-top-films-and-performances-poll?page=1#

"Amour" and "Holy Motors" were at the top mirroring the critical response measured by Screen Daily and Ioncinema.

THE MASTER AND VENICE



In the midst of announcements from the new director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera,this week came his claim that Venice would probably program Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master".  PT Anderson fan site Cigarettes and RedVines reported the story here:

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/05/master-could-be-headed-to-venice-film.html

As we have noted in this space previously, double booking Venice and Telluride does happen...but it's fairly rare.  "Shame" and "A Dangerous Method" did it last year...so it doesn't kill chances that we'll see the film in Colorado but it probably reduces the odds some.

Of course, Barbera could just be expressing wishful thinking.  He also mentioned new films from Malick and DePalma as "likely candidates".  Which isn't exactly a flat out statement that he's got those films programmed.

And, further, I almost always approach this guessing game with the assumption that previous Telluride guests had a really pleasant experience and prefer to return.  I believe Anderson enjoyed his time in Telluride in 2007 when he was in town for the Daniel Day-Lewis tribute and the presentation of 20 minutes of "There Will Be Blood". 

I often kick myself  that I didn't take the opportunity to introduce myself when I sat the row behind him later that weekend as we caught Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding".  But he seemed to be enjoying the experience. 

So, I'm not giving up hope just yet.  I've always thought "The Master" was a long shot for Telluride...but I'd love to be wrong.

THE HUNT



Magnolia Pictures has grabbed the U.S. rights to Thomas Vintenberg's "The Hunt" which won its lead Mads Mikkelsen the Best Actor prize at Cannes last week.  The Hollywood Reporter has the story here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/magnolia-picks-up-cannes-winner-the-hunt-330909

"The Hunt's" success at Cannes has raised its Telluride profile.

LES MISERABLES TEASER



Les Miz's chance of bowing at Telluride: about 3% ( director Tom Hooper's "King's Speech" was in T-ride in 2010 and production company Working Title had "Catch a Fire" showed as a sneak in 2006).  Nevertheless, it has its first teaser out and I couldn't resist re-linking it from The Hollywood Reporter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/les-miserables-trailer-anne-hathaway-330941



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Monday, May 28, 2012

Cannes Concludes: The Winners, The Critics, The Meaning and The Reviews

Good Morning!



The 65th Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday and they closed the extravaganza with the traditional presentation of the Palme D'or and other awards. Here they are.




AWARDS FOR CANNES COMPETITION FILMS (Via Awards Daily)



Palme d’Or:

AMOUR (LOVE) – Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix:

REALITY – Matteo GARRONE

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director):

Director: POST TENEBRAS LUX by Carlos Reygadas

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress):

Cristina Flutur & Cosmina Stratan DUPÃ DEALURI (AU-DELA DES COLLINES/BEYOND THE HILLS)

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor):

Mads Mikkelsen JAGTEN (LA CHASSE/THE HUNT) (- Thomas VINTERBERG)

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay):

Cristian Mungiu – DUPÃ DEALURI (AU-DELA DES COLLINES/BEYOND THE HILLS)

Camera d’Or (best first feature):

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh Zeitlin

Prix du Jury (jury prize):

Ken Loach for THE ANGELS’ SHARE

Palme d’Or (short film):

SESSIZ-BE DENG (SILENCIEUX/SILENT) – L.Rezan YESILBAS









CRITICAL RECEPTION



Both Ioncinema and Screen Daily spent a good deal of time compiling the collective critical response to the 22 films that were in competition in Cannes. The top 6 from the Ioncinema group:

1) Amour

2) Holy Motors

3) Beyond the Hills

4) Rust and Bone

4) You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

4) Mud



Just on the Ioncinema cusp were: In the Fog and Moonrise Kingdom

Here's the link to the complete chart:

http://www.ioncinema.com/news/cannes-critics-panel-hanekes-amour-should-beat-caraxs-holy-motors



From Screen Daily the top six were:



1) Amour and Beyond the Hills

3) Rust and Bone, The Hunt, Killing Them Softly, In the Fog



Close on the Screen Daily chart: The Angel’s Share and Mud.

Here's the link to The Screen Daily Chart:

http://www.screendaily.com/journals/2012/05/26/k/j/v/Cannes-jury-grid_Day-12.pdf



When the charts are combined…here’s the critical top ten from Cannes

1) Amour

2) Beyond the Hills

3) Mud

4) In the Fog

5) You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

6) Holy Motors and The Hunt

8) Moonrise Kingdom

9) The Angels Share

10) Killing Them Softly



Next: Rust and Bone





So what does all this mean for Telluride in 3 months?



Bank on seeing “Amour” and “Beyond the Hills”.



If “Rust and Bone” had won any prize at all, I’d also include it on the “bank on it” list…though I still think it’s highly likely.



“Reality”, which had lost some Telluride steam because of fairly weak critical reception over the last week…actually ended the festival back in the possible/probable category because of its Grand Prix win.



Two other T-ride probables that I think suffered some this past fortnight: “Cosmopolis” and “On the Road”.



Getting a boost for Telluride consideration among the competition films: “Mud”, “Holy Motors”, “The Hunt” “The Angel’s Share” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”.



The two out of competition films that caught my eye with some (a lot of) Telluride potential were “The Sapphires” and “No”.



I’m still unconvinced that Carlos Reygadas “Post Tenebras Lux” will end up in Telluride despite its win for Direction.



Now, I spend the next 3 months ferreting out which of these actually is going to end up in Telluride on Labor Day and the other films that will join them.



BACK TO A DAILY



Michael’s Telluride Film Blog returns as a daily blog on Thursday (except for Sundays) and will run Daily until the 39th Telluride Film Festival comes to an end. Join me in my obsession!



AND NOW REVIEWS...

I have included links in this third installment of reviews for films at Cannes:



COSMOPOLIS

HITLIST http://social.entertainment.msn.com/movies/blogs/the-hitlist-blogpost.aspx?post=c919c4ca-25d8-43ff-8590-5351f972e8e6&_nwpt=1

PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-david-cronenbergs-cosmopolis-robert-pattinson-don-delillo-paul-giamatti-samantha-morton-juliette-binoche-20120525

HIT FIX http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/review-robert-pattinson-has-a-devils-haircut-on-his-mind-in-cronenbergs-cosmopolis

MCN http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/cannes-competition-review-cosmopolis

THR http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/cosmopolis-review-robert-pattinson-cannes-329230




ON THE ROAD

THR http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/on-road-cannes-review-kristen-stewart-328624

WRAP http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-2012-kristen-stewart-embraces-topless-beatnik-role-road-41231

ROS http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/on-the-road-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival/

HIT FIX http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-on-the-road-makes-great-use-of-kristen-steward-garrett-hedlund-and-sam-riley

PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-walter-salles-on-the-road-kristen-stewart-kirsten-dunst-garret-hedlund-sam-riley-jack-kerouac-20120523






KILLING THEM SOFTLY

WELLS http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2012/05/kill_me_now_1.php





THE PAPERBOY

HIT FIX http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/review-the-paperboy-straddles-the-line-between-trash-and-treat

WRAP http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-2012-nicole-kidman-and-zac-efron-get-sweaty-and-trampy-paperboy-41441

FILM STAGE http://thefilmstage.com/reviews/cannes-review-the-paperboy/

THR http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/paperboy-cannes-review-zac-efron-nicole-kidman-329071





HOLY MOTORS

ION http://www.ioncinema.com/news/cannes-2012-holy-motors-review

TIME OUT http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/92787/holy-motors.html

ROS http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/holy-motors-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival/

HIT FIX http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-holy-motors-is-dizzying-visionary-and-one-of-a-kind

PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-leos-caraxs-holy-motors-is-an-anything-goes-stew-of-big-ideas-that-doesnt-always-work-20120524





MUD

PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-jeff-nichols-mud-starring-matthew-mcconaughey-reese-witherspoon-20120526


FIRST SHOWING http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/cannes-2012-review-jeff-nichols-wonderful-southern-drama-mud/




LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

IONCINEMA http://www.ioncinema.com/reviews/cannes-2012-like-someone-in-love-review

MUBI http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/cannes-2012-abbas-kiarostamis-like-someone-in-love






IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

THE PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-its-isabelle-huppert-times-three-in-hong-sangsoos-light-in-another-country-20120522

MUBI http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/cannes-2012-hong-sang-soos-in-another-country





POST TENEBRAS LUX

THE PLAYLIST http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-carlos-reygadas-post-tenebras-lux-20120523





THE HUNT

MOVIE CITY NEWS http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/cannes-reviews-the-hunt-room-237





WHITE ELEPHANT

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/white-elephant-cannes-festival-review-327653



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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Critics at Cannes/Cannes Competition Reviews 2/Out of Competition Films/Master Teaser

Good Morning!

Lots of reviews of films from Cannes in today's post as well as the latest critical consensus via Ioncinema's critic's panel.



CRITICS AT CANNES

More than halfway through and here is oncinema's critic's panel:
http://www.ioncinema.com/news/cannes-critics-panel-day-7-len-loachs-the-angels-share

The top five at this point:
1) Amour
2) Beyond the Hills
3) Rust and Bone
3) You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (tie)
5) Moonrise Kingdom

As I post this morning, crtitics are beginning to post and evaluate "The Paperboy, "Post Tenebrus Lux" "Angel's Share" and "Holy Motors".  I'll have links to reviews for them in Sunday morning's regularly scheduled post.

I'll also have breaking news as it becomes available as the festival draws to a close and awards are presented.


LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE


THR
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/like-someone-love-cannes-review-325702

WRAP
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-someone-love-all-questions-no-answers-40811

PLAYLIST
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-abbas-kiarostami-drives-in-circles-in-dull-like-someone-in-love-20120521

VARIETY
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947596?refcatid=31

ROPE OF SILICON
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/cannes-2012-sleep-deprived-stay-with-kiarostamis-like-someone-in-love/


YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET



WRAP
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-alain-resnaiss-you-aint-seen-nothing-melds-theater-cinema-40866

THR
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/you-aint-seen-nothin-yet-cannes-327191



AMOUR



PLAYLIST
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-michael-hanekes-amour-isabelle-huppert-20120520

KILLING THEM SOFTLY



ROPE OF SILICON
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/killing-them-softly-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival/

THE WRAP
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-killing-them-softly-has-brad-pitt-splattered-blood-dirty-money-and-no-regr

HITFIX
http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/review-stylish-strutting-killing-them-softly-too-tough-for-subtext

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/killing-softly-brad-pitt-cannes-review-327519

THE PLAYLIST
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-andrew-dominiks-killing-them-softly-starring-brad-pitt-20120522


LAURENCE ANYWAYS

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/laurence-anyways-cannes-review-326821

ROPE OF SILICON
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/laurence-anyways-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival/


OUT OF COMPETITION FILMS

A couple of films making noise out of the main competition at Cannes (and also putting themselves into the Telluride converation) are "The Sapphires" and "No".  Reviews linked below:

THE SAPPHIRES



http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sapphires-cannes-review-326980

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947584/

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-the-sapphires-chris-odowd-weinstein-company-20120520

http://thewrap.com/movies/column-post/sapphires-60s-musical-romp-aboriginal-soul-sisters-40821


NO

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-pablo-larrains-no-starring-gael-garcia-bernal-20120518



THE MASTER



This week saw the release of a teaser for "The Master" and The Weinstein Company showed a few minutes of footage of the film to reporters at Cannes (along with "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Unchained").  Links below...

TEASER
http://www.themasterfilm.com/

CLIPS AT CANNES REACTIONS
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/05/four-minutes-of-master-footage-screens.html


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Cannes Reviews/Other News/Hyde Park

Good Morning!

CANNES REVIEWS



The 65th Cannes Film Festival rolls on in its own way as a try out for Telluride #39 films.  I have tagged 6 competition films that seem like they'll certainly get a look from the TFF crew: "Rust and Bone", "Reality", "Cosmopolis", "Amour", "Beyond the Hills" and "On the Road".  That isn't to say that other Cannes offerings in the competition category and Un Certain Regard category aren't also possibilities.  Further, these six films aren't locked into Telluride either.  Consequently, I am happy to link blog followers to reviews as they are coming out of Cannes with regards to these 6 films as well as others that seem to have some Telluride potential.  Therefore...

AMOUR (Michael Haneke of "Cache" and "The White Ribbon")



Rope of Silicon
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/amour-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival-2012/

The Wrap
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-amour-agony-and-beauty-enduring-love-40766

Entertainment Weekly
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/05/20/cannes-michael-hanekes-love-is-a-tenderly-devastating-film/

First Showing.Net
http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/cannes-2012-review-no-love-for-michael-hanekes-love-amour/

Awards Daily
http://www.awardsdaily.com/2012/05/cannes-review-this-mortal-coil-amour/

The Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/amour-love-cannes-review-326962

BEYOND THE HILLS (Christian Munigu of "4 Months, 3 days, 2 Hours)



The Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/beyond-hills-cannes-festival-review-326819

The Playlist
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-faith-love-collide-in-cristian-mungius-powerful-beyond-the-hills-20120518

REALITY (Matteo Garrone of "Gomorrah")

Rope of Silicon
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/reality-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival-2012/

Movie City News
http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/cannes-competition-review-reality/

The Wrap
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-reality-bites-quest-fame-40576

The Playlist
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-matteo-garrones-lightweight-lifeless-reality-is-a-disappointment-20120518

Awards Daily
http://www.awardsdaily.com/2012/05/cannes-review-reality/

RUST AND BONE (Jacques Audiard of "A Prophet")



HitFix
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-captured/posts/review-marion-cottilard-and-matthias-schoenaerts-devastate-in-audiards-rust-and-bone

Movie City News
http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/cannes-competition-review-rust-and-bone/

The Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/rust-bone-cannes-film-festival-review-marion-cotillard-326028

The Wrap
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cannes-review-rust-and-bone-jacques-audiard-burrows-soul-trauma-40316


NO

The Playlist
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-pablo-larrains-no-starring-gael-garcia-bernal-20120518

HitFix
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention/posts/review-no-and-beasts-of-the-southern-wild


AND THE COMBINED RESPONSE

Again this year Ioncinema is posting a critical consensus of the festival.  Posted here is after 5 days:
http://www.ioncinema.com/news/cannes-critics-panel-day-5-michael-hanekes-love

Halfway through the Festival and "Amur" leads the pack (substantailly).

1) Amour
2) Beyond the Hills
3) Rust and Bone
4) Moonrise Kingdom
5) The Hunt

Averages and positions can change as not all of the critics have weighed in as yet and, of course, there is still half the festival to go.  That being said, the top three listed above all look good for Telluride.



OTHER NEWS



Venice Film Fest to be smaller, perhaps loosening competition for films between?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-2012-venice-film-festival-alberto-barbera-326607

Cotillard of "Rust and Bone" to work with Farhadi of "A Separation".  Look for this in TFF #40 pr #41.
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/marion-cotillard-to-star-in-asghar-farhadis-next-paris-set-feature-matthias-schoenaerts-lines-up-thriller-the-treatment-20120517

ShaileneWoodley and Ezra Miller ("Descendants" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin TFF #38) honored at Cannes this week:
http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/69078407.html#cutid1

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON



Not at Cannes, but definitely on my Telluride radar is Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson" featuring Bill Murray as FDR and Laura Linney as his neighbor (and more).  This week saw the release of the first trailer for the film.  Here are multiple links from a variety of sources:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-bill-murray-is-franklin-d-roosevelt-in-trailer-for-oscar-hopeful-hyde-park-on-hudson-20120518

http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/watch-first-hyde-park-on-hudson-trailer-starring-bill-murray-as-fdr/?uid=dc0980e7977c9a42479ef376a6e72883784c94b1

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/hyde-park-on-hudson/trailers/hyde-park-on-hudson-theatrical-trailer-29339188.html

http://www.slashfilm.com/hyde-park-hudson-trailer-bill-murray-presidential/?utm_source=Movie+Magic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+slashfilm+%28%2FFilm%29

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/hyde-park-on-the-hudson-movie-trailer/

http://thewrap.com/tv/column-post/bill-murray-does-fdr-hyde-park-hudson-video-40686


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cannes Out of the Gate/The Master Teases

Good Morning!

CANNES OUT OF THE GATE



The 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is off and running as it opened yesterday with the premiere of Wes Anderson's "Moonlight Kingdom" a film that is in the Cannes competition but will open long before Labor Day...

Among Cannes news that impacts films that have a shot at TFF #9:

Critic's got a preview of Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" and some reviews from folks that we customarily cite are in and posted below.  Generally the early word from these friends of Telluride is positive to very positive.  Check them out.



The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-jacques-audiards-rust-bone-marion-cotillard-matthias-schoenaerts-20120517

Rope of Silicon:

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/rust-and-bone-movie-review-2012-cannes-film-festival-2012/

Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/cannes-audiards-anti-romance-rust-bone-showcases-cotillard

MEANWHILE...



As it did last year, Ioncinema has created a critic's panel that they will collate for a collective reaction to the competition films that are playing in Cannes and, as I did last year, I will make sure to keep you posted and provide links so that we can all handicap the Palme D'Or chances of all 22 films.  Last year, this service was invaluable in highlighting films that became Telluride possibilities.  I expect that to be true again this year.  Take a look at this Ioncinema post that introduce this year's critic's panel:

http://www.ioncinema.com/news/live-from-cannes-2012-introducing-our-cannes-critics-panel

ALSO...



Admittedly, "Rust and Bone" is one film I am very, very interested in and which I believe has about a 75% chance (now) of playing Telluride.  Another Cannes #65 film I am stoked about is Michael Haneke's "Amour".  It has an English subtitled trailer out this week and I have linked it here from Rope of Silicon:

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/cannes-2012-english-subtitled-trailer-for-michael-hanekes-amour/

THE MASTER TEASES



And finally, this year's Great White Whale of obsession (for me anyway), Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" has continued to titillate and tease.  This week a tweet from PTA himself to PTA fan site Cigarettes and Red Vines with a slice of film negative from the film;

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/05/exclusive-65mm-filmstrip-reveals-first.html?m=1

And also word from the same source that someone other than PTA has eyeballed at least some of the film and found it good:

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/05/pta-joins-robert-downey-sr-in.html

Man, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger...let's get together on this and premiere this film in Telluride in September...

That is all.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Raising the Curtain on Cannes

Good Morning!

The 65th Cannes Film Festival is now just days away from bowing and I expect it to be a full fledged audition for 6-10 films that will eventually end up in the Telluride fest on Labor Day weekend.  As you might expect, with the opening fast approaching the pace of the P.R. for the Cannes films has picked up.  That's what we take advantage of in today's post...

RAISING THE CURTAIN ON CANNES

We've got fresh grist for our mill for the following:

AMOUR



New pictures via The Playlist:
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/first-look-jean-louis-trintignant-emmanuelle-riva-in-michael-hanekes-amour-20120510

And the French trailer as well from Rope of Silicon:
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/amour-trailer-cannes-michael-haneke/

COSMOPOLIS



Author Don Delillo talks the making of the film from his book by David Cronenberg via The Movie City News:
http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/don-delillo-talks-cosmopolis-spoilers/

RUST AND BONE




Three new clips from Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" via Rope of Silicon:
http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/cannes-2012-three-clips-from-rust-and-bone-starring-marion-cotillard/

ON THE ROAD



And a nice in-depth look at Walter Salles "On the Road" from HitFix:
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention/posts/on-the-road-readies-for-the-journey


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cannes #65 in One Week

Good Morning

ONE WEEK



Until the 65th Cannes Film Fest opens...

Let's start with a couple of large overviews of what's coming from France next week.  The first from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-playlists-15-most-anticipated-pictures-of-the-cannes-film-festival-20120509

Also from Roger Ebert's Chicago Sun Times colleague Barbara Schaares:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/scharres/2012/05/if_its_springtime_it_must_be_cannes.html



Jake Howell at Movie City News takes a fairly in depth look at two Cannes competition contenders.  Walter Salles "On the Road" (TFF #39 chances 50%) and Ken Loach's "The Angel's Share" (TFF #39 chances 30%).

http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/countdown-to-cannes-salles-loach/

FROM THE "NOT CANNES OR EVEN TELLURIDE, BUT INTRIGUING DEPARTMENT"





We have a trailer for Ben Affleck's "Argo" that looks very interesting.  It's chances for Telluride are virtually non-existent.  But I thought I' get you to the trailer via Hit Fix:

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/awards-campaign/posts/ben-affleck-and-bryan-cranston-at-the-center-of-new-argo-trailer



And it's not even a film...really...but looks soooo cool.  We'll have the opportunity, if we're in a city that it runs in, to see a filmed version of the Danny Boyle (Telluride fave with "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours") directed stage version of Frankenstein.  The Playlist links to the commercial teaser:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/danny-boyles-amazing-frankenstein-stage-play-coming-to-american-movie-theaters-this-summer-20120509

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Cannes: More to Come/Penn in Cannes/MCN #2/More from Harvey?/R & B Pics/Caesar/Passes

Good Morning!

Lots of this and that from around the Cinema world today as we hit the ten day mark in our countdown to the 65th Cannes Film Festival and its function (from my perspective) as a precursor for some films that will be in Telluride starting with...

CANNES: MORE TO COME



As expected, Cannes head man Thierry Fremaux has let slip the the lineup is not 100% complete.  Peter DeBruge posted this Fremaux tweet this week:

Cannes topper confirms there are 2 or 3 more pics. RT : Oui un film demain - et un ou d'autres plus tard.

And, as a matter of fact, I believe that they've already added a new documentary.  With ten days left, it's very possible that other offerings will be added...or that there could be other movement.  Remember that last year, "The Artist" was moved into the competition category at the very last minute.
PENN IN CANNES



What Cannes is probably NOT going to add is "Gangster Squad".  There had been some speculation that we could see "Gangster" as rumors flew this week that Sean Penn would be appearing in France for some reason.  Well, it seems that reason is Haitian relief not the Reuben Fleischer film.  See this via Entertainment Weekly:

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/05/03/cannes-sean-penn/

MCN #2



Meanwhile, Movie City News continues its profiles of Cannes competition films in the second part of its series and this edition focuses on Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Alain Renais' "You Haven't Seen Anything Yet".  I think the Haneke is a virtual certainty for Telluride and that the Renais has also got a least a chance at being in TFF #39.

Here's that post:

http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/countdown-to-cannes-resnais-haneke/

MORE FROM HARVEY?



Not long ago we reported that The Weinstein Company had signed on to distribute "Populaire" which made it at least a consideration for TFF.  Now comes word this week that TWC has added another film to its stable for possible 2012 release and that is the directorial debut of screen legend and double Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.  The film is entitled "Quartet" and you can read about it here via The Hollywood Reporter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harvey-weinstein-dustin-hoffman-quartet-movie-debut-320350

Also look at its IMDb page here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441951/

Which begs the question...how many if any of TWC's projects will we see in Telluride?  It was 2 last year: "The Artist" and "Butter".  "The King's Speech" in 2010 and "The Road" on 2009.  The TWC list is full for the end of 2012: "The Master", "The Silver Linings Playbook", "Django Unchained", "Song for Marion", "Killing Them Softly", "The Grandmasters" (though I doubt that it's ready) plus the two mentioned above.  I assume that "Lawless" is off the table with because of its announced Aug. 31 release date. Frankly, "Song for Marion" is the film I feel most strongly about being at TFF #39.

RUST AND BONE PICS



More stills from what is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated titles that I am feeling like will make the journey from the Croisette to the San Juans and that is Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone".  I am on record already that I think Marion Cotillard is likely to be Oscar nominated for the film...write it down...you read it here first...

Here's the link to the new pics from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/more-new-images-of-marion-cotillard-matthias-schoenaerts-in-jacques-audiards-rust-and-bone-20120504


CAESAR



A film that I think has some Telluride potential and that is NOT on the Cannes playlist but has still been well received in other film festival competitions (especially Berlin) is "Caesar Must Die".  It centers on a jailhouse production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar.  Well, the film had another good week last week as reported by The Hollywood Reporter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/caesar-die-tops-donatello-award-320415

Check out Caesar's IMDb page here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2177511/



PASSES

And finally, word is that passes are selling like hotcakes for TFF #39...you might want to shake a leg and get yours lined up soon...


http://telluridefilmfestival.org/news/2012-05


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cannes-Other Thoughts/Usual Suspects/MCN Overview

Good Morning!

CANNES-OTHER THOUGHTS



The 65th Cannes Film Festival launches in two weeks and admittedly I have been focused on a half dozen films that are in the lineup that I believe have the greatest chance (at least at this point) of being in Telluride over the Labor Day weekend.  That's not to say that there aren't other TFF #39 possibilities in the Cannes mix.  Today, I'll take a look at some that also could make their way across the Atlantic to the San Juans.

LOW LIFE (OR THE UNTITLED JAMES GRAY PROJECT)



This film stars Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix and although Gray has never made the trip to Telluride has always seemed like a film maker who could.

Look at this story from Just Jared:
http://www.justjared.com/2012/04/30/marion-cotillard-jeremy-renner-james-gray-project-stills/

MUD


Jeff Nichols had a breakout at Sundance last year with "Take Shelter" and this is his follow up.  Again, since he's been making noise (as has Lee Daniels with Precious and who is also at Cannes with "The Paperboy") this could be a possible.  Check this story from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/new-pics-of-matthew-mcconaughey-tree-of-life-star-tye-sheridan-in-jeff-nichols-mud-20120502


MOE ON THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Stories/Stills from Cannes films

AMOUR (via Hit Fix)



http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention/posts/cannes-check-michael-hanekes-amour


COSMOPOLIS (via The Playlist)



http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-robert-pattinson-needs-the-meaning-of-the-enflamed-in-the-first-clip-from-cosmopolis-20120503

ON THE ROAD (also via The Playlist)



http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/on-the-road-soundtrack-features-ella-fitzgerald-son-house-slim-gaillard-alongside-original-score-20120501


MCN CANNES OVERVIEW

And finally, check out Movie City News' first in  a series of profiles of the films of Cannes here:

http://moviecitynews.com/2012/05/countdown-to-cannes-anderson-cronenberg-hillcoat/


More later...

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