CANNES: What will win… and what should

Posted by · 7:14 pm · May 21st, 2011

It’s a funny thing. For 10 days at Cannes, the Croisette hums with stimulating discussion and debate about movies; for the final two, all that chatter dissolves into a single blunt question: “What will win the Palme d’Or?” It’s a little like the Oscars, except without the initial stage of stimulating discussion and debate about […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 56 — Special Edition! — Cannes so far, ‘Tree of Life,’ Von Trier, taking the 2011 awards pulse

Posted by · 8:32 am · May 20th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Sleeping Beauty” (***1/2)

Posted by · 5:02 pm · May 11th, 2011

Cannes Film Festival “My vagina is not a temple.” So says terse, inscrutable college student Lucy, her dry conviction belying an edgeless china-doll face, immediately after being told (instructed, even) otherwise by an employer with a less-than-honorable stake in the matter. It’s a loaded line, one that reveals she knows much more than her elders […]

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Cannes kicking off

Posted by · 4:35 pm · May 10th, 2011

I’ve been in Cannes less than 12 hours and already I can feel the sleep deficit kicking in, so I’ll keep this post short. It’s been an administrative day, anyway: unpacking, registering, collecting my press badge (in the rigid Cannes class system, I’ve been upgraded from a yellow badge to a blue one, so I […]

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CANNES CHECK: ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Posted by · 11:47 am · May 5th, 2011

[Due to my usual sloppy planning, we’re doubling up on this series with two entries a day, so as to be finished in time for next week. Catch up with all the Cannes Check posts so far here.] The director: Julia Leigh (Australia) The talent: With novelist Leigh making her directorial debut here, the name […]

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Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ to open Venice

Posted by · 4:27 am · July 22nd, 2010

[FURTHER UPDATE: Focus has confirmed that “The American” will not, in fact, be appearing at Venice.] [UPDATE: “Black Swan” has indeed been confirmed as the Venice opener, and will play in Competition. More soon.] I’ve been saying for some time that this year’s Venice Film Festival looks to be a very good vintage, capitalizing on […]

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