2018 Cannes Film Festival: John Travolta, Gary Oldman, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler added to lineup of speakers

May 2, 2018

The following is a press release from the Cannes Film Festival:

During the Festival de Cannes 2018, four meetings with artists will take place Buñuel Theatre replacing the Leçon de cinéma. Four masterclasses with directors and actors invited to share their work and passion about cinema during Rendez-vous for the festival goers.

Our program this year will be a focus on English and American cinema.

Thursday, May 10, 4:00PM

RYAN COOGLER
AMERICAN DIRECTOR & WRITER

Ryan Coogler was born in Oakland (California). He comes back to the Festival de Cannes and will not be the same director since he presented his first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), five years ago. Fruitvale Station tells the story of the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, who was shot to death by a police officer at Oakland’s Fruitvale BART station. Developed and produced by Forest Whitaker, the film won the top audience and several awards among them grand jury awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Prix de l’Avenir Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes handed out by Thomas Vinterberg, then President of the Jury. Coogler has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series, Creed (2015), and the internationally acclaimed Black Panther (2018) making him the youngest Marvel Studios filmmaker. Black Panther was revolutionary in many regards. Upon release, the film was an overwhelming success, grossing the fifth largest opening US weekend box-office results of all time.

Michael B. Jordan starring in all the films directed by Ryan Coogler will be at Cannes with Fahrenheit 451 directed by Ramin Bahrani.

The Rendez-vous with Ryan Coogler will take place on Thursday, May 10th, at 4.00PM, Buñuel Theatre. It will be conducted by American critic and journalist Elvis Mitchell.  

Saturday, May 12, at 4.00PM

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
BRITISH DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER

Christopher Nolan is a multi-award-winning director, writer and producer whose varied filmography includes some of the most innovative and successful motion pictures of the early 21st century. Beginning with his breakout feature Memento, which earned Nolan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, his films have captivated critics and audiences alike. Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014) and the Dark Knight Trilogy (whose central film, The Dark Knight, received eight Oscar nominations) have all left their mark on contemporary cinema. Last year, Christopher Nolan made headlines again with Dunkirk, which was also nominated for several Oscars. Nolan is a great cinephile and a loving connoisseur of Stanley Kubrick and 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 50th anniversary of whose release he will be celebrating the following day (May, 13). He also defends and carries on the tradition of film, of “celluloid” and projections on a large screen, so Dunkirk had the biggest release on 70mm of the past 25 years.

The Rendez-vous with Christopher Nolan will take place on Saturday, May 12th, at 4.00PM, Buñuel Theatre. It will be conducted by French critic and historian Philippe Rouyer and translated by Massoumeh Lahidji.

Wednesday, May 16, 4:45PM

JOHN TRAVOLTA
AMERICAN ACTOR & PRODUCER

John Travolta’s breakout performance in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever (1977) brought such emotion, surprise and pleasure as strong as his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction awarded Palme d’or in 1994 at the Festival de Cannes. Two-time Academy award nominee John Travolta has starred in a number of monumental films. His credits include a vast filmography, the long-running musical Grease, the Brian de Palma thrillers Carrie and Blow OutGet Shorty by Barry Sonnenfeld, The Look Who’s Talking trilogy,Broken Arrow and Face/Off by John Woo, The Thin Red Line by Terrence Malick, The Taking of Pelham 123 by Tony Scott. In 1998 he opened the Festival de Cannes with Primary Colors by Mike Nichols with Emma Thompson. John Travolta also played and produced the limited series American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson. He recently completed filming on Moose, and will next be seen in the crime drama Gotti by Kevin Connolly that will have its World Premiere as a Special Gala Screening in the Palais des Festivals at Cannes.

On Wednesday, May 16th at 9:30 PM John Travolta will also introduce on the Cinéma de la Plage (Movies on the Beach) the restored print of the musical Grease by Randal Kleiser to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film.

The Rendez-vous with John Travolta will take place on Wednesday, May 16th, at 4:45PM, Buñuel Theatre. It will be conducted by French critic and journalist Didier Allouch.

Friday, May 18, 4:00PM

GARY OLDMAN
BRITISH ACTOR & DIRECTOR

Gary Oldman was born in London, he is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation on both stage and screen. He gained his first starring film role in Meantime(1983). In the 1990s his credits include JFK (1991), Dracula (1992), True Romance (1993), Léon (1994), The Fifth Element (1997) and Air Force One (1997) playing the villain. Being an author himself, Oldman wrote and directed Nil by Mouth produced by Luc Besson, presented in competition at Cannes (1997), and won Kathy Burke a Best Actress prize. Oldman is also known for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, as James Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy, as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) by Thomas Alfredson. A year ago, his phenomenon performance of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour brought him international acclaim and recognition, and he was awarded the Best Actor Academy Award in March 2018.

The Rendez-vous with Gary Oldman will take place Wednesday, May 18th, at 4:00PM, Buñuel Theatre. It will be conducted by Douglas Urbanski, American producer and artistic partner for thirty years.

2018 Cannes Film Festival: Cate Blanchett president of jury, which also includes Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve

April 18, 2018

Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay
Pictured from left to right: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay (Photos: Getty Images)

Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has been named jury president for the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, which takes place May 8 to May 19, 2018, in Cannes, France. The jury will decide who wins the Palme D’Or (the Cannes Film Festival’s biggest award), as well as the awards for feature films that are in competition at the festival, such as Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.  Other film-industry VIPs who are on the jury include actress Kristen Stewart (“Twilight,” “Personal Shopper”), filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time,” “Selma”), filmmaker Denis Villenueve (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival”) and actress Léa Seydoux (“Spectre,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color”). The jury will reveal the prize list on May 19 during the closing ceremony.

As previously announced, Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro is the jury president for the feature films competing in the category of Un Certain Regard.

The following is information provided in a Cannes Film Festival press release:

2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL JURY

Cate Blanchett – President
(Australian actress, producer)

Chang Chen
(Chinese Actor)

Ava DuVernay
(American writer, director, producer)

Robert Guédiguian
(French director, writer, producer)

Khadja Nin
(Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)

Léa Seydoux
(French actress)

Kristen Stewart
(American actress)

Denis Villeneuve
(Canadian director, writer)

Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russian director, writer)

Chang Chen – Chinese Actor
Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. His film credits include Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together (1997), 2046 (2004), The Grandmaster (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Three Times (2005) and The Assassin (2015), Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Go Master (2006) John Woo’s Red Cliff (2008-2009), The Last Supper directed by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he returned for Yang Lu’s film Brotherhood of Blades II and recently played in Forever young by Fangfang Li.

 

Ava DuVernay – American Writer, Director, Producer
Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma (2014), the criminal justice documentary 13TH (2016) and the recent Disney’s cinematic adaptation of the classic children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY.

 

Robert Guédiguian – French Director, writer, producer
The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997. His film credits include Marie-Jo et ses deux amours (2002) Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars (2004), Le Voyage en Arménie (2007), Lady Jane (2008), L’armée du crime (2009), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011). His latest film in date, The House by the Sea (2017), received enthusiastic response from critics and audience.

 

Khadja Nin – Burundian Songwriter, composer, singer
Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental popmusic, African and afro-cuban rhythms. She gained wide recognition and success with « Sambolera Mayi Son ». “Ya…” (“From me to you”) is a wonderful tribute to Mandela and the video of her song “Mama” was directed by Jeanne Moreau. International Artist, she became a Unicef and ACP Observatory on Migration Good Will Ambassador. She was awarded the Prize “Prix de l’Action Feminine” by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been committed to support ordinary heroes.

 

Léa Seydoux – French Actress
Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person in 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013. She successfully alternates between author and mainstream films. Her film credits include Rebecca Zlotowski’s Dear Prudence and Grand Central, Benoît Jacquot’s FarewellMy Queen and Diary of a Chambermaid, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Sam Mendes’ Spectre, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World.

 

Kristen Stewart – American Actress
Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12). Her film credit includes Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Equals by Drake Doremus (2015), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ang Lee (2016), and several Festival de Cannes Selections On the Road by Walter Salles (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Personal Shopper (2016) both by Olivier Assayas (2014) as well as Café Society by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film Come Swim in 2017.

 

Denis Villeneuve – Canadian director, writer
Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s. His first feature, Un 32 août sur terre (1998) was invited to Cannes. He returned there with Next Floor (2008), Polytechnique (2009) and the Oscar nominated Sicario (2015). In 2010 Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. In 2017, Arrival was nominated for 8 Oscars and 9 BAFTAs, including best movie and best director.

 

Andreï Zvyagintsev – Russian Director, writer
Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. He has continued to write and direct award-winning feature films The Banishment (2007), Elena(2011) and Leviathan (2014). His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes 2017, and was among the nominees at the Golden Globe and 90thAcademy Awards.

2018 Cannes Film Festival: feature film slate announced

April 12, 2018

by Carla Hay

 

 

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the selection of feature films that will premiere at the 71st edition of the event, which will take place May 8 to May 19, 2018 in Cannes, France.

As previously reported, Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows” (starring Oscar-winning spouses Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz) will open the festival and be in competition for the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s highest prize.  The festival also previously announced that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (directed by Ron Howard) will premiere at the event and will be screening out of competition. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the origin story of popular “Star Wars” character Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich).

Other films from acclaimed directors include Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” based on Ron Stallworth’s memoir that chronicled his journey of as an African-American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.  Lee co-wrote the screenplay of the film, whose producers include Lee and “Get Out” producers Jordan Peele and Jason Blum.  “BlacKkKlansman” stars John David Washington as Stallworth, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace.  Also screening in competition will be Jean Luc Godard’s “Le Livre d’Image (The Image Book),” an exploration of the modern Arab world.

Notably absent from the lineup are films from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. The lack of these types of films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival should come as no surprise, in light of the Cannes Film Festival’s announcement that films from streaming services will no longer be eligible to compete for the festival’s awards.

Here is the complete list of feature films that will premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival:

In Competition 

Film d’ouvertureAsghar FARHADI TODOS LO SABEN

(EVERYBODY KNOWS)

2h10
***
Stéphane BRIZÉ AT WAR 1h45
Matteo GARRONE DOGMAN 2h
Jean-Luc GODARD LE LIVRE D’IMAGE

(THE IMAGE BOOK)

1h25
Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI NETEMO SAMETEMO (ASAKO I & II)

(ASAKO I & II)

1h59
Christophe HONORÉ SORRY ANGEL 2h12
Eva HUSSON GIRLS OF THE SUN 2h
JIA Zhang-Ke ASH IS PUREST WHITE 2h21
KORE-EDA Hirokazu SHOPLIFTERS 2h01
Nadine LABAKI CAPERNAUM 2h
LEE Chang-Dong BUH-NING

(BURNING)

2h28
Spike LEE BLACKKKLANSMAN 2h08
David Robert MITCHELL UNDER THE SILVER LAKE 2h20
Jafar PANAHI THREE FACES 1h40
Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI ZIMNA WOJNA

(COLD WAR)

1h25
Alice ROHRWACHER  LAZZARO FELICE 2h
Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV LETO 2h
A.B SHAWKY YOMEDDINE 1st film  –  2h16

 

Un Certain Regard

Ali ABBASI GRÄNS

(BORDER)

1h41
Meryem BENM’BAREK SOFIA 1st film – 1h20
Andréa BESCOND

Eric METAYER

LITTLE TICKLES 1st film – 1h43
BI Gan LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 2h15
Nandita DAS MANTO 1h50
Antoine DESROSIÈRES SEXTAPE 1h38
Lukas DHONT GIRL 1st film – 1h45
Vanessa FILHO ANGEL FACE 1st film – 2h
Valeria GOLINO EUFORIA 2h
Gaya JIJI MY FAVORITE FABRIC 1st film – 1h36
Wanuri KAHIU RAFIKI

(FRIEND)

1h22
Etienne KALLOS DIE STROPERS

(THE HARVESTERS)

1st film – 1h42
Ulrich KÖHLER IN MY ROOM 2h
Luis ORTEGA EL ANGEL 2h06
Adilkhan YERZHANOV THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD 1h39

Out of Competition

Ron HOWARD SOLO A STAR WARS STORY
Gilles LELLOUCHE LE GRAND BAIN

(SINK OR SWIM) 

1h57

Midnight Screenings

Joe PENNA ARCTIC 1st film -1h37
YOON Jong-Bin GONGJAK

(THE SPY GONE NORTH)

2h27

Special Screenings

Aditya ASSARAT
Wisit SASANATIENG
Chulayarnon SRIPHOL
Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL
10 YEARS IN THAILAND 1h32
Nicolas CHAMPEAUX
Gilles PORTE
THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS 1h45
Carlos DIEGUES O GRANDE CIRCO MÍSTICO

(THE GREAT MYSTICAL CIRCUS)

1h34
Romain GOUPIL LA TRAVERSÉE 2h19
Michel TOESCA TO THE FOUR WINDS 1h40
WANG Bing DEAD SOULS 8h15
Wim WENDERS POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD 1h36

2018 Cannes Film Festival: Benicio del Toro named president of Un Certain Regard jury; ‘Everybody Knows’ to open festival

April 4, 2018

Benicio del Toro in "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" (Photo by Richard Foreman Jr.)
Benicio del Toro in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (Photo by Richard Foreman Jr.)

Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro has been named president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 8 to May 19, 2018.

In other Cannes news, Variety has reported that the Spanish-language psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”) , directed by Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, will open the festival. Oscar-winning spouses Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz star in the movie, which is the first Spanish-language film to open the Cannes Film Festival since Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education” in 2004. The lineup of films at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival will be announced May 12 at a press conference that will be streamed live at 11 a.m. CET on the official Cannes Film Festival website, YouTube and Daily Motion.

Here is the official press release from the Cannes Film Festival about del Toro heading the Un Certain Regard jury:

The man who will preside over the fate of the Un Certain Regard Jury is not only a film lover but a brilliant actor, entirely devoted to his art. Eight years ago, along with Tim Burton, Benicio del Toro and his fellow members of the Jury selected Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee (The One Who Can Recall His Past Lives) as the winner of the Palme d’or.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Pennsylvania, he is an artist who knows no boundaries. He is a great admirer of Jean Vigo and Charlie Chaplin and would have loved to have met Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Toshiro Mifune or Humphrey Bogart. When he was 20 years old, he discovered The 400 Blows and the infinite universe of Fellini, Eisenstein, Bergman, Eustache, Kurosawa… The Naked Island of Kaneto Shindô became his go-to film.
At 6 feet 2, Benicio Del Toro always dreamt of becoming a basketball player but became an actor instead. His intense and magnetic presence on the screen makes him sleek and attractive. A chameleon with a thousand faces: a mild-mannered gangster (Usual Suspects, 1995), an eccentric moustachioed lawyer (Las Vegas Parano, 1998), a four-fingered robber (Snatch, 2000), an agent in a Mexican drug squad in cartel areas (Traffic, 2001, Ocar for Best Supporting Actor), an ex-convict turned fundamentalist Christian (21 Grams, 2003), a troubled American Indian (Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, 2013), a famous drug dealer both charming and terrifying (Paradise Lost, 2014).

The charismatic Benicio Del Toro transforms each of his performances into impressive but subtle displays. Despite his apparent insouciance, he throws himself like no other into his roles – his teacher was Stella Adler of the Actors Studio. He is a loyal supporter of independent cinema and has worked with Abel Ferrara (The Funeral, 1996), Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, 1997) and Oliver Stone (Savages, 2012) – he also appears in the 8thepisode of the saga Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

In 2008, he received the award for best actor in Cannes for his role as Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s two-part film – a part he carried for no fewer than seven years. Del Toro and the Festival have a long shared history. He was there for the special screening of Usual Suspects, then The Pledge (2001), Sin City (2005) and more recently, Sicario(2015) which was selected to compete for the Palme d’or. He was even there for his directorial debut, El Yuma, one of the segments of 7 Days in Havana, a collective work selected at Un Certain Regard in 2012. The following year, Benicio Del Toro said: “I’ve come here many times and it’s always amazing. I am totally thrilled and excited to be here.”

As the second competition within the Official Selection, Un Certain Regard will once again feature some twenty original and unique works in terms of themes and aesthetics.

Benicio Del Toro takes over from Uma Thurman, who was president in 2017 of a jury that awarded prizes to Mohammad Rasoulof, Jasmine Trinca, Mathieu Amalric, Taylor Sheridan and Michel Franco.

This year’s Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 19 May.

April 5, 2018 UPDATE:

The following is a press release from Momento Films:

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows” (Photo courtesy of Momentum Films)

EVERYBODY KNOWS, the new film by director Asghar Farhadi, with Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín, will be the opening film of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival on 8 May. It will also be in Competition for the Golden Palm and will be released in France on 9 May. EVERYBODY KNOWS is produced, distributed in France and handled internationally by Memento Films.

Asghar Farhadi is back in the Cannes Film Festival after THE SALESMAN, winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film 2017, and winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes 2016. Asghar Farhadi also won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film in 2012 with A SEPARATION. The new film by the Iranian director will be screened in opening and in Competition 8 May.

Memento Films Distribution will release EVERYBODY KNOWS on 9 May in 350 theatres.

EVERYBODY KNOWS was entirely shot in Spain and in Spanish with Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and the Argentinian actor Ricardo Darín as main characters. Spanish actors Eduard Fernández, Bárbara Lennie and Inma Cuesta also star in the film.   The psychological thriller follows Laura who travels with her family from Buenos Aires to the village where she was born, on a Spanish vineyard, to attend her sister’s wedding but unexpected events lead this gathering towards a crisis which exposes the hidden past of the family.

Asghar Farhadi collaborated with great names of Spanish cinema including Jose-Luis Alcaine as DOP and Sonia Grande as costume designer, both regulars in Pedro Almodovar’s filmography. Clara Notari, known for WILD TALES and Soderbergh’s CHE, supervised the production design. The editing of the film was helmed by Hayedeh Safiyari who already worked with Asghar Farhadi on A SEPARATION and THE SALESMAN.

After THE SALESMAN and THE PAST, EVERYBODY KNOWS is the third consecutive film by Asghar Farhadi produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy from Memento Films Production. The French producer collaborated with Spanish producer Alvaro Longoria from Morena Films. Lucky Red and Rai Cinema in Italy, France 3

2018 Cannes Film Festival: Inside the festival’s controversial restrictions on streaming services and selfies

March 26, 2018

by Carla Hay

 

Dustin Hoffman, director Noah Baumbach, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “The Meyerowitz Stories” at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 21, 2017. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage for Netflix)

The annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but Cannes Film officials have made two controversial decisions that could potentially alienate large segments of festival attendees and movie fans. First, movies that are from streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon will no longer be eligible for awards at the Cannes Film Festival, such as the Palme D’or (the top prize), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, etc. However, films from streaming services (and TV networks such as HBO) can still have screenings and premieres at Cannes. The second change, which is even more alienating to movie fans, is that the festival has now banned “selfies” from being taken on the red carpet. The changes go into effect for the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from May 8 to May 9, 2018.

In an exclusive interview with French magazine Le Film Français that was published on March 23, 2018, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux explained that these changes have mostly to do with adhering to French laws which state that a movie that was originally released theatrically cannot be available for streaming in France until 36 months after the theatrical release. If streaming services such as Netflix release any of their movies in cinemas, it’s typically on the same day or within two weeks of the day it premieres on the streaming service. The new Cannes policy now requires that all films eligible for competition at the Cannes Film Festival must be available for release in French theaters, and the theatrical release of the movie must be before any release on TV or on streaming services. Since Netflix and other streaming services do not have business models that allow them to wait three years to stream their content in France in order to get a theatrical release in France,  that leaves Netflix and other streaming services out of the loop to compete for awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

The United States and many other countries do not have laws mandating a three-year delay between when a movie is released in theaters and when it can be made available for streaming, which is why many critics of this Cannes policy think that the policy is out-of-touch and detrimental to a film festival that should pride itself on being a truly international event. However, those who agree with the Cannes policy believe that the festival has a right to support French cinema laws and preserve the specialness of a theatrical release.

Byung Heebong, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Tilda Swinton, Ahn Seo-Hyun, Bong Joon-Ho, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Devon Bostic at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Okja” at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 19, 2017. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage for Netflix)

In 2017, the Netflix films “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films had a limited release in U.S. theaters, as did Netflix’s period drama “Mudbound” and sports documentary “Icarus,” which did not premiere at Cannes, but were nominated for Academy Awards because they met Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requirements of being released in at least one U.S. cinema for a minimum of one week. (“Icarus” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, the first Academy Award won for a Netflix film.)

It will continue to be a complicated debate over whether or not a movie from a television network or a streaming service should be eligible for the same awards as movies that were first released in theaters, considering that Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services have become major presences at film festivals to acquire movies that have already been made and need distribution—as opposed to movies that were specifically made for the streaming services. For example, “Mudbound” and “Icarus” were two of several films that Netflix acquired after the movies premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “The Beguiled” in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival)

As for the ban on taking selfies on the red carpet, Fremaux told Le Film Français why Cannes officials made the decision: “At the top of the red carpet, the pettiness and the hold up caused by the untimely disorder created by taking selfies hurts the quality of the climbing of the steps … And it does the same to the festival as a whole.”

What’s bizarre about this ban is that while taking selfies are prohibited on the red carpet, autograph signing is apparently still allowed. Even if barriers were set up on the red carpet that would put a larger distance between celebrities and fans, there are still some celebrities and other people on the red carpet who will want to go over to fans and let them take pictures and get autographs. (And it could be argued that signing autographs take about the same time, if not more time, than taking selfies.)

Most people would agree that fan interaction is one of the main reasons why red-carpet premieres are exciting to attendees. The success of these types of events are largely dependent on the number of cheering fans who show up, and the fans are usually there to get photos and/or try to get autographs. So unless the Cannes Film Festival is planning to take away fans’ cell phones and cameras and push celebrities away who want to take photos with fans, this “no selfies on the red carpet” policy will be hard to enforce and probably won’t last.

2017 Cannes Film Festival: ‘The Square’ wins Palme d’Or; complete list of winners

Cannes Festival logo

May 28, 2017

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival took place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here is the complete list of of the event’s winners, voted for by appointed juries, and awarded at Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes, France, on May 28, 2017.

FEATURE FILMS – COMPETITION

PALME D’OR (Best Picture)

“THE SQUARE” directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

The Palme d’or was awarded by Juliette Binoche and Pedro Almodóvar.

70th ANNIVERSARY AWARD

Nicole Kidman

The 70th Anniversary Award was awarded by Will Smith.

 

GRAND PRIX

“120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute)” directed by Robin CAMPILLO

The Grand Prix was awarded by Costa-Gavras and Agnès Jaoui.

BEST DIRECTOR

Sofia Coppola for “THE BEGUILED”

The Best Director Prize was awarded by Fan BingBing and Gabriel Yared.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix in “YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE” directed by Lynne Ramsay

The Best Performance by an Actor Prize was awarded by Jessica Chastain.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Diane Kruger in “AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade)” directed by Fatih Akin

The Best Performance by an Actress Prize was awarded by Irène Jacob and Paolo Sorrentino

JURY PRIZE

“NELYUBOV (Loveless)” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Jury Prize was awarded by Maren Ade and Guillaume Gallienne.

BEST SCREENPLAY

Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for “THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER”

Lynne Ramsay for “YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE”

The Best Screenplay Prize was awarded by Marisa Paredes and Park Chan-wook.

SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION

PALME D’OR

“XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night)” directed by Qiu Yang

SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY

“KATTO (The Ceiling)” directed by Teppo Airaksinen

The Palme d’or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films were awarded by Uma Thurman and Cristian Mungiu.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD (Best Picture)

“LERD (A Man of Integrity)” directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

BEST ACTRESS

Jasmine Trinca for “FORTUNATA” directed by Sergio Castellitto

BEST POETIC NARRATIVE

“BARBARA” directed by Mathieu Amalric

BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Sheridan for “WIND RIVER”

JURY PRIZE

“LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter)” directed by Michel Franco

CAMÉRA D’OR

“JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe)” directed by Léonor Serraille presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD

The Caméra d’or Prize was awarded by Sandrine Kiberlain, President of the Caméra d’or Jury.

CINEFONDATION

FIRST PRIZE

“PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)” directed by Valentina Maurel
INSAS, Belgium

SECOND PRIZE

“HEYVAN (AniMal)” directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

THIRD PRIZE

“DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died)” directed by Tommaso Usberti
La Fémis, France

The CST Jury decided to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to: Josefin Asberh for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film THE SQUARE.

2017 Cannes Film Festival: Event Photos and Videos

Cannes Film Festival logo

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here are some photos and videos from the event.

“Okja”

“Wind River”

“The Square”

“The Meyerowitz Stories”

The Wrap’s Cannes Influencer Dinner

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

de Grisogono “Love on the Rocks” High Jewellery Collection and Eden Roc Party

2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

Cannes Film Festival

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

“Wonderstruck”

Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies

 

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