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Cannes 2013: 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Top Palme d'Or Award; Coen Brothers Take Runner-Up Prize

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 26, 2013 1:50 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ten days or so of the annual cinephile orgy that is the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close today, and Steven Spielberg and his jury have decided which movies were the best of heap on the Croisette. It was an interesting year at Cannes in 2013, with American films putting forth a strong showing in all categories, while auteurs ranging from Claire Denis to Jim Jarmusch to Roman Polanski and more all brought their latest works.

Cannes Review: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' A Mostly Powerful Look At The Messiness Of Stasis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2013 6:28 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. And it's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything

Watch: 3 Clips From Asghar Farhadi's Cannes Competition Entry 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 13, 2013 10:16 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo,
Listed among our most anticipated films of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past.” The film is Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2011 Oscar-winning film “A Separation” and this time, he’s working in France with established French actors such as Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”). Will he strike gold once again with this film? We’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is coming out of the festival. Until then, three new clips from the film have been posted on the film festival website.

Cannes: New Photos From Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' Starring Berenice Bejo; 'Blood Ties' & 'Jimmy P'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 4:56 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Yes, the goodies from the Cannes Film Festival keep coming today. Earlier we had new snaps from "Only God Forgives," "The Bling Ring," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska" and come pics from a few more movies looking to grab some attention in the south of France. So let's get to it:

Watch: Subtitled Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Cannes Entry 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 9:37 AM
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A couple weeks ago, the first trailer for "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's followup "The Past" dropped but sans English subtitles for those of us who don't speak French. Well, with the Cannes Film Festival lineup dropping and confirming Farhadi's expected slot in Competition, the English-subtitled trailer is here, and yes, this looks pretty strong indeed.

Watch: First Trailer For 'A Separation' Director Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2013 10:49 AM
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The summer movie season may be heading into full swing, but with the Cannes Film Festival about six weeks away, we're going to be getting a bit arthouse on you from time to time, and this weekend brings with it a fresh look at a movie highly expected to reach the Croisette.

Watch: Trailer For ‘The Scapegoat’ Starring Bérénice Bejo & Emir Kusturica, Plus New Poster & Images

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 12, 2013 1:49 PM
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Last year’s it-girl, Bérénice Bejo of “The Artist” fame, has been out of the spotlight for some time, but now returns with her first starring role since her Oscar-nominated success, in “Au Bonheurs Des Ogres” or “The Scapegoat,” an adaptation of the classic French novel by Daniel Pennac. A new trailer has just arrived advertising the film’s April release in France, but without even an English-subtitled teaser to go on, there’s no telling whether the film will make it to U.S. shores.

'The Artist' Star Berenice Bejo Makes 'The Choice,' Plus First Look At Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 18, 2012 3:42 PM
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A little over a year ago Berenice Bejo would probably have been best known to international audiences for her small role in the excellent Heath Ledger film “A Knight’s Tale.” But having swept just about every awards ceremony earlier this year, “The Artist” catapulted her and co-star Jean Dujardin into the limelight. Of the two it always seemed more likely that Dujardin would make the transition to Hollywood roles, and he wasted little time in lining up parts in Marty Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men.” Bejo meanwhile has most notably picked up a role alongside her phenomenally talented compatriot Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi’s (“A Separation”) next project, “The Past” (more on that in a second).

Rome Review: French Rom-Com 'Populaire' Is A Chocolate Box Movie - Pretty, Sweet, May Cause Slight Sugar Headache

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 13, 2012 8:27 AM
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The Weinstein Company secured the U.S. distribution rights to “Populaire,” the '50s-set French rom-com that premiered Out of Competition at the Rome Film Festival, back in March, and it’s easy to see why. Boasting a chic, stylized period setting, dotted with bubblegum colors, sharp tailoring and lacquered updos, the film is the kind of undemanding confection that should prove a straightforward transatlantic sell, while its insouciant French-ness adds that bit of class that perhaps its nearest recent U.S. equivalent, “Down With Love,” lacked.

'The Artist' Star Bérénice Bejo Replaces Marion Cotillard In 'A Separation' Director Asghar Farhadi's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 1:07 PM
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It seems "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi won't have to sweat it in terms of talent for his next film, and first French-language feature. Earlier this year, it was reported he had rounded up "A Prophet" star Tahar Rahim and the luminous Marion Cotillard to topline his picture, but alas the latter has fallen out, but her replacement is nothing to sneeze at.

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