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Discover: Jeremy Saulnier Hits the Target with “Blue Ruin”

Posted by Brian Brooks on 5.23.2013

Discover: Jeremy Saulnier Hits the Target with “Blue Ruin”

Jeremy Saulnier won over his Cannes audience with the Directors Fortnight debut of Blue Ruin, about a vagrant who seeks vengeance for his parents' murder amid the backwoods of Virginia. The story of suspense has a healthy dose of dark humor that struck a chord here.

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Cannes Daily Buzz: Meet Oscar Isaac

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.22.2013

Cannes Daily Buzz: Meet Oscar Isaac

Remember the name Oscar Isaac. As the star of the Coen brothers' latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, you'll be hearing a lot about him.

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Cannes Daily Buzz: Erotic Romp Meets Existential Thriller in Guiraudie’s “Lake”

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.22.2013

Cannes Daily Buzz: Erotic Romp Meets Existential Thriller in Guiraudie’s “Lake”

A light-hearted story of gay cruising that morphs into a much darker tale is a surprise hit in Cannes this week. Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake screened in the Un Certain Regard section to audience and critical praise.

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Cannes: New Refn Dishes Violence and a Foul-Mouthed Kristin Scott Thomas

Posted by Brian Brooks on 5.22.2013

Cannes: New Refn Dishes Violence and a Foul-Mouthed Kristin Scott Thomas

Nicolas Winding Refn loaded up the violence in his latest film, Only God Forgives, which will have its debut at Cannes on Wednesday night. At an early screening, the Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas starrer divided a large audience with audible boos and applause.

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Cannes Daily Buzz: Hot Topics Roundtable #1

Posted by Shelley Farmer on 5.22.2013

Cannes Daily Buzz: Hot Topics Roundtable #1

Daily Buzz sat down with Michael Philips of the Chicago Tribune, Logan Hill of the New York Times, and Adam Cook of Mubi for our first Hot Topics roundtable from Cannes. The three critics discussed their overall impressions, favorite films, and most striking movie moments from the first half of the festival.

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Cannes: The Festival at the Midpoint

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.21.2013

Cannes: The Festival at the Midpoint

Eugene Hernandez shares his list of seven films to know (so far) from this year's Cannes Film Festival, from new works by the Coen brothers, Kore-eda, and Farhadi to discoveries like Omar and Stranger By the Lake.

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Cannes: Soderbergh Softens Retirement Talk at “Candelabra” Premiere

Posted by Brian Brooks on 5.21.2013

Cannes: Soderbergh Softens Retirement Talk at “Candelabra” Premiere

Steven Soderbergh appeared to soften his declaration that he was leaving filmmaking today in Cannes. The Oscar-winning director will unveil his HBO-produced feature Behind the Candelabra tonight in competition.

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Cannes Daily Buzz: Like Flies to “Miele”

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.20.2013

Cannes Daily Buzz: Like Flies to “Miele”

Italian actor-turned-director Valeria Golino talks about her form-first approach to filmmaking, portraying a contemporary female character in a cinematic way, and the American directors who influenced her work in our podcast from Cannes.

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Cannes Daily Buzz: The Responsible Violence of Escalante’s “Heli”

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.20.2013

Cannes Daily Buzz: The Responsible Violence of Escalante’s “Heli”

In the first of our podcast interviews from the Cannes Film Festival, Amat Escalante discusses his Palme d'Or competitor, being a spokesperson for his native Mexico, and why he thinks the brutal depiction of violence in Heli is more responsible than in American blockbusters.

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Cannes: Folman’s “The Congress” Is a Sci-Fi Movie About the Movies

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 5.17.2013

Cannes: Folman’s “The Congress” Is a Sci-Fi Movie About the Movies

Ari Folman's followup to his Oscar nominated Waltz With Bashir blends futurism with retro animation to paint a dizzying and bleak portrait of the future of moviemaking. As if that weren't enough, it's based on a Stanisław Lem novel and stars Robin Wright as herself (sort of).

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