Monday, March 27, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 4 Female Filmmakers

Drop-by-drop suddenly stop last week so noise has been low, except for the many articles with Cannes possible films that populate almost every single movies site in the net.  Among the jungle there is one place that every year I recommend as lists 100 films for Cannes and predicts the festival section where each film may end; I'm talking about Wask that already published films from 41 position to 100 and still has two more posts to finish the 100 films for this year.  Unfortunately site is in French, but if you do not read/understand the language suggest to use google translator that works fine for basic info.  To check site please go here.

Already covered films by great filmmakers Anne Fontaine, Lucrecia Martel, Naomi Kawase, Urzula Antoniak, and Malgorzata Szumowska but want to explore deeper to find more films by female directors with Cannes possibilities and more important, that could become must-be-seen for me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 3 - France Two

Some Festival News

As expected festival organizers started to announce news drop-by-drop which obviously increases daily interest in the festival.  Among the news the one that generated major buzz is Monica Bellucci named the festival ceremonies host as we will have the pleasure of watching her in the opening and the closing ceremonies and no doubt that will be more refreshing -and more elegant- than last year's fiasco with Lafitte.

Most blog regulars know how much I like Bellucci and it's a fact that I have seen almost all films in which she has performed: the good, the bad and yes, the ugly!  So, no doubt I will enjoy a bit more the ceremonies as like many of us, definitively enjoy to watch beauty.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 2 - Prominent Diversity

As you can imagine, started to write post a while back and a few things have happened that wish to update you all.  First Official Selection submission closed on March 10 but Critic's Week deadline was extended until March 17 and Directors' Fortnight deadline is March 24 with no extensions announced up-to-this moment.

Yesterday reliable news agency AFP announced that the Official Selection press conference will be on April 13 in Paris.  Some industry journalists made extrapolations to estimate Quinzaine and Semaine press conferences but considering their submissions deadline seemed improvable to me. Today better estimates were published with Critic's Week press conference con April 24 and Quinzaine's on April 25.  So we still have a bit less than a month to play around with possible film speculations, buzz and gossip.  Next news from Official Selection has to be the opening film that probably will come before the end of March. End of Update.

Monday, March 06, 2017

70th Bodil Awards Winners

Last Saturday night Denmark's National Association of Film Critics had their award ceremony and the big winner of the night is I Blodet (In the Blood) as won the top award plus Victoria Carmen won Supporting Actress.  But Forældre (Parents) by actor-turned-director Christian Tafdrup leads with four awards.

Last year the award went to Under Sandet (Land of Mine) which was not their Oscar submission but strangely enough became Denmark's submission to 2017 Oscars and as we know, film got a nomination.  So, have to wonder what will happen next year, will I Blodet become country's submission to Oscar?

Friday, March 03, 2017

#Cannes2017 Wish List - Part 1 - France One

Know it's early but today I'm in the mood for Cannes, so will start my Wish List even do we still have no official news about the dates when the official selections will be announced to the press and the world.

As a matter of fact submissions deadline is still open for feature films -will close on March 10- and short films deadline is closing today, March 1st; so those who wish to change their minds and submit their film (even if is in post-production) have 10 more days to do so.

Then we know selections are usually announced by mid-April and seems by now has become a "tradition" to make drop-by-drop announcements, so imagine after March 10 announcements will start to "drop".

#Cannes2017 13th L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation

Today were announced the 15 projects from 16 directors which will participate in the 2017 edition of the Cinéfondation Atelier.  What follows are the news from the official site.

The Cinéfondation’s Atelier has been created in 2005 to stimulate creative filmmaking and encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. So far, out of 186 projects accompanied, 145 have been completed and 14 are currently in pre-production. For L’Atelier’s 13th edition, 15 projects from 14 countries have been selected, from the new director to the well-known filmmaker.

Monday, February 27, 2017

89th Academy Awards Winners

It is true, I was not excited about this year Academy Awards as knew my favorites were not going to win plus on top, I really dislike Jimmy Kimmel, and expected to fall asleep because of a boring show. Gee, I was absolutely wrong (!!!) and I'm glad that no matter all my negative thoughts before the show, I watched as to my HUGE unexpected surprise, last night show was one of the few Academy Awards ceremony I can say I enjoyed beyond all my expectations!

Before getting into the movies, have to say that the show was great as producers made the show all about movies and winners, with multiple clips of actors winning their Oscars plus a few presenters talking about other actors they admire.  That was great for me and yes, kept me awake expecting for more of the same and I got it!  Then got the nominated songs being performed and the performances were distributed along the ceremony, which also kept me awake (lol!); but the best was the performances, especially the Moana song with those dancers with flags that made beautiful flowers (even when one flag hit the singer and she continued as nothing happened); also La La Land songs were great but it was Justin Timberlake who stole the show with his show opening number that definitively set the mood and suggested the night was going to be "different" and boy, it was.

Friday, February 24, 2017

42nd César Awards Winners

Will update with winners as soon as they're announced.

Will comment tomorrow but the best speech -with great humor- belong to George Clooney, Jean-Paul Belmondo homage was emotional for me and sooo happy Xavier Dolan won two awards as well Céline Sciamma winning!!! YAY!  Also very glad Isabelle Huppert won and we will see next Sunday if she repeats Marion Cotillard achievement of winning a Cesar and an Oscar for the same film.

42ème Cérémonie des César 2017 Live Streaming

Soon the red carpet will start and 2 hours after the ceremony.  Here you will find available LIVE streams to red carpet and after, the only one for the ceremony.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

19th Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners

Finally the last of the guilds announced their award winners last night and will not deny that I'm disappointed with the results as my favorite did not make it.  Sigh.

No doubt that the highlight of the night was when James Corden presented the Distinguished Collaborator Award to Meryl Streep.  Also with a guild award, Lilly Collins received the Spotlight Award from none other than Matt Bomer.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

61st David di Donatello Awards Nominations

Today the Accademia del Cinema Italiano announced at the Casa del Cinema, the nominations for the 2017 edition of the annual David di Donatello awards that honor Italian cinema.

Two films lead the pack, each with 17 nominations, Indivisibili by Edoardo De Angelis and La Pazza Gioia by Paolo Virzì followed very close by Veloce come il Vento by Matteo Rovere with 16.  Most remarkable is the two nominations for Valerio Mastandrea as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 MUAHS Annual Awards Winners

Last night was a busy night in Hollywood as there were three awards ceremony to attend; but, perhaps one of the most colorful has to be from the Make-up and Hair guild that gave awards to some unexpected winners while snubbing my favorites (lol).

Most interesting is the Make Up top award winner as went to a film with no Oscar nomination and great make-up in one of the "movies"; see, I believe there were 2 "movies" in Nocturnal Animals, one very unpleasant to watch and another very pleasant with absolutely great esthetics -the later has fantastic make-up.

2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners

The 69th annual Writers Guild Awards took place at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on Sunday night, or so say the original intentions as in twitter we could read several West coast people (film critics mainly) complaining about how the East coast spoiled the winner for them (LOL) because they were ahead.

Gee, there was a time when you were attending a ceremony and all you did was chat, drink, eat and watch what happens; now seems everyone is not only tweeting about the event BUT also reading what others are writing, LOL!

64th Annual Golden Reel Award Winners

Last night the guild had their awards ceremony and perhaps the most surprising event of the night was Quentin Tarantino making a surprise appearance to present the Career Achievement Award to Harry Cohen.  Also receiving an annual award was Guillermo del Toro but his was given by Scott Gershin, supervising sound editor and designer, nevertheless del Toro gave an interesting acceptance speech.

Hacksaw Ridge lead with two awards in the feature categories, dialogue/ADR and effects/Foley, which makes film the front-runner to Oscars Best Sound Editing category.  Have I share that to my biggest surprise -as  dislike war movies- I enjoyed this movie beyond my wildest imagination?  It's a very good entertaining movie with a solid structure -meaning: very well crafted- and great tech specs.  Film deserves all the recognition is getting.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 Cannes Possible Films - The Buzz

Know we have three more months to Cannes but believe it or not many have already started to talk about the mother of all festivals perhaps was due to the perception that this years' Berlinale was on the soft side and the hope of Cannes to be strong. The good news is that there are good chances of a very strong lineup as there are master filmmakers that could have ready their films for Cannes and there is always the chance for Cannes second or more timers to go back with great movies.

No, this is not my Wish List but a compilation of possible films that could make it to Cannes. List is made from several Cannes articles plus some lists with most anticipated films of 2017, films I've been tracking and my daily readings.

As we all know, Cannes begins in Berlin, not in the red carpet but in the Industry Market, so it's no surprise that many articles appeared while the Berlinale was running and after the Berlinale Market was closed a few days back.

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