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65th Cannes Film Festival Winners

The winners of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival have just been announced by Nanni Moretti’s jury, with Michael Haneke taking his second Palme d’Or for Festival favourite, Amour.

To see who won the remaining eight Awards, check the winners out below, including a win for one of my most anticipated films, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and two actresses sharing their prize. Continue reading

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Welcome To The Bathtub

After winning both the Grand Jury and Cinematography Prizes at Sundance 2012, it’s fair to say that Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild garnered a fair bit of attention. Having found distribution under the Fox Searchlight banner, the first trailer and poster have been released for what can only be described as one beautiful looking film.

Focusing on central character, Hushpuppy (who I’m already dubbing Little Miss Magnetic), Quvenzhané Wallis plays the six-year-old who lives with her father, Wink, in ‘the bathtub’, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Sundance’s description goes on to tell us the following:

‘Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unravelling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack – temperatures rise and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.’

With no UK release date as of yet, Beasts Of The Southern Wild will hit the US on the 27th June. Check out the trailer and poster below. The wait for an international release is already hurting me.

Review: Drive (2011) – HeyUGuys

I am really honoured to be able to say that I had the pleasure of listening to Nicolas Winding Refn talk about his latest film, Drive, before watching a preview of his incredible film on Saturday evening at Empire Big Screen at the O2 in London. I am even more honoured to say that I was asked by the amazing HeyUGuys to review it for them. To check out my 5* review for Ryan Gosling’s new film, please click here.

Review: The Tree of Life (2011)

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick.

CAST: Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken, Jessica Chastain, Laramie Eppler, Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw.

SYNOPSIS: Jack O’Brien (McCracken) and his two brothers (Eppler, Sheridan) grow up in the 1960s, spending their days carefree and full of play. We witness firsthand the loss of innocence through Jack’s eyes as he experiences his first brushes with death and suffering. The world is no longer as perfect as he believed and his family struggle with his quick progression into adolescence. Running parallel to this, an older Jack (Penn) tries to atone and understand past events in his life, working towards being able to forgive his father (Pitt).

To say The Tree of Life is grandiose is a complete understatement. It is beautiful, indulgent, heartfelt and extremely honest. And I truly believe it to be a masterpiece. Clichés aside, Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning film has been rather controversial, being booed at Cannes and five people walked out when I saw it. But I believe this to be a sign of a great filmmaker, somebody who divides opinion and stems controversial discussion. At the end of the day, this isn’t going to be a film people forget.
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