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Andrea Arnold Is Jury President of Cannes Critics Week

Brit filmmaker Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights," "Fish Tank") will preside over the jury of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique, otherwise known as the Cannes Critics Week.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 12:02 PM
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Lynne Ramsay and 'Jane Got a Gun' Producers Reach a Settlement

Is the "Jane Got a Gun" saga finally over? Following a legal dispute underway since last Fall, the producers of the troubled Western and director Lynne Ramsay, who vanished from the production in March 2013, have reached an agreement. Though the financial particulars remain unclear, the settlement is said to be agreeable to all.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 4:37 PM
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Abbas Kiarostami to Head the 2014 Cannes Short Film and Cinefondation Jury

Cannes has selected Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (“Certified Copy,” “Like Someone In Love”) to be president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 2014 edition of the fest, running May 14-25.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2014 12:01 PM
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Why Alain Guiraudie's Sexy, Scary 'Stranger by the Lake' Is Essential Queer Cinema

Try as it may to find new and innovative ways to represent the gay experience, queer cinema has forgotten about sex. But in the brilliant and radical "Stranger by the Lake," about the dark politics of gay male cruising, Alain Guiraudie puts sex out in the light and right where we can see it.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 24, 2014 1:26 PM
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Cannes Selects Opening Night Film: 'Grace of Monaco,' Starring Nicole Kidman

Olivier Dahan's Grace Kelly biopic "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 11:20 AM
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Pierre Lescure Is New Cannes President Following 2014 Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is seeing a changing of the guard. President Gilles Jacob, 83, will be leaving on July 1 of 2014, following the 67th fest, with Pierre Lescure taking over as the new president.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 12:09 PM
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Jane Campion Is the Cannes 2014 Jury President; Watch Her Palme d'Or Winning 1986 Short Film 'Peel' (VIDEO)

New Zealand auteur Jane Campion is set to head the jury of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 14 through 25.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 11:34 AM
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James Toback Talks HBO Cannes Doc 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Entertaining Double Act with Alec Baldwin

Last May, James Toback descended on Cannes with cohort Alec Baldwin to shoot in ten days the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" (HBO, October 28). This May, Toback returned to Cannes to screen the film and discuss it with interested parties. Of which I am most definitely one, having thoroughly relished his supremely entertaining and frequently illuminating portrait of the sorry state of the film business today.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 20, 2013 2:36 PM
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Chandor Talks Directing Silent Redford in 'All Is Lost' (TRAILER)

Writer-director J.C. Chandor is two-for-two now, with man-vs-sea saga "All Is Lost" joining his impressive debut "Margin Call." Many have wondered why Chandor’s official Cannes selection wasn’t selected for the main Competition. "All Is Lost"'s compelling and increasingly harrowing narrative, about a man on a solo ocean voyage who ends up in dire straits after his sailboat collides with a cargo container, played tremendously well with critics and the Cannes black-tie crowd attending its red-carpet gala, who gave it a nine-minute standing ovation. Redford, who is the only actor in the film and hardly says a word, delivers a performance of astonishing and emblematic potency.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 18, 2013 4:14 PM
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Review: James Franco's 'As I Lay Directing' (TRAILER)

As the ever prolific James Franco's Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child of God" continues to win strong reviews at NYFF (having premiered at Venice), his Cannes William Faulkner adaptation "As I Lay Dying" has a limited theatrical release October 11. Check out our review, below.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • October 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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