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Oscars: French Distributor Gives Pakistani Contender ‘Joyland’ Qualifying Release After Local Ban

Pakistan’s Oscar hopeful Joyland, which has been banned from cinemas in its home country, will get a theatrical run in France, meaning it can still qualify for the Academy Awards race. French distributor Condor Films will give Saim Sadiq’s drama a one-week Oscar qualifying release in cinemas starting Nov. 18 and ahead of its scheduled, […]

First Look at Mads Mikkelsen in Danish Epic ‘The Bastard’

Fantastic Beasts star Mads Mikkelsen appears broody in the first-look image from The Bastard, Mikkelsen’s upcoming Danish-language feature that reteams him with his A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel. The image, released Thursday by The Bastard producer Zentropa, shows Mikkelsen as Captain Ludvig Kahlen, a 17th century soldier who sets out on an impossible mission: […]

The Toronto Film Festival Is Out to Prove Its Worth to the International Film Industry

For their mask-free, post-COVID return, the Cannes and Venice film festivals played to their strengths: doubling down on red carpet glamour and old-world elegance. Cannes’ jaw-dropping display for Top Gun: Maverick — including a supersonic flyover courtesy of the French air force — reestablished the Gallic fest as the go-to location for the launch of […]

Charlbi Dean, Actress in ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and ‘Black Lightning,’ Dies at 32

Charlbi Dean, the South African actress who turned heads this year with her turn as a fashion model influencer in the Palme d’Or-winning Triangle of Sadness, has died. She was 32. Dean died Monday at a hospital in New York City after what was described as unexpected sudden illness, her rep told The Hollywood Reporter. Dean also […]

Utopia Nabs Kristoffer Borgli’s Cannes Satire ‘Sick of Myself’ (Exclusive)

Utopia has acquired the North American rights to writer-director Kristoffer Borgli’s cultural satire Sick of Myself. The nihilistic romantic comedy, which screened at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard section, portrays a self-absorbed young woman, played by Kristine Kujath Thorp, making herself sick to attract attention and one-up her artist boyfriend (Eirik Sæther). […]

Korea Picks Park Chan-wook’s ‘Decision to Leave’ for Oscar 2023 Competition

The Korean Film Council has picked Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave to represent South Korea at the 2023 Academy Awards in the best international feature category. The crime drama follows police detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) called in to investigate the mysterious death of a man who fell from a mountain peak. During his investigation, he […]

Director Lola Quivoron on Embedding Herself in France’s Underground Dirt-Bike Scene for Cannes Award-Winning Debut ‘Rodeo’

Tom Cruise blasting across the screen at Mach 10 in the opening set piece for Top Gun: Maverick is the most enduring image of “the need for speed” to come out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. But for fans of low-budget vérité filmmaking, Lola Quivoron’s Rodeo, which won the jury prize in Cannes’ Un […]

Cannes, Venice Call for Release of Iranian Filmmakers After Arrest

The Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival have joined the chorus of calls for the release of Iranian filmmakers Mostafa Al-Ahmad, Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi after they were arrested by Iranian authorities in recent days. The latest crackdown on dissent in Iran saw Al-Ahmad and Rasoulof arrested on Friday over the posting […]

Fantasia Fest to Close With July Jung’s Cannes Thriller ‘Next Sohee’

The Fantasia Film Festival is set to close with July Jung’s thriller Next Sohee, organizers said on Thursday. Korean filmmaker Jung’s drama, which debuted by closing the Cannes Critics’ Week and will get a North American bow in Montreal, follows a young woman driven to suicide by a relentless work environment and an outraged investigator […]

TikTok Becomes Sponsor of San Sebastian Film Festival

TikTok is determined to bring together the worlds of auteur cinema and short-form mobile video. On Thursday, TikTok unveils that it has become an official sponsor of the San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain’s leading cinema event, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, running Sept. 16-24. The move follows TikTok’s sponsorship of the 2022 Cannes […]

Josh Charles, ‘Worst Person in the World’ Star Anders Danielsen Lie Join Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway in ‘Mothers’ Instinct’

Josh Charles (We Own This City, The Good Wife) and Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie, who plays Renate Reinsve’s love interest Aksel in Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, have signed on to co-star alongside Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway in the upcoming psycho-thriller Mothers’ Instinct. Chastain and Hathaway play Alice and Celine, […]

David Cronenberg’s ‘Crimes of the Future’ Goes to Mubi for Latin America, Turkey, India

Arthouse streaming platform MUBI is still having a busy Cannes. Two weeks after the 2022 Cannes festival wrapped, MUBI has closed a deal for David Cronenberg’s competition title Crimes of the Future, picking up rights in multiple territories from sales group Rocket Science. Rocket Science confirmed MUBI bought Crimes of the Future for Latin America, […]