Filmotomy Podcast Episode 24: Cannes NotFix

Welcome to the Filmotomy Podcast Episode 24. In this edition Al hosts once again, and is joined by Daniel and Steve. Now the official selection for Cannes has been announced, they discuss the controversy surrounding the Cannes Film Festival banning Netflix from premiering anymore films at their festival. Have a listen, it’s well worth it. […]

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Festival de Cannes: Meet The Jury

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 8-19, and now have their jury of nine ready and waiting for the main competition. The previously announced president of the jury, Australian actress and two-time Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett, will be joined by four other women, and four men. Collectively they will decide upon the Palme […]

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Festival de Cannes Update: Additions to Selection Line-up

As expected, there are some film additions to the 71st Cannes Film Festival line-ups. Familiar names Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Lars von Trier will be in Cannes after all. Danish diretor von Trier returns after being banned for his inappropriate comments during a press conference for Melancholia in 2011 – though he will not be […]

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So Netflix Cannes-n’t Dance? – Some Thoughts

Distributors may have a stranglehold on some festivals, but art is like water – it finds the path of least resistance and eventually makes its way through, under and around the barriers to reach the thirsty. If filmmakers can reach audiences without bowing to the pressure of having to be “the best” or winning an award, so much the better.

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The Square Takes Top Prizes At The 30th European Film Awards

Moments ago, in Berlin, The Square was named the Best European Film of the year at the 30th annual awards, which was kind what was expected at this stage given the Palme d’Or winner was also the recipient of European Comedy, Best Actor for Claes Bang, as well a double for Ruben Östlund who won Screenplay […]

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Cannes Winners Among The European Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 30th European Film Awards on 4th November 2017. A few familiar films currently making the awards circuit that premiered in Cannes show up multiple times here, including the big winners at the festival. Here are the nominations: European Film 120 battements par minute […]

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Directors’ Weekend Catch-Up: The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola’s latest feature, The Beguiled, carries the theme of loneliness, which was present in her previous work like The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation, due to the physical isolation that the main characters feel. However, what makes The Beguiled far different from those two films is how it serves as a pastiche of […]

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Maren Ade’s Latest Film Toni Erdmann Is Both Long And Alluring

When the movie Toni Erdmann entered our lives last May we assumed without agenda this was about a father’s relationship with his (grown-up) daughter. Which it kind of is, but more than that it turns out to be about a daughter, and her relationship with her (juvenile) father. This is not exactly a devastating plot […]

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NZIFF Review: The Square

After a satisfyingly diverse NZIFF for 2017, all eyes were on the Closing Night film, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winning satire The Square. Not only is the film wholly deserving of its Cannes win, it was also a perfect finale for the Film Festival. The Square takes a tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at a modern art gallery […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Le salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear)

The Fifties, that squeaky-clean decade of that saw the birth of the suburbs, strict morality and, the McCarthy era, also had the misfortune to precede the Sixties and Seventies in film history because the number of industry–challenging styles of storytelling positively exploded in the latter two. Since then, with a couple of major exceptions like […]

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NZIFF Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

  One of the benefits of film festivals like NZIFF is that cinephiles have the opportunity to sample some very different fare from what is offered on a regular basis, and if you’re looking for something to challenge you cinematically, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer absolutely fits the bill. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is […]

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NZIFF: The Square

Following the astonishing Animation NOW! programmes that opened the New Zealand International Film Festival, over in Auckland the first feature film to screen is the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Square. Ruben Östlund’s intriguing, slick, somewhat disturbing drama also boasts a satirical reflection on the art world, our cultural and social […]

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Want To Write About Film?

Okay, listen up. I just quickly wanted to update everyone with the upcoming events at the site in the coming months. The year in film has pockets of varying sizes at a hand’s reach when you make it your mission to provide motion picture covfefe. And I am constantly thinking / dreaming / antagonizing about […]

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10 Female Directors Who Could Have Won At Cannes

Sofia Coppola’s Best Director win at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival not only put a huge pin in the map of film history, it also marked an extremely popular win for one of the world’s most beloved filmmakers. I skipped through the pages of the history of Cannes to illuminate 10 other talented female directors […]

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Festival de Cannes 2017 – Winners

Cinema#Cannes2017 Are Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay both winning this evening for You Were Never Really Here? — Robin Write (@WriteoutofLA) May 28, 2017 TOLD YOU Cannes Compétition Prospectus – In the Fade https://t.co/gjVFoP8Qvs via @WriteoutofLA — Robin Write (@WriteoutofLA) May 28, 2017 #Cannes2017 Wow Ruben Ostlund is a showman too. Cannes 1 Oscars 0. […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here Lynne Ramsay United Kingdom, United States, France CRITICAL RESPONSE “Male directors are often criticized for having a taste for gratuitous violence, but Ramsay gets down with the big boys in proving that blowing heads off can be a genderless pursuit. “You Were Never Really Here” is rumored to have only […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – L’amant double

L’amant double François Ozon France CRITICAL RESPONSE “A sexy, deliciously silly and twisty thriller that laughs in the face of commonplace reason and ecstatically dials up its weirdness at every plot turn, Ozon’s film was a welcome reminder of the possibilities of cinema and its ability to fiendishly pull the rug from under a viewer.” […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – In the Fade

In the Fade Fatih Akin Germany CRITICAL RESPONSE “For good or bad, Akin has to grapple with the fact that everyone continues to compare his recent films with “Head-On,” one of those rare, hip crossover movies with appeal to critics and general audiences alike. Given the theme and Kruger’s incandescence, “In the Fade” may do […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature Sergei Loznitsa Ukraine, France CRITICAL RESPONSE “Loznitsa has always been a director fascinated by faces, the sheer variety of human expressions and physiognomies, so even if the film seems underscored by a steady drum beat of fury at the cruelty people can inflict on one another, there’s also a keening air of […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Good Time

Good Time Joshua and Ben Safdie United States CRITICAL RESPONSE “Good Time is a poignantly ironic title: it means the reduction of jail time for good behaviour. Any time spent outside prison is good time, although the law-breakers here do not quite appreciate this and seem to be living in a kind of jail ante-chamber. […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Rodin

Rodin Jacques Doillon France, Belgium CRITICAL RESPONSE “Jacques Doillon delivers a useful educational tool for the armchair traveler too lazy to go to a museum. Or read a book. What it’s not so good for is a cinema audience expecting more than a plodding two-hour lesson in the artist’s life.” – Jay Weissberg (Variety) “It’s all […]

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