Festival de Cannes 70: The Sweet Hereafter, 1997

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. The Sweet Hereafter grabbing the Grand Prize of the Jury (second place) still seems like a small defeat somehow, even given the terrific films in competition in 1997 […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Rosetta, 1999

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Overwhelmingly accepting the Best Actress prize at Cannes in 1999, Émilie Dequenne is a simply perfect gem as the title character Rosetta. The seventeen year-old, who lives in […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile, 2007

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. A Screenplay prize winner for Beyond the Hills in Cannes in 2012, Cristian Mungiu had a few years prior taken the Palme d’Or for his brilliantly bleak but […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Hal Hartley, 1998

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. From where I am sitting Hal Hartley appears to be one of the under-rated film-maker forces in the business. Of course he is not the only one. He […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: L’Albero degli zoccoli, 1978

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Portraying a part of history he had a certain longing for, as well as carefully unwrapping the stories of his own descendents, Ermanno Olmi directed and wrote L’Albero […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Le salaire de la peur, 1953

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. The effective way the opening scenes of Le salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear) are shot may well be a great addition to any ‘How To’ […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Fehér isten, 2014

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. The Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival is no joke, gloriously honoring the performance of the dog variety in film. Look at terrific previous winners like Lucy […]

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Genre Blast: Bursting into Song – The Musical

Yes, they can be cloying, unrealistic and just plain tacky, but if they are handled with some inventiveness and originality, musicals can be transporting. No genre – other than sci-fi, perhaps – requires you to suspend your disbelief more than the musical. It’s a genre that has evolved since the first film to incorporate sound […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 2006

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. I would love to have been a fly on the wall in the room when the Cannes jury were discussing the movies in competition this year. From Mexico […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Hooray for Cannes once again for acknowledging one of the finest, and most talented directors of today’s generation, but also rewarding one of his most under-rated works. Punch-Drunk […]

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Film Honors: 1979

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Meet The Jury

The following 9 chosen ones have until Sunday 28th May at the Closing Ceremony of the 70th Festival de Cannes to choose the prize winners In Competition, including Prix d’interprétation féminine / masculine (Actor / Actress), Prix de la mise en scène (Director), Prix du scénario (Screenplay), Prix du Jury, Grand Prix, and of course the Palme d’Or. One of the […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Juliette Binoche, 2010

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Abbas Kiarostami’s writing for Certified Copy is immaculate (again), crafting a scenario between two people and turning it on its head for the audience to bemuse over. Smart, […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Denys Arcand, 2003

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. There’s nothing funny about terminal cancer. Or heroin. Or cheating on your wife. And there are many things less upsetting than a damaged, bitter father-son relationship. So Les […]

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Film Honors: 1978

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Jack Lemmon, 1979

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. The China Syndrome was one of those movies from the seventies you discover on your own. Nobody really told me about it, nor was I simply aware of […]

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Review: Miss Stevens

Whether the flourishing Netflix platform for feature films has garnered a straight-to-video feel may be a matter of opinion, but a notion that warrants much more prestige when you compare the accessibility and quality of the digital age over the videotape culture of the 1980s. Regardless, there would be little reason not to venture off […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Kathy Burke, 1997

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. It is no secret that Cannes juries over the years have been suckers for bleak British movies. And British actresses. The unforgettable Nil By Mouth is no exception. […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Pulp Fiction, 1994

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. I was a teenager when Pulp Fiction exploded all over the world’s cinema. Even I, though, as the young student of film, was aware that Quentin Tarantino had […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Bérénice Bejo, 2013

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order. Without in any way intending to offend the beautiful Bérénice Bejo, she played it plain and simple in Asghar Farhadi‘s near flawless Le Passé. So solid and sincere is her […]

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