CANNES CHECK: ‘House of Tolerance’

Posted by · 11:48 am · April 21st, 2011

The director: Bertrand Bonello (France) The talent: Unsurprisingly for a brothel-set narrative, the film is heavy on rising female stars, including Hafsia Herzi (“The Secret of the Grain”) and Italian ingenue Jasmine Trinca (“The Son’s Room”); their more senior co-star, Noémie Lvovsky, is arguably more of an institution in France than on the international arthouse […]

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Césars for Polanski, ‘Gods,’ ‘Illusionist’… and Fincher

Posted by · 4:35 pm · February 25th, 2011

When the nominations for the César Awards — known in glib terms as the French Oscars — were announced last month, I wrote that I anticipated a tight race between Roman Polanski’s widely acclaimed Euro thriller “The Ghost Writer” and Xavier Beauvois’s lofty Cannes prizewinner “Of Gods and Men,” with the latter just winning out. […]

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‘Of Gods and Men,’ ‘Ghost Writer’ lead César nominations

Posted by · 2:34 pm · January 21st, 2011

The film may be smarting from its widely (if not, ahem, entirely) unexpected omission from the Oscar foreign-language shortlist earlier this week, but Xavier Beauvois’s sombre religious drama “Of Gods and Men” found more love in its home country, where it scooped a leading 11 nominations for the César Awards. The so-called “French Oscars” also […]

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1/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: French indignation, talking threads with costumers, Portman’s extended laugh

Posted by · 8:17 am · January 21st, 2011

• The French lose their marbles not just over the exclusion of “Of Gods and Men” from this year’s foreign film shortlist, but the INCLUSION of Algeria’s “Outside the Law.” [The Carpetbagger] • Elizabeth Snead talks to a number of costumers on this year’s awards circuit [Deadline] • Is this Banksy? [Cinematical]

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Greece makes foreign Oscar shortlist, France snubbed

Posted by · 9:42 am · January 19th, 2011

“Dogtooth.” That’s the title an every Oscar pundit’s lips right now, as Greece’s critically beloved but super-outré submission — which includes inter-sibling sex and feline homicide in its curious bag of tricks — stunned pretty much everyone by showing up on the nine-title shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. I can hardly believe […]

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Predicting the foreign-language Oscar shortlist

Posted by · 5:25 pm · January 18th, 2011

Tomorrow, we get the last of the Academy’s crucial pre-nomination shortlists, as the list of 65 entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is slashed to just nine titles, from which the eventual nominees will be announced in a week’s time. Predicting these nine is a vague and mostly thankless task, but I am […]

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Ruiz’s ‘Lisbon’ takes Louis Delluc prize

Posted by · 5:30 pm · December 17th, 2010

Well, here’s an awards announcement a million miles away from “The Social Network” — the Louis Delluc Prize, the single most prestigious award in French cinema. (Yes, loftier than the César Awards.) And I do mean “single”: awarded to one film from a shortlist of eight by a jury of French journalists and industry types, […]

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LONDON: Five foreign Oscar contenders

Posted by · 7:31 pm · October 17th, 2010

(Please note that one of the films reviewed here, “Aftershock,” was not screened as part of the London Film Festival programme — but since I saw it this week, it made sense to include it in this discussion.) Admittedly, 11 out of 65 is a figure that is only impressive if you’re counting the listenable […]

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Foreign Oscar update

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 4th, 2010

I neglected to mention this over a busy weekend, but the deadline for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions passed on Friday. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have all the contenders set in stone, however — we’re still waiting on the official list from the Academy, which always features a couple of latecomers and a […]

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France leads latest batch of Oscar entries

Posted by · 7:52 am · September 19th, 2010

As you may have noticed, we’ve been doing our best to keep you abreast of submissions for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar — the deadline for which is officially (but not definitively) October 1. At last count, 27 countries have entered films, and we now have a separate page where you can keep […]

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CANNES: What will win… and what should

Posted by · 8:47 am · May 23rd, 2010

Okay, so that took longer than I expected. I had hoped to get this post up last night, but instead got quite easily talked into a night on the tiles with a band of merry Film Dweebs led by James Rocchi — not the wisest idea with a morning flight to catch, but by the […]

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‘On Tour,’ ‘Of Gods,’ ‘HaHaHa’ take early Cannes prizes

Posted by · 12:11 pm · May 22nd, 2010

The big guns, the Competition jury, announce their prizewinners tomorrow night, but ahead of that, there are a host of smaller, independent juries making their voices heard. I’ve just returned from the Un Certain Regard award ceremony, a short, sweet tuxedoes-and-sneakers affair presided over by UCR jury president Claire Denis. As delighted as I was […]

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CANNES: Machinists, masochists and monkey ghosts

Posted by · 2:22 am · May 21st, 2010

“Are you eating at all? Are you sleeping? You don’t look like you are,” observed our good friend Anne Thompson yesterday afternoon, her face etched with motherly concern, before whisking me off for a hearty al fresco meal. I wanted to tell Anne that I tend to cut a pretty gaunt figure even on my […]

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CANNES: ‘Certified Copy’ and other adventures

Posted by · 4:24 am · May 18th, 2010

By the halfway-mark of the festival, Cannes can do irrational and frankly cruel things to your head. Having slunk back to my apartment at 3am after a merry night of wine and pizza some fellow bloggers — only to find myself locked out of said apartment in a cheap sitcom twist — I planned to […]

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CANNES PREVIEW: Sizing up the Competition, part one

Posted by · 6:09 pm · May 6th, 2010

(This is the first of three Cannes preview pieces we’re running before my festival coverage begins on Wednesday. The first two will break down the 18 films in the running for this year’s Palme d’Or; the third will comb through potential highlights that lie outside the Competition, as well as listing my own most anticipated […]

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