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May 16, 2010

Another Year close to domestic distribution deal?

Another Year close to domestic distribution deal?

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Deadline‘s Mike Fleming says Another Year is generating lots of interest among key players. The Mike Leigh-directed film Another Year is the first Cannes Festival premiere that has sparked interest from the domestic distributor crowd. Everybody got a look at it this weekend, and I’m hearing that Sony Pictures Classics and The Weinstein Company are in the mix and a deal could happen quick.

Les Amours Imaginaires gets standing ovation in Cannes

Les Amours Imaginaires gets standing ovation in Cannes

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21-year-old Xavier Dolan received a standing ovation at the Cannes Fest this weekend for his second film, Les Amours imaginaires. CTV reports: “I’ve been in interviews the whole day so I’m just starting to read the reviews,” [Dolan] told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “But the public reception was really warm, it was very moving.” Dolan plays Francis “a sensitive intellectual gay man” and Monika Chokri stars as his best…

Cannes Diary, Day 5

Cannes Diary, Day 5

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So far, there have been no standing ovations and no loud booing. The only film that got mildly booed was the pretty awful La princesse de Montpensier. The Tavernier film was a difficult sit, despite the much-commented upon beauty of the cast. It is a limp romance novel at best with some nudity. Speaking of nudity, my first random observation about Cannes is that they use sex to sell whenever…

French Critics Sign On for ‘Another Year’

French Critics Sign On for ‘Another Year’

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Le Film Francais’ chart of French critics’ favorites at Cannes shows¬†them mostly blown away by¬†Mike Leigh’s Another Year. They also¬†dance¬†a turn or two with¬†Amalric’s¬†Tourn√©e (quelle surprise!), but are¬†setting no stock by¬†Wall Street 2.¬†Sasha must be right when she says that Wall Street is essentially an American film. Thanks to Aur√©lie in the forums for the cool chart link.

Owen G’s Gives Another Year Four Stars

Owen G’s Gives Another Year Four Stars

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On one of our many walks about town, where people know and approach Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere, we bumped into the one and only Owen Gleiberman of EW. He kind of talked a bit about Mike Leigh and why he doesn’t belong to any kind of cult that would have Leigh as its main leader. I had been wondering, therefore, what he was going to think about Cannes’ best offering…

Come on Guy, Give up the 1/2 a Star

Come on Guy, Give up the 1/2 a Star

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In Contention’s Guy Lodge wrote a thoughtful, articulate review of Mike Leigh’s Another Year. My only gripe is, really, 31/2 stars? I think it’s a four star film. But I tend towards passionate enthusiasm. I admit this to be true about myself. Not good at being a critic: If ‚ÄúHappy-Go-Lucky‚Äù was a discursive thesis on the merits and challenges of making one‚Äôs own happiness, ‚ÄúAnother Year‚Äù continues that investigation, while…