92 Countries To Compete For Foreign Language Film At The Oscars

A record 92 countries have submitted films to be considered for the final shortlist in the Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. This includes a few familiar successes from the Cannes Film Festival, as well as an array of female directed films. The international range of cinema truly is one of my […]

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WANTED: Unpaid But Passionate Film Writers

I guess by now most of you are aware of the new name and layout of the site. A site that has been running since 2014, striving to shine bright lights across the alternative corners of the film world. And of course I want to keep building on that, this site really must greater than […]

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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 – 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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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Radiance

Radiance Naomi Kawase Japan, France CRITICAL RESPONSE “Kawase’s work demonstrates an interest in the metaphysical, whether it involves speculation on the afterlife or the meaning of life here and now. She is the rare director who portrays disability, illness or old age as normal aspects of existence, not unique tragedies. Her work can also be […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – The Day After

The Day After Hong Sang-soo South Korea CRITICAL RESPONSE “The Day After has its share of wry musings and twitchy banter between characters to counter its visual stasis and lulling storytelling. It attains a kind of grace, however, in its final act, which all but replays an earlier encounter — Hong’s favorite narrative party trick […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Happy End

Happy End Michael Haneke France, Germany, Austria CRITICAL RESPONSE “Haneke’s magisterial control of tone, actor and shot is not to be underestimated: there are scenes of quiet, nuanced authority and menace here that, true to form, compel our attention with their glacial brilliance… For once, Haneke’s famous narrative reticence feels frustrating rather than rewarding.” – Lee […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Redoubtable

Redoubtable Michel Hazanavicius France CRITICAL RESPONSE “First and foremost, Le Redoutable is a marvelous comedy very reminiscent of Woody Allen’s classics (it has a few jokes ripped straight from Annie Hall and Stardust Memories), and a treasure chest for anyone enamored of the Nouvelle Vague look.” – Jordan Hoffman (Vanity Fair) “Hazanavicius’ film in fact focuses […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – The Square

The Square Ruben Östlund Sweden, Denmark, United States, France CRITICAL RESPONSE “[Ruben] Östlund skillfully ties his many ideas together and makes his statement in the end: Humankind has been losing many of its defining qualities; trust and dependability being chief among them. His film is this year’s Toni Erdmann in more ways than one: a […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – BPM (Beats per Minute)

BPM (Beats per Minute) Robin Campillo France CRITICAL RESPONSE “Bearing a closer resemblance to the social-realism of Campillo’s screenwriting with collaborator Laurent Cantet, which includes the Palme d’Or-winning high school drama “The Class.” Like that movie, the main narrative engine of “BPM” is talk — profound debates, casual chatter, furious showdowns — and the sturdy […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Jupiter’s Moon

Jupiter’s Moon Kornél Mundruczó Hungary CRITICAL RESPONSE “Almost imperceptibly the story shifts into a zanier mode that will include a major car chase, shootouts and SWAT-team action in the grand Budapest Hotel, with a satisfying side of redemption. Mundruczco didn’t need to deliver any overt philosophical messages through dialogue, but he threw one in anyway.” […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Okja

Okja Bong Joon-ho South Korea, United States CRITICAL RESPONSE “Okja is fun, if sometimes over-egged, as an adventure romp, but flounders in overstatement when it comes to satirical intent. It could be called either audacious or misjudged when the final act takes us to a factory farm for giant pigs, where the film startlingly turns […]

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Cannes Compétition Prospectus – Loveless

Loveless Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia CRITICAL RESPONSE “This is a film which confronts us with the most unthinkable of crises and perhaps also challenges the eternal piety and complacency of family life, that having children is a moral verity and duty which is somehow its own reward, which elevates by its very nature and goes beyond […]

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Festival de Cannes 70: Mogari no mori, 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. Mogari no mori (The Mourning Forest) is a captivating, poetic piece of film-making, sadly clouded somewhat in reputation by Japanese director Naomi Kawase‘s last two ventures to Cannes, […]

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