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U.S. Premiere of Amazon Oscar Contender ‘Les Misérables’ to Open La’s French Film Festival

The 23rd annual Colcoa French Film Festival in Los Angeles, taking place September 23-28 at the Directors Guild of America, has landed the U.S. premiere of Amazon Studios’ Oscar contender “Les Misérables” for its opening night. The film directed by Ladj Ly, which won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, will kick off a week of new and classic French-language films for La audiences.

The event will offer a splashy La bow for Amazon’s Oscar hopeful in a city packed with Academy voters. France has yet to submit a film for the 2020 Best International Film Oscar, but “Les Misérables” is among the top contenders. Inspired by the riots of 2005 in the suburbs of Paris, Ly’s film revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest.

“This high-profile program includes several films from Cannes and Venice programmed for
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Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” Takes The Top Prize At Cannes

On Saturday, the Cannes Film Festival revealed who and what their honorees were for the 2019 incarnation of the fest. The race for the Palme d’Or had been considered one of the most competitive in recent years, as most of the major contenders met or exceeded expectations. The tip had been that the prize would go to either Pain and Glory from Pedro Almodovar or Parasite from Bong Joon-ho, with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood potentially a spoiler. Well, the results are in, courtesy of the jury led by Alejandro González Iñárritu and comprised of Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Maimouna N’Diaye, Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Paweł Pawlikowski, Kelly Reichardt, and Alice Rohrwacher. Who and what did they pick? Time to find out. The top prize went to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, one of the festival’s presumed frontrunners for the award. As for other notable results,
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Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’; See the Full List of Cannes 2019 Winners

Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’; See the Full List of Cannes 2019 Winners
In a unanimous decision by the Cannes 2019 jury headed up by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bong Joon-ho was awarded the Palme d’Or for his new thriller Parasite, marking the first South Korean director ever to do so. “With the terrific Parasite, Bong has crafted an angry, genre-inflected social allegory that in many ways functions as a Korean analog to Jordan Peele’s Us. A far superior craftsman than Peele, Bong is perhaps the contemporary master of entertaining, intelligent and resolutely political cinema. In our age of assembly line blockbusters, he’s a veritable treasure,” Giovanni Marchini Camia said in our review of the film, which will be released in the U.S. by Neon.

In additional, Mati Diop’s Atlantics picked up the Grand Prize, while Les Misérables and Bacurau tied for the Jury Prize. The Dardennes grabbed Best Director(s) for Young Ahmed, while Antonio Banderas and Emily Beecham
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Cannes Film Review: ‘On a Magical Night’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘On a Magical Night’
Most of us, in our romantic lives, meditate here and there on the other roads we might have traveled, and movies are uniquely equipped to channel those alternate-universe-of-love possibilities. That’s the idea at the (broken) heart of “Casablanca.” And the fantasy of getting to see the turns your life didn’t take play out right in front of you underlies such disparate movies as “Sliding Doors,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and “La La Land.” “On a Magical Night,” the new film from the writer-director Christophe Honoré, treats that fantasy in a way that’s original but oddly familiar, turning it into a gentle surrealist bedroom farce. But at first we think we’re watching a movie that could have been called “Memoirs of a Cougar.”

Chiara Mastroianni, with flaming red hair and a wide killer smile that gives her the look of a Gallic Rene Russo, plays Maria,
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Cannes Un Certain Regard Winners Revealed: ‘The Climb,’ ‘Joan of Arc,’ and More

Cannes Un Certain Regard Winners Revealed: ‘The Climb,’ ‘Joan of Arc,’ and More
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has announced the winners in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. The section’s jury was headed by “Capernaum” director Nadine Labaki. Fellow jury members included Marina Foïs, Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, Lisandro Alonso, and Lukas Dhont.

“We would like to express the great pleasure we had diving into the diversity of this selection,” the jury wrote in a statement accompanying the list of 2019 winners. “This on many levels: on the subjects, on the way cinematic tools were used and on the portayal of its characters. It was very stimulating to have seen, side by side, filmmakers that master their langage so well and others still finding their way to mastery.”

The Un Certain Regard top prize went to Karim Ainouz’s “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao.” Other winners included Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc,” Albert Serra’s “Liberte,” and Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb,” which
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Brazil’s ‘Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’ Wins Cannes Un Certain Regard Award

Brazil’s ‘Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’ Wins Cannes Un Certain Regard Award
Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz emerged triumphant in tonight’s Un Certain Regard awards, as his grand-scale period melodrama “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão” received the top prize from jury president Nadine Labaki. The “Capernaum” director and her fellow jurors demonstrated eclectic taste in the ceremony, ultimately handing honors to eight of the 18 feature films competing in the festival’s second most high-profile showcase.

Aïnouz was a popular winner in the room, as his lushly shot drama — about two devoted sisters separated by crossed stars and familial shame in 1950s Rio de Janeiro — appealed to audiences with its openly emotive traditional storytelling and strong feminist politics.

It’s the sixth narrative feature by the 53-year-old writer-director, also an accomplished docmaker, who previously competed in Un Certain Regard with his debut, “Madame Sata,” in 2002. In his speech, he alluded to Brazil’s current political woes, thanking the jury for their recognition
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‘The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao’ Wins Top Award in Cannes Un Certain Regard Section

‘The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao’ Wins Top Award in Cannes Un Certain Regard Section
Karim Ainouz’s “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by director Nadine Labaki announced on Friday.

The Brazilian family drama was adapted from a decades-spanning novel by Martha Batalha but focuses on the 1950s, when the status of women in Brazilian society was undergoing change. It deals with two women who cause family upheaval by challenging the patriarchy.

Other awards in the Un Certain Regard section were Oliver Laxe’s “The Fire Will Come,” Jury Prize; Kantemir Balagov for “Beanpole,” Best Director; Chiara Mastroianni for “On a Magical Night,” Best Performance; and Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb” and Monia Chokri’s “A Brother’s Love,” Un Certain Regard Heart Prize.

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