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Cannes 2012: Directors' Fortnight Honors "No," "El Taaib," "Camille Rewinds" & Shorts

While films from the Cannes Directors' Fortnight are not given official festival awards, they are honored by organizations. This year, Pablo Larrain's "No," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, a surprise stand-out at Cannes...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2012 2:24 PM
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Cannes Review Round-Up: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" with Robert Pattinson

If anything, judging from Cannes critics, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a faithful adaptation of the Don DeLillo source material. The consensus is that Cronenberg keeps his fierce and trim style, despite striving to stay true to the novella.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 1:26 PM
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Cannes 2012: Cinéfondation Announces Winning Short Films from Russia, U.S. and Cuba

The Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury at Cannes, led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid with the Bike") has named its first, second and third place winners. Russian Taisia Igumentseva's "Doroga Na" ("The Road To") took the top prize...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2012 11:58 AM
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Cannes Critics Week: Antonio Mendez Esparza's "Aquí y Allá" Takes Top Prize

Cannes Critics Week showcases the first and second works of filmmakers. Spanish director Antonio Mendez Esparza's feature debut, "Aquí y Allá," has taken the top prize - the Nespresso Grand Prize (won by Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" last year), reports Variety...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 4:29 PM
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Silverdocs Bookends Fest with Music Docs 'Don't Stop Believin: Everyman's Journey,' Mumford & Sons' 'Big Easy Express'

AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs festival, in its tenth year, will open and close with music-themed documentaries. On June 18, Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will open, and Emmett Malloy's "Big Easy Express" will close the Washington, DC event on June 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 24, 2012 12:20 PM
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Cannes 2012: Competition Films for the Red Carpet, from Kidman in 'Paperboy' to Pitt in 'Killing Them Softly'

Several films in the Cannes Competition feel like they were booked for their red carpet star value, and are lesser efforts than films that Cannes did not see fit to place in competition. Why not place Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "NO" in the Competition? It's his fourth film, and his third, the well-received "Tony Manero," was also in Director's Fortnight. And Gael Garcia Bernal is an international star. I suspect that the Festival worried that the film's low-quality video presentation--a daring aesthetic choice for Larrain--would not work in a glamorous gala Palais setting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2012 8:10 AM
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Robert Rodriguez Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete 2' At Cannes 2012

Robert Rodriguez was on the roof of the Cannes JW Marriott the other day talking about the two sequels next on his plate: 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' and 'Machete Kills,' which he’ll shoot first, starting in the next few weeks.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 23, 2012 2:03 PM
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Cannes 2012: Walter Salles and Sprawling Cast Recreate Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road,' Which is Cruising for an NC-17

"On the Road" is a two hour and 17-minute recreation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel. It's a serious thoughtful gorgeously mounted period art film and American travelogue, carefully researched and painstakingly crafted. Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera, the team behind "The Motorcycle Diaries," succeeded where many failed, over the three decades since producer Francis Ford Coppola optioned the property.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2012 11:58 AM
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Cannes Virgin Diary 3: Critics' Week Yields Breakouts 'Aqui y Alla,' 'Sofia's Last Ambulance'

This is the best film yet to screen at Cannes' Critics' Week, confidently made without a single wasted scene. The quotidian reality of Guerrero village life is realized with lyricism and lack of sentimentality.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 23, 2012 9:03 AM
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Cannes Interview: John and Katrine Boorman Talk 'Me and Me Dad,' 'Excalibur' & '70s 'Lord of the Rings'

John Boorman has been in Cannes with daughter Katrine to talk up "Me & Me Dad," a documentary about the "Excalibur"/"Deliverance"/"The Tailor Of Panama" director that Katrine filmed over a period four years and that John jokingly says he hoped would never see the light of day...
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 22, 2012 3:13 PM
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