Cannes Adds Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote,’ Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

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Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.

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Three films were also added to the competition lineup, bringing the total to 21 films vying for this year’s Palme d’Or: French director Yann Gonzalez’s “Un couteau dans le coeur (Knife + Heart)” starring Vanessa Paradis; Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka;” and Turkish director and 2014 Palmed’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree).”

In addition, Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney,” a doc about the late pop star Whitney Houston, will join the Midnight Screenings series, along with Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, and Sofia Boutella.

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The festival also added three new films to the Un Certain Regard program: Alejandro Fadel’s “Muere, Monstruo, Muere;” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others)” and Ukranian director Sergey Loznitsa’s “Donbass.”

This year’s festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

 

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Jafar Panahi: Cannes, French Authorities To Appeal Iran For Filmmaker’s Fest Presence

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In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said…

Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Film Festival Jury President

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Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett has been named the President of the Jury for the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival.

The “Carol” and “Thor: Ragnarok” star will be the first female jury president since Jane Campion served in 2014.

Other women to take on the role this century include Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann. It is the 12th time in festival history a woman has headed the jury. Director, screenwriter and actress Jeanne Moreau served twice, with all others putting in one year each.

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“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition,” Blanchett said. “But never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbors.”

Festival leaders Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate called Blanchett a “unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed President, a passionate woman and a big-hearted spectator.”

Blanchett succeeds 2017 jury president Pedro Almodovar in an already packed year. She’ll release the female heist reboot “Ocean’s 8” in June, then an already-buzzy leading role in Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette” followed by Eli Roth’s “The House with a Clock in its Walls.”

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Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to be President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes, the 71st edition of which will be taking place in May 2018.

“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition,” she declared, “but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”

Cate Blanchett follows Pedro Almodóvar, Jury President of the 70th edition, whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to The Square by Swedish director Ruben ?-stlund.

“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” she continued. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Pierre Lescure, Festival de Cannes President and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed President, a passionate woman and a big-hearted spectator.”

Cate Blanchett is one of those actors for whom performing is a permanent delight, whatever the role she takes to stage or screen. In film, always under the eye of great directors, she switches between independent ventures and lavish productions, and appears in the credits of all notable contemporary English-language cinema: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by Peter Jackson, Benjamin Button by David Fincher, Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson, The Good German by Steven Soderbergh, Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch. To this non-exhaustive list, we must add Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick, Sally Potter, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen and Todd Haynes.

When she is not on screen, Blanchett’s commitment to the theatre all over the world is palpable. Alongside her producing partner Andrew Upton, she was CEO and co-Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008 to 2013 and Blanchett has won awards for her work on stage in New York, Washington, London, Paris (she performed in Jean Genêt’s The Maids alongside Isabelle Huppert, Jury President in 2009) and also in Sydney, of course, where she soared in Liv Ullman’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

In 2012, Blanchett was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister for Culture and also the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society, both for her significant contribution to the arts. In 2015, she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts before she was made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2017.

Back on the screen, Blanchett won the 2014 Oscar for best actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen. This award came in addition to the Oscar she was awarded in 2004 for best supporting actress in The Aviator by Martin Scorsese in which she played an unforgettable Katharine Hepburn – it is the first time that an actress has won an Oscar for playing another actress… who also won an Oscar.

Cate Blanchett was also nominated for her performance in Carol by Todd Haynes, a film that she co-produced and which was presented in competition at Cannes in 2015. And not forgetting that in 2008 she also received two Oscar nominations, best actress for Elizabeth the Golden Age by Shekhar Kapur (with whom she collaborated 10 years earlier in Elizabeth) and best supporting actress for I’m Not There by Todd Haynes (for which she won the best actress prize at the Mostra in Venice), making her one of only five actors in the history of the Academy to have been nominated for both categories in the same year.

Recently, Cate Blanchett was seen in the Marvel super-production Thor: Ragnarok and will be appearing in Ocean’s 8, the first chapter in an entirely female saga, produced by Warner and due to be released after Cannes, late spring 2018. In the same year, she will appear in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, directed by Richard Linklater. She can then be seen in The House with a Clock in its Walls, directed by Eli Roth.

Cate Blanchett is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where she focuses on issues of statelessness for refugees around the world.

The Festival de Cannes 2018 will take place from May 8th – 19th and, exceptionally, will open on a Tuesday and end on a Saturday.

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Cannes Film Festival Condemns Harvey Weinstein’s “Unpardonable Behavior”

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Harvey Weinstein has been a fixture at the Cannes Film Festival for decades, and has seen films he’s been involved with like Pulp Fiction, The Artist and Fahrenheit 9/11 take major prizes. Today, amid the swirling allegations against him, the festival reacted with a strongly worded statement, signed by chiefs Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux, which was provided to Deadline:
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‘We Are Crying’: Industry Mourns Actress Jeanne Moreau

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Tributes poured in Monday for the late Jeanne Moreau, the iconic actress who began her career in the 1950s and starred in films by Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Jacques Demy, Michelangelo Antonioni, Orson Welles and Luis Bunuel. Moreau’s death at 89 was confirmed by French authorities, prompting public figures from President Emmanuel Macron on down… Read more »

Cannes 70th Bash: “Cinema Is With Manchester” Says Fest Boss; Guillermo del Toro Talks “Monsters…In Post-Truth Age”

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Even though the fireworks were called off due to the tragedy in Manchester, Cannes Film Festival’s 70th Anniversary went on with everyone including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Christoph Waltz, Marion Cotillard, Claudia Cardinale, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, and former vice president Al Gore in attendance last night at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.
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Cannes: Restricted Airspace, Upgraded Firearms Help Beef Up Security as Festival Kicks Off

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An anti-drone system, restricted airspace above the Cannes airport and upgraded firearms for police are part of the tightened security protocol that will be enforced throughout the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday. Local authorities in Cannes unveiled their measures Tuesday as festival attendees began streaming in to the seaside city. The beefed-up security… Read more »

Pedro Almodovar Named Cannes Film Festival Jury President

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Famed director Pedro Almodovar has been named President of the Jury for the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival this May.

“‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed,” the filmmaker said in a statement Monday.

“I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure,” he added.

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The auteur will serve as head of the jury at the invitation of festival president Pierre Lescure and festival director Thierry Frémaux.

Almodovar was at Cannes as recently as last year with his entry “Julieta,” a meditation on parenthood and guilt inspired by three short stories from the Alice Munro book “Runaway.”

Almodovar has directed nearly 20 films, his earlier career a prism for bold and unruly women in central roles, and commentary on politics, sexuality and the absurd.

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His credits include “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk To Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver” and “The Skin I Live In.”

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Responding to the invitation of Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, the filmmaker said: ‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.’

With his dazzling and iconoclastic 35-year filmography, this virtuoso storyteller has forged a strong bond with filmgoers the world over. From Pepi, Luci, Bom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1982) to Julieta (2016), his 20 films form an incandescent work, a legacy of his punk, protest-filled youth, and driven by an insatiable passion for female figures and the history of film itself. Ever surprising and eclectic but always coherent, the director from La Mancha can turn his hand to any genre – vaudeville, farce, tragedy, fantasy, musical or thriller – while never losing sight of his pet themes: passion, filiation, destiny, guilt and buried secrets.

In films full of physicality and with a big heart, a troupe of actors faithfully follows the director and breathes life into his wonderfully human characters, including Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma, Javier Bardem, Javier Cámara, Carmen Maura and Victoria Abril.

‘For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His works have already carved out an eternal niche in the history of film. A long and loyal friendship binds Pedro Almodóvar to the Festival, where he was a member of the Jury under the presidency of Gérard Depardieu,’ said the President of the Festival, Pierre Lescure and Delegate-General Thierry Frémaux.

Five of his films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best Collective Female Performance), Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos), The Skin I Live In, and Julieta – have been selected in Competition. Finally Bad Education (La Mala Educación) opened the Festival in 2004 while the director himself featured on the poster of the 60th Festival.

Through the presence of this passionate film lover who constantly celebrates the magic powers of cinema and pays homage to the masters Sirk, Franju, Hitchcock and Buñuel, the Festival de Cannes pays tribute to a great international director and to a modern and free Spain.

The Festival de Cannes will take place from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 May 2017. The Official Selection and Members of the Jury will be announced in mid-April.

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Pierre Lescure Is Re-Elected President of Cannes Film Festival

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