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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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Nothing Can Prepare You for Must-See Dutch Brain-Boggler 'Borgman' (VIDEO)

Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman," the 2014 Dutch Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, is a nasty, insane, mind-melting and unpredictable piece of work. It hits select cities on June 6 -- that's this Friday -- courtesy of who-else-but Drafthouse Films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 4, 2014 3:29 PM
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Cannes STD Horror Hit 'It Follows' Lands Distribution; Director Interview (UPDATED)

The only question is, why did it take so long? Cannes horror hit "It Follows," David Robert Mitchell's second Cannes Critics' Week entry after "The Myth of the American Sleepover," has been scooped up by RADiUS, beating out several companies chasing U.S. rights. Shot again near his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, Mitchell turns to horror with the same dreamy tone, taking full advantage of the destroyed Michigan landscape. He wants to scare us, pulling us into his likable characters' romantic entanglements and then puts us on edge as we wonder who's following who.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2014 11:11 AM
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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Cannes Prize Winner 'Force Majeure'

Magnolia Pictures has scooped up US rights to Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's dark family comedy "Force Majeure," winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2014 4:18 PM
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Tarantino to Shoot 'The Hateful Eight' After All? (FULL CANNES VIDEO)

Quentin Tarantino admitted at his Cannes press conference (below) that he had "calmed down" over his outrage that his script for western "The Hateful Eight" had been leaked online. His staged live read of the 146-page first draft in Los Angeles went well. He closed Cannes with Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" and reportedly may shoot "The Hateful Eight" after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2014 10:46 AM
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WATCH: New Trailer for 'The Congress,' Ari Folman's Visually Ravishing Anti-Hollywood Nightmare

At last, Ari Folman's long-awaited "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, has an official US trailer. Watch it here -- and read why you must see this film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 27, 2014 2:49 PM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Cannes Buzz Title 'La French,' Starring Jean Dujardin

Drafthouse Films has acquired US distribution rights to director Cedric Jimenez's period crime thriller "La French" starring Jean Dujardin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 27, 2014 8:00 AM
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TOH!'s 2014 Cannes Film Festival Bible: Read All Our Coverage From the Fest

The Cannes Film Festival has wrapped. We at TOH! have put together a guide featuring all of our reviews, interviews, news and other coverage from the fest. Take a gander.
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  • May 26, 2014 3:22 PM
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Cannes: 'Foxcatcher' Tells Riveting Murder Tale, as Award Season Beckons (POSTER)

Expectations were running high at festival midpoint at Cannes for Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which did not disappoint the international critics Monday morning, who gave the film a healthy round of applause. With "Capote" and "Moneyball" behind him, Cannes anointed the director with a first-time competition auteur slot. Will Jane Campion's jury throw any awards at this intense murder drama financed by Annapurna?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2014 3:14 PM
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Cannes Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylon's Palme d'Or-Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Simply put, Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a badass. His new 3.25-hour film “Winter Sleep” doesn’t unfold so much as unspool, and despite presenting a few challenges to jet-lagged journalists, it manages not only to sustain interest but to mesmerize.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 24, 2014 2:57 PM
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