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Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Sea of Trees is the latest from Gus Van Sant, a filmmaker with a very eclectic track record that proves he's not afraid to put himself out there and experiment. His movies may not always hit their mark but the passion and unique creative voice is always there. Despite early negative buzz at the festival, The Sea of Trees is far from the disaster Cannes audiences have made it out to be. The film is a bit long and flawed in some areas but extremely watchable. Cannes always needs a high-profile whipping boy and with its lush pedigree, this year Van Sant's The Sea of Trees fits the bill but in reality the opposite is true. This film is Gus Van Sant's best since Milk.
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming a crucial voice in cinema, crafting human stories of immense power and durability. His one-two-three punch of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy has been enough to get him noticed in film-savvy circles, but his latest film Sicario may be his best work to date. It's a bleak drug-trade thriller on the surface but deep down it's really a dense character study with comments on the violence in this modern world. It's in the same ballpark as other modern commentaries like Traffic and Zero Dark Thirty but with its own unique flavor.
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Most films depicting old age tell their stories slowly and move in a darker and depressing direction. While this isn't always a bad thing, director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth takes a more light-hearted approach to aging and it's a welcome departure. The Italian filmmaker recently won the Best Foreign Language Oscar for The Great Beauty and all the fun and whimsy of that previous endeavor is on full display here as well. Youth is also Sorrentino's second English-language film after the disastrous This Must Be the Place, a huge misfire that has paved the way for this return to form.
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. The Pixar brand has lately been tarnished with unnecessary sequels and sub-par original fare making fans wonder if the magic has run out of the powerhouse. After all, this is the company that created classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Wall-E so after witnessing their recent output in the last few years, a cause for concern would make sense. The good news is the drought is over and Pixar has come roaring back with their latest Inside Out, which premiered in Cannes. It's an adventure built inside the mind of an eleven-year-old girl with her emotions as main characters. It's fast, funny and deeply touching in a way that will entertain kids and sucker punch adults.
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Director Todd Haynes is best known for making the 2002 theatrical feature Far from Heaven and the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce", two works that probed deep into human emotion and hidden desires. His latest is the equally effective Carol, an unofficial companion piece that focuses on forbidden love in the 1950's and delivers top-notch performances from its two female leads. This should come as no surprise since Haynes is used to getting great performances from his actresses but this might be the first time the two ladies in question are so strong that they command the entire movie.
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Two recurring themes in Woody Allen's filmography are murder and dangerous love affairs. His latest is Irrational Man and it continues this trend with mixed results. But mostly it will leave you with thoughts of revisiting Allen's better efforts like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Match Point and Cassandra's Dream. His latest film (which just premiered at Cannes) takes place in a concentrated college town where everyone seems to know each other and privacy is nonexistent. Insecure philosophy professor Abe Lucas (played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just been hired at the fictional Braylin College and it's treated like an atom bomb of gossip by the faculty and student body.
Every year, as we head into spring, the Cannes Film Festival unveils it's lineup as cinephiles around the world wait anxiously to find out what films will be premiering at the prestigious festival. The 2015 line-up has been unveiled, with a rather interesting selection of films ranging from Mad Max: Fury Road to Pixar's Inside Out to Natalie Portman's first film A Tale of Love and Darkness to Justin Kurzel's Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, to filmmakers like Jacques Audiard (Rust & Bone, A Prophet), Garrone, Kore-Eda, Moretti, Sorrentino, Villeneuve, Gus Van Sant and Woody Allen. This is the day many diehard cinephiles have been waiting for, to find out what's showing up this year, so take a look at the selection in full below.
This year's Cannes Film Festival has announced their opening night selection - a film by Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Bercot titled La Tête Haute which translates to Heads Up in English. It was revealed this morning, ahead of the rest of the line-up coming this week. It's not uncommon to see a French film selected as opener, but Thierry Frémaux says "the choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony." The world première of La Tête Haute will be shown in the Grand Théâtre Lumière in the Palais des Festivals, and will be released in French cinemas the same day, on Wednesday, May 13th. The film tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing.
Holy crap! Cannes has announced that one of the main films playing at the 68th Festival de Cannes this May will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road - playing out of competition of course. This bodes will for the kick ass new Mad Max movie, that looks increasingly awesome the more and more we see in trailers. Cannes has recently chosen big Hollywood movies to play the festival, including some animated 3D movies, but it's good to see George Miller and this badass action flick getting the spotlight and the red carpet on the Croisette this year. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne & Josh Helman.
Last year, it was Marcello Mastroianni, this year it's Ingrid Bergman. The Cannes Film Festival has officially unveiled the poster art for the 68th Festival de Cannes, taking place this May in France. They explain: "Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman was a modern icon, an emancipated woman, an intrepid actress, and a figurehead for the new realism. She changed roles and adoptive countries as the mood took her, but never lost sight of her quintessential grace and simplicity." Bergman has been to Cannes many times for various films, working with filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman. Take a look.