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5 Reasons To Check Out The WTF, Strange & Baffling ‘Post Tenebras Lux’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 3, 2013 12:45 PM
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Post Tenebras Lux
The word "art" within the context of cinema can sometimes be embarrassing to use. Much of the "cinema," movies or film we consume is consumer-driven -- well-calibrated, committee-made popcorn to entertain the masses. And indie films made by auteurs -- cinema as recently defined by Steven Soderbergh (and arguably accepted by all) -- are often artfully made, but still doggedly linear and narratively conventional. That's OK, all forms of movies have their place in the world, and as Danny Boyle recently intimated, they are symbiotic -- we need both forms, the blockbuster, the indie, the escapism and the esoteric. No arguments there, but "art," like the term "genius" should be, in this writer's opinion, sparingly used.

Watch: Full Trailer, Poster & New Pics For Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes Entry 'La Grande Bellezza'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 30, 2013 11:39 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo."

3D Conversion Of 'The Last Emperor' Will Be Unveiled At Cannes

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • April 30, 2013 9:45 AM
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The insidious parasite that is 3D has not only infiltrated movies currently in production, but has wormed its way into movies already made and released. Way back in November of 2011, it was reported that cinematographer Vittorio Storaro was overseeing a 3D conversion of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 epic “The Last Emperor.” Word has been quiet since then, but it looks like audiences will finally be seeing the results as organizers revealed that the movie will get a world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, playing in the Cannes’ Classics Series along with restored prints of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra” and Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail.”

First Look At James Franco's Cannes Contender 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2013 12:01 PM
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It seems a film festival can't go by without a project starring, produced, directed or breathed on by James Franco unspooling. The ever busy multitasker seems to have his fingers in a dozen different pies at any one time, but even then, many were surprised to find "As I Lay Dying" slated for Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category. Certainly, Franco already has more than a few films under his belt as a director, but this is definitely the splashiest premiere any of his movies have received, and now an advance peek is here.

Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Added To Cannes Film Festival Competition Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2013 11:23 AM
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Oh hell yes. As if the Cannes Film Festival lineup this year wasn't stellar enough with Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," James Gray's "The Immigrant," Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and more all headed to the south of France, now one more title we had predicted would make it in -- and were bummed not to see in the initial announcement -- is coming.

First Look At Roman Polanski's Cannes Contender 'Venus In Fur' With Emmanuelle Seigner & Mathieu Amalric

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2013 6:06 PM
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It's always a weird time in the lead up to the Cannes Film Festival, with arthouse news clashing with the latest intel from the summer blockbuster slate. So, keeping that in mind, we're taking a quick break to give you the first look at Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur."

Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz & More Join Steven Spielberg's Cannes Jury

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 7:48 AM
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In past years, the jury for the main slate at the Cannes Film Festival has tended to mix in a few bigger names -- Alexander Payne, Tim Burton, Robert De Niro, Jude Law -- with smaller filmmakers, producers and more. But it looks like the 2013 jury is going to be the starriest in years, and you might be forgiven for thinking you bumped into a table at the Oscars.

Films By Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lynne Ramsay & More Slated For Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 8:58 AM
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The Swimmer Lynne Ramsay
Well, here's one name we didn't expect to figure so prominently at Cannes this year -- Alejandro Jodorowksy. The 84-year-old director will not only have his first feature in over twenty years unveiled, but he will also be the subject of a documentary that is sure to get cinephiles very, very excited.

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' & More Head To France As Cannes Critics' Week Lineup Is Unveiled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 10:50 AM
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There are few festivals where the placement of a selection comes under as much scrutiny as it does at the Cannes Film Festival. For example, many were surprised when the latest from auteur fave Claire Denis wasn't put it in the main competition, but shifted to the second tier Un Certain Regard slate. Which brings us to David Lowery's acclaimed "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which after a strong reception at Sundance (read our review), many pegged to be a no brainer for the Cannes Film Festival, with organizers often choosing one or two movies from Park City to make their overseas debut. Well, it will appear on the Croisette, just in a parallel event.

Cannes Head Thierry Fremaux Says Lars Von Trier Welcomed Back To Fest, Addresses Lack Of Female Directors In Competition

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2013 12:09 PM
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Each year there is plenty to talk about at the Cannes Film Festival, especially considering its pedigree as the top of the heap when it comes to world premieres and highlighting the best that world cinema has to offer. But one of the most publicized incidents of the last couple of years had nothing to do with the movies themselves, but rather the unfortunate, off hand comments by a particular director. When Lars Von Trier dropped the n-bomb (Nazi) during a press conference for "Melancholia" two years ago in the guise of a malformed, provocative joke, reaction was swift.

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