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Film4 enjoys double Cannes success

26 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes

Film4-backed films pick up two awards at the Cannes Film Festival…

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in The Lobster

At the prestigious festival Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster was awarded the Jury Prize, whilst Rooney Mara shared the Best Actress prize for her role in Todd Haynes’ Carol.

The prize-winning films were also praised by the critics. Carol was labelled “gorgeous, gently groundbreaking… an exquisite work” by the Daily Telegraph, whilst The Times acknowledged that “both Mara and Blanchett are magnificent”.

Of The …

Hang: the trailer

26 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Directors

Watch the trailer for a new play from Second Coming director Debbie Tucker Green.

Film4 are pleased and proud to be working with acclaimed playwright Debbie Tucker Green on her debut feature film Second Coming, in cinemas 5th June. For Debbie’s fans, June is a real banner month, as from 12th June, her new play Hang will open at the Royal Court. We’ve already shown you the teaser trailer for Second Coming, but in a first on are also proud …

A personal top eleven at Cannes

24 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Across all categories and strands, Catherine Bray picks eleven must-sees from Cannes 2015.

Salma Hayek in Tale of Tales

I feel kind of guilty writing this piece, for two reasons. The first is that although I saw 31 films at Cannes, it is nevertheless impossible to see everything, so I am certain to be missing some brilliant films in this list. In particular, I regret not catching Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, which won the Competition’s directing prize, and Arnaud Desplechin’s My …

Cannes reviews round-up: Macbeth

23 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Featuring a one-two punch of powerhouse performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard, we reckon Macbeth is a muscular and raw imagining of Shakespeare from director Justin Kurzel (whose uncompromising Snowtown impressed in Directors’ Fortnight in 2011). But don’t just take our word for it – these critics were also captivated by the bloodily bleak world of the Scottish play.


Robbie Collin for The Telegraph:

“Justin Kurzel’s blistering, blood-sticky new screen version of Macbeth unseams the famous Shakespearean tragedy open from …

Cannes 2015 Wrap Up

23 May, 2015 Posted in: Awards, Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Opinion

I’ve just come out of the press screening of the festival’s Closing Night film – the ecological documentary The Ice and the Sky – and, for me, Cannes is finished for another year. A few great films and a handful of good-to-very good ones doesn’t feel like a terrific return but I missed a lot of what went on in the Directors Fortnight section this year – including the universally well-liked Turkish film Mustang – where the overall quality was …