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Cannes Virgin Diary 4: Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux"

My trip is winding down to an end, and the festival has ended on such a high note for me. Last night, I tried once again to see Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," but the screening was cancelled. I cried a little, and then ate a Big Mac. But in spite of that disappointment, I've seen some excellent films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 26, 2012 6:09 PM
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Tim Roth's Cannes' Un Certain Regard Jury Goes for "Despues de Lucia," "Le Grand Soir," Two Best Actresses

Tim Roth's jury for Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard, which screened 20 films directed by 26 directors hailing from 17 countries, four of them first-timers eligible for the Camera d'Or, awarded the following prizes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2012 4:55 PM
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Cannes 2012: "Mud" Review Round-Up

For many critics "Mud," Jeff Nichols' follow-up to well-reviewed "Take Shelter," which won the Critics' Week Cannes sidebar last year, was one of the most highly anticipated films this year. It is also one of the few films, along with Lee Daniels' "Paperboy," that is up for grabs by American distributors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2012 12:00 PM
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Oscar Talk Is Back! Special Cannes Edition

My computer was running out of juice after hours in the Cannes Palais press room, and my headset was broken. But somehow, Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge and I reconvened for our first Oscar Talk podcast since Oscar season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2012 9:59 PM
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Cannes Photo Call: The Stars Pose for "Cosmopolis," "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Our continuing coverage of the Cannes photo calls shows more strutting, posing, and co-star clutching. Today we have Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg in what appears to be a real moment of affection, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 25, 2012 2:57 PM
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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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