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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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Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’

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Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’
Fox Searchlight has picked up rights for U.S. and several international territories on Terrence Malick’s contemplative World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” following its enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival.

A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He was ultimately ostracized by his community, imprisoned for his convictions, and executed. Bidders such as Netflix and A24 were circling the project following its world premiere on Sunday.

The movie, which is headlined by Austrian actor August Diehl, marks Malick’s return to the Cannes Film Festival competition following his Palme d’Or winning 2011 “The Tree of Life.” Diehl stars opposite Valerie Pachner. The cast also includes Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, the late Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts.

The reviews have been strong, but Malick movies have been box office duds in recent years.
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‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Terrence Malick Tells A Tale Of WWII Conscientious Objecting | Cannes

Cannes – As critics begin to discuss films that will end up on their best of the decade list, many are including Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in their internal debates. The 2011 drama won the Palm d’Or, became the auteur’s second film to earn a Best Picture nomination and was something of a comeback after the disappointing New World six years earlier. Frustratingly, his last three star-filled creations have been what can only be described as a mess. In Knight of Cups, To The Wonder, and Song to Song, Malick’s aesthetic technique of moving …
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‘A Hidden Life’ First Reactions: A Return to Form for Terrence Malick

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‘A Hidden Life’ First Reactions: A Return to Form for Terrence Malick
A Hidden Life” comes to Cannes with high expectations. For one, it’s Terrence Malick’s most story-driven film since 2005’s “The New World.” For another, the true-life story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to serve in the Nazi war effort, is the kind of powerful narrative that could even resonate with Academy Awards voters. But if the past decade has proven anything at this point, it’s that it’s hard to know what expect from Malick.

Malick won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2011 for “The Tree of Life,” widely regarded by critics as one of the best films of the 21st century to date. Though they have their fans, his follow-ups haven’t earned the same level of acclaim and devotion. “To the Wonder,” “Knight of Cups,” and “Song to Song” were impressionistic reveries with little plot and lots of poetic voiceover. His
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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’
There are no battlefields in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” — only those of wheat — no concentration-camp horrors, no dramatic midnight raids. But make no mistake: This is a war movie; it’s just that the fight shown raging here is an internal one, between a Christian and his conscience. A refulgent return to form from one of cinema’s vital auteurs, “A Hidden Life” pits the righteous against the Reich, and puts personal integrity over National Socialism, focusing on the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter’s rejection of Adolf Hitler and his refusal to serve in what he sees as an unjust war.

And lest that sound like more flower-power finger-painting from a director whose oeuvre can sometimes feel like a parody of itself, consider this: Without diminishing the millions of lives lost during World War II, Malick makes a case for rethinking the stakes of that
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'A Hidden Life': Film Review | Cannes 2019

'A Hidden Life': Film Review | Cannes 2019
Since Terrence Malick won the Palme d’Or at Cannes eight years ago for The Tree of Life, he has, after a fashion, run the count to two strikes and a foul ball with To the Wonder, Knight of Cups and Song to Song. Well, it’s a big swing and a miss for strike three with A Hidden Life, which sees the massively talented but often mystifying writer-director take on true-life material for the first time in this desperately indulgent and puzzlingly de-theologized study of an Austrian man who paid the ultimate price for his conscientious objector stance against ...
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‘A Hidden Life’: New Photos of Terrence Malick’s Cannes Bound WWII Drama Reveal A Spiritual Struggle

The always elusive, Terrence Malick has been on quite the tear there the last few years. Between, 2011 and 2017, he release five films—” The Tree of Life” (2011) “To the Wonder” (2012) “Knight of Cups” (2015) “Voyage of Time” (2016) and ” Song to Song” (2017)—and you could consider it seven if you count the second version of “Voyage Of Time” and the new Criterion Collection recut and extended edition of “The Tree of Life.” For a man who went missing for twenty years, Terrence Malick appears to be making up for lost time.

Continue reading ‘A Hidden Life’: New Photos of Terrence Malick’s Cannes Bound WWII Drama Reveal A Spiritual Struggle at The Playlist.
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Terrence Malick’s WWII Drama ‘Radegund’ Retitled ‘A Hidden Life’ Ahead of Potential Cannes Debut

Terrence Malick’s WWII Drama ‘Radegund’ Retitled ‘A Hidden Life’ Ahead of Potential Cannes Debut
Terrence Malick’s upcoming WWII drama is officially titled “A Hidden Life,” a source close to the film has confirmed to IndieWire. The long-in-the-works film had been previously going by the title “Radegund.” The historical drama stars August Diehl as Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector to World War II who was guillotined by the Third Reich in 1943. The supporting cast includes Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the late actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz.

The industry is abuzz that “A Hidden Life” could world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, bringing Malick back to the prestigious event for the first time since winning the Palme d’Or with “The Tree of Life.” Since then, Malick has premiered his movies at Venice, Berlin (“Knight of Cups”), and SXSW (“Song to Song”). The filmmaker has been working on “A Hidden Life” for over two years now, which has led many
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Close Up: Olga Kurylenko

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Take a look at new images of actress Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum Of Solace"), wearing Bulgari, Graff and a whole lot more, photographed by Marcin Tyszka:

Kurylenko, a former model, started her acting career in 2005, playing 'Nika Boronina' in "Hitman" (2007), followed by the role of 'Bond' girl 'Camille Montes' in "Quantum of Solace" (2008).

She starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's "Momentum" (2015), Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" (2012), "Oblivion" (2013), "The Water Diviner" (2014) and the upcoming comedy feature "Johnny English Strikes Again" (2018).

New films in post-production include "The Room" (2019) and "The Bay Of Silence" (2019).

New films in pre-production include "Empires of the Deep", "Android" and "Radiant".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Olga Kurylenko...
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‘Non-Fiction’ Review: Olivier Assayas and Juliette Binoche Deliver a Timeless Comedy About Twitter — Venice 2018

Several decades into the digital revolution, there’s still a twinge of discomfort whenever new work from a major auteur dares to invoke the internet. Even worse: when it does so by name. Facebook. YouTube. Snapchat. Such vulgar things become virtually unavoidable in any movie that’s about the modern world, but the transience of social media remains hard to reconcile with the timelessness of great cinema. It’s the residue of a cannon that’s loaded with dead men and often pointing backward, the legacy of a pantheon that tends to regard modernity as more of an existential threat than a tool at its disposal.

It’s also why Olivier Assayas’ sly and delightful “Non-Fiction” (née “E-book”) feels like such a lark at first — like a master filmmaker clearing his throat between more significant projects. That’s exactly what Assayas wants you to think.

It’s one thing when
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Examining The Visual Obsessions Of Director Terrence Malick

The arrival of a new Terrence Malick film used to feel like a blessing it was so rare. The reclusive director vanished for twenty years, only to resurface as if no time went by and then slowly, but surely started to jog and then run. Malick films are no longer like Halley’s Comet and the director has been working at an extremely fast clip ever since 2011’s reinvigorating “The Tree Of Life,” he’s made five films since and been shooting one nearly every year: “To The Wonder” (2012), “Knight of Cups” (2015) “Voyage of Time” (2016), “Song to Song” (2017) and the upcoming “Radegund” which many presume will surface on the fall film festival circuit sometime in 2018.

Continue reading Examining The Visual Obsessions Of Director Terrence Malick at The Playlist.
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First Trailer for ‘Friday’s Child,’ from Terrence Malick Collaborator A.J. Edwards

Friday’s Child, a new crime drama from The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards, initially premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and now, ahead of a Shanghai International Film Festival bow, the first trailer has arrived. The film tells the story of 18-year-old Richie Wincott (Tye Sheridan) who, after being involved in a robbery-gone-wrong, must avoid altercations with the police. All the while, Richie’s developing – albeit, implausible – relationship with a friend (Imogen Poots) is intercepted by a mysterious outsider (Caleb Landry Jones).

Taking a look at the trailer, A.J. Edwards’ use of drastically wide lenses, phantasmal camera moves, and an eerily hypnotic score establishes a style strikingly reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s – although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Edwards has been a career-long pupil of Malick. With contributions on Malick’s The New World, The Tree of Life, and To The Wonder, it
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‘Friday’s Child’ Exclusive Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Protégé A.J. Edwards Turns The Crime Genre Into Visual Poetry

‘Friday’s Child’ Exclusive Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Protégé A.J. Edwards Turns The Crime Genre Into Visual Poetry
After making an impression at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, A.J. Edwards’ “Friday’s Child” is gearing up to compete at the Shanghai International Film Festival later this month. IndieWire is celebrating the occasion with the exclusive debut of the film’s trailer, which is the kind of visual jaw-dropper moviegoers should start expecting from Edwards.

“Friday’s Child” stars Tye Sheridan as Richie Wincott, an 18-year-old fresh out of foster care who becomes the prime suspect in a botched robbery. Wincott’s mission to avoid being captured by the police and the arrival of a stranger threatening to reveal his past (Caleb Landry Jones) cause problems for his budding romance with an unlikely friend (Imogen Poots).

Read More: Terrence Malick Disciple, A.J. Edwards, Discusses His Debut ‘The Better Angels

Edwards started his career as a disciple of Terrence Malick, working on “The New World,” helping cast “The Tree of Life,
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Watch The New Trailer For Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Done Quixote’

A brand new trailer has arrived for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the upcoming film which is directed by Terry Gilliam. The film is currently scheduled for a release in France on May 19th.

“Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done,” said Gilliam previously to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this ‘clandestine’ film, is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!’’

The cast of the film includes: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Óscar Jaenada, Jordi Mollà,
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‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Is An Unconventional, Moving Terrence Malick Spin-Off Film [SXSW Review]

One of the more unexpected spin-offs in the last few years, Eugene Richards‘ “Thy Kingdom Come”, is a pseudo-documentary pieced together from excised footage of Javier Bardem’s character Father Quintana from Terrence Malick’s 2012 film, “To The Wonder.” Richards, a famous photographer in his own right, was contacted by Malick to find real people to interact with Bardem’s character.
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10 Films Premiering at SXSW '18 To Watch

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SXSW 2018 is upon us. Here are 10 films, without Tomatometers to guide us comfortably, premiering at this year's fest that you can bet on.

Relaxer - Joel Potrykus

Dogged to deteriorate ‘til he clobbers the unclobberable, Abby can’t flee his dent in the couch til he bests his brother’s bet to beat level 256 of Pac-Man. The stakes are, in that Potrykus way, only as strong as the disillusioned hero can envisage. Sleepless, stagnating, running on processed dairy, Abby’s obstacle might be Potrykus’s most menacing yet.

Screenings.

Don’t Leave Home - Michael Tully

Michael Tully’s first feature since the low-dose nostalgia trip Ping Pong Summer leaves comfort for myth and mystery, a curiosity and obsession that leads an artist away from the hearth.

Screenings.

Field Guide To Evil - Anthology

This ”Global dark folklore anthology” features shorts from The Lure director Agniezka Smoczynska, Goodnight Mommy’s
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‘Friday’s Child’ Clip: Tye Sheridan Goes On A Crime Spree In Visionary SXSW Drama

‘Friday’s Child’ Clip: Tye Sheridan Goes On A Crime Spree In Visionary SXSW Drama
Exclusive: Up and coming writer-director A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels) goes bold with his SXSW film Friday’s Child starring a roster of talented actors including Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jeffrey Wright. Edwards comes from the Terrence Malick camp, having worked with him on a number of films including To the Wonder and Song to Song — and it is evidenced in the exclusive clip which showcases his visual eye. Friday’s Child is part of…
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‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Clip: Javier Bardem Brings His ‘To The Wonder’ Character In Unique SXSW Film

Exclusive: Eugene Richards’ film Thy Kingdom Come is truly a unique piece of work that stems from Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder. Richards, a researcher and videographer on To The Wonder, created a standalone film from video he shot for Malick's production, a small amount which was actually used in the final film featuring Javier Bardem as the priest, which will make its world premiere at SXSW this week. The film follows a cancer patient mad at God; a Klansman seeking…
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Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder gets a spinoff short Thy Kingdom Come, watch the trailer here

As is usually the case with Terrence Malick movies, a lot of material from his 2012 drama To the Wonder ended up on the cutting room floor, much of which revolved around Javier Bardem’s character, a conflicted Catholic priest.

During production, Malick invited photojournalist Eugene Richards to shoot a selection of scenes where Bardem’s priest interviews actual residents of the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma about their lives – including an elderly woman talking about her happy marriage, a former Ku Klux Klan member who renounces his past, and a mother who recalls the drowning of their child.

Well, it seems the footage is not going to waste, as Richards has secured permission from Malick to assemble the footage into a 43-minute short entitled Thy Kingdom Come, which will be premiering at SXSW this March. Check out a trailer for the project here…

Via IndieWire

The post Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder
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Trailer Binge: ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, ‘Unbanned’, ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 5, ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ & ‘Reboot: The Guardian Code’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at a new ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising‘ IMAX Trailer, a surprise trailer for the Javier Bardem-led film ‘Thy Kingdom Come‘, and a fascinating documentary exploring the cultural significance of the Air Jordan’s called ‘Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1′. In the TV realm, we have a new trailer of ‘Silicon Valley‘ Season 5, a nifty trailer for the new Amazon series ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys‘, and we leave off with an new trailer for the
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