Cannes Diary: Palme d'Or winner "Anora"
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by Elisa Giudici
7h ago
by Elisa Giudici Sean Baker takes the Palme d'Or for "Anora" © Sameer Al Doumy / AFP “I've been working towards this goal for thirty years.” So says Sean Baker as he leaps from his seat in the Lumière theater upon hearing the announcement of his Palme d’Or victory. He thanks Francis Ford Coppola and David Cronenberg, dedicates his film to sex workers, and champions indie cinema meant to be experienced in theaters -- the best experience, he says, “despite what some tech multinationals want us to believe.” He knows his life as a filmmaker is about to change. The victory of Anora is the culm ..read more
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Cannes Diary: Guy Maddin's "Rumors" and Jia Zhangke's "Caught by the Tides"
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by Elisa Giudici
19h ago
by Elisa Giudici Cannes is over but we continue with a few more reviews! Here are my takes on two disappointing new features from famous auteurs. RUMORS by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson The G7 leaders gather for their annual meeting, but a mysterious fog envelops the garden where they are dining, leaving them alone with strange creatures inhabiting the surrounding forest. They must navigate the forest in search of answers while drafting the resolution of a meeting that never truly began ..read more
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Nicole Kidman Tribute: Malice (1993)
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by Cláudio Alves
19h ago
by Mark Brinkerhoff The early ‘90s were a peculiar period in the ascendant career of young Nicole Kidman. Hot off her breakthrough in Dead Calm (1989), Hollywood poached her quickly, (mis)casting her in a series of prominent but mostly forgettable, largely thankless roles—from Days of Thunder (1990) and Billy Bathgate (1991) to Far and Away (1992) and My Life (1993). In between, her real claim to fame (for a time) was bagging Hollywood’s biggest star, not necessarily popping on screen. Or at least that’s how I viewed her in the fall of 1993, when the Harold Becker-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penne ..read more
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Cannes Winners 77th Edition, 2024: Palm Dog and all!
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by NATHANIEL R
1d ago
by Nathaniel R Jesse Plemons (center) won Best Actor for Yorgos Lanthimos' KINDS OF KINDNESS © Searchlight It's that time of year again. Cannes has wrapped and we can survey and begin to seek out all sorts of international films that have newfound cache. Some will rise as international hits and awards contenders, others will vanish except perhaps in the memories of those lucky enough to have seen their prize-winning festival bows. After the jump all the prizes and a few tidbits about the movies that took the Queer Palm, Palm Dog, and Camera D'Or ..read more
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Nicole Kidman Tribute: Billy Bathgate (1991)
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by Cláudio Alves
2d ago
by Cláudio Alves In 1991, Nicole Kidman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Golden Globes. Interestingly, though it marks the first time she wever scored a major precursor, the film that did it, Billy Bathgate, is a somewhat forgotten stop in the star's Hollywood journey.  After the splashy box office results from Days of Thunder, the actress was a hot commodity, some beautiful import from Australia whose persona was still malleable for American audiences. Moreover, her true powers remained untapped, perchance untested. In that context, Robert Benton's Doctorow adaptation is ..read more
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Cannes Diary: Best of the Fest from this 'Jury of One'
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by Elisa Giudici
2d ago
by Elisa Giudici ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT © Cannes Film Festival Cannes is coming to an end. In fact the closing awards ceremony begins less than four hours after this article's pubication. While we wait to finish reviewing all the films in competition and find out who will win the much-coveted Palme d'Or, it's time for A Jury of One ..read more
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Cannes Diary: Jacques Audiard's stunning 'Emilia Perez'
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by Elisa Giudici
2d ago
by Elisa Giudici How does Jacques Audiard do it? Emilia Pérez would be an extraordinary film if it were directed by a 35-year-old filmmaker who had just matured and created a groundbreaking movie destined to consecrate his career. Yet Audiard is 72 years old, already has a Palme d'Or at home, and a portfolio of excellent films. He doesn't need to reinvent himself or take many risks, having reached an age and fame where some simply coast along, continuing to indulge their existing obsessions. Instead, Audiard delivers a film that, on paper, should be disastrous and unworkable ..read more
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Introducing the Nicole Kidman TFE Tribute
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by Cláudio Alves
3d ago
by Cláudio Alves Nicole Kidman makes her entrance at the AFI Tribute ceremony. You've heard of the Nicole Kidman AFI Tribute, but do you know there's also a TFE celebration in the works? Last year, the American Film Institute announced that Australian superstar Nicole Kidman would receive their Life Achievement Award in honor of her contribution to American film. The ceremony took place on April 27th, but apart from some online videos and photo-ops, little of the celebration was publicized. That will change in June when the entire Tribute will air on TNT and TCM, as is tradition with such AFI ..read more
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Cannes Diary: Mega'no'polis
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by Elisa Giudici
3d ago
by Elisa Giudici Megalopolis © 2024 Caesar Film LLC. Francis Ford Coppola returns with a film that is already legendary even before its release, featuring a story that spans decades and a production so infamous and troubled that it warrants a film of its own. That nonexistent feature could have outshone Megalopolis, which, despite its high expectations, will be remembered in this year's Cannes Film Festival history as a major disappointment ..read more
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Cannes at Home: Day 8 – The Beautiful People
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by Cláudio Alves
3d ago
by Cláudio Alves Sean Baker's ANORA looks like a top contender for the Palme d'Or. After much divisiveness in the Main Competition, the Cannes critics finally have something to fawn over in collective uproar. Sean Baker's Anora was a hit with press and audiences alike, standing out in a selection of otherwise derided titles. Indeed, Christophe Honoré's Marcello Mio met critical rejection on the same day of Grand Tour's world premiere, while Paolo Sorrentino's Parthenope inspired another wave of dissenting opinions. Some love it, while many others decry the Neapolitan director's obsession with ..read more
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