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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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Cannes Virgin Diary 2: Wet Fest Yields Best So Far, 'Amour'

A storm blew through the city Sunday, and it is still cool and rainy. By the grace of whatever, I have yet to catch a cold. The dreary weather reminds me of San Francisco, so maybe I should see it as an antidote to my homesickness, which is beginning to settle in. I thought the rain would keep people from queuing up en masse for early morning screenings but, nope, I was wrong.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 22, 2012 7:49 AM
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James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain in Double Feature: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 21, 2012 9:57 PM
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Roman Polanski at Cannes 2012 and New York Film Festival 1963; EXCLUSIVE Photo

Director Roman Polanski popped into Cannes Monday to introduce--not his friend Laurent Bouzereau's documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which played last Thursday, but his own entry in the Classic Cinema program, 1979's "Tess."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 9:04 PM
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Cannes 2012: Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Looks Like a Hard-Ass Sergio Leone Western [Updated]

The Majestic Salon Diane was packed with the top movie press in Cannes, notebooks poised, as the King of Cannes, Harvey Weinstein, introed and unveiled footage from three upcoming Oscar hopefuls that weren't ready for the Croisette this year: Paul Thomas Anderson's $35 million "The Master" (here's how the footage played; it's set for an October 12 release, which TWC is releasing globally, financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna), David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (TWC, November 21) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a global partnership with Sony (slates for December 25, we'll see if it happens).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 3:41 PM
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Malaysian International Film Festival Launches with Hong Kong's Lorna Tee and New York Critic Dennis Lim At Helm

A new film festival is launching in Asia, reports Screen. Malaysia National Film Development Corp (FINAS) is launching a film festival and market which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in November.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 11:44 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Schrader Talks Biopic of Legendary Tiny Dancer Kschessinska

While he didn't make the schlep to Cannes this year, writer-director Paul Schrader has some skin in the Cannes game. He's announced that he's writing an English-language biopic of Kschessinska, the legendary prima ballerina and mistress to the last Russian Tsar, for a film financed by the Kremlin-backed Culture & Arts Fund. Never before has an A-list American screenwriter written a Russian film about an iconic figure from Russian history. The film will star a mixed Russian and American cast. A director has not been signed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2012 2:32 PM
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Swarovski Launches Film Company: First Project is 'Romeo and Juliet,' Starring Hailee Steinfeld

Swarovski is a name fairly well linked to the twin bastions of cinema and glamour; over the years the crystal company has collaborated on costume and jewelry design for everything from "The Wizard Of Oz" to the recent "Mirror Mirror."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 20, 2012 2:04 PM
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Megan Ellison Emerges as Cannes Producer to Know

So far Megan Ellison, the 26-year-old daughter of billionaire Silicon Valley master of the universe Larry Ellison, has invested some $100 million in four projects via Annapurna. They are selling well in Cannes through her foreign sales company Panorama. Many wouldn't have gotten made without her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2012 9:14 AM
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