Saturday, April 21, 2018

26th L'ACID Selection


The ACID program at the Cannes International Film Festival was created in 1993. Films are chosen by fifteen or so filmmakers, members of the association. It screens nine feature films, fiction and documentary, chosen among hundreds of works from all around the world.

ACID filmmakers follow their love for a film and wish to give visibility to directors whose work is scarcely distributed, in order to facilitate a theatrical release.

The screenings, open to professionals and also to the public are all followed by Q&As with the films' crews and ACID filmmakers who supported the films.

The films shown in Cannes are then accompanied by ACID and its filmmakers in the various stages of the theatrical release (search for distributors / promotion / programming / organization of the Q&A's / audience research).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

71st Festival de Cannes Official Selection - Update 1


As announced during the press conference of April 12th, today, April 19, organizers announced the films added to the composition of the Official Selection 2018.

There is some relief to my not positive feeling that this year there is an incredibly great official competition jury and there are not many great films for them to select winners from.  But now things can change a bit as, ladies and gentlemen, please notice that Nuri Bilge Ceylan is as of now in the competition to win the Palme d'or and perhaps has become the top contender along Jia Zhangke.  Well, at least their films have become must-be-seen for me no matter whatever happens in Cannes.

57th Semaine de la Critique Selection


A few days back organizers released the video with Charles Tesson, Semaine de la Critique Artistic Director and Charlotte Lipinska, journalist and film critic announcing the selection for the 2018 edition of the Critics' Week and there is no surprise when we find that -as always- selection is eclectic (and strange) but having high-profile actors in the selection, is quite unusual and yes, surprising.

Paul Dano's directing debut film has Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as leads and is La Semaine opening film even when film premiered at 2018 Sundance; obviously section opening this year will generate lot's of buzz and press coverage due to the "celebrity" element.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

#Cannes2018 Press Conference



Links to LIVE broadcast

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Cannes Possible Films - The Buzz


As happens every single year, Cannes buzz starts during Berlinale and gets louder when Berlinale ends.  Even do been following the buzz since then this year haven't post anything as some of you guessed right, my life has changed and now it's not easy to keep on writing for you, loyal readers.  But no matter how many changes have happened or will occur, Cannes is Cannes for me and have to (or at least will try to) write my regular posts about the buzz, my wish list and all the other stuff done in the previous years.

No, this is not my Wish List but the usual compilation of possible films that could make it to Cannes which usually do in February but well, I'm doing it a month later and by now most industry publications have done their own lists, so it's not a novelty but will be a lot easier to make it, lol.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

43rd César Awards Winners


Last night the French Academy had their award ceremony and no, was not able to watch it live but as expected the big winner of the night was BPM as collected 6 awards but was followed very closely by See You Up There with 5.

What I really regret is not watching live the surprise appearance by Marion Cotillard to present along with Pedro Almodovar the Honorary César to Penelope Cruz, sigh.  Also, there are not many opportunities to see Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert and Marion Cotillard in one and the same event!!! But I'm watching videos and as soon as full awards ceremony video becomes available will include it in post.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners


A few days back the guild had their award ceremony and for the first time, the event red carpet was live-streamed from The Novo by Microsoft at L. A. and was hosted by Frankie Grande.  If you wish to check the red carpet event watch video at the end of post.

Frankie Grande also hosted the ceremony.  The night opened with a solo performance by him accompanied by pianist Jeremy Weinglass.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.  

54th Cinema Audio Society Awards Winners


A few days back the society had their awards ceremony and according to twitter buzz, it was too-long as ceremony took over three and a half hours to present 7 awards and 4 honorary awards ... (LOL!). Just imagine presenting 23 or more awards using this ratio!

The top sound mixing award went to Dunkirk, a film that lost MPSE sound editing to Blade Runner 2049; so, perhaps Oscars will behave alike, with mixing to Dunkirk and editing to Blade Runner 2049.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

68th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners


It's over we know all winners and there are some very-pleasant surprises. 

Spontaneously will share some perceptions, first the big Festival winners seems to be Brazil Cinema; Latin America also did really good but is Paraguay who conquers Berlinale 2018 with a film that obviously I'm "dying" to see (now more that know has to have the necessary quality).

Then, no doubt female directors did really well in this edition as hopefully is because they do great films; yes, seems that when festival programmers are "forced" to include female directors, great films, films that win top awards have not only accolades but a better-chance to be seen by audiences around the world.  Great.

65th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Winners


A few days back the group had their awards ceremony where Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 won top awards that could suggest could do good at Oscars category.  But the Oscar equivalent category for sound editing is Sound Editing Effects and Foley which was won by Blade Runner 2049 which makes film the favorite to win on March 4th.

"All of us who work creatively in sound are storytellers," MPSE president Tom McCarthy in his opening address. "We assist filmmakers, directors and producers in weaving soundtracks into visual presentations. We support the dialogue and emotion of stories. Tonight, we renew our yearly tradition of celebrating the art of sound in all areas of multi-media entertainment. We recognize the contributions of sound artists to features; television, cable and streaming programming; gaming; and multi-media—content that has reached audiences in every country, state, and community around the world."

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go to official site go here.

2018 BAFTA Awards Winners


A few days back BAFTA had their awards ceremony and followed the awards winners via twitter to later watch the TV broadcast with a ceremony that was a succession of awards presented by cinema personalities and was kind of boring with exception of the outstanding beginning with the Cirque du Soleil doing The Shape of Water inspired presentation.

Truth is that got interested in finding via twitter which film was winning what; but when became obvious that the big winner of the night was going to be 3B's completely lost me and my interest as do not particularly enjoyed that film.  Sigh.

Yes, the big winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as collected five statues and most were top awards as Best Film, Best British Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay.  The Shape of Water had the most nominations but collected only three with only one top award, Best Director to Guillermo del Toro who becomes frontrunner/favorite to win same category Oscar.

32nd Teddy Award Winners


Last night was the awards ceremony which was more likely a drag (?) show.  Perhaps I'm starting (lol) to get older but this type of show absolutely is not my cup-of-tea, much less the show by the group that won the documentary award.  Sigh.

Nevertheless I'm glad the ceremony was streamed live as it's easier to follow winners this way than only via twitter.

Regarding the winners it's interesting that FIPRESCI found the Paraguay movie the "best" in competition and this award jury gave film no honors, except becoming one of the three nominees, that assume means, finalists.  Brazil becomes the cinema country with more honors in this edition as wins top award and documentary award.

There was a new award given this year, Teddy Newcomer Award given to a first or second feature-lenght film with a queer subject matter.  Retablo by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio wins the first edition of this award.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

20th Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners


On February 20th winners were announced in the platinum anniversary gala hosted by Gina Rodriguez which celebrated special honorees Guillermo del Toro, Joanna Johnston, Maggie Schpak and Kerry Washington as well as the winners of the seven competitive award categories.

Additionally John Mollo was posthumously inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame by Mark Hamill, who paid tribute to the iconic designer known for his work on the first two installments of the Star Wars films, among others.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

32nd ASC Awards Winners


Last night the group had their awards ceremony and well, yes they went with the predictable as top award was for Roger Deakins.

Angelina Jolie was the recipient of the Board of Governors Award and the other three Awards Honorees were announced previously and are detailed below.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Winners


Last Tuesday February 13 the Visual Effects Society held the awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Patton Oswalt sever as host for the 7th to the guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate talent in 24 awards categories.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.  Academy-Award winning producer Jon Landau presented the Georges Méliès Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri.

The well-deserved film categories big winners of the night, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco collected each four awards.

Wish VES top winner goes to win category Oscar as film absolutely deserves recognition for how much is changing visual effects in film; but, wonder if the Academy will recognize it as most pundits predict front-runner is Blade Runner 2049 which has fantastic visual effects BUT in my book is time to Planet of the Apes to win.

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