Archive | May, 2009

And the Award Goes To…?

29 May

Here is the List of Films that made a mark at this year’s Festival de Cannes!

And, if any of these films play in your city, please go see them…It looks like Lars von Trier film: Antichrist, received at least one award for Best Actress!

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The official Jury of this 62nd Festival de Cannes, presided by Isabelle Huppert, revealed the Prize winners during the Closing Ceremonies on the evening of May 24th.

WINNING FILMS & PERFORMANCES

Palme d’Or
DAS WEISSE BAND (The White Ribbon) directed by Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix
UN PROPHÈTE (A Prophet) directed by Jacques AUDIARD

Lifetime achievement award for his work and his exceptional contribution to the history of cinema

Alain RESNAIS

Best Director
Brillante MENDOZA for KINATAY

Jury Prize

FISH TANK directed by Andrea ARNOLD

BAK-JWI (Thirst) directed by PARK Chan-Wook

Best Performance for an Actor
Christoph WALTZ in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS directed by Quentin TARANTINO

Best Performance by an Actress

Charlotte GAINSBOURG in ANTICHRIST directed by Lars von TRIER

charlotte gainsbourgBest Screenplay

MEI Feng for CHUN FENG CHEN ZUI DE YE WAN (Spring Fever) directed by LOU Ye

CAMERA D’OR
SAMSON AND DELILAH directed by Warwick THORNTON (presented at Un Certain Regard)

Caméra d’Or – Special Distinction
AJAMI directed by Scandar COPTI, Yaron SHANI (presented at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)


UN CERTAIN REGARD


Prix Un Certain Regard – Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma

KYNODONTAS (Dogtooth) by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

Jury Prize

POLITIST, ADJECTIV (Police, Adjective) by Corneliu PORUMBOIU.

Special Prize Un Certain Regard 2009

KASI AZ GORBEHAYE IRANI KHABAR NADAREH (No One Knows About Persian Cats) by Bahman GHOBADI

LE PÈRE DE MES ENFANTS (Father of My Children) by Mia HANSEN-LØVE

For a complete list visit: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/

THE RETURN OF THE AUTEURS AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL DE CANNES!

19 May

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Lars von Trier Film “Antichrist” makes some BIG waves at Cannes!

As the Reuters reports: “Danish director Lars von Trier elicited derisive laughter, gasps of disbelief, a smattering of applause and loud boos on Sunday as the credits rolled on his drama “Antichrist” at the Cannes film festival.”

AntichristThe film, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple seeking to overcome the grief of losing their only child, has quickly become the most talked-about at this year’s festival, which ends on May 24.

Lars von TrierLars von Trier is no newbie to Cannes spotlight, controversy and final imprint, as he has won the top prize, the Palme d’Or in 2000 for “Dancer in the Dark”, the Grand Prix Award for “Breaking the Waves” in 1996, a Technical Award for his 1984 film “Element of a Crime” and “Antichrist” could certainly trail behind with some accolades this year!

3464903427_3a92f8991e“Antichrist” brief synopsis:

A grieving couple retreat to ’Eden’, their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse…Check out the surreal trailer below:

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Cannes-Logo1Lars von Trier is not the only GREAT filmmaker appearing this year with some new work generating a lot of buzz, others include: Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Pedro Almodovar’s Los Abrazos Rotos, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart, Terry Gelliam’s follow-up to the Brother’s Grim, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and legendary French director Alan Resnais’ Wild Grass to name a few!

IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE YEAR and here is the impressive line-up of films showcasing at the Festival de Cannes:

2009 FESTIVAL DE CANNES FILMS

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS…ARE THEY WORTH THE TIME?

8 May

Last weekend my friends dragged me to go see X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as they have been hungry to see this type of action/popcorn/comic character flicks this year and X-Men’s release marked the official 2009 Summer Blockbuster release schedule that attempts to satiate these fans.  But will these films REALLY succeed in satiating their fans?

x-men-origins-wolverineAs Rotten Tomatoes critics agrees X-Men is a VERY DULL slapstick film that proved to be uninventive and a total bore during its first half and slightly better its remaining time.  This is not a good sign for the slew of big Hollywood blockbusters releasing this year yet again…particularly, when people are simply looking for a good quality movie or at the very least a decent film!

Here is the proof…read this blurb from the UK Sunday Times about X-Men:

Ratings ImageX-Men Origins is really a series of action sequences, the usual mix of bangs, chases and fights, held together by a plot so predictable that you get no points for guessing right.”

Are the rest of the films, scheduled to be released during Hollywood’s biggest money making time, going to make a big splash this year with critics and fans?

So, far X-Men has proven to be strong at the box office on its opening weekend, but will it stand to survive younger and fresher approaches to a franchise like Star Trek–which releases this week?  Just time will tell…word of mouth from fans and critics will get around and big budget films sales will taper off, as new films are released every week, creating an over crowded field for films and more competition among them!

BUT, what about other smaller films that are really worth seeing and are getting critical acclaim and are releasing this summer?

Those are the films people should be watching and provide with a great alternative to loud non-sensical big budgeted films!

Here are a couple of some great Indie Films that I highly recommend this weekend!

Rudo Y Cursi

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A great follow-up to Y Tu Mama Tambien: starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, directed by Alfonso Cuaron’s brother, Carlos Cuaron and produced by the “great three Mexican Musketeers: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro”.

Synopsis: Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael García Bernal) Verdusco are brothers who work at a banana plantation and also play soccer for the village team. Nicknamed “Tough” because of his personality and football style, Beto dreams of becoming a profes…

Little Ashes

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Synopsis: A romantic story about the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dali, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico Garcia Lorca. In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional…

Starring: Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell

Director: Paul Morrison

The Limits of Control

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The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.

Starring: Isaach de Bankolé, Bill Murray, Gael Garcia Bernal, Tilda Swinton

Director: Jim Jarmusch

GO SEE THESE FILMS!!!