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Festival de Cannes ~ Returning to Film

Festival de Cannes ~ Returning to Film

Festival de Cannes is returning to film this year. The 74th annual twelve-day festival returns this year in July. Last year’s festival cancelled because of the pandemic. This year’s festival is full of film, fun, and fill.

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Festival de Cannes 2021

Festival de Cannes Jury

This year’s jury is presided over by Spike Lee. History is made as he is the first black president of the 9 member jury. Lee is the Grand Prix and Oscar® Best Adapted Screenplay, BlacKkKlansman (2019). When discussing his Oscar® He states, “My grandma who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild – she called me Spikie Poo – she put me through Morehouse College and NYU Grad Film. NYU!”

  • Spike Lee – President ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (United States)
  • Mati Diop ~ Director (France, Senegal)
  • Mylène Farmer ~ Singer, songwriter (Canada, France)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal ~ Actress, producer, screenwriter, director (États-Unis)
  • Jessica Hausner ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (Austria)
  • Mélanie Laurent ~ Actress, director, screenwriter (France)
  • Kleber Mendonça Filho ~ Director, producer, screenwriter (Brazil)
  • Tahar Rahim ~ Actor (France)
  • Song Kang-ho ~ Actor (South Korea)

The 9 member jury announced the awards on the last night of Festival de Cannes.

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Festival de Cannes Jury and Award Winners

Festival de Cannes Awards

Palme d’or

TITANE directed by Julia Ducouran

The award was presented by Sharon Stone and Spike Lee.

Grand Prix (ex aequo)

GHAHREMAN (A Hero) directed by Asghar Farhadi


HYTTI N°6 (Compartment N°6) directed by Juho Kuosmanen

The award was presented by the American director Oliver Stone.

Best Director

Leos Carax for ANNETTE

The award was presented by Italian actress and director Valeria Golino.

Best Screenplay

Hamaguchi Ryusuke & Takamasa Oe for DRIVE MY CAR

The award was presented by British director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold.

Jury Prize (ex aequo)

MEMORIA directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul


HA’BERECH (Ahed’s Knee)directed by Nadav Lapid

The award was presented by British actor Rosamund Pike.

Best Performance by an Actress

Renate Reinsve in VERDENS VERSTE MENNESKE (The Worst Person in the World)
directed by Joachim Trier

The award was presented by South Korean actor LEE Byung-hun.

Best Performance by an Actor

Caleb Landry Jones in NITRAM directed by Justin Kurzel

The award was presented by French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos.

Caméra d’or

MURINA directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi USIJANOVIĆ unveiled in the frame of LA QUINZAINE DES RÉALISATEURS

The Caméra d’or was presented by Mélanie Thierry, President of the Jury of this First Film Selection.

Higher Technical Commission (CST)

CST Artist-Technician Prize

Vladislav Opeliants (Russia), Chief Director Of Photography, PETROV’S FLU, by Kirill Serebrennikov.

CST Young Film Technician Award

Armance DURIX, Head Sound Engineer MI IUBITA, MON AMOUR, by Noémie Merlant.

Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard Prize

RAZZHIMAYA KULAKI (Unclenching the Fists) directed by Kira Kovalenko.

Jury Prize

GROSSE FREIHEIT (Great Freedom)

directed by Sebastian Meise

Ensemble Prize

BONNE MÈRE (Good Mother)

directed by Hafsia Herzi

Courage Prize

LA CIVIL

directed by Teodora Ana Mihai

Prize of Originality

LAMB

directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson

Special Mention

NOCHE DE FUEGO (Prayers for the Stolen)

directed by Tatiana Huezo

Cinéfondation

First Prize

L’ENFANT SALAMANDRE (The Salamander Child)

directed by Théo Degen, Insas, Belgium

Second Prize

CICADA

directed by Yoon Daewoen

Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

Joint Third Prize

PRIN ORAS CIRCULA SCURTE POVESTI DE DRAGOSTE (Love Stories on the Move)

directed by Carina-Gabriela Dașoveanu

UNATC “I. L. CARAGIALE”, Romania

CANTAREIRA

directed by Rodrigo Ribeyro

Academia Internacional de Cinema, Brazil

Honorary Palme d’or

Just as American actress-director Jodie Foster was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or at the Opening Ceremony on 6 May, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio has received the distinction this evening for his exceptional career.

Festival de Cannes Red Carpet Glam

The exceptions Festival de Cannes red carpet glam is here! This is so exceptional to see the beauty. It is all about the top of fashion and design especially after a year of yoga pants, tanks, and flip flops.

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet arrives in a metallic silver Tom Ford suit, Celine sunglasses, and Cartier jewelry.

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Jeanne Balibar, Tilda Swinton and Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Memoria

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton brings her personal style with her red carpet looks. She is wearing a white Chanel that is light and flowing for the daytime premier of Memoria.

Swinton goes from monochromatic white to bold and colorful for The French Dispatch premiere. The orange and pink is by designer Haider Ackermann.

Swinton combines the two looks with her photocall look from LOEWE. This is a great summer look that is bright and loose fitting.

Jody Foster

Jodie Foster is wearing white Givenchy dress and white pebble-stacked earrings.

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Jodie Foster

Spike Lee

Spike Lee put a lot of thought into the fashion for his red carpet looks. He partnered with Louis Vuitton for each day’s red carpet looks. The fashion fits the creativity and statement Lee is well-know with his film creations.

Red Carpet Fun and Fill

There was a lot of fun and fill on the Red Carpet. High energy and excitement as film is thrilling to see as we come around from the last year.

Enjoy, the films this year. They bring our the best in fantasy, reality, love, and entertainment. What is the film you are looking forward to seeing this year? Post your answer here.

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iDildo ~ Now You See Us

iDildo ~ Now You See Us

“iDildo does the trick and you don’t have to cook it food or wash its sock.” Romina Schwedler’s latest comedy short film about certain aged women feeling invisible and often misinterpreted. She uses light and comedy to carry a deeper message.

Barbara Miluski and Caroline Ryburn

Synopsis

Now You See Us is is “a coming of (a certain) age story” about two rival actresses played by Barbara Miluski and Caroline Ryburn. They are both auditioning for a part in a TV commercial. They begin to realize that they have more in common than just a rivalry.

Film Details

This 11-minute film brings the best of age discrimination and a lifelong rivalry full circle. The women find common ground in the idea that the one line in the commercial is the actress holding up a cell and stating, “I only use it in emergencies.” The cell phone begins the conversation about women of a certain age struggle with technology.

Caroline says, “I have an i-phone, i-pad, and an iDildo. It does the trick, you don’t have to cook for it, or wash its sock.” They both laugh at the idea that they had made large changes and sacrifices in their life. Even that iDildo is better than having someone around.

The walls break-down when they realize that they are being stereotyped for acting roles. “Boomers” no longer matter. They were the pitch to crowd, changing food, and fashion. They are invisible now.

Light and Comedy Use

The entire film is black and white adding a feel of age. The dimness of light in the waiting area adds to the tension of their rivalry. The loss of light brings the cell phone use in the time of an emergency adding to the humor. The end of the film light is used to bring awareness to the issues that these women are facing

The phases of the moon photos in the room where the audition is to take place clearly demonstrate the many phases of life the women this age experienced. This is a connecting piece that puts the rivalry to rest and they start sharing their impressions on being invisible.

Director Romina Schwedler

Romina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to New York to attend American Ballet School at 15. She followed in her parent’s footsteps (she is a director, actress, and singer) by becoming a filmmaker. Her film, The Visit, was screened at 47 film festivals including Prescott’s Film Festival. The film received 13 awards, 16 nominations, and 5 special mentions. Awards include Best Short Film, Best Overall Festival Film, and Best Director.

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Cast and Crew Now You See Us

Now You See Us

The film’s cast and crew are women. This adds to the dimension of the film’s focus on a section of women that is often discriminated against and stereotyped.

Won the Special Jury Award at its World Premiere at theChelsea Film Festival

Selected for Oscar® Qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival,

Seattle Film Summit

More screenings are lined up for 2021.

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRnIfwpmxKU

FULL CAST

Barb – Barbara Miluski
Caroline – Caroline Ryburn
Electrician – Leema Mitchell
New Actress – Rochelle Slovin

DIRECTOR

Romina Schwedler

PRODUCERS

Executive Producers – Barbara Miluski, Jonathan Hazan
Producer/ Line Producer – Michelle PolancoCo-Producers – Danna Kinsky, Romina Schwedler
Associate Producers – Alan J. Carmona, Bianka WidaKay, Susan Rafter

WRITERS

Play – Barbara Miluski
Adapted Screenplay – Romina Schwedler

ORIGINAL SCORE

Itamar Ben Zimra

FULL CREW

Cinematographer – Danna Kinsky
First Assistant Director – Maca Carrizosa
Sound Mixer – Ash Knowlton
Script Supervisor – Mavis Martin
Gaffer – Olivia Kimmel
First Camera Assistant – Diana Rodriguez
Grips & Electrics – Anna Vyaches, Rui Arichika
Production Assistant – Adalina Aladro
Sound Design – Cory Choy, Ash Knowlton, Luke Allen/ SILVER SOUND
Colorist – Jenny Montgomery/ COMPANY 3
VFX Artists – Eddie Lebron, Shaun Ryan
Additional Photography – Alan J. Carmona
BTS Photography – Adalina Aladro
BTS Video – Bianka WidaKay
Editor – Romina Schwedler
Makeup & Hair – Mollie Parks
Graphic Design – Rachel Freeman-Lev
Social Media – Rachel Freeman-Lev, Dora J. Friedman

Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nowyouseeusfilm/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NowYouSeeUsFilm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nowyouseeusfilm/

Many women can share and relate to this film. The film rings true in my own life. iDildo was a perfect sentiment to we got this!

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The Visit at Prescott Film Festival Romina Schwedler

The Visit at Prescott Film Festival Romina Schwedler

The Visit, at Prescott Film Festival, is Romina Schwedler, screenwriter and director, first film,  This short movie is a juxtaposition of life events.

The Visit Short Film

The Visit is a day in the time of a visit with a mother (June Squibb) and son (Sean Maher). The story takes a moment in time for the son and develops a sequence of events that changes lives. The son must face the consequences of the events.

Schwedler’s attention to details in the film completes the story. She states, “every little detail, in the lighting, the wardrobe design, and every odd thing matters.” The juxtaposition of the story develops well with the attention to details.

Schwedler develops the story from a conversation with her father about her aunt. Her aunt experiences loss of most family and friends. Coping with the deep grief and loss her aunt develops elaborate stories regarding those she lost. Her techniques in film development here allow the audience to experience the emotions in the story.

The casting for the short film was “serendipitous,” she says. She approaches June Squibb, Oscar-nominated actress, at an award dinner in Los Angeles with a flash drive of the script. Sean Maher, Ben in the short film, heard about the project and appreciates June Squibb’s work. His agent contacted Schwedle in regards to working on the project.  The casting provides a twist much like the film. Check local film festival events for screening.

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Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Husband and wife, Julia Butler, and Daniel Mentz, presents Slipaway at Prescott Film Festival. The most unlikely duo becomes the best of friends on a self-discovery journey.

Slipaway Film

The film takes two different generations and puts them together at a time when their lives are struggling. They must overcome their differences in age, personality, and more. The journey takes them to becoming best friends while supporting each other’s dreams.

The script develops from Mentz’s visit with Gwen Davis, author. He personally delivers a keyboard he sold to her on Craigslist. The visit became an all day adventure with cookies, tea, and scrapbooks. She told stories about hanging out on location with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant. Butler developed the screenplay after an evening of Mentz regaling the day’s adventures. She is inspired by Davis’ stories and life.

Slipaway Message

Mentz states, “We wanted to bring this message to the foreground, that relationships whether romantic or platonic do not have to be in the same age category. Relationships in different generations are not really discussed.” The movie takes on generational struggles and friendships that assist with making dreams come true.

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow, brings a lot to the role. Mentz says, “She brought the character to life much more than we could ever imagine.” Partnow brings Fall to life with details that are specific to Fall’s her generation. Partnow presents the need to be private and dressing up before leaving the house. Just a few details Partnow presents throughout the film that bring her generation to light.

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe, presents with his own story and struggle from the start. His past is still very present. This takes precedence over Adam and Fall’s individual dreams. Adam was not onboard with Fall’s concept of dreaming in life,

Adam: “It’s a little cheesy, don’t you think?”

Fall: “Cheesy? Well, guess that means my whole life has been… cheesy.”

Mentz and Butler’s first feature film brings an unlikely pair together that takes you on a lifetime journey of self-discovery, laughter, and dreams.

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Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Belle is a film about growing from un-acceptance to self-acceptance. Dido Elizabeth Belle, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a true story of a high society young African-American mixed English during the 18th century. Belle finds herself in high society but has a hard time finding herself anywhere.

She struggles to balance things every day. She is the daughter of a slave and Sir John Lindsay, a navy ship captain. Her grandparents become her caregiver, Mansfield Her status as aristocrats provides her a lifestyle that is of class and comfort. This story looks at gender, race, and class.

Belle finds herself eating alone when guests arrive she is not allowed to dine with the staff at this time either. This reality is her status is not high enough to eat with guests but too high to eat with the servants. She is kept hidden from society, during a time that many young women traditionally come out to society for formal courtship.

Her cousin, Elizabeth groomed and readied for her coming out, even though she has no dowry to offer. Belle being an heiress to her father’s fortune after his untimely death provides her dowry, but does not have social standing for courtship. The custom at this time is a black woman is not seen in white circles.

She finds herself struggling with the fact that she is not fully accepted because of her skin color. The complexity love from her family but the burden of being unaccepted becomes a climactic moment where she is clawing at her skin and face in anguish. A strong demonstration of what is going on inside Belle as she struggles with being the daughter of a slave and a navy captain.

This struggle is one that many faces in life. They take on the social standards for beauty and how we each place expectations on ourselves wanting acceptance by others.  The film demonstrates Belle bringing her to self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is a great health Releasing that she is more than her skin color. She embraces the love of her life leaving behind her status in high society.The director, Amma Asante,  brings the story from the inside of Belle to the outside makes it authentic and real.

The director addresses the realization of the time period issues of race, class, and gender. She uses layers to present her story. The complexity being African-American woman who is learning gain acceptance of herself in her place in life. This layering brings this very relatable struggle for many even today.  Belle’s journey of self-acceptance brings the audience full circle from unacceptance to self-acceptance.

The story based on a painting of Elizabeth and Belle that hung in the Kenwood house for decades. The painting shows Belle slightly elevated in the painting to her white cousin. They are touching in this painting. It demonstrating that Elizabeth is accepting of Belle and her new self-acceptance in life. Belle finds empowerment, freedom, and happiness with her self-acceptance. The film brings love, change, and equality to the forefront while showing the development of self-assurance.

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Amma Asante Belle Director at Ebertfest

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This place is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. Chaz Ebert, Ebert’s wife keeps his traditions returning each year. The film festival brings back some great films and panels.

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This film has 14 wins and 27 nominations on the film festival circuit.

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Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This location is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. The film festival is set to bring back some great films and panels.

The panel discussions and film festival are organized by College of Media at the University of Illinois and his wife Chaz Ebert. This year they are bringing a festival that brings the concept of films that need to be films that give these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. This five-day festival, April 18-22, will bring together film writers, directors, actors, directors, and film lovers.

The panel discussions include:

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE CRITICS’ PANEL SPONSORED BY ROTTEN TOMATOES
    CRITICAL MASS: THE FUTURE OF FILM CRITICISM
    Moderated by Claudia Puig
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    THE ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSION AND RESPECT PANEL
    CHALLENGING STIGMA THROUGH THE ARTS

    Moderated by Eric Pierson
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am
    Leveling THE PLAYING FIELD: HOLLYWOOD IN THE TIME OF #MeToo and #TimesUp
    Moderated by Carrie Rickey
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    FREE LECTURE:
    THE LUMIÈRE BROTHERS AND THE BIRTH OF CINEMA
    Led by Dr. Richard Neupert
    Hyatt Place Hotel, Lower Level

This is just for starters for the week. There are six women directors included in appearances for the festival. These women are Ava DuVernay (13th), Amma Asante (Belle), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Shari Springer (American Splendor),  Catherine Bainbridge (Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World), and Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose).  Other guests include:

  • Director Andy Davis TheThe Fugitive 
  • Professor Miguel Alcubierre Intersteller
  • Gregory Nava Selena
  • Ruth Ann Harnisch Columbus
  • Kogonada Columbus
  • Andrew Miano Columbus
  • Bill Harnisch Columbus
  • Alloy Orchestra A Page of Madness
  • Shari Springer Berman American Splendor
  • Robert Pulcini American Splendor
  • Jeff Dowd The Big Labowski

The film screening schedule for the 20th Anniversary is:

4/18/2018

  • The Fugitive 7 PM

4/19/2018 

  • Intersteller 12 PM
  • Selena 4 PM
  • Belle 8:30 PM

4/20/2018

  • Columbus 12 PM
  • A Page of Madness 3:30 PM
  • American Splendor 8:30 PM

4/21/2018

  • 13th 10:30 AM
  • Daughters of Dust  2:30 PM
  • Rambling Rose 5:30 PM
  • The Big Lebowski 8:30 PM

4/22/2018

  • Rumble The Indians Who Rocked The World Noon 

Friday night, April 20, there will be a band, cake, and ice cream on the Plaza at the Virginia Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Sunday, as is tradition, a musical event will take place following the screening of Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World.  This festival will be bringing films from the past to current issues facing the film industry. The festival will honor Egbert and films with equality.

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Cannes Film Festival ~ Seventy Years Influencing Film

Cannes Film Festival ~ Seventy Years Influencing Film

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70th Festival De Cannes Film Festival 2017 ©Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale ©Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

Festival De Cannes seventy years of influencing the film industry. The top international film festival worldwide. This festival, held in the beautiful resort town on the French Riviera, is the top publicized event from the films presented to celebrities on the red carpet.

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The Cannes® Film Festival started in 1947 by, Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival.” This festival received international recognition for the films and celebrities in the mid-1950s. The first time the festival top award, Palme d’or, went to the film Marty.  Today the film festival recognizes short and medium length films (Caméra d’Or), student films (Cinéfondation),  best first film presentation (Un Certain Regard), and best film (Palme d’or).

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This year Uma Thurman  is serving as the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury.  Uma Thurman brings her 20 year experience as an actress and director in the film industry. The prize list of films will be presented May 27, 2017.

Palme d’or film award jury is presided by Pedro Almodóvar, scriptwriter, director, and states,  “‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate the Festival de Cannes 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job.” He is joined by 4 men and 4 women:

Each jury member brings a strong influence with their career backgrounds and talent. This award is announced May 28 at the film festival closing ceremony.

Jane Campion heading up Cinéfondation. Campion is not new to Cannes. Her film, The Piano, awarded the Palme d’or in 1993. The jury is made up of five eminent film and literature . This jury selects their three prize winners from among the Cinéfondation’s selection of film school entrants.  This film award is presented at the closing ceremonies.

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Caméra d’O jury presided by Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress. This is awarded to the first film in all categories combined. Kiberlain states, “I am honoured and excited to discover new directors.” She will present this award at the closing ceremony

This year’s film festival presents many anticipated films.

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Gentle Creature (Director Sergei Loznitsa)
  • (BPM) Beats Per Minute (Director Robin Campillo)
  • Good Time (Directors Benny & Josh Safdie)
  • Happy End (Director Michael Haneke)
  • In the Fade (Director Fatih Akin)
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Director Kornél Mundruczó)
  • Loveless (Director Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • Okja (DirectorBong Joon-ho)
  • Radiance (DirectorNaomi Kawase)
  • Redoubtable (Director Michel Hazanavicius)
  • The Beguiled (Director Sofia Coppola)
  • The Day After (Director Hong Sang-soo)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (Director Noah Baumbach)
  • The Square (Director Ruben Ostlund)
  • Wonderstruck (Director Todd Haynes)
  • You Were Never Really Here (Director Lynne Ramsay)

Un Certain Regard Official Selection

  • April’s Daughter (Director Michel Franco)
  • Barbara (Director Mathieu Amalric)
  • Beauty and the Dogs (Director Kaouther Ben Hania)
  • Before We Vanish (Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • Closeness (Director Kantemir Balagov)
  • Directions (Director Stephan Komandarev)
  • Dregs (Director Mohammad Rasoulof)
  • Jeune Femme (Director Léonor Serraille)
  • L’Atelier (Director Laurent Cantet)
  • La Cordillera (Director Santiago Mitre)
  • Lucky (DirectorSergio Castellitto)
  • Out (DirectorGyörgy Kristóf)
  • The Desert Bride (Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)
  • The Nature of Time (Director Karim Moussaoui)
  • Walking Past the Future (Director Li Ruijun)
  • Western (Director Valeska Grisebach)
  • Wind River (Director Taylor Sheridan)

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Drowning Man (Director Mahdi Fleifel)
  • Across My Land (Director Fiona Godivier)
  • Damana (Director Andrés Ramirez Pulido)
  • Katto (The Ceiling) (Director Teppo Airaksinen)
  • Koniec Widzenia (Time To Go) (Director Grzegorz Molda)
  • Lunch Time (Director Alireza Ghasemi)
  • Pépé Le Morse animation (Grandpa Walrus) (Director Lucrèce Andreae)
  • Push It (Director Julia Thelin)
  • Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night) (Director Qiu Yang)

Cinéfondation Official Selection

  • Afternoon Clouds (Director Payal Kapadia)
  • A Perdre Haleine (Director Léa Krawczyk)
  • Atlantîda, 2003 (Atlantis, 2003) (Director Michal Blasko)
  • Ben Mamshich (Heritage) (Director Yuval Aharoni)
  • Camouflage (Director Imge Özbilge)
  • Deux Égarés Sont Morts (Director Tommaso Usberti)
  • Give Up The Ghost (Director Marian Mathias)
  • Heyvan (Animal) (Director Bahman Ark)
  • Láthatatlanul (Invisibility) (Director Áron Szentéteri)
  • Lejla (Director Stijn Bouma)
  • Paul Est Lá (Paul Is Here) (Director Valentina Maurel)
  • Pequeno Manifiesto En Contra Del Cine Solemne (Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema) (Director Roberto Porta)
  • Tokeru (Director Aya Igashi)
  • Vazio Do Lado De Fora (Empty On The Outside) (Director Eduardo Brandao Pinto)
  • Wild Horses (Director Rory Stewart)
  • Yin Shian Bien Jlan Gon Lu (Towards The Sun) (Director Wang Yi-Ling)

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Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Unlikely Friends ~ “Slipaway”

Husband and wife, Julia Butler, and Daniel Mentz presents Slipaway at Prescott Film Festival. The most unlikely duo becomes the best of friends on a self-discovery journey.

The film takes two different generations and puts them together at a time when their lives are struggling. They must overcome their differences in age, personality, and more. The journey takes them to become best friends while supporting each other’s dreams.

The script develops from Mentz’s visit with Gwen Davis, the author. He personally delivers a keyboard he sold to her on Craigslist. The visit became an all-day adventure with cookies, tea, and scrapbooks. She told stories about hanging out in a place with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant. Butler developed the screenplay after an evening of Mentz regaling the day’s adventures. Davis’ stories and life inspire her.

Mentz states, “We wanted to bring this message to the foreground, that relationships whether romantic or platonic do not have to be in the same age group. Relationships in different generations are not really discussed.” The movie takes on generational struggles and friendships that help with making dreams come true.

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow

Fall, actress Elaine Partnow, brings a lot to the role. Mentz says, “She brought the character to life much more than we could ever imagine.” Partnow brings Fall to life with details that are specific to Fall’s her generation. Partnow presents the need to be private and dressing up before leaving the house. Just a few details Partnow presents throughout the film that bring her generation to light.

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe

Adam, actor Jesse Pepe, presents with his own story and struggle from the start. His past is still very present. This takes precedence over Adam and Fall’s each dream. Adam was not onboard with Fall’s concept of dreaming in life,

Adam: “It’s a little cheesy, don’t you think?”

Fall: “Cheesy? Well, guess that means my whole life has been… cheesy.”

Mentz and Butler’s first feature film brings an unlikely pair together that takes you on a lifetime journey of self-discovery, laughter, and dreams.

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Film Awards: 

Best Feature Film Pasadena International Film Festival

Audience Choice – Heart of the Festival Sedona International Film Festival

Best Feature Screenplay Amsterdam Film Festival

Best Family Film IFS Film Festival

Best Feature Narrative Irvine International Film Festival

Best Feature All Genre Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Best Original Score Milledgeville Film Festival

Best Actor Elaine Partnow Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles

Best Feature Film NYC Indie Film Awards

Best Director NYC Indie Film Awards

Best Actress NYC Indie Film Awards

Best Score NYC Indie Film Awards

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Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Habana 3 A.M. with the character Max Vogue premieres at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. This fashion film was the first fashion film to film in Cuba. This film creates a fashion journey with drama, adventure, and culture. Director Antonio Contreras Aviance takes a moment to discuss this history-making fashion film.

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Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

  • What makes this a fashion film?

Fashion is what inspired the main character of this film, Max Vogue. He is an angst-ridden fashion superhero who seeks for the truth.

  • How does location play into the screenplay of the film? 

I had in mind filming in Cuba to capture the glamour and luxury. Cuba provided a perfect backdrop for the 1950s and juxtapose the traditions. The mysticism and folklore of Cuba. The location of the film gave birth to the film’s title Habana 3 A.M.

  • What is your background in film and direction? 

I am a plastic artist, fashion historian and film enthusiast. I grew up watching Mexican Golden Age of Cinema films. Later I developed a love for the Italian neo-realism. My formal education was in the films of David Lynch, Almodovar, John Waters, Gus Van Sant among others. When I direct, produce, the film is my canvas.

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  • This fashion film had the opportunity to film Cuba. What were some of the struggles and benefits of filming at this location?

In Cuba, people have a way of making things out of nothing, and that seems to work in a very surreal way. If you try to do things the way you are used to, you will fail but if you surrender to the forces of the supernatural you might have a chance. My cameras did not work and the location I had a permit for filming was closed for renovation.

Suddenly a priestess of Santeria, a mystical Afro-Cuban tradition, opened her doors to my cameras and brought with her an entire Cuban cast. This cast was willing to participate in my film. The cameras worked thanks to a very creative cameraman who knew how to read Chinese (the only language that the camera directions had). Then the filming finished in 5 days.

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Habana 3 A.M. La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

  • When creating this film what was the advantage of being a short film?

The advantage to creating a short film is being able to intrigue a lot of people with a little dose of fashion, music, luxury, and folklore. I did not have to explain more, and that is always a good thing, “Leave before you are left.”

  • What is the back-story to creating animation?

Yes, if you want to know what happened to Max Vogue after his Cuba trip, you will find out in the animated comic. Max is pushed down the stairs after winning an award, and then he goes into an “Alice in Wonderland” type of experience. He is able to travel through time and meet his icons such as Dali, Kahlo, Hemingway, Schiaparelli etc.

Max in the comic educates and amuses about fashion history, pop culture, and art. Did you know: Yves Saint Laurent was in a mental institution for a while, Thierry Mugler was an architect and photographer, Coco Chanel spent her childhood in an adoption center and never was adopted, and Alexander McQueen had planned to commit suicide in front of a live audience? All these mysteries Max will reveal during the upcoming episodes.

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·       What other locations this film will be screening?

The film will show in South Africa, this is the 5th edition in 2018. I am a regular guest at the festival. This is the location I met the designer Hendrik Vermuelen she designed the gowns for Habana 3 A.M. The festival of Havana in Cuba, a digital library. They will put the film in their digital library honoring the first fashion short filmed in Cuba.

Habana 3 A.M. received the International Fashion Film Award Best Jewelry to PK Bijoux. Her couture jewelry is the last piece you want to take off. The fashion film drama brings fun, history, and culture to the screenplay.

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To Bring Pleasure ~ Jerry Lewis

To Bring Pleasure ~ Jerry Lewis

Gregory Monro, writer and director presents an insight to Jerry Lewis, filmmaker and actor, with the film Jerry Lewis The Man Behind The Clown at Prescott Film Festival (PFF). The title fits the complex talent and childlike nature of Lewis. The film brings an insight to the comedian, filmmaker, and his ability to bring pleasure to his audience. 

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Capturing the early days of the 1950 and 1960s with personal clips brings laughter to the audience at PFF. His work with Dean Martin, a partnership develops after bar incident, capture the gentleman and childhood fun. When this partnership comes to an end, Lewis took on a new direction.

He steps into behind the scenes role of filmmaking. Lewis takes time to learn all areas of filmmaking: directing, acting, camera, and production. His films included The Bellboy,  The Ladies Manand much more.

Lewis took direction and acting to a serious  level by creating “Jerry’s Noisy Toy.” This invention changed filmmaking forever. His ability to frame a film, create films years ahead of their time, and direction of this film is groundbreaking. He states, “If you think talking to me is easy, you’re crazy,” about directing himself.

The personal interviews with Sean Hayes, an actor who played Lewis a TV biopic, Pierre Etaix, a French clown, and Martin Scorsese are personal. The interview brings complexity to the clown face. Lewis was not only an American comedian but internationally honored as an extraordinary filmmaker. Monro’s film shows Lewis as many Americans see him, the childhood comedian, and the international view, an exceptional filmmaker. 

Often misunderstood and criticized for his work, but he brings brilliance to entertainment with laughter, art, and innovation to film. Lewis says, “If you give love to your audience they will give it back.”He was always a child. Lewis states, “I have always been 5.” You could see this in his comedy personality.

Lewis, a humanitarian, actor, comedian, influence in film, a child, and man is in this film. He never lost his childhood spirit. This brought pleasure to his audiences enjoying his films.

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