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May 2010

Bardem Wins Best Actor in Cannes?

Spain's leading newspaper is reporting that Javier Bardem has won Best Actor for his performance in Biutiful. ¬†Manuel translates for us: It says: ‚ÄúBardem conquers the Croisette. He won the Best Male Performance award. The jury has…

Guy Lodge Adds Predictions

I just can't, for the life of me, manage to predict these. ¬†For one thing, I didn't see everything, but for another thing - it's such a toss-up. ¬†There is no way to predict it. ¬†Guy, over at InContention, does a good job laying out why…

Predicting Tonight’s Cannes Awards

Erik Anderson at ICS has laid out his predictions. Not for nothing, Cedric (@onthecroisette) has been reporting on who is still in town and who isn't, as a way of trying to figure whom was asked to stay for the awards ceremony). ¬†So far,…

Cannes 2010: Why is Biutiful So Controversial?

One of the big head-scratchers for me at Cannes, it being my first time and all, was the vastly different opinions offered up on Biutiful. I still find it one of the great mysteries that I seemed to have watched an entirely different…

HaHaHa and Tournee win early Cannes honors

As we wait with baity bated breath for the Palme d'Or and other major awards to be handed out tomorrow night, Steve Pond at The Wrap has the rundown on tonight's preliminary prizes from other Cannes juries: HaHaHa, a Korean film directed…

Kevin Costner’s Wacky Project Makes Good

Kevin Costner may have been ridiculed the world wide for Waterworld. But the actor's financial investment over the past couple of decades has resulted in a possible fix for the devastating oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico: Costner has…

But what will win the Palme?

A few articles have come out about how this year's fest might turn out. Also check out this BBC article about which Palme d'Or winners come from which countries. Listening to Kenneth Turan on NPR this morning, he made the good point that,…

Strong Reviews for Uncle Boonmee

While Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives scores high praise in the 11th hour at Cannes, Apichatpong Weerasethakul talks about this week's devastating violence and destruction in the Thai capital. "I feel worried about my…

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Let's get down to it, shall we? There wasn't a No Country for Old Men at Cannes this year, at least not as far as I could tell. For one thing, the best films there weren't in the English language, except for Mike Leigh's Another…

A Campaign for Real Movies

Roger Ebert, practically royalty at the Cannes film fest, is on to something when he talks about "real movies": We should start a Campaign for Real Movies. These also would not be carbonated by CGI or 3D. They would be carefully created…

Cannes 2010: Poetry and the Critics Reactions

Since I usually cover Cannes from afar, it was interesting to me to watch how the consensus formed. Whenever we would read news and reports from Cannes, or any other festival, btw, we are putting our trust in the consensus. I've now…

Love Ranch

We first heard about the tantalizing Love Ranch in October 2008. Here's hoping the long-delayed film is as gaudily tawdry and brazen as the trailer makes it look. Inspired by the story of Joe and Sally Conforte, proprietors of the…

IFC picks up Heartbeats and Prey

IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to two films: Xavier Dolan‚Äôs HEARTBEATS which is screening in Un Certain Regard at this year‚Äôs…

ICS in Cannes: Quick takes from Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson of the International Cinephile Society treks to Cannes and hooks us up with a few succinct impressions of significant films. ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh) Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are visited by Mike Leigh in this…