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WATCH: First Trailer for Xavier Dolan's Cannes Smash 'Mommy'

Although it shockingly has yet to secure U.S. distribution, early reaction to Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature “Mommy" --which took home the Cannes Competition jury prize--was upbeat. You can get a three-minute taste of this intense, emotional rocket ride of a family drama via the first official (and subtitle-free) trailer below, just ahead of its theatrical run in the writer-director’s native Quebec on September 19.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 17, 2014 12:44 PM
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David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest

After five years at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, Artistic Director David Ansen is leaving to go back to writing. Also leaving is programmer Doug Jones, who takes 12 years of institutional memory with him. Very much in charge is LAFF's high-powered LAFF director, producer Stephanie Allain ("Boyz 'n the Hood"), who is pulling her friend Elvis Mitchell into a more prominent role as year-round "curator."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2014 5:28 PM
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Drafthouse Films Picks Up Near-Silent Cannes Critics' Week Winner 'The Tribe'

Intrepid distribution arm Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to director Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy's "The Tribe," winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and a Gan Foundation grant at the 2014 Cannes International Critics' Week.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 2, 2014 1:23 PM
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How Indie Producer Jon Kilik Works with Mavericks, from Spike Lee and Gary Ross to Bennett Miller

Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, with the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I," Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman," Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Spike Lee's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 7:21 PM
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Why David Michôd Steered Clear of Hollywood to Shoot 'The Rover' with Pearce and Pattinson (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After Oscar-nominated "Animal Kingdom" hit Hollywood, Australian director David Michod was the talk of the town, doing rounds of meetings and reading stacks of scripts. One day he told his agents: "I want to stop reading, I'm not getting any work done." That film, which debuted at Cannes as a midnight movie, is the stark and violent suspense thriller "The Rover," shot with Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson in the searing heat of the Australian outback.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 5:27 PM
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Mexican Director Amat Escalante Talks Violent Love Story 'Heli,' Out Now in Select Cities

When it screened at Cannes in 2013, the Mexican film “Heli” raised eyebrows and some hackles for its unsparing evocation of Mexico’s drug-war violence, including torture. A compelling story of one simple family who, through no real fault of their own, stumble into a nightmare, “Heli” was director Amat Escalante’s third film at Cannes, and his first in competition. (It opens in select theaters this weekend.)
  • By Tom Christie
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  • June 13, 2014 1:52 PM
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Oscar Watch: DreamWorks' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Leads Animation Race

Looking for a summer Oscar contender? 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is the frontrunner for animated feature. DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg and producer Bonnie Arnold take us behind the making of the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:44 PM
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Welcome to Screen Talk, Indiewire's New Weekly Podcast, with New Co-Host

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did for some years with In Contention's Kris Tapley. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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This Movie Weekend Looks Bright, From an Oscar Sure-Bet to a Raunchy Buddy Comedy and a Grab Bag of Fest Faves

This weekend boasts two major studio releases poised to duke it out for box office victory, as well as a few more modestly scaled indies that have been holding court on the festival circuit all year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 12, 2014 4:18 PM
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Interview: Juliette Binoche Paints in Schepisi Romance 'Words and Pictures,' Challenged Assayas to Write Cannes Entry 'Sils Maria' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, TRAILER)

Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") is the best reason to see Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures." She talks about working with Clive Owen, learning English, and challenging Olivier Assayas to write a movie focused on women. That movie debuted in Cannes, "Clouds of Sils Maria."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2014 10:23 PM
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