Cannes: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme D’Or At Emotional, Musical Ceremony – Update
UPDATE, 12:30 PM PT: Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, a drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and works as a caretaker outside Paris, scooped the Palme d’Or this evening. The win for Audiard, an acclaimed French filmmaker who has previously taken the Grand Prize for 2009’s A Prophet and the Screenplay honor for 1996’s Un Héro Très Discret, was nevertheless a bit of a surprise. In his acceptance, sans trademark porkpie hat, the helmer thanked his… Read
‘Tomorrowland’ Bows With $26.7M, ‘Ultron’ Dominates With $45.8M, ‘Mad Max’ Adds $38.2M, ‘Spy’ Nabs $12.5M – International B.O.
Updated, Sunday 11:50 a.m. Walt Disney's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland came in first among new releases overseas with an estimated $26.7M from 65 territories representing roughly 56% of the international marketplace. Combined with its North American 3-day tally of $32.159M that brings the Brad Bird-directed movie to a global debut total to $58.859M.
Tomorrowland‘s overseas figure couldn’t compete against returning favorite Avengers: Age Of Ultron which outperformed all… Read
Aishwarya Rai On Return To Film With ‘Jazbaa’ Helmer Sanjay Gupta – Video
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five-year hiatus with Jazbaa, a Sanjay Gupta-directed action drama about an attorney forced to defend an unsavory criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, The Lunchbox) co-stars as a suspended cop. Rai Bachchan and Gupta were in Cannes this past week to screen a promo reel for international distributors. I sat down with each of them to discuss Jazbaa and the current state of Bollywo… Read
Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes
Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival.
Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff… Read
Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Rams’, ‘The High Sun’, ‘Treasure’ & More – Cannes
Isabella Rossellini’s Un Certain Regard jury has given its top prize to Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams (Hrutar). Set in a remote Icelandic valley, the comedy centers on two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years, but who must come together in order to save their prized sheep. This is the second year in a row that an animal-themed film has won UCR’s top nod — the canine cautionary tale White God was last year’s victor. New Europe Film Sales is handling Rams.
The Jury Prize went… Read
‘Son Of Saul’ Wins FIPRESCI; Ecumenical Jury Honors ‘Mia Madre’ – Cannes
As the prizes continue to roll out here in Cannes, Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama Son Of Saul has been awarded the FIPRESCI prize in the main Competition. The honor, handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics, comes a day ahead of the official prize ceremony. Son Of Saul is the only title by a first-time filmmaker in the Competition while Nemes was a Deadline Director to Watch this year. The film has sold well for Paris-based Films… Read
Hot Cannes ‘Circle’ Package Imperiled As Alicia Vikander In Talks To Star In ‘Assassin’s Creed’, New ‘Bourne’ Film
EXCLUSIVE– One of the hottest Cannes pic packages — the Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander-starrer The Circle — is in the process of being reconfigured as the star of that young actress soars after her performance as the beguiling robot in Ex Machina. The Swedish actress is in talks to star in two major new tentpoles: Assassin’s Creed, the Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game; and the new Jason Bourne picture opposite Matt Damon with… Read
‘Southpaw’ Screening Pumped Up By Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux – Cannes
Cannes Film Festival chief (and judo black belt) Thierry Frémaux, hosted a private screening of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw here last night with star Jake Gyllenhaal turning up for the event. The Weinstein Co boxing picture had been in talks for the Official Selection, but was then agreed to be held back after its star was picked to serve on the jury. Harvey Weinstein showed footage at TWC’s annual preview event early in the festival. TWC releases domestically on July… Read
Guillermo Del Toro On Enthralling & Energizing Jury Experience – Cannes Q&A
With one title left to screen, the Cannes Film Festival is beginning to wind down and the jury is poised to enter its final deliberations before announcing this year’s prize winners on Sunday evening. Earlier this week, we had the chance to chat with jury member Guillermo del Toro about his experience as part of what is arguably the world’s most prestigious film panel — this year led by co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen. There are no spoilers here since we clearly… Read
Studiocanal & Switzerland’s Impuls Enter Output Deal – Cannes
Following a strong Cannes market that saw it virtually sell out on Nick Park's prehistoric stop-frame feature Early Man, Studiocanal has entered an output deal with Switzerland’s Impuls Pictures. Impuls will now have Swiss distribution rights to all Studiocanal International Productions.
The deal includes Early Man and other upcoming titles like Bastille Day with Idris Elba; Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama The Program; We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron; 3D… Read
Directors’ Fortnight Winners: ‘My Golden Days’, ‘Mustang’, ‘Serpent’ – Cannes
Following Critics’ Week last night, more prizes are beginning to roll out here at the Cannes Film Festival. Directors' Fortnight is a non-competitive sidebar, but partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors' group that organizes the event, do attribute honors. Tonight in the section, the SACD Prize, which is awarded by France’s equivalent of the Writers Guild, has been given to Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse (My Golden Days) by Arnaud… Read
Giuseppe Tornatore Composing Ennio Morricone Documentary – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Mandragora Group (Beyond The Hills) and Piano B Produzioni are teaming with helmer Giuseppe Tornatore for a documentary feature based on the life and work of legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Bobby Păunescu, Dragoṣ Săvulescu, George Shu and Serena Menarini are producing. Principal photography starts in August.
Tornatore first collaborated with Morricone on Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso. He is shooting interviews for the doc in several locales and filming a… Read