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Cannes Review: Alice Rohrwacher's 'The Wonders' A Familiar But Deeply Felt Coming-Of-Age Tale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2014 9:17 AM
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Le Meraviglie (The Wonders)
Recent years have seen the Cannes Film Festival take an increasing amount of heat for its paucity of female directors, and rightly so—the last couple of years saw either zero or one woman with a film in the Official Competition, with directors like Sofia Coppola and Claire Denis reduced to the sidebar sections. Festival head Thierry Fremaux has remained bullish, claiming that anything else would be tokenism, but he does seem to have paid some degree of attention: this year, female helmers in Competition have doubled, to a whopping two.

John Krasinski To Direct Anna Kendrick In 'The Hollars,' Monica Bellucci Joins 'Ville-Marie' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 6, 2014 11:34 AM
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John Krasinski seemed poised to break out back when “The Office” was in its heyday. He’s starred in movies directed by George Clooney, Sam Mendes, and Gus Van Sant; he even tried his hand at directing back in 2009 with “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” Unfortunately, none of these movies managed to gain much of an audience. Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” which Krasinski co-wrote with Matt Damon, was completely ignored during awards season two years ago.

Watch: First Trailer For Cannes Competition Drama 'The Wonders' Starring Monica Bellucci

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 10:05 AM
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Le Meraviglie (The Wonders)
It's hard to believe, but the Cannes Film Festival kicks off next week. And that means the next seven days are going to see a lot of material flooding out there about the films hoping to break out, and one that's in the mix for the Palme d'Or is "La Merviglie," and the first trailer has arrived promising a unique experience.

Gareth Evans Is Action Director On 'The Night Comes For Us,' Emir Kusturica Returns For 'Love & War'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 21, 2013 6:40 PM
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An assortment of news, rolling in from Cannes like the waves on the beach there. Probably. I've never been. Anyway. "The Raid" helmer Gareth Evans is currently in production on his most-likely bone-crunching follow-up "Berandal," and, while he's got some Hollywood projects in development, isn't going to be abandoning Indonesian martial-arts pictures altogether; Screen Daily report that the Welsh ex-pat will serve as action director on "The Night Comes For Us," a vehicle for "The Raid" vet, and "Fast & Furious 6" stand out Joe Taslim. The film will see Taslim as a Triad enforcer who accidentally causes a massacre, and will be properly directed by Timo Tjahjanto.

Marrakech ‘12 Review: Bahman Ghobadi’s ‘Rhino Season’ Makes Good On Neither The Politics Nor The Poetry Of Its Premise

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 7:00 PM
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Having caused something of a stir with his roughshod, guerilla-style 2009 docudrama about the Iranian underground music scene “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” director Bahman Ghobadi appears to have done a stylistic 180 with his new movie “Rhino Season.” Inspired by the story of a Kurdish poet friend of the director’s, who was believed dead by his family while in fact he was incarcerated in an Iranian prison, the film attempts to marry a degree of political comment and social realism with self-consciously poetic and manipulated imagery. But a smooth filmic blend of these different textures is probably one of the hardest things to achieve and we’re sorry to say that for us, the experiment just didn’t work here; in fact the warring impulses rather undercut each other, leaving us none the wiser as to the real political and social stakes and vaguely irritated by the intrusive aesthetic.

Marrakech '12: Monica Bellucci On ‘Rhino Season,’ Changing Priorities & Future Projects, Including A Film For Emir Kusturica

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 12:20 PM
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With Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s ("No One Knows About Persian Cats") new film, “Rhino Season,” screening Out of Competition at the Marrakech International Film Festival (our review is to follow shortly), we got to speak with the film’s Italian star, Monica Bellucci, in a small press group. Once our eyes recovered from the dazzle a bit (no, she really is very gorgeous), she was asked about her motives for taking a role that could be seen as quite a step outside her comfort zone.

First Images Of Monica Bellucci In Bahman Ghobadi's 'Rhino Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 3:23 PM
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The director behind such fare as "A Time For Drunken Horses," "Turtles Can Fly" and "No One Knows About Persian Cats," Iranian helmer Bahman Ghobadi might be ready for his biggest audience yet, with his latest animalistically titled "Rhino Season."

Vincent Cassel To Get His Crime On Again In Belated Sequel 'Dobermann 2: Arm Wrestle'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 24, 2011 1:25 AM
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No country loves the crime genre quite as much as the French. Sure, it might have been derived from the States, but it was the French who really took it to their hearts, giving directors like Sam Fuller and Alfred Hitchcock the critical respect they craved, and reinventing it with the likes of "À bout de souffle" and "Rififi," while many of the best recent examples, like Jacques Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "A Prophet," came from France. And if the French crime picture has one actor firmly associated with the genre, their Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, it's Vincent Cassel.

Monica Bellucci To Star In 'Persian Cats' Director Bahman Ghobadi's Next Pic 'Rhinos Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 5:12 AM
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Film Will Also Star Famed Iranian Actor Behrouz VossoughiIf you didn't see Bahman Ghobadi's latest effort, "No One Knows About Persian Cats," we definitely urge you to seek it out. It was a wonderful, moving little picture about an indie rock duo who struggle to remain inspired and creative under the strict laws in Tehran. We caught it during its festival run a couple of years ago at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal -- you can check out our review here -- and we're heartened to learn that the director's next effort has landed an international star, and is likely to boost his profile.

Watch: Trailer For 'Manual Of Love 3' In Which Robert De Niro & Monica Bellucci Fall In Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 8:23 AM
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Update: Here's the English language version of the trailer which is going under the title "Ages Of Love"

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