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Youth: first reviews at Cannes

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

Early signs indicate that Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano, which premiered in Competition at Cannes this morning is polarizing critics: some love it, some certainly aren’t on board. We are, of course, proud to cherish what we think is a very special film, and we’re honoured to have had a hand in bringing it to the big screen here at Cannes. With that in mind, read on for our pick of the very …

Cannes 2015: Carol, and the rest

20 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes

Film4 Channel Editor David Cox reports from Cannes on Todd Haynes’ critically-lauded drama Carol, as well as other festival gems…

Carol

With almost two-thirds of this year’s Competition screened and only four full days of the festival left, there’s no doubt which film is the clear favourite at this stage. Todd Haynes’ Carol has received nearly unanimous ecstatic praise (the few dissenting opinions I heard weren’t very convincing) and looks even better when set against most of the other films here, …

Instant Twitter reactions: Youth at Cannes garners a wave of superlatives

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

Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano, and backed by Film4, has provoked reactions from both ends of the spectrum here at Cannes, but the early response seems to be leaning in the film’s favour with many declaring it a masterwork. Here are 13 of the best reactions on Twitter – we’ll update with a reviews round up later when those come in.

 

 

Cannes reviews round-up: Amy

19 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Film4 are very proud to have boarded Asif Kapadia’s intimate, emotional documentary portrait of the rise and fall of artist Amy Winehouse, who died tragically in 2011. The film has premiered at Cannes to rave reviews paying testament to both the film and to Amy Winehouse’s own extraordinary talent. Here are five of our favourites:

Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian:

“Asif Kapadia’s documentary study of the great British soul queen Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, …

Film4 unveils new production slate at Cannes

18 May, 2015 Productions Posted in:

New projects from Steve McQueen, Andrea Arnold, Ang Lee, Benedict Andrews and Ben Wheatley join Film4’s wide-ranging current slate, revealed last week in Cannes…

David Kosse, Director of Film4, says:  “Film4 has an unrivalled tradition of backing the bold and the original, which we’re proud to continue with an extraordinary range of projects from some of our most distinctive visionary voices.  We look forward to working with our partners to realise the ambition of these films in the coming months.”

Widows

Following the …