According to the titular character in Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Jury Prize winner Mommy, a film which centers on a mother who takes on the challenge of being a single parent to her troubled son, “Skeptics… will be proven wrong.”
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The top prize-winner at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival will represent Turkey in the foreign-language Academy Award race. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, a provocative drama about a former actor who has alienated just about everyone—including his wife (Melisa Sözen, above)—in the mountain community where he now runs a hotel, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes in May. Ömer Cerik, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, tweeted, “I hope Ceylan will show the same success during his Oscar journey as he has many times in the international arena.”
No Turkish film has ever been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. Winter Sleep will be released in the U.S. later this year by Adopt Films. READ FULL STORY
On a snowy day in Ontario, Matthew’s (Ryan Reynolds) daughter disappears. Eight years later, evidence of her existence begins to reappear. That’s the basic conceit of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, which turns into a psychological thriller involving Matthew’s wife (Mireille Enos) and the two detectives on the case (Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson).
If the film’s structure sounds vaguely familiar—that is, like many other prestige dramas—then you’re not wrong. The Captive premiered at Cannes earlier this year, to resounding boos and reviews that damned the film for its lack of innovation.
Alleluia, a gritty and gruesome genre-twister from Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire), was picked up by Music Box Films after a successful debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on the real-life murderous 1940s couple nicknamed the Lonely Hearts Killers, the film tells the story of a single mother (Lola Duenas) who falls hard for a gigolo and swindler (Laurent Lucas) and abandons everything—including her daughter—to join him in his schemes.
“Alleluia is nothing short of an answered prayer for lovers of extreme cinema,” Music Box Films’ managing director Edward Arentz told Variety, which first reported the news. “After showcasing it at select North American film festivals this fall, we expect to open in theaters late this year or early next.”
The top award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has gone to Winter Sleep, an epic-length family drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
A jury including Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, and Nicolas Winding Refn selected the winners from the 18 films in competition. Prizes were handed out during Saturday night’s closing ceremony.
Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year,” referring to a coal mine accident that killed 301 workers.
Italian director Alice Rohrwacher took home the runner-up Grand Prix prize for the coming of age story The Wonders. READ FULL STORY
In a new trailer from Cannes, Juliette Binoche plays Maria Enders, an actress whose entire life is changed by a single role — the role that once made her famous, which is now being played by Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) in a new production. Also in the mix is Enders’ personal assistant, Val (Kristen Stewart), with whom she shares a very intimate bond.
Directed by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria is about three women, one play, and lots of complicated relationships.
Watch the full trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Looks like we’ve got ourselves a contender. If the reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival are any indication, primarily comedic actor Steve Carell should demand to be taken a lot more seriously from now on. The actor’s turn as sociopathic multimillionaire John DuPont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is earning rave reviews.
Indiewire’s Jessica Kiang was particularly effusive over the unrecognizable performance where Carell is fitted with a prosthetic nose and a wheezy, stilted voice, writing: “Carell is the revelation that everyone has suggested in the role, and then some: vocally, physically and psychologically he is not just unrecognizable, he simply is a different man, and a man whose tragic flaw (cursed to wield great wealth and influence with no shred of greatness to justify it) is the entire story of this film. It’s seldom we’ve ever witnessed such a total erasure of self in a role, and it deserves to win him everything, everywhere.”
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy adds, “From the beginning, you can’t take your eyes off Carell; as if by some secret alchemy, the actor makes you believe that his character is an entirely uncharismatic man while delivering a completely charismatic performance.”
Carell plays an oddly-sheltered multimillionaire who invites wrestler Mark Shulz (Channing Tatum), the overlooked younger brother to Mark Ruffalo’s Olympian Dave Shulz, to live and train as part of the U.S. wrestling team prepping for the 1988 Olympics at his remote compound near Valley Forge. The initial paternalistic relationship turns sinister. READ FULL STORY
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, also stars Judy Davis (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet) and Jonathan Pryce (The Salvation). [Variety] READ FULL STORY
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