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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 12 – Revisiting the Palme d’Or Winner La Vie d’Adèle

By Moira Sullivan.  In an unprecedented decision, the jury for the official competition of the 66th Festival de Cannes, led by President Steven Spielberg, awarded the French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche and French actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos the Palme d’Or for La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1 & 2 (Blue is the Warmest Color). The prize was […]

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Tribeca 2013 Festival Report

By Michael Miller. The Tribeca Film Festival has developed a reputation for its documentary program, which it further burnished in 2013. A few notable titles presented at the festival this year were: Big Shot (directed by Kevin Connolly), part of the festival’s ESPN Sports Film Festival, which winningly profiles John A. Spano, a man who […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 11 – Michael Kohlhaas, Cinema de la Plage and the 2013 Queer Palm Award

By Moira Sullivan. Michael Kohlhaas Arnaud Des Pallière’s Michael Kohlhaas failed to engage spectators because of the slow pace and tough to chew narrative construction. The dramaturgy forced viewers to wait out the step-by-step construction of the film. For relief, most of Kohlhass is shot in the Cévennes mountains and there is even the birth […]

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

By Jacob Mertens. The modern blockbuster has become a strange, new beast before our eyes. In the nascent days of the Star Trek series, the fantasy of galactic travel could only prove as tangible as limited special effects technology allowed. Now, the aesthetics of the science fiction film take on a hyperreality, in which everything […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 10 – Cannes Luncheon, Manuscripts Don’t Burn and Only Lovers Left Alive

By Moira Sullivan. Cannes Luncheon Toward the end of the festival, when the press was anxious to leave for home and needed an injection of new sites and hospitality, the mayor of Cannes, Bernard Brochand, took the opportunity to invite over 100 journalists to a luncheon in the old quarters of Cannes – Le Suquet. […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 9 – La Belle et Le Bête and Opium

By Moira Sullivan. The remaining three days of the festival continued an ongoing feast of cinematic treasures. Salle Bunuel screened a double feature on May 24th to honor Jean Cocteau. Fifty years have gone by since his death in 1963 and the festival paid him tribute. Cocteau was a previous President of the Jury of […]

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Bava x 2: Black Sabbath and Baron Blood

By Cleaver Patterson. There was a time before the advent of CGI, when horror movies had to rely on subtlety to induce fear in the viewer. Indeed older films from the horror genre still work today because they used elements, such as fear of the unknown or being alone, which viewers will always be able […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 8 – La Vie d’Adèle and Behind the Candelabra

By Moira Sullivan. This is truly the year of important gay themes at the festival with L’Inconnu du Lac (Stranger by the Lake)¹ by Alain Guiraudie in Un Certain Regard, destined for a top award, and now Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d’Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Color) headed for the Palme d’Or or other distinctions. […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 7 – Wakolda and We Are What We Are

By Moira Sullivan. Two films that sounded promising on Day 7 were clearly well made but lacked any compelling pull for the cineaste. Lucía Puenzo’s Wakolda, a title referring to the name of a doll, promised a powerful story, but the narrative got flattened in the making of the film. For instance, the story about […]

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15th Udine Far East Film Festival

By Moira Sullivan.  The 15th Udine Far East Film Festival opened on April 19 and ran through April 27, with a great lineup of films from East Asia. Located in a small town in Italy near the Austrian border, and simply known as the Udine Festival for short, the event consistently provides audiences the largest […]

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