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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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Cannes Announces 2014 Festival Dates

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has set its dates for May 14-25, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 1:15 PM
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Jim Mickle Talks Smart Horror Remake 'We Are What We Are'

Just three years after Jorge Michel Grau's 2010 Mexican film "We Are What We Are" played at the Cannes Festival market (see clip and original Mexican trailer below), Jim Mickle's American remake, which debuted well at Sundance, played in the festival proper in the Director's Fortnight, which sometimes welcomes smart well-made horror films such as this one. EOne opens the elegantly shot, well-acted film--which deals with a small town religious family maintaining their long tradition of ritual cannibalism-- September 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2013 11:59 AM
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Zhang Ziyi In Talks for 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel, Legendary Fight Choreographer Yuen Woo Ping to Direct UPDATED

UPDATE: Zhang Ziyi ("The Grandmaster") is in talks to return as her character Jen Yu in flashback sequences for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- The Green Destiny," reports Entertainment Weekly. The Weinstein Co. is developing the sequel, which is penned by John Fusco ("Hidalgo"). Action star Michelle Yeoh is also on board, returning as Yu Shu Lien, with Donnie Yen set to play Silent Wolf. Legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (whose choreography is on ravishing display in Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster") will helm the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2013 12:38 PM
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