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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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Streaming: Cannes from the comfort of your home

The festival may be holding its line against Netflix – officially, at least. But treats from the Croisette can still be enjoyed online

Another Cannes, another Netflix standoff. For the second year running, no films distributed by the streaming colossus are premiering in the festival’s official selection. While French exhibitors insist on a traditional cinema release for all premieres on the Croisette, Netflix remains unwilling to adjust its own straight-to-streaming strategy for a shot at Palme d’Or prestige. Other major festivals are making concessions to new media – notably Venice, which poached Alfonso Cuarón’s eventual awards darling Roma from the spoils of last year’s Cannes-Netflix battle – but the French remain insistent that cinema, by definition, belongs on the big screen first.

Well, mostly. Exceptions are to be found in the festival’s independently run Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week strands – which, without the media and industry glare that comes with Tarantino-level names,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Song Without a Name’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Song Without a Name’
In a dingy clinic, a newborn child is whisked away from her exhausted mother, supposedly for routine health checks, and is never returned; in short order, the clinic vanishes into thin air too, leaving the stolen baby’s bewildered, impoverished parents with no recourse. The premise of “Song Without a Name” is at once fact-based and the stuff of shadowed, surreal nightmares, and Peruvian writer-director Melina León’s artfully affecting debut feature splits the difference: Earthy with social detail from a despairing period of Peru’s recent history, it’s also shot, scored and styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams.

The film’s wistful, elegiac tone, immaculate monochrome cinematography and compassionate focus on disenfranchised indigenous women will inevitably prompt surface-level comparisons to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” — which can hardly hurt “Song Without a Name’s” distribution prospects as it embarks upon what will likely be a gilded festival run,
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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ 4K Blu-ray Coming: See the Trailer (Updated)

The official Stanley Kubrick Twitter account made waves today when it announced a 4K restoration of The Shining is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital on October 1st.

This new The Shining 4K restoration will premiere at Cannes on Friday with esteemed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón providing an introduction.

It's too early to talk about bonus features as Warner Bros. hasn't sent out their official press release. They are talking about the remastering effort at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging that includes a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative, with Janet Wilson handling color grading under the supervision of Stanley Kubrick’s former personal assistant, Leon Vitali.

The social media announcement includes the film's new key art, and below is a new The Shining 4K trailer. Expect the key art to be used on the 4K Ultra HD combo pack.

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‘The Souvenir’ Film Review: Sundance Award-Winner Weaves a Dreamy but Honest Memory Piece

‘The Souvenir’ Film Review: Sundance Award-Winner Weaves a Dreamy but Honest Memory Piece
In British auteur Joanna Hogg’s exquisitely composed fourth feature “The Souvenir” — winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition — a beguiling layer of innocence surrounds its central character, Julie. It’s a sweet, translucent shell actor Honor Swinton-Byrne almost can’t help but wear on behalf of the 20-something Londoner she plays, while she teeters on the brink of breaking out of it.

Seen from the other side of one’s mid-40s, it’s a recognizable shield of youthfulness, one that rips open and vanishes when you least expect it to. In Julie’s case, immense, life-defining endeavors have already been chipping away at it. She has been feeling her way through film school with ambition, searching for her creative voice in the 1980s and trying humbly to reconcile her socioeconomic privilege with her lefty worldview and artistic interests.

But it’s the kind of tragic,
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Cannes/Netflix Clash: Trying To Define Movies In The Era Of Streaming

There is probably nothing that defines movies —or cinema—better or more purely for cineastes than Cannes. And as we embark on the 72nd edition of this iconic film festival, the definition of what really is a movie has never been a hotter topic of discussion, from Hollywood to the French Riviera and all points in between.

It has been a key argument in the so-called Netflix debate—what constitutes a theatrical film as opposed to a television movie?—to the point where even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences created a committee to try and define what should be eligible for an Oscar in the new era of streaming services. Netflix, for its part, is muddying the waters further by trying to have its cake and eat it, in terms of debuting movies day and date on their platform as well as in theaters, in order to ‘prove
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The 2019 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The 2019 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Almodóvar Compete for Palme d’Or

2019 Cannes Critics’ Week Lineup Revealed, Including Jesse Eisenberg in ‘Vivarium

Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight 2019 Lineup Includes Robert Pattinson’s ‘Lighthouse,’ Guadagnino Short Film

Cannes Classics 2019: Alfonso Cuarón to Present ‘The Shining’ in 4K

Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Not Ready for Cannes Yet, But There’s Still Hope

Nicolas Winding Refn Will Deliver Cannes Masterclass on Working in Film and TV — Exclusive

Cannes Jury Announced: Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt Join Iñárritu

Quentin Tarantino to Compete for Cannes Palme d’Or With ‘Hollywood,’ 25 Years After ‘Pulp Fiction

Pre-Festival Analysis

20 Shocks and Surprises From the 2019 Cannes Lineup, From Werner Herzog to Xavier Dolan

Cannes 2019: One Year After Gender Parity Pledge, Female-Directed Competition Titles See Small Increase

Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time
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The Match Factory Boards ‘Noche de Fuego’ From ‘Roma’ Producer (Exclusive)

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Leading arthouse sales agent The Match Factory, which has four films in the Cannes Film Festival official selection, has added “Noche de Fuego” by Mexican-El Salvadoran director Tatiana Huezo to its slate. The film is produced by Nicolas Celis, producer of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” and Jim Stark, who has produced several films by Jim Jarmusch.

“Noche de Fuego,” which is based on Jennifer Clement’s novel “Prayers for the Stolen,” is Huezo’s third film following “The Tiniest Place” (2011) — winner of the Ariel Award for best Mexican documentary, best international feature at Visions Du Reel and the Fipresci Award at Mar del Plata — and “Tempestad” (2016), which premiered at Berlinale Forum, and won the documentary award at Camerimage plus four Ariel Awards, including for direction and documentary. “Tempestad” was also nominated at the Goya Awards for best Ibero-American Film.

“Noche de Fuego” tells the story of three girls living in
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Mubi, Kinoscope execs in inaugural VOD event at Cannes 2019 Marché (exclusive)

’Meet The Streamers’ will be held on Tuesday May 21 from 3-5pm.

The Marché du Film has launched a new event for the 2019 market called ’Meet The Streamers’, to connect key VOD players with international sales agents and producers.

Taking place on Tuesday, May 21 from 3pm to 5pm Cest at the Plage des Palmes, the event will run via a 20-minute speed-meeting format, introducing representatives from seven platforms to a rotating selection of attendees.

The representatives present will include Anaïs Lebrun, programming director – international at global streamer Mubi; Pawel Wieszczecinski, founder, executive director and head of distribution at New York-founded service Kinoscope; Joan Sala,
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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Sweeps 6th Premios Platino

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Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Sweeps 6th Premios Platino
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” made a sweep of the 6th Premios Platino on Sunday, May 12, trouncing its fellow nominees in direction, cinematography, screenplay, sound, and best Iberoamerican film.

The annual Iberoamerican awards ceremony, held once again at the Teatro Gran Tlachco within the sprawling Ecotourist Xcaret Park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, was beamed live on TNT Latin America and by 19 free-to-air television networks from Latin America and Spain.

“Roma” was a shoo-in given its nine noms and all the prominent awards it has collected since its Golden Lion win at the 75th Venice Film Fest and culminating in its capture of Mexico’s first-ever best international film Oscar (formerly known as the best foreign language film award), as well as best director and best cinematography Academy Awards for Cuaron.

In a glittering ceremony opened by iconic Spanish crooner Raphael, who received a lifetime achievement award a day prior,
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Nominations for the 61st Arieles Are Announced

by Jorge Molina

Award season is a misnomer. Movie awards are a year-long, worldwide affair. At the end of last month the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (Amacc) announced its nominees for the 61st annual Ariel awards, celebrating the films of 2018.

As you undoubtedly would expect, Alfonso Cuarón’s multi-celebrated, Oscar-winning Roma garnered the most nominations, with 15. It was followed by Museo, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, and The Good Girls by Alejandra Márquez Abella (still awaiting Us distribution), with 14 each. You can see a full list of nominees below:
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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Review – Tribeca 2019

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound directed by Midge Costin, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, takes a fascinating, in-depth look at the key figures in the field of sound design and the process they’ve mastered.

When the trailers for The Force Awakens first dropped, what gave me the biggest thrill was hearing the Millennium Falcon take flight again, the sound of those Tie fighters hurtling behind it, the zip of the stormtrooper’s laser guns, John Williams’ iconic score, and of course Chewbacca growling in response to Han’s line, ‘Chewie, we’re home’. All elements of that much-loved sci-fi saga’s now familiar sound design that first transported us to a galaxy far, far away back in 1977, created by Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt. Coincidentally, I saw Making Waves on the same day that Peter Mayhew’s family shared the sad news that he had passed away.
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Search for Top Talent Heats Up as Netflix and Amazon Increase Film and TV Shoots in Mexico

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Epigmenio Ibarra proudly shows off the impressive new facilities of his 27-year-old production house, Argos Comunicación, located in an industrial zone outside Mexico City. He walks through one of six brand-new sound stages, a state-of-the-art suite where colorists are working on a series, a set-construction warehouse and more. A production has wrapped the day before, another will start the following week, and still another in two weeks.

Construction of the facilities was completed less than two years ago, just in time for the extraordinary explosion of the Mexican entertainment industry that followed the arrival of global companies like Netflix and Amazon. Not that Ibarra had an inkling of what was coming. As recently as five years ago, he says, the local television landscape was still dominated by Televisa and TV Azteca, and perhaps only five series were being produced in all of Mexico.

Today, Ibarra puts that number at 50. Many
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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tops First Critics’ Poll Naming Best Films of the Decade — See Full List

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tops First Critics’ Poll Naming Best Films of the Decade — See Full List
The final months of 2019 will see an onslaught of lists naming the best movies and performances of the decade, but World of the Reel got a jump on the bandwagon by publishing this week the first massive critics’ poll devoted to figuring out the most beloved titles released since January 1, 2010. The publication asked 250 critics, programmers, academics, and filmmakers to list their five favorite movies of the decade. Any film released between January 2010 and April 2019 was eligible. Pollers included IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn, Christian Blauvelt, Michael Nordine, and Tom Brueggemann.

Topping the list in first place was George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The universally beloved “Mad Max” film was the rare studio blockbuster to make a killing at the Academy Awards, winning six Oscars and scoring major nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. IndieWire recently named “Fury Road” the greatest action film of the 21st century.
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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ira Sachs’ Isabelle Huppert-Starring ‘Frankie’ in First Festival Deal

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ira Sachs’ Isabelle Huppert-Starring ‘Frankie’ in First Festival Deal
Two weeks before the event’s official kickoff, the first big deal of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is already on the books. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Ira Sachs’ “Frankie” in advance of the film’s world premiere. The film marks the lauded indie filmmaker’s first appearance on the Croisette, and the family drama will premiere in Competition at the May festival.

Per the film’s official synopsis, it follows “three generations of a European family [who] come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone’s most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.” The film stars Isabelle Huppert in a role already earning awards buzz,
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'Roma' Cleared for Sizable Theatrical Release in China

'Roma' Cleared for Sizable Theatrical Release in China
Alfonso Cuarón's multi-Oscar winner Roma has landed a theatrical release date in China.

Joy Pictures and E Stars, two influential film distributor based in Beijing, have partnered with China's Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas (Naac) to import and open the film on May 10. The partners will utilized the Naac's network of up to 3,900 screens for the release. 

The substantial distribution plans mean Chinese filmgoers will have the opportunity to see Cuarón's autobiographical black-and-white masterpiece in cinemas with far greater ease than moviegoers anywhere else in the world.

As part of ...
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Cannes Jury Announced: Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt Join Iñárritu

Cannes Jury Announced: Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt Join Iñárritu
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu just got jury duty. The “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director has been named president of this year’s jury at Cannes, and he isn’t alone: Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Paweł Pawlikowski are all joining him.

“The Cannes’ Jury is invited to see films directed by the greatest filmmakers of our time — which is the case again this year,” said Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux in a statement. “Every one of the directors being part of the competition also has to know they will be considered by strong artists — which is also the case!”

Iñárritu most recently directed “The Revenant,” for which he won his second Academy Award for Best Director in as many years — an extremely rare feat. He’s also no stranger to Cannes, having premiered “Amores perros,” “Babel” (for which he won
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‘The Shining’, ‘Easy Rider’ Set For Cannes Classics Screenings

Cannes Classics 2019 © Fdc

Both Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Easy Rider (which turns 50 this year), which was written by Peter Fonda and directed by the late Dennis Hopper, are both set to screen as part of this year’s Cannes Classics later next month.

None other than Alfonso Cuarón will present the midnight screening of Kubrick’s classic The Shining, while Fonda himself will introduce Easy Rider.

Easy Rider celebrates its 50th birthday in 2019 – it originally screened at Cannes in 1969 where Hopper received the First Film Award, Nazarín, and L’Âge d’or (The Golden Age). The festival also says that there will also be a tribute to Lina Wertmüller with a screening of the 1975 film Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties). There will also be a tribute to the late Milos Forman with a showing of his 1965 film Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde), as well as the documentary Forman vs.
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The Shining Gets 4K Restoration, Will Show At Cannes Film Festival

Everybody loves a classic. I really miss Jack Nicholson being in movies. Stanley Kubrick, too. If you agree with me on at least two out of those three, well then buckle up, kids, because I’ve got some great news for you: The Shining is making a big comeback this year! No, I’m not just talking about Mike Flanagan’s upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep; nah, those wonderful folks over at Warner Brothers have commissioned a gorgeous 4K restoration of Kubrick’s revolutionary horror film.

The restoration was taken from an original 35mm negative of the movie, which means it’s as pure as it can get. Plus, Leon Vitali, Stanley’s personal assistant of many years, gave some vital input to the people restoring the pic. I just hope they’re keen enough to keep in the wide shot of the helicopter’s shadow during the opening tracking shot.
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Cannes Classics: Alfonso Cuarón To Present ‘The Shining’, Peter Fonda To Present ‘Easy Rider’

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Cannes Classics: Alfonso Cuarón To Present ‘The Shining’, Peter Fonda To Present ‘Easy Rider’
Alfonso Cuarón will present a restored version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Peter Fonda will present a restored Easy Rider as part of this year’s Cannes Classics lineup.

Kubrick’s horror classic was has been remastered by Warner Bros in 4K using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. After being presented 50 years ago on the Croisette, Dennis Hopper’s 1969 classic Easy Rider has been restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna. It was restored from the 35mm original picture negative.

The sidebar (see the full lineup below) will screen three Luis Buñuel films and Vittorio De Sica’s Miracle In Milan. There will also be a tribute to Lina Wertmüller, the first female filmmaker ever nominated as a director at the Academy Awards in 1977 for Pasqualino Settebellezze. Wertmüller will introduce the film with lead actor Giancarlo Giannini in attendance.
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