Main Winners At The Cannes Film Festival

Main Winners At The Cannes Film Festival
French director Julia Ducournau (C) poses on stage with (fromL) Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Israeli director Nadav Lapid, French actress Agathe Rousselle, French actor Vincent Lindon and US music composer Russell Mael after she won the Palme d’Or for her film “Titane” at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on July 17, 2021. Valery HACHE / AFP

 

 

The Cannes film festival ended Saturday in the south of France with the awarding of its top prize, the Palme d’Or.

Here is a list of the main winners:

– Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for “Titane” (France)

– Grand Prix: Shared by Ashgar Farhadi for “A Hero” (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for “Compartment No.6” (Finland)

– Best director: Leos Carax “Annette” (France)

– Best actress: Renate Reinsve for “Worst Person in the World” (Norway)

– Best actor: Caleb Landry Jones for “Nitram” (US)

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– Best screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for “Drive My Car” (Japan)

– Jury prize: Shared by Nadav Lapid for “Ahed’s Knee” (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for “Memoria” (Thailand)

– Best first film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for “Murina” (Croatia)

– Best short film: Hong Kong’s “All The Crows In The World” Tang Yi

Cannes Falls For ‘The Worst Person In The World’

(FromL) Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie, Danish director Joachim Trier, Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve and Norwegian actor Herbert Nordrum pose during a photocall for the film “Verdens Verste Menneske” (The Worst Person In The World) at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 9, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

 

 

The Cannes film festival has fallen head over heels for a Norwegian film about a young woman trying to find herself and the unknown actress who plays her.

“A star is born,” declared The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw.

Renate Reinsve “takes off like a rocket and deserves star status to rival Lily James or Alicia Vikander,” he added, giving “The Worst Person in the World” a five-star review — one of several it has already garnered.

In her first big screen lead, Reinsve plays a twenty-something trying and failing to define herself through her pinballing relationships with men until she finally strikes out on her own path.

Variety predicted it would become a “touchstone” movie for millennials, Britain’s Daily Telegraph called it “wondrous”, while Xan Brooks of The Observer said it was “simply gorgeous”.

Bradshaw — one of several critics to admit wiping away a tear or two during the premiere — credited the director Joachim Trier with inventing a whole new genre.

“Trier has taken on one of the most difficult genres imaginable, the romantic drama, and combined it with another very tricky style — the coming-of-ager –- to craft something gloriously sweet and beguiling,” he said.

 

Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve dances as she arrives for the screening of the film “Verdens Verste Menneske” (The Worst Person In The World) at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 8, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

 

The French media were equally bewitched.

And everyone wondered why the world has never heard of 33-year-old Reinsve before.

Trier told AFP that “there is an awful lot of her in the character. She has had a big, big impact on this film.

“I wrote it specifically for her,” he said knowing her gift for improvisation. “I could cut four of five different versions of any scene with her in this film.

“I always wondered why the hell is Norwegian film so messed up that she hasn’t had a lead role yet?” Trier added.

 

(FromL) Norwegian actor Herbert Nordrum, Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve, Danish director Joachim Trier and Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie pose during a photocall for the film “Verdens Verste Menneske” (The Worst Person In The World) at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 9, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

 

– Love in the time of #MeToo –
Reinsve told AFP that she had “been through the same” labyrinth of self-doubt and indecision as her character.

And she too would often think of herself as the worst person in the world as she saw others around fly.

In the film her character Julie drifts from medical school to a psychology degree to photography to five minutes of Facebook fame for writing a piece called “Oral sex in the era of #MeToo”.

“Growing up before #MeToo you kind of shape yourself with the strong opinions and presence of men,” Reinsve added.

“She finds her identity in others’ eyes. When you free yourself from that, you become yourself and stronger,” she said.

The film — which includes one of the most gobsmackingly feminist sex scenes ever seen at Cannes — has also been praised for the way it deals with the shifting gender power balance.

In one particularly telling scene, Reinsve’s older graphic novelist boyfriend crashes and burns when a radio interview turns to the lumpen sexism of his past creations.

Trier said the film was navigating “the beautiful chaos” and complications of love in a time of massive change.

“With #MeToo it is very polarised. But I believe that change also comes about through humanity and understanding,” he said.

“Is there such a thing as pure love? I’m not sure, they are millions of agendas, conscious and unconscious.

“I want to give a big hug to people with this the film and say hey, ‘It’s OK. we are all going through this.'”

“The Worst Person in the World” is one of 24 films competing for Cannes top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be awarded next Saturday.

Elton John Reveals ‘Hardest Scene’ To Watch In Biography Movie

British singer-songwriter Elton John arrives for the screening of the film “Rocketman” at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 16, 2019.
Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

 

Elton John said Saturday that the hardest thing to watch in “Rocketman”, the biopic of his life that premiered at the Cannes film festival, were parts about his family life. 

“It’s hard to watch the family stuff. The drugs stuff I can handle because I did it, but the family stuff is touching,” he told Variety in an interview on the warts-and-all movie about his wild rock ‘n’ roll years.

The film won an extended standing ovation in Cannes, with critics hailing its honesty and the way it deals frankly with the British singer’s struggles with drugs, alcohol and his own sexuality.

“Part of the reason I became the addict that I was (was) because of my background,” said the 72-year-old megastar.

“I really value the fact that (my parents) stayed together for me when they were unhappy with each other… I’ve come to understand the circumstances that they went through and I’m not angry or bitter about that whatsoever,” he said.

“But it did leave a scar and that scar took a long time to heal, and maybe it will never heal totally.”

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John had a much-publicised eight-year feud with his formidable mother Shelia Farebrother, who he accused of trying to interfere in his life, but they buried the hatchet just before her death at the age of 92 in 2017.

An only child, John was raised by his grandparents until he was six before moving in with his parents. They divorced when he was 14.

The movie also explores the singer’s long and successful songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, which produced seven consecutive US number one albums between 1972 and 1975.

“The wonderful thing is the relationship I have with Bernie, which is the glue of the movie,” the singer said.

“We’ve been together for over 50 years and to have this relationship being so strong… means a lot in this kind of business that we work in.”

AFP

Cannes Film Festival: A Goldmine For Many Locals

Picture of the Suquet church (Notre-Dame-d’Esperance) taken on May 13, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the 72th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France. This year’s Cannes Film Festival is running from May 14th until May 25th. PHOTO: LOIC VENANCE / AFP

 

The Cannes film festival is not just about killings made on big-money movie deals sealed over champagne in hotel suites and on luxury yachts.

It is a goldmine too for many locals in the French Riviera resort.

“For my boss the festival is the goose that lays golden eggs,” a hotel receptionist called Herve told AFP.

The proof, he declared, is that a room in his two-star hotel goes “from 40 euros ($45) a night to 260” as soon as the red carpet is rolled out.

It is not the only establishment to rake it in when the population of the town almost triples for the festival.

A few minutes walk away, the price of a room in rival three-star hotel rockets five times from 71 euros a night to 350 — without breakfast.

“The six rooms that we put aside for the very last minute will be filled very rapidly” at the very top price, said the receptionist at the hotel, which is officially fully booked.

Even if the four days in March when MIPIM, the world’s leading property congress, is held in Cannes are more profitable day-for-day for the conference town, the film festival fortnight with its 40,000 accredited movers and shakers is on an entirely different scale.

 Town makes $200 million

For hotels close to the giant Palais des Festivals, where the red carpet premieres are held, the festival accounts for nearly a sixth of their annual turnover, said the Cannes hoteliers union, UMIH.

The festival was worth 197 million euros to the town in 2017, according to official municipal figures.

Even so, hoteliers insist there is still room for improvement.

“Everything fills up for the first week of the festival but the second is more difficult,” said Christine Welter of UMIH.

“For several years now people are not staying as long as they did,” she added.

She also warned that “the cards are also being reshuffled” by the possible defection of people working with Netflix, whose films are barred from competing in the festival because it refuses to release them in French cinemas.

“When suddenly demand falls the market has to adjust,” Welter cautioned, pointing the finger of blame partly at what she regards as the unfair competition of people letting out their homes and apartments.

Just as many homes in Cannes are being rented out now as hotel rooms — “6,000 of each,” she revealed.

 Locals cashing in

It has become something of a racket, Welter complained, with some people renting out several flats.

Airbnb alone claims between 2,500 and 4,000 arrivals a night, peaking with 4,600 on Friday May 17 — nearly 10 times the number of Cannes homes it is handling on the Friday before the festival.

With that amount of fast money to be made, “some locals don’t think twice about going and sleeping in a campsite along the coast so they can rent their places out for a fortune,” quipped Herve, the hotel receptionist.

For the resort’s restaurants — some of whom put up their prices — the festival is also a boon.

“May is the biggest month in the year for us: the place is jammed. We can do 5,000 covers in 11 days,” said Pascal Hamard, who runs an Italian restaurant.

However, he has noticed a drop off in recent years, which he blames on people trying to cash in.

“You feel some of the clientele have become ultra suspicious and are worried about being ripped off,” the restaurateur added, with taxis and hotels hiking up their rates.

“Now people coming to Cannes for the festival are more careful — we can feel that they have been warned by their bosses — and budgets are that much tighter,” Hamard said.

AFP

#MeToo: Female Hollywood Stars To Protest On Cannes Red Carpet

(FromL) US director and screenwriter and member of the Feature Film Jury Ava DuVernay, Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett and Burundian singer and member of the Feature Film Jury Khadja Nin pose on May 7, 2018 on the balcony of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. PHOTO: Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

 

Around 100 top actresses and female film directors will stage a protest on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival to support the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, the organisers said Monday.

The announcement came on the eve of the opening of the world’s biggest film festival, which like the rest of the cinema industry has been profoundly shaken by the scandal engulfing Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein.

The women’s march will take place on Saturday evening, and is likely to include Cate Blanchett who chairs this year’s female-majority jury.

“It will be a march dedicated to the women of cinema,” Cannes director Thierry Fremaux told a press conference in the French Riviera resort ahead of Tuesday’s festival launch.

“Not only Cannes but the whole world changed last September” when claims started to emerge that Weinstein had abused dozens of women over the years, he said.

Weinstein is accused of attacking four actresses at Cannes, including the rape of the Italian actress Asia Argento in his luxury hotel suite when she was 21.

The affair has prompted the film festival to set up an anti-sexual harassment hotline this year.

It has also further increased pressure on Cannes to address the glaring gender imbalance in its main competition and overhaul a dress code considered sexist by critics, with women stopped on the red carpet in previous years for not wearing high heels.

But while the jury who will award the Palme d’Or top prize features five women and four men, only three female directors made the shortlist of 21 competing for the coveted trophy.

They include French director Eva Husson whose film “Girls of the Sun” will be screened on Saturday evening after the women’s march.

Fremaux rejected criticism that Blanchett’s appointment as jury head had been a quick PR fix.

“She was first and foremost elected president because she is a great actress,” he said.

The festival announced that women would also be in the majority on juries deciding two other major Cannes awards — the Golden Camera and “Un Certain Regard” prizes, reserved for emerging directors or unexpected or marginal themes.

AFP

Selfies Banned On Red Carpet At Cannes Film Festival

In this file photo taken on May 17, 2017, Chinese-Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh poses for selfies as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ (Les Fantomes d’Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. PHOTO: LOIC VENANCE / AFP

 

The head of the Cannes film festival said Friday he was banning selfies on the red carpet, claiming they caused “unwanted disorder” before premieres.

Thierry Fremaux tried once before to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the world’s most prestigious film festival in 2015, before backing down.

Instead, he pleaded with filmgoers, who are usually dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening gowns, to contain themselves as much as they could.

But this time there would be no reprieve, he said.

“Selfies will be banned for spectators on the red carpet,” Fremaux told the Film Francais magazine. But it was unclear whether the ban will also apply to the cast and crew of the films being shown.

“The triviality and slowdown caused by the unwanted disorder created by the practice of selfies harms the quality of the climb up the steps, and so the entire festival,” he added.

Hollywood stars have also been known to take selfies of themselves on the Cannes red carpet.

Critics revolt

Fremaux also raised the hackles of some film critics with major changes to the timings of press screenings, which were traditionally held before the gala red carpet premieres in the evenings.

But critics will now have to wait for the next morning to see half of the films in the main competition, while others will be shown at the same time.

The Guardian’s critic Peter Bradshaw led the revolt against the move, tweeting, “Whoa! Why not just have an embargo? Is it that hard to enforce?

“I can’t help thinking Cannes is saving up grief for itself with this!”

Variety’s Guy Lodge warned that some critics would inevitably be shut out of the evening screening.

He said that the rival Berlin film festival “successfully enforces an embargo between morning press screenings and evening premieres. Critics get more time to write more considered reviews, and the films don’t get their buzz stomped on. Everybody wins. Why can’t Cannes do this?”

Cannes has always been notorious for the reaction of the critics, with some booing films, which can damage their prospects long before they are released.

Lodge said the change would ultimately lead to publicists showing films to select critics ahead of time — “not quite the great leveller that Fremaux has in mind”.

The festival’s director had earlier hinted to Screen magazine that a major change was in the offing.

“Don’t you think that it could be better to have the press screening and the gala screening in the same day, in the same moment, in the same hour, in order for the film team to arrive in total innocence, to make both the gala screening and the press screening two big world events?” he said.

AFP

Cannes: “The Square” Wins The Palme d’Or

“The Square,” a Swedish movie about the curator of a museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art, beat stiff competition to win the top prize, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

Critics hailed the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as “high-wire cinema” that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism, though some said it could easily have shed part of its 2 hours and 22 minutes running time.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who headed the jury of nine people that included Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, said the film was about “the dictatorship of being politically correct.”

“BPM (Beats per Minute),” a French movie about AIDS awareness campaigners in the 1980s, had been favorite for the award but had to settle for second place, taking the Grand Prize of the Jury.

Sofia Coppola, who was not present at the Awards, won best director for “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood tale of sexual tension between an injured soldier in the American Civil War and the women and girls who take him in.

Nicole Kidman, who starred alongside Colin Farrell in “The Beguiled” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” missed out on the best actress trophy but was awarded a special prize, collecting the jury’s 70th Anniversary Award.

Best actress went to Diane Kruger for her performance in the German film “In the Fade,” playing a woman trying to put her life back together after her husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack. It was her first role in her native German.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for his portrayal of a psychologically damaged hit man in “You Were Never Really Here” by British director Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, who shared the prize for best screenplay with the writers of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou.

Other wins included the Jury Prize for “Loveless”, collected by director Andrey Zvyagintsev, and the Camera d’Or for “Jeune Femme/Montparnasse Bienvenue” awarded to director Léonor Serraille.

Clint Eastwood Marks 25th Anniversary Of ‘Unforgiven’

Renowned filmmaker Clint Eastwood marked the 25th anniversary of his western ‘Unforgiven’ on Saturday at the 70th Cannes film festival.

The film portrays William Munny, played by Eastwood, an ageing outlaw and killer who takes on one more job, years after he had turned to farming. The film also stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. It won Eastwood an Oscar for ‘Best Picture’.

Eastwood said he didn’t realise how much time had gone by since its release.

“I’d like to congratulate Thierry (Fremaux) and Pierre (Lescure) for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes film festival, it’s become quite an event, and the 25th — I didn’t realise until I was reminded, that this is the 25th year since ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Impitoyable’ (in French) was released, because it seemed to me like it was five years ago,” he said.

Since the movie, the filmmaker has not made another western, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.

“I always thought this would be, when I read the script 25 years ago, I always thought that this would be a good last western for me to do, and it was the last western, because I had never read one that worked as well as this one since that, but who knows, maybe something will come up in the future,” he said.

Eastwood will conduct a master class on filmmaking at the Cannes film festival on Sunday.

This year’s films in competition also include Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a remake of Eastwood’s 1971 American Civil War tale of sexual tension.

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Udoka OyekaOn this spotlight segment, EN featured the director of the acclaimed short film, Living Funeral, which has been admitted to screen at 2014 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Udoka Oyeka.

Living Funeral tells the story of a young lady about to die from breast cancer. However, her family is yet to come to terms with the reality of her imminent death.

Nollywood great, Liz Benson and Norbert Young play active roles as father and mother of the patient.

Also, EN features Raggae maestro, Righteous Man as he makes a come-back to secular music.

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$1Million Jewellery Stolen On Day 4 Of Cannes Film Festival

The French Police on Friday confirmed that more than $1 million worth of jewels have been stolen from a hotel in Cannes, where an international film festival is taking place.

The items were reportedly taken from a room in Novotel hotel in the early hours of Friday morning.

The room belonged to an employee of exclusive Swiss jewellers Chopard and according to police reports; the thieves pulled the safe containing the jewels from a wall of the room.

The jewels were initially thought to have been loaned to stars to wear during their red carpet appearances, at the annual film festival on the French Riviera.

However, a company spokeswoman, Raffaella Rossiello, insisted the value of the pieces had been exaggerated and “the jewellery stolen is not part of the collection… worn by actresses during the Cannes Film Festival”.

Also, festival officials have said that the event’s top award, the Palme d’Or (designed by Chopard), was not among the stolen items.

Chopard is an official sponsor of the festival which started on the 15th of May and will end on the 26th.

2012 Cannes Film Festival shuns Hollywooders

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival sent a couple of Hollywood big wigs including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis amongst others home empty handed.

While these big names drew a lot of attention on the festival’s red carpets, they all lost out at the final award ceremony.

See video below to find out who won what at the 2012 instalment of the Cannes Film Festival.