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May 26, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild awarded FIPRESCI prize in Cannes

Beasts of the Southern Wild awarded FIPRESCI prize in Cannes

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via Filmmaker magazine Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild picked up the FIPRESCI prize, given by an international jury of film critics, as the best film in the Un Certain Regard section of the main selection. Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog picked up the FIPRESCI prize in the Competition, while the jury gave the Director’s Fortnight prize to Rachad Djaidani’s Hold Back. The Cannes Ecumenical Jury gave its prize…

Cannes 2012: After Lucia wins top prize of Un Certain Regard

Cannes 2012: After Lucia wins top prize of Un Certain Regard

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Prize of Un Certain Regard: Despues de Lucia (Michel Franco) Un Certain Regard Special Distinction: Dject (Aida Begic) Un Certain Regard for Best Actress: Emilie Dequenne (A Perdre la Raison), Suzanne Clement (Laurence Anyways) Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: Le Grand Soir (Gustave Kervern & Benoit Delepine) (thanks to JennyL) Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury gave its top prize on Saturday to Michel Franco’s After Lucia (Despues de Lucia)…

Jo Nesbø’s Norweigian thriller, Headhunters

Jo Nesbø’s Norweigian thriller, Headhunters

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Headhunters opened in the US a month ago, but we were distracted with preparations for Cannes and I let it slip past without posting. Thanks to Pierre de Plume for reminding me. Jo Nesbø is a name you should know, because Martin Scorsese is interested in adapting The Snowman, one of Nesbø’s Harry Hole detective thrillers. Headhunters is showing on only 39 screens across the country right now, so if…

Prometheus – And how different it is from an Alien Prequel

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The Guardian has a nice interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof on the making of the Alien myth as we prepare for Prometheus. It’s worth a read. Yet after so many big, dumb success stories, will audiences actually want a highbrow blockbuster? “My hope is that it functions on two levels. First, I hope it is entertaining. I hope that people can enjoy it, whether that means providing scares, thrills or…