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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Michael Covino’s ‘The Climb’

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Buys Michael Covino’s ‘The Climb’
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all worldwide rights, excluding France and German-speaking Europe, to Michael Angelo Covino’s buddy comedy “The Climb.”

The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Un Certain Regard Heart Prize alongside “A Brother’s Love” on Friday.

Covino directed, co-wrote (with Kyle Marvin) and stars in the film with Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt and Judith Godrèche.

The story centers on two best friends who share a close bond — until one sleeps with the other’s fiancée. The movie follows the tumultuous, but enduring relationship between the men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage.

Topic Studios produced and financed the movie. The producers are Noah Lang, Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin. The executive producers are Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller Adam Pincus and Gilda Moratti.

“To know my first movie will open
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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Wins Cannes Palme d’Or; Mati Diop’s Atlantics Picks Up Grand Prix

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark social satire/thriller Parasite won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. It’s the first time a Korean director has won the award, and jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu said the jury was unanimous. First-time French-Senegalese feature filmmaker Mati Diop — the actress known for roles in Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum and American indies like L for Leisure and Fort Buchanan had previously directed shorts and a medium-length documentary — won the festival’s second prize, the Grand Prix, for her Atlantics. It’s a magic-realistic-tinged tale of women left behind in Senegal […]
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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Wins Cannes Palme d’Or; Mati Diop’s Atlantics Picks Up Grand Prix

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark social satire/thriller Parasite won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. It’s the first time a Korean director has won the award, and jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu said the jury was unanimous. First-time French-Senegalese feature filmmaker Mati Diop — the actress known for roles in Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum and American indies like L for Leisure and Fort Buchanan had previously directed shorts and a medium-length documentary — won the festival’s second prize, the Grand Prix, for her Atlantics. It’s a magic-realistic-tinged tale of women left behind in Senegal […]
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Cannes Jury On Their ‘Unanimous’ Palme d’Or Decision & Elle Fanning’s Surprise Contributions

Cannes – Being a part of a film festival jury means you will never satisfy everyone. It’s part of the gig. For the jury of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, they were lucky enough to be handed a slate that featured few outright “bad” films and a bunch of worthy Palme d’Or contenders. The president of the jury, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, spoke to the press after the ceremony about the process the members went through to determine what turned out to be a unanimous selection of Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” for the top prize.

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Bong Joon-ho Reacts to Historic Palme D’or Win, Denies ‘Parasite’ Mocks North Korea

Bong Joon-ho’s first stop after winning the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival was a press conference in which the moderator informed the press in attendance that Bong’s victory was a historic first for a South Korean director. Bong said the prize was extra special in 2019 as this year marks the 100 year anniversary of cinema in Korea. The director said he was “surprised” and “so very pleased” to win the Palme, and he hoped that a historic victory would encourage moviegoers around the world to invest time in South Korean cinema as a whole.

“In 2006 I went to see a retrospective on Kim Ki-young. I went to the French cinema library to see that and was surprised to see French spectators really liked his films and that made a big impression on me,” Bong said. “I got the Palme today in Cannes but I’m not
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Cannes Jury Says Awarding Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ the Palme d’Or Was Unanimous Decision

Cannes Jury Says Awarding Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ the Palme d’Or Was Unanimous Decision
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival ended in historic fashion as Bong Joon-ho became the first Korean director to win the Palme d’Or. Bong took home the top prize for his dramatic thriller “Parasite.” This year’s Cannes jury sat down for a press conference after the awards ceremony and revealed the decision to award Bong the Palme d’Or was a unanimous one.

This year’s Cannes jury was headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu and included Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

“It’s such a unique experience. It’s so unexpected,” Iñárritu raved about “Parasite.” “It took all of us sharing our experiences. We shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres and mixed them and spoke in a funny,
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Cannes 2019. Awards

Bong Joon-Ho's ParasiteIN COMPETITIONPalme d'Or: Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho (read our review)Grand Prix: Atlantics directed by Mati Diop (read our review)Jury Prize: Les Misérables directed by Ladj Ly (read our review)and Bacurau directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (read our review)Best Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Young AhmedBest Actor: Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory Best Actress: Emily Beecham for Little Joe (read our review)Best Screenplay: Céline Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on FireSpecial Mention: It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia SuleimanUN Certain REGARDThe Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão directed by Karim Aïnouz (read our review)Prix d'interpretation: Chiara Mastroianni for On a Magical NightPrix de la mise en scène: Kantemir Balagov for Beanpole (read our review)Jury Prize: Fire Will Come directed by Oliver LaxeUn Certain Regard "Coup de Coeur" Award: The Climb by Michel Covinoand A
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Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Wins Palme D’Or & Antonio Banderas Takes Best Actor [Cannes]

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has come to an end and, as expected, the competition jury made many of the media who had reviewed and screened the film both exhilarated and exhausted. The Palme d’Or went to Bong Joon-ho‘s masterpiece, “Parasite.” It was always a three-way race from those looking from the outside in, but the awards given to Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” and Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” may have been slightly disappointed in what they went home with.

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Cannes 2019 Full Winners List: Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’

Cannes 2019 Full Winners List: Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival officially comes to an end with the awards ceremony in which this year’s competition jury will name the best films and performances of the festival. The 2019 jury was headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, who won Cannes’ Best Director prize for “Babel.” Other jury members included Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

This year’s Palme d’Or race consisted of 20 movies, several of which were from previous Palme d’Or winners such as Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”), and the Dardenne Brothers (“The Young Ahmed”). Whichever film wins the Palme d’Or will follow last year’s pick “Shoplifters,” the acclaimed Hirokazu Kore-eda drama that went
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‘Beanpole’: Kantemir Balagov’s WWII Drama Is Bleak, But A Deserving Ucr Best Director Winner [Cannes Review]

28-year-old writer-director Kantemir Balagov shocked and astonished many at Cannes just two years ago with his startlingly assured debut feature, “Closeness,” which won a Fipresci prize in the Un Certain Regard section. He returns in Ucr selection again, with another challenging and bleak statement set in his native Russia, and has earned the section’s Best Director prize for his efforts.

Read More: 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The 21 Most Anticipated Movies

In “Beanpole,” Balagov focuses his vision on a post-wwii world where two female friends, fresh off the battlefield where they fought as soldiers, try to cope with the severe Ptsd inflicted on them by the war.

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Bong Joon-ho Makes Cannes History As First Korean Director to Win Palme d’Or

Bong Joon-ho Makes Cannes History As First Korean Director to Win Palme d’Or
Bong Joon-ho has made groundbreaking history at the Cannes Film Festival by becoming the first Korean director in the festival’s 72-year history to win the Palme d’Or. The writer-director won the Palme for his dramatic thriller “Parasite,” which earned rave reviews in competition and was named by IndieWire as one of the 10 best films of the festival.

Bong Joon-ho competed for his first Palme d’Or at Cannes 2017 with his Netflix-backed “Okja,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton. The film lost the Palme d’Or prize that year to Ruben Östlund’s “The Square.” Bong has a long history with the Cannes Film Festival, having premiered his breakout monster movie “The Host” at Directors’ Fortnight and his acclaimed “Mother” in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

“Parasite” centers around a struggling family that invades the lives of the wealthy Park family and gets in over their heads when
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‘Sibyl’: Justine Triet Explores Psychotherapy, Boundaries & Obsession [Cannes Review]

With her third film “Sibyl,” French director Justine Triet explores the transgression of boundaries. These barriers exist between the home and the workplace, they separate fiction and reality and regulate the flow of memories from the past to the present. This time around, Triet uses the thriller genre as a vehicle for this exploration of a woman’s experience. One of four female directors selected for the Main Competition of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Triet, unfortunately, delivers a flimsy, unremarkable story of obsession unlikely to reach much further than local cinemas.

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Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski’s Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Using Director in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress and Roman Polanski’s wife, published a statement on social media (via Yahoo) in which she criticized Quentin Tarantino for his latest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Tarantino’s film casts Polish actor Rafał Zawierucha as Polanski and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Polanski’s second wife who was pregnant with their child when she was murdered in August 1969 by members of the Manson Family cult.

Seigner was clear in her statement that she was not criticizing the merits or values of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” but only the decision to use Polanksi in the film at a time where Hollywood continues to reject the “Rosemary’s Baby” director for being charged with rape in the 1970s. Seigner called attention to the fact that the movie will make money for Tarantino and a major Hollywood studio (Sony Pictures) with help from Polanski
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Over 30,000 People Sign Petition for McU to Cast Danny DeVito as Wolverine, Because Why the Hell Not

Over 30,000 People Sign Petition for McU to Cast Danny DeVito as Wolverine, Because Why the Hell Not
A petition urging the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cast Danny DeVito in the role of Wolverine has gone viral this week after earning over 30,000 signatures and counting. DeVito, who most recently appeared in Tim Burton’s live-action “Dumbo” remake and continues to star as Frank on Fxx’s beloved comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” is no stranger to the world of comic book movies as he appeared as the Penguin opposite Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer in Burton’s “Batman Returns.”

While the petition is the equivalent of a viral joke, it does speak to the larger question of what Disney and Marvel Studios will decide to do with the superheroes that Fox previously owned such as the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and more. Now that Disney owns Fox, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has free reign over many characters they were previously unable to feature in its movies.
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Edgar Wright Calls Out Netflix for Spoiling ‘World’s End’ Twist in Auto-Playing Trailer

Edgar Wright Calls Out Netflix for Spoiling ‘World’s End’ Twist in Auto-Playing Trailer
Edgar Wright makes movies that pack more than a few surprises. For this reason, watching Wright’s films blind are the best way to experience them on the first go-around. Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t letting viewers have that option when it comes to “The World’s End.” As Wright revealed on Twitter, the auto-playing trailer for “World’s End” on Netflix includes the film’s major plot twist (which IndieWire will not be spoiling here).

“Netflix shows the key twist to ‘The World’s End’ as the automatic trailer on the page. So tough shit if you wanted to go in blind,” Wright wrote. “[Netflix] would definitely ruin the first time for anyone watching it.”

Wright then directly sent a message to the streaming giant on Twitter: “Hey @NetflixFilm, change the autotrailer for something less spoilery!”

“The World’s End” opened in 2013 and stars Wright’s regular collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
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Elia Suleiman’s Message Is Lost In Often Magical ‘It Must Be Heaven’ [Cannes Review]

Cannes – Elia Suleiman has made very few films over his career. In truth, “It Must Be Heaven,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is only his fourth film since 1996. When he does release new work, however, it’s always a reminder of what wondrous filmmaking talents he posses. That’s what makes the end result of his latest film so puzzling.

Read More: 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The 21 Most Anticipated Movies

Suleiman plays himself in the picture, but unless you recognized him from an interview or previous films you wouldn’t realize that until about halfway through.

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Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes

Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Major International Film Critics Prize at Cannes
Robert Eggers’ psychodrama “The Lighthouse” has been named the best movie at Cannes’ Critics Week and Directors’ Fortnight by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). The victory for “The Lighthouse” gives A24 its first major prize at Cannes and continues the awards buzz for “The Lighthouse” that exploded after the movie’s world premiere earlier this week. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

The International Federation of Film Critics also awarded Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard. Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. IndieWire recently named “Beanpole,” “A Hidden Life,” and “The Lighthouse” three of the 10 best films at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Lighthouse,” shot on 35mm black-and-white film and presented in Academy ratio, stars Willem Dafoe
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Werner Herzog Joined ‘Star Wars’ Series for Money to Finance Cannes Movie ‘Family Romance, LLC.’

Werner Herzog Joined ‘Star Wars’ Series for Money to Finance Cannes Movie ‘Family Romance, LLC.’
Werner Herzog surprised fans when in December 2018 Lucasfilm announced the prolific German director would be joining the cast of its first “Star Wars” series, “The Mandalorian.” Herzog rarely takes on acting gigs or projects that aren’t his own (a recent example being his villainous turn opposite Tom Cruise in 2012’s “Jack Reacher”), so many were left wondering what it is that lured the filmmaker to the “Star Wars” universe. As reported by Vanity Fair, Herzog’s decision came down to money, but not because the director was selling out. Quite the contrary, as Herzog needed to get funds to make what would become his new Cannes drama “Family Romance, LLC.”

Herzog’s latest is set in Japan and centers around a man who is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl. Similar to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” the foreign-language movie features no major stars and thus
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Watch the 2019 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or

Watch the 2019 Cannes Awards: Live Stream Who Won the Palme d’Or
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today with the official awards ceremony. This year’s Cannes jury, headed by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, will be announcing their picks for the best films and performances at the 2019 festival. Iñárritu was joined on the jury by Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and last year’s Cannes Best Director winner Paweł Pawlikowski

This year’s Palme d’Or race is made up of 21 movies, including new efforts from previous Palme d’Or winners Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), the Dardenne Brothers (“The Young Ahmed”), and Ken Loach (“Sorry We Missed You”). The latter two have won two Palme d’Or prizes, meaning a win in 2019 would be historic because no director has ever won three Palme d’Or trophies.
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‘Fleabag’ Season 2 May Not Have Happened If Andrew Scott Turned Down the Priest Role

‘Fleabag’ Season 2 May Not Have Happened If Andrew Scott Turned Down the Priest Role
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Fleabag” Season 2, including the finale.]

In the Season 2 premiere of “Fleabag,” the title character played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her sister Claire (Sian Clifford) ride in a cab after dinner and have the following exchange about a man they just met:

“Priest’s quite hot.”

“So hot.”

Much has been made of Andrew Scott’s “Fleabag” character The Priest, more often referred to by the ardent nickname “Hot Priest” in numerous headlines and social media posts. Although Scott is an appealing and charismatic man — ask anyone who had a problematic attraction to the evil mastermind Moriarty on “Sherlock” — the overwhelming reaction to The Priest goes beyond mere handsomeness or sex appeal. The real culprit that has inspired such devotion, so to speak, is the power of the season’s heartbreaking love story between Fleabag and The Priest balanced against their undeniable attraction.

In an interview with IndieWire, Scott acknowledged the
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