Thursday, May 31, 2012
Speaking of Cannes, it seems my dedicated film festival coverage hasn't gone unnoticed because when the 2012 Lammy Nominations were announced the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to see my name listed amongst the nominees for Best Festival & Awards Coverage.
Now I don't have any illusions about actually winning it, not against the incomparably thorough and devoted job that Never Too Early Movie Predictions does covering the Oscars, or the immensely entertaining Annual Awards Nerdism at Cinematic Paradox. Perhaps if the category was split up I might have a chance, but even then The Matinee and Big Thoughts from a Small Mind each have a longstanding record of impressive high quality festival coverage as well.
Still it is very nice to get some recognition and it is an honor just to be considered, so I would like to give a massive thank you to everyone who put my name on their ballots; and also a hearty congratulations to all the other #Lammy2012 nominees.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
It has been another fun twelve days, but the 65th Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today. All that's left is for the winners to be announced, and of course the dreadfully long wait for me to get a chance to see them.
More 2012 Cannes coverage:
Official Selection Preview
Un Certain Regard Preview
Report and Roundup: Days 1-6
Report and Roundup: Days 7-12
Read on for the full list of awards presented at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The End of August at the Hotel Ozone • Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon (1967)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Director: Jan Schmidt
Starring: Jitka Horejsi, Ondrej Jariabek, Beta Ponicanová, Vanda Kalinová
Duration: 77 min.
In a post-apocalyptic world, several years after a nuclear holocaust, a group of women wander the land in search of other survivors.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Currently 12 of the 22 competition films have had their premieres. Right now, at least according to initial critic reaction, it seems that Michael Haneke's Amour is the current front runner for the Palme d'Or. I don't think it's a sure bet because there are still a lot of films to be seen and you never know if the jury will love a film that the critics hated, but at this point I'll be surprised if it doesn't take home at least one award on Sunday night.
I hope you have been enjoying my coverage so far, but if you are looking for more in-depth daily reports, including coverage of all the parallel competitions and sidebar screenings, no one does a better job than the most excellent blog Movie On.
I would also like to direct you to a few lucky bloggers who are actually at the festival. Both FilmLand Empire and Marshall and the Movies have already shared some very interesting posts about their Cannes experiences; and the glamorous Virginie is also in Cannes and keeping a seriously amazing photo diary. Thank you for sharing with all of us less fortunate film lovers!
The festival runs until May 27, and I will be keeping a close eye on the events, watching the press conferences, reading the early reviews, and posting frequent updates right here, so be sure to check back often.
2012 Cannes Report: Days 1-6
2012 Cannes Award Winners
Last updated: Sunday, May 27 12:33 PDT
Monday, May 21, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai • Ichimei • 一命 (2011)
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Kôji Yakusho, Eita, Ebizô Ichikawa, Hikari Mitsushima
Duration: 126 min.
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him, things take an unexpected turn.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
As always, the line-up of films looks incredible, including entries from 4 previous Palme d'Or winners and 5 films representing the United States.
The festival runs until May 27, and I will be keeping a close eye on the events, watching the press conferences, reading the early reviews, and posting frequent updates right here.
2012 Cannes Report: Days 7-12
2012 Cannes Award Winners
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Nobody Will Laugh • Nikdo se nebude smát (1966)
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Hynek Bocan
Starring: Jan Kacer, Stepánka Rehákova, Josef Chvalina
Language: Czech, English
Duration: 94 min.
A successful art historian who has trouble telling people difficult truths, finds himself in an inescapable situation when a small lie quickly gets out of hand.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Chicken with Plums • Poulet aux prunes (2011)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni
Language: French, English
Duration: 93 min.
Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Fugue on the Black Keys • Fuga na cerných klávesách (1965)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lemonade Joe • Limonádový Joe aneb Konská opera (1964)
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Salesman • Le vendeur (2011)
Director: Sébastien Pilote
Starring: Gilbert Sicotte, Jean-François Boudreau, Nathalie Cavezzali
Duration: 107 min.
The perennial car salesman of the month, Marcel Lévesque takes great satisfaction in the ritual of persuasion. But in the small working-class town where the local paper mill's impending closure is immobilizing the economy, Marcel must come to terms with the changing times.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Director: Anne Émond
Starring: Catherine de Léan, Dimitri Storoge
Duration: 91 min.
Clara and Nikolai meet at a rave. They return to his apartment for sex. Afterwards, instead of parting ways, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to one another.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Genre: Horror Anthology
Director: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley
Starring: Luke de Lacey, Holly Lucas, Kate Braithwaite, Jodie Jameson
Duration: 94 min.
Three disturbingly sensual and terrifying short narratives, unified by the twin themes of sex and death.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Director: Robert Guédiguian
Starring: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan
Duration: 107 min.
Michel, lives happily with Marie-Claire, his wife of nearly 30 years. A dedicated trade unionist, he is tasked with calling out the names in a draw that will decide who will be laid off to save their shipyard. To everyone's surprise he calls out his own name, leading to an unexpected new phase in his life.