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Cannes Watch: Intriguing Portrait of a Teen Prostitute in Teaser Trailer for Francois Ozon's 'Young and Beautiful'

Check out this teaser trailer for French director Francois Ozon's latest, 'Young and Beautiful," which premieres in competition at Cannes on May 16. In the trailer, we see a nubile teen girl (played by Marine Vacth) entering a hotel room, while calmly discussing in voiceover her reasoning for becoming a prostitute.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 11:53 AM
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Navigating Documentary 'Venus and Serena' with the Williams Sisters Was Not Easy

Veteran broadcast journalists Maiken Baird and Michelle Major spent four years obtaining access to the private world of tennis superstars the Williams sisters for "Venus and Serena," which debuted last week at the Toronto Film Festival. But when the tennis documentary finally premiered, it did so without the Williams sisters. On September 11, they withdrew their support of the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2013 2:48 PM
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Bernardo Bertolucci Named President of the International Jury of the Venezia 70 Competition

The jury president of the 70th Venice Film Festival international competition jury will be top Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. The Venice Biennale, Europe's oldest film festival, will run from August 28 through September 7. 2013. The jury will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes; South Korean Oscar submission "Pieta" won the Golden Lion last year; the prize has also gone in recent years to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 11:59 AM
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SF International Film Festival Announces Golden Gate Award Winners (TRAILERS)

As the San Francisco International Film Festival came to a close, winners of the Golden Gate Awards were unveiled Wednesday night.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2013 11:36 AM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Adds Studio Premieres of 'Man of Steel' and "Monsters U' to Indie Lineup (UPDATED)

Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:48 PM
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From Antonioni to Lynch, BAMcinematek Takes a Second Look at Films 'Booed at Cannes'

Wednesday, the BAMcinematek in Brooklyn kicks off a new series of films "Booed at Cannes," from David Lynch and Martin Scorsese to Antonioni and Fellini.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:09 PM
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Cannes-Bound FilmNation Expands with $50 Million Bank Infusion

Heading into the Cannes Film Festival market this May is FilmNation Entertainment, led by respected CEO Glen Basner. In just five years, the ex-Weinstein Co. exec has built FilmNation into a leading film sales and production company, and just raised a $50 million capital fusion with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank. The company has offices in New York and L.A. with about 28 employees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2013 2:52 PM
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Cannes Posts Quinzaine Trailer (VIDEO)

The opening night of the Cannes' Director's Fortnight, or Quinzaine, is Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action-animated feature starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston (my interview with Folman is coming up). Check out the annual trailer for the two-week Cannes sidebar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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Big Year Ahead for TWC's Festival Darling 'Fruitvale Station' (See New Poster)

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. TWC's indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 1:11 PM
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Docs – Life After Tribeca? These Titles Deserve It

A few good docs always emerge from Tribeca. Yet emerging from any film festival with strong reviews and a distribution deal doesn’t mean that anyone will see the film.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • May 5, 2013 6:18 AM
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