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‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival

‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival
The Lighthouse, a story of two lighthouse keepers who drive each other to madness, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second features in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics Week. The award was announced Saturday by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).

Robert Eggers The Lighthouse was shot in black and white and starred Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Fipresci also honored Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven as the best film in competition and Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, Hidden Life, won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Lighthouse was produced by A24, New Regency and Brazil’s Rt Features, and has international distribution by Focus Features, with A24 claiming rights for North America.

The Lighthouse sees “two lead actors give stormy, career-best performances,” according to the statement from the Fipresci jury.
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Bleak Themes And Dark Times Triumph In The Films That Won Big At The Cannes Film Festival This Year As Americans Are Shut Out

Bleak Themes And Dark Times Triumph In The Films That Won Big At The Cannes Film Festival This Year As Americans Are Shut Out
The Feature Film Jury of the main competition for the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival has spoken, and in judging the 21 entries eligible for the Palme d’Or and other prizes, they have gone dark, very very dark.

But that isn’t atypical of past Cannes juries, who are notoriously unpredictable (which is why I don’t commit the fools errand of trying to predict them), and often influenced by the weight of the world around them. The direction President Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s jury would take is sort of written in stone, as I pointed out in reporting his remarks to the audience at the opening night ceremony.

“We shall do our best to see what resonates with us, disturbs us, and makes us feel ill at ease,” he said, making it sound like they are not expecting to have much fun in the cinema the next 12 days. “We
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Cannes Jury Says Awarding Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ the Palme d’Or Was Unanimous Decision

Cannes Jury Says Awarding Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ the Palme d’Or Was Unanimous Decision
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival ended in historic fashion as Bong Joon-ho became the first Korean director to win the Palme d’Or. Bong took home the top prize for his dramatic thriller “Parasite.” This year’s Cannes jury sat down for a press conference after the awards ceremony and revealed the decision to award Bong the Palme d’Or was a unanimous one.

This year’s Cannes jury was headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu and included Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

“It’s such a unique experience. It’s so unexpected,” Iñárritu raved about “Parasite.” “It took all of us sharing our experiences. We shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres and mixed them and spoke in a funny,
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Cannes Film Festival Winners: ‘Parasite’ Takes Palme D’Or, Antonio Banderas Best Actor; ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Empty-Handed – Full List

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Cannes Film Festival Winners: ‘Parasite’ Takes Palme D’Or, Antonio Banderas Best Actor; ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Empty-Handed – Full List
Update: Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho scooped the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or tonight with Parasite, a powerful dramedy about the collision of two families from very different classes. This is Bong’s first major prize in Cannes and was not a surprise given the great reception and momentum it enjoyed on the ground. In his remarks onstage tonight inside the Lumière, he noted to the French audience that one of his inspirations has been Claude Chabrol.

The prizes overall followed expectations, although there were no gongs for Quentin Tarantino’s roundly lauded Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – perhaps noting how this year’s jury went for more contemporary stories of issues the world is facing today. Before bestowing the Palme d’Or, Jury President Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu said the panel had watched films from iconic directors and veterans who mixed genres, while adding that in “the time we live today,
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Cannes 2019. Awards

Bong Joon-Ho's ParasiteIN COMPETITIONPalme d'Or: Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho (read our review)Grand Prix: Atlantics directed by Mati Diop (read our review)Jury Prize: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly (read our review)and Bacurau directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (read our review)Best Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Young AhmedBest Actor: Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory Best Actress: Emily Beecham for Little Joe (read our review)Best Screenplay: Céline Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on FireSpecial Mention: It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia SuleimanUN Certain REGARDThe Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão directed by Karim Aïnouz (read our review)Prix d'interpretation: Chiara Mastroianni for On a Magical NightPrix de la mise en scène: Kantemir Balagov for Beanpole (read our review)Jury Prize: Fire Will Come directed by Oliver LaxeUn Certain Regard "Coup de Coeur" Award: The Climb by Michel Covinoand A
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Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards: ‘Parasite’ Wins Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards: ‘Parasite’ Wins Palme d’Or
For the second year in a row, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to an Asian film about a close-knit family of con artists. A year after Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” won the 2018 award, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s jury gave this year’s top prize to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” one of the most critically acclaimed films of this year’s festival.

In his review on TheWrap, Ben Croll called the film “a genre-bending dark comedy with searing class consciousness” and labeled it a return to form for the director whose last two films were the English-language “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”

The Grand Prix, the jury’s second place award, went to the first black woman director ever in the Cannes competition, Mati Diop, for “Atlantics.”

Also Read: 'Parasite' Film Review: Bong Joon-ho Tackles Disparity With Delicious Dark Comedy

Antonio Banderas won the
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Cannes 2019 Full Winners List: Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’

Cannes 2019 Full Winners List: Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival officially comes to an end with the awards ceremony in which this year’s competition jury will name the best films and performances of the festival. The 2019 jury was headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, who won Cannes’ Best Director prize for “Babel.” Other jury members included Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

This year’s Palme d’Or race consisted of 20 movies, several of which were from previous Palme d’Or winners such as Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”), and the Dardenne Brothers (“The Young Ahmed”). Whichever film wins the Palme d’Or will follow last year’s pick “Shoplifters,” the acclaimed Hirokazu Kore-eda drama that went
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The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019

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The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019
The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to truly have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally acknowledged that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was a bit lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies by iconic auteurs, and Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, and Quentin Tarantino all had films in competition that delivered that blend of artistic rush and gravitas. But there were, in addition, many up-and-coming voices who rose above the fray, from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) to Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”), pointing the way to cinema’s future.

La Belle Époque

Hidden in plain sight among the out-of-competition premieres at Cannes, this mainstream French comedy from writer-director Nicolas Bedos is the kind of movie that journalists routinely ignore in favor of flashier titles from international directors.
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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes
Robert Eggers’ psychodrama “The Lighthouse” has been named the best movie at Cannes’ Critics Week and Directors’ Fortnight by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). The victory for “The Lighthouse” gives A24 its first major prize at Cannes and continues the awards buzz for “The Lighthouse” that exploded after the movie’s world premiere earlier this week. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

The International Federation of Film Critics also awarded Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard. Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. IndieWire recently named “Beanpole,” “A Hidden Life,” and “The Lighthouse” three of the 10 best films at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Lighthouse,” shot on 35mm black-and-white film and presented in Academy ratio, stars Willem Dafoe
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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse Wins Cannes Critics’ Award
Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes.

The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), which also honored Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

At the same awards announcement, it was revealed that Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition entry, “Hidden Life,” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

The Fipresci honor for “The Lighthouse” marks another plaudit for Eggers, who is rapidly emerging as a major talent in many critics’ view, as well as for one of the best-reviewed of movies in any section at
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Watch the 2019 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or

Watch the 2019 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today with the official awards ceremony. This year’s Cannes jury, headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, will be announcing their picks for the best films and performances at the 2019 festival. Iñárritu was joined on the jury by Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

This year’s Palme d’Or race is made up of 21 movies, including new efforts from previous Palme d’Or winners Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), the Dardenne Brothers (“The Young Ahmed”), and Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”). The latter two have won two Palme d’Or prizes, meaning a win in 2019 would be historic because no director has ever won three Palme d’Or trophies.
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Cannes 2019: The Best 10 Movies From This Year’s Festival

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Cannes 2019: The Best 10 Movies From This Year’s Festival
Going into the Cannes Film Festival, several movies were already generating a lot of buzz, and they certainly delivered for many audiences. Elton John biopic “Rocketman” pleased diehard fans of the singer, who walked the red carpet to much fanfare. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brought Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to Cannes to present some of their best performances yet, as an actor-stuntman duo in 1969 contending with the changing times. As a platform for studio movies generating buzz ahead of their stateside releases, Cannes did not disappoint.

However, the festival offers a whole lot of cinema beyond the most obvious headline-grabbing ingredients. With 69 films in the Official Selection and dozens more in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, Cannes had plenty of opportunities to celebrate new work from auteur mainstays and major discoveries from new talents. Here are the major highlights.

A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick is back.
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At Cannes, Filmmakers and the Festival Unite in Struggle for Relevance

At Cannes, Filmmakers and the Festival Unite in Struggle for Relevance
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival began with an image that should frighten anyone invested in the art form. “We make films to share with audiences,” said actor-director Édouard Baer, while hosting the festival’s opening-night ceremony. “An empty cinema is a filmmaker’s nightmare.”

Debates about the theatrical experience rage on, but Baer’s image carries much deeper resonance as the Cannes Film Festival — always a focal point for examining the state of movies around the world — cast a spotlight on the existential uncertainty surrounding the art form’s future. The festival delivered one of its best lineups in years, but that promising achievement comes with a caveat: If Cannes triumphs and the world barely notices, does it make a sound?

All the hype in Cannes could not compete with the giddiness surrounding the final “Game of Thrones” episode on the festival’s first weekend, with some festivalgoers staying up until 3 a.
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Palme d’Or predictions For Cannes 2019

This coming weekend, the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will hand out its annual awards, capped by the cover Palme d’Or prize. Taking this award can sometimes set a movie off on a path towards Oscar love. To be fair, Academy Award attention is hardly guaranteed when it comes to feted Cannes titles. Still, some early hardware can never hurt a potential contender. With some high profile filmmakers at the festival this year like Pedro Almodovar, Bong Joon-ho, the Dardenne Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, Terrence Malick, and of course, Quentin Tarantino, A-listers could very well end up with some gold before the weekend is out. As a reminder, here is what is in competition this year at the Cannes Film Festival: In Competition “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar “The Traitor,” Marco BellocchioThe Wild Goose Lake,” Diao Yinan “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho “Young Ahmed,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne “Oh Mercy!,” Arnaud Desplechin “Atlantique,
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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Will Stay Intact for Theatrical Release, But Quentin Tarantino Eyes ‘Hollywood’ Expansion

As filmmakers spend all-nighters in the editing suite in order to submit their latest work in time for festival premieres, it’s no surprise that during the sometimes extensive wait between the first showing and a theatrical premiere, more tinkering is bound to be done. Today we have updates on two of the biggest films coming out of Cannes Film Festival and the how most audiences will experience them.

First up, Terrence Malick has been spending years editing A Hidden Life and, for the time being, all 173 glorious minutes will stay intact when Fox Searchlight releases it, producer Grant Hill confirmed with Deadline. “The love story was always there in A Hidden Life, it came out more and more as we went on,” he said about the long post-production process, which also led to the director’s longest theatrical release yet. Re-teaming with Malick after The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight plans a 2019 release,
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‘A Hidden Life’ Producer Talks Production Hurdles & Years-Long Editing Process For Terrence Malick’s Latest

Just recently, after its highly-anticipated, and critically successful, premiere at Cannes, Terrence Malick’s World War II drama, “A Hidden Life,” was snatched up by Disney-owned Fox Searchlight for a deal worth a reported $14 million. That’s big money for any film, let alone an almost-3-hour arthouse love story with the backdrop of WWII from a critically-acclaimed, but experimental, filmmaker. And according to a new report, the immediate financial success was never a guarantee for Malick’s latest.

Continue reading ‘A Hidden Life’ Producer Talks Production Hurdles & Years-Long Editing Process For Terrence Malick’s Latest at The Playlist.
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The Epic Three-Year Journey Of Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’: Can Disney-Fox Searchlight Improve Auteur’s B.O. Track Record? – Cannes

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The Epic Three-Year Journey Of Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’: Can Disney-Fox Searchlight Improve Auteur’s B.O. Track Record? – Cannes
In the Terrence Malick canon, A Hidden Life is reportedly one of his lower-budgeted films, with a net production cost in the high single digits. That’s significantly below the $32 million net cost of his 2011 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Tree of Life, which starred Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and a fresh-faced Jessica Chastain.

That’s remarkable considering Malick’s reputation for lengthy productions and improvised on-the-fly shooting, and A Hidden Life, about Austrian farmer-turned-wwii conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis, is reportedly the director’s longest production ever from pre-production to final cut. The majority of that time was spent in the editing room.

As riveting as Malick’s E.E. Cummings visual cinematic movies are, so too are their commercial prospects risky. For the most part, his movies don’t make money, even if they have stars like Natalie Portman, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck
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Cannes Report, Day 9: Xavier Dolan Grows Up, Neon Falls for ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Cannes Report, Day 9: Xavier Dolan Grows Up, Neon Falls for ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’
Xavier Dolan is “enfant terrible” no more. The director has now turned 30, and he got emotional and teary-eyed while introducing his latest film, “Matthias and Maxime,” on Wednesday at Cannes.

And critics could sense that his latest film suggests the director is slowing down and looking back on his youth with more sensitivity and even maturity.

“‘Matthias & Maxime’ deals with friendship and self discovery in a way that will be familiar to fans of Dolan’s previous work, but it is a, dare we say, more mature work,” TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote in his review, calling the film a return to form despite the young director’s blistering pace and constant presence at Cannes. “There’s a reflection to go with the gleeful, transgressive energy, a sense of looking back fondly at the jarring but seminal moments that form identity.”

Also Read: 'Matthias & Maxime' Film
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‘Hidden Life’s’ August Diehl Stars in Tom Schreiber’s ‘Beautiful Souls,’ from Sutor Kolonko (Exclusive)

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‘Hidden Life’s’ August Diehl Stars in Tom Schreiber’s ‘Beautiful Souls,’ from Sutor Kolonko (Exclusive)
Cannes — August Diehl, star of Terrence Malick’s Cannes competition player “Hidden Life,” acquired by Fox Searchlight during the festival, will head the cast of Tom Schreiber’s upcoming “Beautiful Souls” (“Schöne Seelen”).

Lead produced by Ingmar Trost at Sutor Kolonko in Germany, and structured as a domestic co-production with Maze Pictures, “Beautiful Souls” has just been set up as an international co-production with Spain’s Fasten Films and Topkapi Films in the Netherlands.

At an initial financing stage – though the prospect of an international sales agent boarding early on look good – “Beautiful Souls” is scheduled to go into production in late summer 2020.

Described as a goofy drama set in the pop trash of the 1990s,“Beautiful Souls” portrays the impact of macro historical change on a motley German community of inveterate individualists seeking happiness down on Spain’s Costa Brava coast.

It turns on Freddy, a perpetual juvenile chancer
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Rushes: Cannes Clips, Mati Diop, Crafting Cinematography

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSThe late Machiko Kyo in Cannes, c. 1960.Machiko Kyo, the star of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu, and Teinosuke Kinugasa's Gate of Hell, has passed away at the age of 95. Recommended VIEWINGThe 2nd trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which expands further upon the film's storytelling ambitions, comic tone, and inspired casting. Janus Films has released the trailer for its new restoration of Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston's seminal 1990 documentary on New York City drag ball culture. Ahead of its June 21 release, the final trailer for Toy Story 4 promises road trip adventures and, as per usual, some existential mayhem regarding what it means to be a child's toy. Exclusive clips by way of Cannes, each depicting intimate encounters. Abel Ferrara's Tommaso follows an
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