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Slaughterhouse-Two: Asmae El Moudir’s Moving into Rabat for “Holy Cow”
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Not to be confused with Louise Courvoisier’s excellent feature debut which just received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, The Mother Of All Lies helmer Asmae El Moudir might indeed be making...
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2024 Cannes Film Festival – Checklist of Our Reviews
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IONCINEMA.com’s Chief Film Critic Nicholas Bell reviewed the entire competition and more. Here is a comprehensive guide to all the feature films across all sections, including logged reviews and forthcoming ones. Though Cannes might be over, we still have unpublished...
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2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Rasoulof, Kapadia, Audiard, Baker & Schrader are Top 5
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On awards day, there is what they call le reprise des films de la Compétition – essentially each film in the comp receives one extra screening for those who might have missed the film, and while our top three films...
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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga | Review
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Woman Thou Art Loosed: Miller Wades into the Wasteland In all likelihood, George Miller presumably will be closing out his filmography the same way it began, fleshing out the iconic dystopian desert world he created back in 1979 with Mad...
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The Most Precious Of Cargoes | 2024 Cannes Film Festival Review
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The Zone of Disinterest: Hazanavicius Reanimates the Holocaust in Moral Fable What’s most interesting about director Michel Hazanavicius are his valiant attempts at dabbling in multiple genres and styles, clearly exemplifying a broad taste in cinematic subjects and inspirations. Unfortunately,...
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2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Rasoulof’s The Seed of the Sacred Fig Tops Our Grid
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And finally, it came down to the wire for not one, but two films that disrupted what had been the top-ranked film among our Cannes Critics’ Panel members. Jacques Audiard’s Emilia Pérez initially reigned supreme, joined shortly by Sean Baker’s...
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The Seed of the Sacred Fig | 2024 Cannes Film Festival Review
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Way of the Gun: Rasoulof’s Bold, Blunt Indictment of Iranian Regime There’s been little opportunity for artists to clearly or critically speak truth to power in post-revolutionary Iran, where filmmakers and actors are often censored through brute force. Anything considered...
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Michel Hazanavicius’ The Most Precious of Cargoes – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 11
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The only animated film in the competition, Michel Hazanavicius has been a favorite of the festival landing several competition berths beginning with 2011’s The Artist. The Most Precious of Cargoes became his fourth feature to compete just after showcasing Coupez!...
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Mohammad Rasoulof’s The Seed of the Sacred Fig – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 11
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The narrative behind Mohammad Rasoulof‘s journey to the Cannes competition (his first) will be talked about for a long time. Escaping his homeland (and an eight-year prison sentence from the country’s authorities for making the film), The Seed of the...
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Payal Kapadia’s All We Imagine as Light – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10
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It’s been a solid three decades since Shaji N Karun’s Swaham competed for Palme in 1994, making this a significant moment for Indian auteur cinema. Yet, it’s an even more monumental occasion for Payal Kapadia, transitioning from docum cinema to...
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