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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.

'Waltz With Bashir' Director Ari Folman's 'The Congress' To Open Cannes Directors' Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2013 8:44 AM
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Yesterday, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup was formally announced, and among the titles selected were a few that surprised us, while we noted others that seemed like eye-opening omissions. And today comes word of one filmmaker who is going from competing in the main line up at Cannes, to opening one of the sidebar slates of programming.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For François Ozon's Cannes Entry 'Jeune & Jolie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 1:46 PM
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Yes, the Cannes Film Festival train keeps rolling today. We've already had the official line up announcement, scrutinized the surprises and omissions, and have received two trailers for Nicolas Winding Refn's entry "Only God Forgives," a teaser for Johnnie To's "Blind Detective" and a newly English subtitled version of Asghar Farhadi's "The Past." And another taste of what's to come has arrived.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

'Only God Forgives,' 'Nebraska,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'The Past' & More Lead Official Selection For 2013 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2013 5:56 AM
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As usual, sifting the actual fact from the speculation when it comes to the line-up of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has been a little tricky. We know the opener -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the closer -- "Zulu," with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, and as of yesterday, the Un Certain Regard headliner, in the shape of Sofia Coppola's "Bling Ring."

Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' Will Open Un Certain Regard Slate At The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 2:06 PM
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While cinephile eyes will be wearily watching the internet early tomorrow morning for the official line up of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers let out a bit of a tease today to tide everyone over. And it will involve one filmmaker making her return to the south of France.

Jérôme Salle's 'Zulu' Starring Orlando Bloom & Forest Whitaker To Close 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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There's a reason no one really remembers or talks about the Cannes Film Festival closing films...they usually aren't very good. The past few years have seen the Audrey Tautou starring "Thérèse Desqueyroux," Christoph Honoré's "The Beloved" and Charlotte Gainsbourg led "The Tree" all cap off the festivities...see what we mean? So, while any news from the Croisette is something we'll zero in on, forgive us if we're not holding our breath on this one...

Cannes Lineup: Woody Allen & Pedro Almodovar Skipping Festival, 'Twelve Years A Slave' Not Expected, 'Nebraska' Courted & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 10:00 AM
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A few weeks ago, we took out our crystal ball and speculated on what movies might be appearing at the Cannes Film Festival when it kicks off in about six weeks or so. We made some educated guesses, ruled some other movies out and tossed some ideas around as we wait for the official announcement from organizers later this month. Well, it appears a bit of a clearer picture is emerging -- sort of -- as a handful of titles have been ruled out.

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