CANNES: ‘Tree of Life’ wins Palme d’Or, Dunst takes Best Actress

Posted by · 10:02 am · May 22nd, 2011

And so it came to pass that the pre-festival bookies’ odds were on the money. The most talked-about film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” was handed the Palme d’Or by Robert De Niro’s jury — a major vindication for a film that has been labelled both a masterpiece […]

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CANNES: ‘The Kid With a Bike,’ ‘House of Tolerance,’ ‘Michael,’ ‘Footnote’

Posted by · 11:42 am · May 17th, 2011

Perhaps lulled by the twin effects of the Côte d’Azur sun and copious amounts of cheap rosé between screenings, I’ve fallen behind somewhat on the reviewing front — but lest you think I’ve only seen one film a day before heading back to the swimming pool at Villa Romance, it’s time for a bit of a Competition […]

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CANNES CHECK: ‘The Kid With a Bike’

Posted by · 10:40 am · April 30th, 2011

The directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium) The talent: Dardennes regulars Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet (who won Best Actor at Cannes for the brothers’ 2002 film “The Son”) return in supporting roles, but “The Kid With a Bike” is headlined by perhaps the most established star they’ve yet worked with: Cécile De France, the […]

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No surprises as Cannes jury surprises

Posted by · 4:47 pm · May 25th, 2008

Well, I missed that one badly. As is so often the case, the Cannes jury threw a curveball, handing their top prize to a late-breaking film that had generated very few column inches. Admittedly, I should have paid more attention to “The Class,” French auteur Laurent Cantet’s school-based docudrama. I was a huge fan of […]

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Cannes update: Italy’s ‘Gomorra’ wows ’em

Posted by · 3:10 am · May 20th, 2008

(EDITOR’S NOTE: New Cannes poll in the sidebar as of this morning, FYI.) We’re at the halfway point now, and this year’s Cannes Festival seems to have been a pretty staid affair so far. With the dust settled, “Blindness” appears to have been labelled an honourable disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the big arthouse names in […]

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