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Day: March 29, 2018

A Woman’s World, The Beguiled ~ Cannes

A Woman’s World, The Beguiled ~ Cannes

The Beguiled Red Carpet Cannes Film Festival
The Beguiled Red Carpet Cannes Film Festival

The Beguiled is one of the most anticipated films at Cannes Film Festival. Director, Sofia Coppola, brings the woman’s point of view and how it was for these women during this time period. The original film was from the man’s point of view. This point of view brings a new dynamic to the melodramatic remake.

Film synopsis At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women are sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

This film is a remake of (The Beguiled (1971).  Both films are based on the novel The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan. The first film brings the male perspective of a wounded Union soldier. Coppola brings the story back with the perspective of the women in the boarding school.

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The Beguiled Movie

The revisiting of this film creates its own dynamics. Coppola says, “I never tried to remake the film, go back and tell my story. I wanted to forget that and to imagine how I would make this film.” She brings the women’s stories and perspective to the forefront.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Coppola discusses the film being a feminist film, she states, “It is up to the audience to determine how they want to take it. I put my thoughts into film and you can determine how it affects you. I was making the film from the female point of view. The core of the story is the power struggle between the male and female.” The story brings this struggle to the center of the film.

Living in a boarding school atmosphere where they are all women who are functioning well, until the new dynamic, Farrell enters the school. Kidman states about Farrell’s character, “I think he comes in an ruins everything. We were fine. We only could not procreate. Good riddance to him.” The dynamic changes for each person in the film.

Kirsten Dunst, plays Edwina Dabney in the film, says “all these people pent-up together no matter male, female, or a mixture. There will always be something that comes out it is a survivalist technique. Colin just happens to be what all our aggression, energy, and emotions corseted up, lets say. They get unleashed because this new dynamic comes in.” This does bring a change for the girls attending the boarding school.

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The Beguiled Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman recalls Martha Farnsworth, her character in the film, “is very maternal. Kidman states, “She is there to protect these girls in a very treacherous difficult time. Her motivation is to protect them, to guide them, to bring them, so when the war ends they are capable.” Farrell’s character makes it difficult for the continued protection.

Colin Farrell, John McBurney character in the film, states “It has been a journeyman to get here. Many miles of roads and many corsets. It was an amazing experience shooting this film. Coppola sets a particular mood, one that is of comfort, of ease, trust, and an environment that allows you as an actor to explore and play. It was my favorite experience and shoot. Sophia is a creative beast of an engine with tenderness, elegance, and a gentility.”  Looking forward to this film? It will be in theaters June 20, 2017.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Just a few fun notes from the press conference Kidman and Coppola often swiped their hair from the left side of their faces at the same time. Kidman discusses working through mistakes, “I try to focus on the positive. Sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed.  That is the journey. You just get back up. . . You fall over you brush off your knees and get back up. It is a really hard thing to do. You cry and you feel. It is not saying don’t feel, but experience it navigates and get move through it. . . I’ll learn from everything.”

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Cast and Crew

Colin FARRELL – McBurney

Nicole KIDMAN – Miss Martha

Kirsten DUNST – Edwina

Elle FANNING – Alicia

Oona LAURENCE – Amy

Angourie RICE – Jane

Addison RIECKE – Marie

Emma HOWARD – Emily

Sofia COPPOLA – Director

Sofia COPPOLA – Script / Dialogue

Philippe LE SOURD – Director of Photography

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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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Cannes, France Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

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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Festival De Cannes® Palme d’or Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

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’or Festival De Cannes® Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival 

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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Festival De Cannes® Red Carpet Photo Credit FDC Courtesy Cannes Film Festival

This film festival is May 17-28, 2017 in Cannes, France. This year will continue to evolve film worldwide. Stay tune here for coverage of events from fashion, red carpet, actresses/actors, and films.

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