Yomeddine – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Yomeddine Abu Bakr Shawky – Egypt IN A NUTSHELL Beshay (Rady Gamal) is a man afflicted by leprosy, traveling across Egypt after his wife’s death to find his long-lost relatives. Along the way he is joined by the orphaned adolescent Obama (Ahmed Abedelhafiz). Together, the pair make their way with a rickety wagon and a […]

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Everybody Knows – Festival de Cannes In Competition Prospectus

Todos lo saben / Everybody Knows Asghar Farhadi – Spain IN A NUTSHELL This is the latest film from Iranian director Farhadi who has had past success with A Separation and The Salesman. Rather than make a follow up in his native language, Farhadi has opted to make a film in Spanish. Laura (Penelope Cruz) is […]

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Hopping Mad: Just who was the ”real” Dennis Hopper?

May 17th is Dennis Hopper’s birthday, if he was still alive today (he passed away in 2010) he would be 82, but it was a surprise to many that he managed to make in out of the 1970s let alone into his seventies. The name Dennis Hopper will forever be cemented to the New Hollywood […]

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First Reactions: Beoning / Burning

This is rather a teaser trailer than an actual full length trailer, but still is helps to build up the suspense, tension and mood of the film in an effective manner which leaves you eager to know more about this South Korean thriller. The trailer opens with a misty path and it’s hard to work […]

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First Reactions: Dogman

The trailer begins with rather uplifting music accompanying shots of an urban town, two children are playing on a swing set, and it looks innocent enough. Surely, this can’t be the film that I’ve read about?According to the synopsis I have read online, Dogman‘s plot has been inspired by a homicide committed by a dog […]

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First Reactions: Rafiki

What should have been a happy time for director Wanuri Kahiu was peppered with sadness. Her moving drama about two young Kenyan girls falling in love was selected as the first Kenyan film to be shown at Cannes, however the film has been banned from being shown in her home country.  In an interview director […]

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First Reactions: The House That Jack Built

Oh, it pains me to say this but I really want to see a Lars Von Trier film, and I don’t know why. Or rather, I do know why and I am struggling to admit this to myself, I like dark films which show the evil acts that humans can commit. Perhaps, that’s because I […]

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First Reactions: Todos lo saben / Everybody Knows

After the previous success of The Salesman and A Separation, one would have almost expected director Asghar Farhadi to make his next film in the English language. Instead Farhadi surprised us all by announcing that his next film would be in Spanish. The film’s trailer starts off with a charming family drama atmosphere, bright and […]

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Cate Blanchett – Ten from a “10”

Every generation has one, maybe two, if they’re lucky. So solid are their statures that when they are tagged with just a first or last name, a stream of images and sound bites cascades in one’s memory. Streep, Redgrave, Signoret, Christie, Hepburn, Garbo and Bergman. Add to that, Blanchett.

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Red Hot! How Red Headed Woman Played Hard to Get with the Censors

I made up my mind a long time ago, I’m not gonna spend my whole life on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. Lil (Jean Harlow), Red Headed Woman For some strange reason, in 1932 MGM really wanted to film Red Headed Woman, a trashy exploitation novel (imagine Fifty Shades of Grey for the […]

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Vote: Ranking The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

At Filmotomy the next directors we are eager to cross paths with are the Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel. The 10 Days of the Coen Brothers run from Sunday 20th May (straight after the Cannes Film Festival closes) through to Tuesday 29th May. Reviews, insights, technical analysis, basically some thrilling coverage. And of course we’re […]

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Happy Birthday Mr Pattinson

When I first saw Robert Pattinson on-screen (in Twilight…Don’t judge me, I was a teenage girl at the time), I knew this was a talented actor who deserved better material. Pattinson had a James Dean vulnerability to him, with his long drawn out pauses, and awkward reserved body language, he gave off this bad boy […]

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To Boo Or Not To Boo: Why Do People Boo At Cannes?

Booing at something, especially a film, is usually considered rather impolite. However at the Cannes Film Festival, it’s actually fairly common.  Almost every year, the credits to some unfortunate film roll to a soundtrack of boos from unhappy festival goers reacting to what has just unfolded on screen. The festival’s screenings have been with boos […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 5 of 5

So there we have it, 50 Cannes winners from years gone by. What are your favorite winners from the festival? Which films do you feel should have won that didn’t? Feel free to bombard us with comments below. Go enjoy the festivities. * * * * * Nicolas Winding Refn – 2011 Prix de la mise […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 4 of 5

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The penultimate chunk of Cannes winners available to stream features yet another talented bunch. Of course there are many, many more great Cannes victors you can watch right now – let us know in the comments what you recommend, or perhaps what you might be looking for. * * * * * Bérénice Bejo – […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 3 of 5

Straight onto the third batch of 10 former Cannes winners you can stream online. Many of the links are country specific (like America, UK, France), but if you are wondering about access in other countries let me know, I’ll try and find them. For now, take a look at the next lot. * * * […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 2 of 5

The second set of winners from the history of Cannes was already set to include the Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi for his Palme d’Or win in 1978. Sadly, he passed away just prior to this year’s festival, making his entry here all the more poignant and essential. God rest his soul. His most famous film […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 1 of 5

Bonjour from Cannes. Or bonjour to you all in Cannes. The true festive season is upon as we travel over to the French Riviera for arguably the world’s finest film festival. Whether you’re there in body or spirit, we are baking in the excitement here at Filmotomy. So much so, we have scoured the internet […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 27: Yes, Oui, Cannes

Podcast 27 has us in the mood for sunny Cannes. The film festival is upon us, and while none of us here at Filmotomy are sadly attending this year, we are extremely excited all the same. Our host Bianca is joined by Robin, Jonathan, and Rob as we dig around some of the most anticipated […]

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Genre Blast: Family Matters & the Ties that Bind

If society can be considered the organism, the family is the structural adhesive that holds the cells of that organism together. As every organism is bombarded daily by threats and external pressures, the family is where these challenges are met and dealt with; problems are examined and the family unit adapts, and the organism evolves. Things can get dicey, however, when the adjustment that works for the family does not exactly jive with society’s expectations, and this makes for inimitable drama onscreen.

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