Cannes: Uncle Boonmee Wins Palme d’Or

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The 63rd Cannes Film Festival has come to a close. And while I still have a couple more reviews to file, I must first write about the awards. As you know, Tim Burton presided over the official Jury this year at the festival, and Sunday night the prize winners were revealed during the closing Ceremony. Full results after the jump.

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In the latest edition of TCxBD (Television Commercials by Big Directors), we have an awesome three minute long World Cup spot that two-time Academy Award-nominated writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu directed for Nike. Of course, Iñárritu’s filmography includes Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and the Cannes Film Festival premiere Biutiful.

The spot is titled “Write the Future,” and takes a Run Lola Run approach to the world cup of soccer. The advertisement features soccer legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant, a pingpong-playing Tennis star Roger Federer, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and even Homer Simpson.

It is definitely the most stylized thing I’ve ever seen from Iñárritu, but also features some of the intimate doc-style sometimes-claustrophobic cinematography we’re use to from the filmmaker.

Trust me, watch the spot after the jump.
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One of the films that has generated the most interest and buzz at Cannes this year is Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. This time, the director of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel wrote the film himself, having parted ways with creative partner Guillermo Arriaga.

Despite mixed reception, the film may still be a Palme d’Or contender, and will likely find distribution in the States. Until that happens, we’ve got an early promo trailer. Read More »

Cannes

It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.

But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..

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21 Grams on Hulu

Critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s second collaboration with Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams, is now available for free on Hulu. The film tells three stories starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Not nearly as great as his debut feature Amores Perros, 21 Grams is still worth checking out. Leave your comments about the movie in the comments.

Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s (21 Grams, Babel) Biutiful, which begins shooting in Barcelona next week. Inarritu wrote the script himself, his first stand alone effort after much-publicized break-up with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga.

According to Variety, Spanish-language film is about “a man embroiled in shady dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend, now a policeman.” Argentine actress Maricel Álvarez is also rumored to be involved with the project. Rodrigo Prieto will return as director of photography. Prieto was the cinematographer on all Inarritu’s films, Brokeback Mountain, 25th Hour, 8 Mile and Frida. The music will be composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, Academy Award Winner for Brokeback Mountain and Babel.

Mexican Trio

Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) have joined together as a team. The Mexican director trio, who conceived the idea independently, are attempting to sell themselves in an “all-or-nothing, five-picture deal,” according to the LA Times.

The three directors created arguably three of the top 10 movies of 2006, and they know it. They are hoping that an American studio to bankroll the five films for $100 million. That’s a deal and a half if you ask me. Carlos Cuarón (Rudo y Cursi) and Rodrigo García (Passengers, Six Feet Under) would also be included in the deal, which the paper says will likely include at least two Spanish language films. Sources also claim that all five films have been identified and budgets had been estimated, but some of the projects do not yet have finished scripts. Universal will likely end up with the five-picture deal.

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