cannes 2019 lineup

The Cannes 2019 lineup has been announced for the prestigious film festival’s 72nd annual outing. The official selection so far includes films by Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life), Pedro Almodovar (Pain & Glory), and Bong Joon ho (Parasite), as well as Dexter Fletcher‘s high-profile Elton John biopic Rocketman, which is set to make its debut with John himself making an appearance on the Croisette.

But most notably, 12 of the 47 films announced Thursday are directed by women (one co-directed by two women), with four of those films up for competition for the Palme D’Or. While this is an exciting uptick from last year’s male-dominated selection, it is still a weak number considering the festival’s decision to put Agnes Varda on its official poster in honor of the legendary French New Wave filmmaker’s passing.

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Cannes feud

A battle between Netflix and France’s Cannes Film Festival has been raging since 2017, but are we finally seeing the first signs of a possible peace between the two entities?

Earlier this week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings admitted that Netflix “made mistakes” during the streaming service’s tussle with the prestigious French film festival, marking the first time that anyone on either side has blinked in this particular staring contest. Read Hastings’ full comment about Netflix’s Cannes feud below. Read More »

The Netflix-Free Cannes 2018 Lineup Is Here

Cannes 2018 lineup

Bonjour! The good folks at the Cannes Film Festival put down their delicious French pastries this morning long enough to announce the Cannes 2018 lineup, full of wonderful looking films that will eventually make their way into select theaters before ending up on VOD. Thus is the nature of the beast. Behold the Cannes 2018 lineup below.

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Cannes Film Festival Solo Premiere

The Cannes Film Festival likes to act like they’re super high-brow, but they’re not above throwing a bone to a popcorn movie or two. Case in point: this year, Ron Howard‘s Solo: A Star Wars Story will make its debut at the prestigious festival. More on the Cannes Film Festival Solo premiere below.

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Problems with Netflix

This year’s Cannes Film Festival came to end a few days ago, but ripple effects from events that transpired there will be felt on the French fest in the years to come. You may have heard about the controversy that arose surrounding Netflix’s involvement there, and today Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has spoken more about what went down.

You might have also noticed that the streaming service is notorious for being generous with second season renewals for their original series, but Hastings mentioned today that he’d actually like to cancel more of their original shows. Yes, you read that correctly.

Read on for the latest on the Netflix Cannes controversy and to learn what Hastings meant by that cancelation comment.
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Alejandro G Inarritu VR project Carne y Arena

We’ve covered a handful of VR experiences here on the site, but I’ve never heard of anything quite like the new virtual reality project that Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has cooked up. It’s called Carne y Arena, and it’s the first VR installation to screen in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times has an excellent breakdown of the experience, which spans three separate rooms and includes a walk-in freezer and a sand-covered floor as it gives you the perspective of migrants crossing the United States/Mexico border. Read the highlights below.
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Best Movies of Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up overseas with Ken Loach‘s film I, Daniel Blake taking home the coveted Palme d’Or, the top prize from the French cinema exhibition. However, there have been plenty of other films from Cannes that didn’t take home the top prize that are worth paying attention to. One film critic decided to put together a video running through what they thought were the best films from Cannes, regardless of whether or not they won any prizes.

Watch the best movies of Cannes Film Festival video after the jump. Read More »