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‘Shoplifters’ Trailer: Palme d’Or-Winning Japanese Drama Spotlights A Struggling Family’s Heartbreak

We’ve all heard the adage that “you can’t choose your family.” But a character in the latest film from Hirokazu Kore-Eda begs to differ: “Sometimes it’s better to choose your own family.” Here is the first trailer for Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May. Part of a family that’s barely scraping by with their life of petty crime, Osamu and his son are out theiving one night when they come across a little girl in the freezing cold. They bring her home, but… Read

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Hot Toronto Package: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowsa In Antonio Campos’ ‘The Devil All The Time’

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EXCLUSIVE: Christine and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos has set up his next film just in time to be a hot Toronto sales package. Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Chris Evans and Tracy Letts are in talks to star in The Devil All the Time. The pic is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel that Campos and Paulo Campos penned. Antonio Campos will direct. The film will be produced by Randall Poster, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of… Read

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Oscars: Belgium Selects ‘Girl’, Cannes’ Camera D’Or, As Foreign Language Entry

Belgium has selected Lukas Dhont's debut feature, Girl, as its submission for this year's Foreign Language Oscar race. The drama won the Camera d'Or in Cannes for best first film, and also scored the Best Performance nod in the Un Certain Regard section for lead Victor Polster. Netflix acquired Girl for North and Latin America out of the festival. Polster plays Lara, a determined 15-year-old committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father… Read

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Bi Gan’s Cannes Pic ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Gets U.S. Deal Via Kino Lorber

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Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Chinese director Bi Gan's new film that had its world premiere this year at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The China-France co-production is playing in the Toronto and New York film festivals before getting a spring 2019 theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD bows. The pic centers on drifter Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) who returns to Kaili, the Chinese hometown from… Read

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producers On Spike Lee’s “Strength Of Perspective” & Focus Features Pic’s Turnaround Time

It’s no accident that this past weekend—a year to the day after Charlottesville—saw the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. That event and its repercussions had been on Lee’s mind throughout production. Off the back of a healthy rollout for the film—with Lee’s best box office results in over a decade—the resonance between the story of Ron Stallworth, the cop of went undercover and infiltrated the KKK, couldn’t be more urgent. Sitting down in Cannes with Deadline's Joe… Read

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Cannes Film Festival Sets 2019 Dates

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Returning to a somewhat more “normal” schedule in 2019, the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14-25 next year. After the 2018 edition began May 8, the 2019 dates put the start back to mid-month where it’s typically landed in the past several years. However, in keeping with a tweak to the 2018 event, the proceedings will kick off again on a Tuesday and close on a Saturday with awards handed out that night. Cannes made the announcement today on its Twitter feed. On the… Read

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Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers

Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out… Read

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Guy Pearce-Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Flammable Children’ Sells To UK, France, Italy, Spain, More

EXCLUSIVEWestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on Flammable Children (aka Swinging Safari) ahead of its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival next month. The Australian comedy, written and directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), sold in Cannes to UK (Thunderbird), France (Swift), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Switzerland (Frenetic), Scandinavia (Sandrew), the Middle East (ECS) and Russia… Read

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‘The Expendables 4’ Muscles Up: Sylvester Stallone Action Pic & ‘Rambo 5’ Sell To China In Eight-Figure Co-Fi Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese exhibition giant Dadi has pre-bought mainland China distribution rights to Sylvester Stallone-fronted action sequels The Expendables 4 and Rambo 5 from Avi Lerner’s Millenium Media. Production on both franchises has long-been subject to rumour, but according to sales and production outfit Millenium, which has backed all of The Expendables movies and the latest Rambo installment, Stallone will return for Rambo 5 in September 2018 and star in The Expendabl… Read

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‘No Blood Was Shed’: Jury Head Cate Blanchett On Gender, Race And Choosing The ‘Right’ Palme D’Or  

With three films by female directors in the mix this year, speculation was rife that the Palme D'Or might finally go to a woman for the first time since Jane Campion made history 25 years ago with The Piano. Eva Husson's Les Filles Du Soleil took an early bath last week after a disastrous press screening; but Italy's Alice Rohrwach and Lebanon's Nadine Labaki – with Happy As Lazarus and Capernaum, respectively – both sustained buzz until awards night. As it was, both went… Read

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Netflix Gets North Am, Latin Am Rights To Cannes Award-Winners ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ And ‘Girl’

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Netflix has acquired the rights to Cannes Film Festival award-winners Happy As Lazzaro and Girl for North America and Latin America. Happy as Lazzaro premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher. The Camera d'Or for best first film was awarded to Lukas Dhont for Girl, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and  was awarded Best Actor for Victor Polster, Happy as Lazzaro is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro… Read

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Jury Prize Winner Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Captures The Reality Of A Life in Hell For Lebanon’s Invisible Generation – Cannes Studio

Nadine Labaki's Capernaum premiered in Cannes on the final Thursday of the festival, the last of just three female filmmakers in a competition of 21 films. Though her previous two films, Caramel and Where Do We Go Now?, are both social dramas that deal directly with some of the issues facing her homeland, the Lebanese director's latest reaches a whole new level. Set on the streets in the country's poorest areas, it tells the story of Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a little boy… Read