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Cannes Dispatch – That’s a Wrap

"I loved SHOPLIFTERS. It’s wonderfully made and says something about us humans that’s incredibly insightful and true. It’s the only film this year that made me cry... I already predicted it to be an early Oscar contender in my original…

Cannes Dispatch – Leto / Border

Day 3 of the Cannes Film Festival. The competition showings haven’t been as strong as hoped so far, but I liked EVERYBODY KNOWS more than most and stumbled upon another charmer today. Russian filmmaker/multimedia artist Kirill…

Cannes71 Lineup

Shocks and surprises abound in today’s Cannes lineup announcement, an annual event traditionally characterized by a comforting, almost numbing sense of familiarity. Oh the Dardennes again, of course. Almodóvar? Sure. Haneke – évidemment!…

Cannes71 Preview

Besides the Oscars, the Cannes lineup announcement probably most feels like Christmastime for cinephiles everywhere. When festival director Thierry Frémaux finally reveals (usually at a painfully deliberate pace) the names of his guests at…

Berlin Dispatch – That’s a Wrap

All right, so I was WAY off with my predictions this year, nailing exactly zero of all awards presented at the 68th Berlinale. It’s never easy to tell how these things will go down with a small number of jurors coming from an eclectic mix…

Berlin Dispatch – Highlights So Far

Day 4 of the 68th Berlinale. Nine competition films have already screened with ten more to go. For an edition that opened so strong, it’s somewhat disappointing that masterpieces haven’t been landing left and right as hoped. Which is…

Berlin Dispatch – Isle of Dogs

As part of the European A-list film fest trifecta, the Berlin Film Festival – or Berlinale – can’t claim the kind of all-star roster of its counterpart in Cannes nor the sheer old-time glamor of Venice. It also typically bears the least…