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Cannes 2015: Laszlo Nemes’ Distinctly Visceral Take on the Holocaust Gets Audiences Talking

Son of Saul, a movie from Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes, has become the consensus Cannes breakout.

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Cannes 2015: Pete Docter’s Animated and Abstract ‘Inside Out’ Is Lauded at Cannes

Inside Out, which premiered to ecstatic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday in advance of its theatrical opening June 19, is daringly original in its conceit, in which emotions serve as characters and a little girl’s head is the setting.

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Cannes 2015: Digital Upstarts Upend Tradition at Cannes Film Festival

Presentations by companies such as Netflix and virtual-reality outfit Oculus have been priorities for attendees. Agents who once never gave a second thought to nontraditional platforms are now courting them.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Youth’ Is a Memorable Meditation on Ageing and Art

Paolo Sorrentino’s arresting new film brilliantly pairs Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two elderly creators assessing their lives, loves and attitudes toward art.

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Cannes 2015: ‘La Tête Haute’ Is a Rosy View of France’s Juvenile Courts

Long takes of Malony gazing at harvested wheat fields and planted trees surrounding his rural rehab center -- a traditional, idyllic, cultivated French countryside -- suggest order and peace.

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Cannes 2015: Hirokazu Kore-eda Deftly Explores Family in ‘Our Little Sister’

“For the sisters to form a real family, you need a lot of time,” Hirokazu Kore-eda says. “That expresses the essence of this film.”

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Cannes 2015: Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ Could Have Been Better

Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian love story is a sumptuous visual treat, but the novel's emotional content has been softened and simplified.

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Cannes 2015: Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Is More of the Same

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.

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Cannes 2015: ‘An’ and ‘One Floor Below’ (Un Etaj Mai Jos)

Amid the hype and the hustle, Cannes 2015 yields two small scale but accomplished new features from Naomi Kawase and Radu Muntean.

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13 May 2015 // 9:52 AM

Cannes 2015 Preview: Pixar Tales to Murderous ‘Macbeth’

Whatever the local crime report, each year the Cannes Film Festival sets the stage for the next year’s worth of international cinema.

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19 May 2014 // 1:42 PM

American actors and directors projected to shine again at Cannes

CANNES, France — Seventy years ago next month, the Americans made a historic landing in France. They’re at it again. At this year’s Cannes

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TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia (dir. Bruce LaBruce) / Young and Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)

Two films about teenage sexuality yielding contrasting results: Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a teenager's passion for an octogenarian, while François Ozon's Young & Beautiful is a chic yet tacky take on a teenage girl's decision to prostitute herself.

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TIFF 2013: August: Osage County (dir. John Wells, 2013)

At TIFF, Alex Ramon enjoys the deluxe casting in John Wells's film of August: Osage County, especially Meryl Streep's scenery chewin' turn, but finds the material to be too much of a calculated dysfunction-fest.

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TIFF 2013: Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carney, 2013)

Alex Ramon finds himself underwhelmed by Once director John Carney's latest exercise in music-based uplift.

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TIFF 2013: A Story of Children and Film (dir. Mark Cousins) / InRealLife (dir. Beeban Kidron)

With a couple of fiction films punching below their weight, two major documentaries about young people prove to be the highlights of our second day at Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF 2013: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ (dir. Alain Guiraudie, 2013)

Guiraudie's movie unfolds entirely at a gay cruising area on the French coast where men flop naked on the beach, appraise each other and head to the woods for more intimate encounters

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TIFF 2013: ‘Bastards’ (dir. Claire Denis, 2013)

On his first day at TIFF 2013, Alex Ramon applauds two startling French features, the latest works from Claire Denis and Alain Guiraudie, that both twist the suspense thriller into fresh territory.

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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

Diversity is the modus operandi for the 29th edition of LAAPFF.

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SFIFF Spotlight: Latin American Cinema

The San Francisco International Film Festival celebrated Latin American cinema this year with a selection of diverse, engaging films. PopMatters takes a look at six of the best selections from the festival this year.

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SFIFF Day 7: Frances Ha + Everyday Objects

Stories about the ordinary lives of young women have abounded at film festivals this year. As we look at two of the most popular at SFIFF, we ask whether or not these films are as interesting as they're made out to be.

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