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Ari Folman's Animated Live-Action Hybrid 'The Congress' to Open Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Not in Competition

Ari Folman's sci-fi film "The Congress," which is part realist live-action, part fantasy animation and stars Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel and Kodi Smit-McPhee, will open the Cannes sidebar Director's Fortnight on May 16. Folman wrote and directed Israel's Oscar-nominated foreign film "Waltz with Bashir," an animated documentary which was slotted in the main Cannes competition, so this is something of a comedown for the established filmmaker, opening night or no. (Trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 1:08 PM
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Tribeca Reviews: Moving 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' and Humorless Comedy 'Adult World'

Gore Vidal would have hated “Adult World,” the Emma Roberts vehicle that premiered at Tribeca last night. “He had a great **** detector,” notes the veteran journalist Robert Sheer, in Nicholas Wrathall’s doc “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” which also premiered last night at Tribeca, which clearly intends to provide something for everyone. More about Vidal’s powers of detection in a moment.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 19, 2013 11:56 AM
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Tribeca Review: Banker White's 'The Genius of Marian' a Starkly Intimate Portrait of His Mother's Battle with Alzheimer's

The Tribeca Film Festival hasn’t exactly been synonymous with documentaries, even if they opened with one the other night -- “Mistaken for Strangers,” Tom Berninger’s off-beat take on his brother’s band, The National. But a special place should be reserved for “The Genius of Marian,” which is about a relatively obscure woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, and a movie that might have been the height of exploitative filmmaking.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 18, 2013 7:30 PM
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Tribeca: Anchor Bay Snags Distribution Rights to Indie Horror Film 'Mr. Jones'

At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Anchor Bay picked up the rights to "Mr. Jones," writer/director Karl Mueller's indie horror film about a young couple (Jon Foster and Sarah Jones) terrorized in (where else but) a remote cabin by a twisted forest-dwelling hermit. No word yet on the North American distribution date of "Mr. Jones," but the film will have its world premiere on April 19th at Tribeca.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2013 3:42 PM
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Cannes 2013 Lineup Unveiled; American Auteurs Include Coen Brothers, Gray, Soderbergh, Payne

The complete lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was revealed Thursday morning, with the official selection including many expected titles from familiar faces from Cannes past. The American contingent includes the Coen brothers' period music movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" (CBS Films), also starring Mulligan along with Oscar Isaacs, James Gray's long-awaited "The Immigrant" (Weinstein Co.), starring Marion Cotillard, Steven Soderbergh's Liberace HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and Alexander Payne's black-and-white "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 1:21 PM
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Cannes Adds Vinterberg as Un Certain Regard Jury President, Coppola's 'Bling Ring' Opens Section

The Cannes Film Festival has invited writer-director Sofia Coppola to open Un Certain Regard, with her new film "The Bling Ring." She gets her own announcement a day ahead of the pack, partly because if the festival saw fit to offer her a coveted competition before, with "Marie Antoinette," it's clear that she didn't land that section this time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2013 8:04 PM
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Seven Films to Watch at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival: Israel's 'Big Bad Wolves,' 'Six Acts,' and More

As always, the feature films at Tribeca (April 17-28) are a mixed bag, which makes it difficult to identify trends. That said, think horror and Israel, and the broader Middle East. The Israelis are back with two features (one a world premiere) that are sure to get attention. Whether they warm anyone’s heart toward Israel is another question.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 17, 2013 2:59 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Creation of Nora Ephron Prize, Recognizes Woman Writer or Director with Distinctive Voice

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced the creation of a new award, the Nora Ephron Prize. The $25,000 award will recognize a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of writer-director Ephron (1941-2012).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cannes Unveils Short Film Selection, and Cinefondation Program

With the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival's feature film lineup coming on April 18, the festival, now in its 66th edition, has announced its short film selection and its Cinefondation program, which features student films. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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40th Telluride Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival has announced its call for entries in all categories, including student, short and feature-length films.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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