Friday, April 21, 2017

25th L'ACID Selection

Today the Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion (L'ACID) announced the usual nine (9) films in the selection that promotes the diffusion of independent films in movie theaters and discourages debates between authors and audiences for the last 24 years.

The ACID program at the Cannes International Film Festival was created in 1993. Films are chosen by fifteen or so filmmakers, members of ACID, formerly programmed in Cannes or whose films were supported during the year. It screens nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen among hundreds of works from all around the world.  ACID filmmakers follow their love for a film and wish to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.

ACID’s Cannes program is a long-awaited meeting for distributors, film programmers and international festivals. It allows them to see films and for ACID to rely on the programmers’ feedback to prepare the releases.  The films shown are accompanied by ACID and its filmmakers in the various stages of the theatrical release (search for distributors / promotion / programming / organization of the Q&A’s / audience research). Also the screenings, in the presence of ACID filmmakers and the films’ crews, are also open to the public and to high school students of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

56th Semaine de la Critique Selection

Early this morning organizers released the video with Charles Tesson, Semaine de la Critique Artistic Director, and Charlotte Lipinska, journalist and film critic, announcing the selection for the 2017 edition of the Critics' Week and is as eclectic (and strange) as always but this year also has some new elements like it is the first time ever the competition has an animation film and also a documentary.

No doubt cinema industry is changing and finally the mother of all festivals is starting to change as by now we know there are changes, some more fundamental than others, in all Cannes sections.  Change is always a constant and brings bad reactions, change in Cannes is no exception and there are many voicing their negative reactions to Cannes change.  So, I'm curious to see if the festival and/or the parallel sections will succumb to negative reactions; obviously, next year we will find what happens if change trend stays, continues or is stopped.

But before going in depth into the selection let's review what has been happening in this Cannes parallel section

Thursday, April 20, 2017

49th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Selection

A few hours ago in Paris, la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Artistic Director, Edouard Waintrop, announced the films in this year selection of the Festival de Cannes parallel section that's run by the Société des Réalisateurs de films (French Director's Guild) and believe that my greatest spontaneous surprise is the many "new" unexpected films that made the selection.

Before getting into the selection  lets review what has been going on with this Cannes parallel section before today's announcement.

The Poster

For starters we have the magnificent poster that showcases a photography by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide with the outstanding composition of a sign she did in Italy.  What seems like a part of the sign reads "Sogno" which means Dream in English and definitively is a word many of us associate to cinema and now, thanks to this poster, to the most famous Directors' Fortnight.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

70th Festival de Cannes Official Selection Lineup

Will confess, just caught the last minutes of the press conference but the best part is that had no wait to learn the films!  In less than 20 seconds was able to read all the announced films and my first spontaneous reaction was to how many films Nicole Kidman has in Cannes this year, my horrible omission as loved part 1 of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake and among some surprises learning that Kristen Stewart short film will be screened as part of the 70th Anniversary Events.

Talking about Kristen Stewart, who could imagine that she will be part of group that includes Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion and David Lynch? Not many.  But we have to recognize that she's very talented and no, it's not surprising that she's evolving into directing.  Somehow her development road reminds me of a road traveled by an earlier film co-star; yes,  Jodie Foster.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

10th La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français Selection -Update 1

As expected there will be several updates to this post and we start with the most unexpected news as the program changed its name from La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde to La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français!

Even when the new name appears in the new posts at the official site, there has been no other change in the site name or logo.  Expect the changes to happen soon as already read news articles about the program name change.

The second major announcement is about the Patron of the 2017 edition and is none other than master filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.  Down below you will find info about the director but if you're a blog regular reader then you've to be familiar with him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List Part 5 - Last Wishes

Time runs slow when you are waiting but finally next week we will learn the Official Selection and then, the cinema feast turns inside out as we cinema lovers will place each film under the microscope in an effort into guessing why film made it to the selection.  So, we are close to turn into film dissect mode.

After a few days with many non-pleasant analysis, tweets, and news about this year very-controversial poster there was an official communication from the festival that decided to use Claudia Cardinale words instead of their own and to my HUGE surprise among her words there was a phrase that hit me hard: 

"It is only cinema, let us not forget."

If you wish to read the complete statement go official site here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#Cannes2017 Visual Identity

Since last week have been impatiently waiting for the unveil of this edition visual identity and finally today the suspense ended with a pleasant surprise and a very-unpleasant shocker.  Sigh.

Let's start with the great news as none other than beautiful Claudia Cardinale is this year's cinema icon that graces the poster and the photo designers selected is a fantastic picture from an unknown photographer that only adds some mystery to the photography.  As in last year poster a color filter is applied and this year the filter is red that enhance the gold letters.  So is a "hot" combination of red and gold for a milestone anniversary.

From above writings you can tell that I like the poster as yes, I do love Claudia Cardinale from all her movies I saw in my youth. See, along with Monica Vitti, Virna Lisi, Gina Lollobrigida and  Sofia Loren, Cardinale belongs to a group of 60's Italian Cinema beauties that gave some outstanding performances in several films by very well-known master filmmakers.  My huge problem, and very-unpleasant news, is the use of photoshop to slim Cardinale.  Check the original black and white photo.

61st David di Donatello Awards Winners

Last Monday, March 27th the Italian cinema academy had their award ceremony and Like Crazy by Paolo Virzì won top honors and a total of 5 prizes but top winners were Indivisible and Italian Race as each took 6 awards.

Roberto Benigni was honored with a special career achievement award presented by President Sergio Mattarella and Italy's Culture Minister Dario Francheschini.

To check winners in all categories go official site here.  Winners for main categories are below in *BLUE.

Monday, March 27, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 4 Female Filmmakers

Drop-by-drop suddenly stop last week so noise has been low, except for the many articles with Cannes possible films that populate almost every single movies site in the net.  Among the jungle there is one place that every year I recommend as lists 100 films for Cannes and predicts the festival section where each film may end; I'm talking about Wask that already published films from 41 position to 100 and still has two more posts to finish the 100 films for this year.  Unfortunately site is in French, but if you do not read/understand the language suggest to use google translator that works fine for basic info.  To check site please go here.

Already covered films by great filmmakers Anne Fontaine, Lucrecia Martel, Naomi Kawase, Urzula Antoniak, and Malgorzata Szumowska but want to explore deeper to find more films by female directors with Cannes possibilities and more important, that could become must-be-seen for me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 3 - France Two

Some Festival News

As expected festival organizers started to announce news drop-by-drop which obviously increases daily interest in the festival.  Among the news the one that generated major buzz is Monica Bellucci named the festival ceremonies host as we will have the pleasure of watching her in the opening and the closing ceremonies and no doubt that will be more refreshing -and more elegant- than last year's fiasco with Lafitte.

Most blog regulars know how much I like Bellucci and it's a fact that I have seen almost all films in which she has performed: the good, the bad and yes, the ugly!  So, no doubt I will enjoy a bit more the ceremonies as like many of us, definitively enjoy to watch beauty.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 2 - Prominent Diversity

As you can imagine, started to write post a while back and a few things have happened that wish to update you all.  First Official Selection submission closed on March 10 but Critic's Week deadline was extended until March 17 and Directors' Fortnight deadline is March 24 with no extensions announced up-to-this moment.

Yesterday reliable news agency AFP announced that the Official Selection press conference will be on April 13 in Paris.  Some industry journalists made extrapolations to estimate Quinzaine and Semaine press conferences but considering their submissions deadline seemed improvable to me. Today better estimates were published with Critic's Week press conference con April 24 and Quinzaine's on April 25.  So we still have a bit less than a month to play around with possible film speculations, buzz and gossip.  Next news from Official Selection has to be the opening film that probably will come before the end of March. End of Update.

Monday, March 06, 2017

70th Bodil Awards Winners

Last Saturday night Denmark's National Association of Film Critics had their award ceremony and the big winner of the night is I Blodet (In the Blood) as won the top award plus Victoria Carmen won Supporting Actress.  But Forældre (Parents) by actor-turned-director Christian Tafdrup leads with four awards.

Last year the award went to Under Sandet (Land of Mine) which was not their Oscar submission but strangely enough became Denmark's submission to 2017 Oscars and as we know, film got a nomination.  So, have to wonder what will happen next year, will I Blodet become country's submission to Oscar?

Friday, March 03, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 1 - France One

Know it's early but today I'm in the mood for Cannes, so will start my Wish List even do we still have no official news about the dates when the official selections will be announced to the press and the world.

As a matter of fact submissions deadline is still open for feature films -will close on March 10- and short films deadline is closing today, March 1st; so those who wish to change their minds and submit their film (even if is in post-production) have 10 more days to do so.

Then we know selections are usually announced by mid-April and seems by now has become a "tradition" to make drop-by-drop announcements, so imagine after March 10 announcements will start to "drop".

#Cannes2017 13th L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation

Today were announced the 15 projects from 16 directors which will participate in the 2017 edition of the Cinéfondation Atelier.  What follows are the news from the official site.

The Cinéfondation’s Atelier has been created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. So far, out of 186 projects accompanied, 145 have been completed and 14 are currently in pre-production. For L’Atelier’s 13th edition, 15 projects from 14 countries have been selected, from the new director to the well-known filmmaker.

Monday, February 27, 2017

89th Academy Awards Winners

It is true, I was not excited about this year Academy Awards as knew my favorites were not going to win plus on top, I really dislike Jimmy Kimmel, and expected to fall asleep because of a boring show. Gee, I was absolutely wrong (!!!) and I'm glad that no matter all my negative thoughts before the show, I watched as to my HUGE unexpected surprise, last night show was one of the few Academy Awards ceremony I can say I enjoyed beyond all my expectations!

Before getting into the movies, have to say that the show was great as producers made the show all about movies and winners, with multiple clips of actors winning their Oscars plus a few presenters talking about other actors they admire.  That was great for me and yes, kept me awake expecting for more of the same and I got it!  Then got the nominated songs being performed and the performances were distributed along the ceremony, which also kept me awake (lol!); but the best was the performances, especially the Moana song with those dancers with flags that made beautiful flowers (even when one flag hit the singer and she continued as nothing happened); also La La Land songs were great but it was Justin Timberlake who stole the show with his show opening number that definitively set the mood and suggested the night was going to be "different" and boy, it was.

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