Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson have been added to the jury for the 13th annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. The actresses join director Martin Scorsese on the panel, which will vote for the Golden Star award for best film, as well as jury Best Actor and Best Actress honours.
They will be joined by moviemakers Amat Escalante, Anurag Kashyap and Paolo Sorrentino, and French star Golshifteh Farahani, among others.
The 15 films vying for the top prize are set to be announced next week (begs04Oct13).
The festival runs from 29 November (13) to 7 December (13).
Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance Blue Is The Warmest Color: The Life Of Adele has landed the top prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Kechiche and his leading actresses, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux, collected the Palme d'Or in France during the event's closing ceremony on Sunday (26May13).
The movie tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with an older woman, and Steven Spielberg, who headed the jury, tells the Associated Press, "The film is a great love story that made us all feel privileged to be invited to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak. The director didn't put any constraints on the narrative."
Inside Llewyn Davis, by Joel and Ethan Coen, was also a big winner after landing the prestigious Grand Prix, while The Artist star Berenice Bejo nabbed Best Actress for her role in The Past. Bruce Dern earned the male equivalent for his turn in Nebraska.
Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante was named Best Director for his drama Heli, while Kore-eda Hirokazu's Like Father, Like Son received the Jury Prize. Anthony Chen won the Camera d'Or for Best First Feature thanks to his Ilo Ilo.
After a week-and-a-half of red carpets, press conferences, parties, and screenings, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has come to a close. The Palme D'Or, Cannes' most prestigious prize — the fest's equivalent of "Best Picture" — went to director Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color.
20 films made the final cut for the awards, and jury president Steven Spielberg, presiding over an all-star roster of voters including Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz, and Daniel Auteuil, handed out the prizes, along with Mistress of Ceremonies Audrey Tautou. Best Actor went to Bruce Dern for his stirring turn in Alexander Payne's Nebraska. Best Actress to Bérénice Bejo for her role in A Separation director Asghar Farhadi's new film The Past. And the much-buzzed-about new film from Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, about New York City's folk-music scene in the early 1960s, grabbed the Grand Prix, basically the runner-up prize to the Palme D'Or.
Here's the full list of winners:
Palme d’Or: Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Grand Prix: Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Director: Amat Escalante, Heli
Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin
Best Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Past
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Jury Prize: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
Camera d'Or: Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo
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No film festival is complete without a polarizing entry. For the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, that movie is Heli.
Audiences leaving Amat Escalante's latest film earlier this week let out a collective sigh after witnessing the director's brutal portrayal of Mexico. The film follows twentysomething Heli (Armando Espitia) as he's thrust into his home's terrifying underbelly. His tween sister Estela (Andrea Vergara) and her 17-year-old boyfriend Beto (Juan Eduardo Palacio) inadvertently put Heli and his family in the crosshairs of drug dealing thugs after stealing a few kilos of cocaine. With no remorse, the violent criminals execute their revenge. It's not pretty.
Heli never breaches the surface while tackling ideas of male identity and the ripple of effects of trauma, but Escalante's film works on a purely visceral level. He's a provocateur, composing beautiful shot after beautiful shot only to fill them with shocking imagery. Heli is not for the faint of heart. Although once the film hits American shores, one particular moment may strike a nerve with the Internet in the same phenomenon fashion that helped Lars von Trier's Antichrist become a recognizable title.
When Heli, Estela, and Beto are captured by the drug dealers, they're hauled away to be properly beaten to mush. It's here Escalante steers his plodding film straight into the pits of hell — a whiplash to the audience. Heli and Beto are taken to a living room/torture chamber, complete with ceiling hooks, flogging paddles, and a Nintendo Wii. The pain is inflicted in a frighteningly casual manner — Beto is chained up to hang in the middle of room as both young adults and kids watch. After 30 smacks to the back, Escalante plays his wild card: the cronies dowse Beto's penis with gas and light it on fire. In a lengthy, unflinching shot, we see it burn to a crisp.
That ends up being just the tip of the iceberg for Heli, which delves into the psychological damage that goes with witnessing such an act. There's little connective tissue to what Heli experiences before and after his capture, and that's the film's greatest fault. When you drop that bomb halfway through a movie, it's hard to build on. Unlike 2012's Miss Bala, another examination of the cartel culture in Mexico that saw trauma birth compliance, Escalante theorizes that the same experience cultivates violence. So, yes, things don't slow down post-manhood burning.
Having a singular scene define a movie has its pros and cons. For Heli, it could be the buzzworthy talking point that makes it a success across the globe.
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The Cannes Film Festival: where big name Hollywood stars and renowned American directors rub shoulders with the global elite. It's like moviedom's version of the Olympics, filmmakers and performers from around the world spend a week along the beaches of France, showing off their latest work in hopes of generating buzz and finding breakout success.
This year's slate of films sports plenty of recognizable faces: Ryan Gosling reteams with his Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn for Only God Forgives; the Coen Bros. will show their loose Dave Van Ronk biopic starring Oscar Isaacs, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie Behind The Candelabra touts Matt Damon and Michael Douglas; and the "Out of Competition" category boasts Emma Watson's bad girl crime pic Bling Ring and the James Franco-directed Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying. A packed roster.
On top of that, Cannes 2013 also has an eclectic collection of foreign films that look equally fascinating — if they can live side by side with the Hollywood elite, that means something.
Dive in to the full lineup below and watch out for Hollywood.com's coverage of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when the debuts begin in mid-May:
Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
CompetitionOnly God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-RefnLa Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo SorrentinoBehind The Candelabra, Steven SoderberghThe Immigrant, dir: James GrayVenus In Fur, dir: Roman PolanskiStraw Shield, dir: Takashi MiikeNebraska, dir: Alexander PayneJeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois OzonThe Past, dir: Asghar FarhadiInside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan CoenJimmy P., dir: Arnaud DesplechinHeli, dir: Amat EscalanteGrisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh HarounLike Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-EdaLa Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif KechicheBorgman, dir: Alex Vann WarmerdamA Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke JiaMichael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud DespallièresUn Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of CompetitionBlood Ties, dir: Guillaume CanetAll Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
Un Certain RegardThe Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)Omar, dir: Hany Abu-AssadDeath March, dir: Adolfo Alix, JrFruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler*The Bastards, dir: Claire DenisNorte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav DiazAs I Lay Dying, dir: James FrancoMiele, dir: Valeria Golino*L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain GuiraudieBends, dir: Flora Lau*L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy PanhLa Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez*Anonymousv, dir: Mohammad RasoulofSarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud*Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
Midnight ScreeningsBlind Detective, dir: Johnnie ToMonsoon Shootout, dir: Amit Kumar*
Homage To Jerry LewisMax Rose, dir: Daniel Noah
Special ScreeningsSeduced And Abandoned, dir: James TobackWeekend Of A Champion, dir: Roman PolanskiMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, dir: Stephen FrearsStop The Pounding Heart, dir: Roberto MinerviniBite The Dust, dir: Taisia Igumentseva (Cinéfondation)*
Gala Screening in honor of IndiaBombay Talkies, dirs: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar
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