CANNES: Director Gus Van Sant’s latest Cannes competitor The Sea of Trees is unfortunately one of his weaker films in recent years although it has some striking images and ideas that testify as to why Cannes selectors decided it was worthy of a place in this year’s Cannes line-up.
CANNES: With boatloads of desperate immigrants bound for Europe in the news daily throughout Cannes French director Jacques Audiard’s drama about a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl who pose as a family to escape the war in Sri Lanka and claim asylum in France could not be more timely.
CANNES: Director Todd Haynes has transformed Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 lesbian love story The Price of Salt, also sometimes published under the title Carol, into a film adaptation that both captures the intensity and the atmosphere novel. While not a thriller in the vein of Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels there is still an element of suspense that draws you into the story and an air of moral ambivalence that runs through Highsmith’s novels.
CANNES: Chinese art film director art Hou Hsiao-Hsien successfully combines a beautifully shot historical film of 9th century China with a martial arts genre film in his Cannes competition entry The Assassin with the 15m USD budget showing to advantage in the high production values, and detailed historical costumes and sets.
CLUJ: The first session of think-tank platform FEEDBack (Film Eastern Europe Dialogue) brought together a troika of three Eastern European film fund heads to participate in a working group with other Eastern and Western European film professionals.
CANNES: The home team scored at the Cannes Film Festival which finished last night with French director Jacques Audiard winning the Palme d’Or for his Dheepan, Emmanuelle Bercot scooping the Best Actress Award for her role in Mon Roi directed by Maiwenn ex-aqueo with Rooney Mara for her role in Carol directed by Todd Haynes and French actor Vincent Lindon picking up the Best Actor award for his role in The Measure of a Man directed by Stéphane Brize.
CANNES: Bulgarian director Ivaylo Hristov’s Losers has scored a slot in the official competition of Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) which has just announced its competition line-up in Cannes.
CANNES: One of the EU’s most successful script programmes ScripTeast has awarded its prestigious Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award for the Best Eastern European Script to Nanook by Bulgarian scriptwriters Milko Lazarov and Simeon Ventsislavov. Special mention went to Polish scriptwriter Bodo Kox for his The Man with the Magic Box.
CANNES: the Europa Cinemas Network has unveiled new measures that will boost access to support for Europa Cinemas Network film theatres in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
CANNES: Representatives of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and Slovenian Film Centre have announced the first participants of RE-ACT workshop that will take place in Motovun, Croatia from 21 to 24 July.
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