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Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Explores a. By Eric Kohn | Indiewire May 15, 2015 at 9:26AM Colin Farrell stars in the "Dogtooth" director's clever satire, which envisions a world where being single is a crime. Cannes "The Lobster" READ MORE: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos explored restrictive social constructs with his darkly satirical movies "Dogtooth" and "Alps," a fixation that comes into full bloom with his first English-language feature, "The Lobster.

" It doesn't take much to synopsize the fundamental weirdness of "The Lobster," a movie set in a world where being single is a crime and subordinates get transformed into animals of their choosing. Forced to submit himself for 45 days at an isolated hotel, David must spend that time attempting to find a mate, or go with the animal option. There are times when the scale of the story, with its ensemble of idiosyncratic characters and outrageous circumstances, strains from too many ingredients. Cannes Review: Terrifying 'Son of Saul' is Unlike Any Oth. By Eric Kohn | Indiewire May 14, 2015 at 3:18PM László Nemes' first-time feature is a tense Auschwitz-set drama that never slows down. Cannes "Son of Saul" In the first shot of Hungarian director László Nemes' absorbing Holocaust thriller "Son of Saul," the ill-fated protagonist stumbles into frame and arrives in an unflattering closeup, his grimy face and tattered prison camp clothes establishing an unseemly portrait.

Slowly, it's revealed that former locksmith Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig) has been tasked with disposing of gas chamber victims, one of whom he believes to be his long-lost son, whom he hopes to bury. In the opening minutes, the physical chaos and shouts of desperation from Auschwitz-Birkenau surround Saul in soft focus, hinting at a terrifying bigger picture while keeping the action rooted in its main character's personal conundrum. He couldn't have found a drearier situation to explore.

But this time the outcome is even worse. Tribeca Review: New York Comedy is Rarely More Scathing T. By Eric Kohn | Indiewire April 23, 2015 at 12:56PM The writer-director-star of last year's "Summer of Blood" returns with another spot-on urban satire. "Applesauce" READ MORE: Tribeca: Watch Indiewire Talk to Ethan Hawke, Taylor Schilling, Olivia Wilde and More at the Apple Store "This is the reason our culture is in the shitter," says writer-director-star Onur Tukel in his very funny New York comedy "Applesauce," and that may as well be the mantra of the movie. With a trimmer beard and a slightly less offensive demeanor than his bottom-feeder character in "Summer of Blood," Tukel's Ron Welz lives a somewhat more stable life, but that doesn't last long.

Ron's revelation leads the couple's friends to reveal their own "worst thing you've ever done" stories, which ultimately finds Kate revealing that she drunkenly hooked up with Ron ages ago. The setup quickly shifts into a series of devious developments that toy with our expectations. But he's not alone. Tribeca: How the Filmmaker Behind 'Lucifer' Shot the Firs. By Shipra Harbola Gupta | Indiewire April 27, 2015 at 10:34AM Flemish director Gust Van den Berghe and his crew made magic with mirrors on the set of "Lucifer. " Here's how they did it. Tribeca Film Festival "Lucifer" READ MORE: Here are the Cameras Used by the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers It all began over a glass of wine. "We were drinking wine and I cut the [stem] of my wine glass and then with the [base] we started discussing the concept," "Lucifer" director Gust Van den Berghe recently told Indiewire while in New York for the Tribeca Film Festival.

"The power of film is that we all forget that it is film. " - Gust Van den Berghe This conversation between Van den Berghe and his cameraman resulted in the the development of a new idea: shooting through a cone-shaped mirror, a technique used to capture a panoramic view within a circular frame, what Van den Bergh would eventually dub the Tondoscope. Courtesy of Gust Van Den Berghe's Tondoscope website Shooting with the Tondoscope. Exclusive 'King Jack' Clip Teases Tribeca Coming-o. By Zack Sharf | Indiewire April 17, 2015 at 10:32AM Writer-director Felix Thompson's tender coming-of-age story will have its Tribeca Film Festival premiere tonight. READ MORE: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #22: Felix Thompson Built a Cast Around a 15-Year-Old Boy in 'King Jack' What's a coming-of-age story without a little promiscuous game of truth or dare? In this exclusive clip from writer-director Felix Thompson's "King Jack," the titular 15-year-old has quite the suggestive dare in store for his young female friend.

The film makes its Tribeca Film Festival world premiere tonight and will screen throughout the week. The official synopsis reads: "Jack is a scrappy 15-year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. The coming-of-age story stars Charlie Plummer, Daniel Flaherty, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen, Erin Davie and Chloe Levine. 2015 Cannes Film Festival Reveals Its 68th Lineup. By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 16, 2015 at 4:58AM The official competition lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival includes films by Todd Haynes, Denis Villeneuve, Gus Van Sant and Yorgos Lanthimos. Killer Films "Carol" READ MORE: Cannes Will Open With a Film By a Female Director for the First Time Since 1987 New films from Todd Haynes, Denis Villeneuve, Gus Van Sant, Yorgos Lanthimos, Maiwenn and Paolo Sorrentino are included in this year's Cannes Film Festival competition for the Palme d'Or.

Woody Allen's "Irrational Man," Pixar's latest "Inside Out" and George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" will screen out of competition. In total, 17 films were added to the competition and 14 in the Un Certain Regard section. Competition "Dheepan" (working title), dir: Jacques Audiard "A Simple Man," dir: Stephane Brize "Marguerite and Julien," dir: Valerie Donzelli "The Tale of Tales," dir: Matteo Garrone "Carol," dir: Todd Haynes "The Assassin," dir: Hou Hsiao Hsien "Macbeth" "Macbeth," dir: Justin Kurzel. 2015 Cannes Film Festival Reveals Its 68th Lineup. Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmaker #28 : Andrew Renzi Puts R. By David Ballard | Indiewire April 13, 2015 at 6:10PM "Richard Gere makes some incredibly bold choices in the film and gives us something that we've never seen from him before.

" Andrew Renzi Andrew Renzi READ MORE: TIFF: Richard Gere Discusses His Career Redefining Performance in 'Time Out Of Mind'Andrew Renzi brings his first feature, "Franny," to Tribeca alongside a cast featuring Richard Gere, Theo James and Dakota Fanning. Richard Gere delivers a bravura performance as the title character, a rich eccentric who worms his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her new husband (Theo James).

The narrative feature debut of writer-director Andrew Renzi, Franny is a warm and winsome drama about the pangs of the past, and the families we choose. READ MORE: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Franny "Francis" Watts is rich, he’s handsome, and he’s single, so what’s the problem?

Richard Gere. Here's the First Satisfying Romance of 2015. By Eric Kohn | Indiewire April 15, 2015 at 11:30AM In "Felix and Meira," the tender story of an Orthodox Jewish woman who falls in love with a secular man marks the first great screen pairing of the year. "Felix and Meira" READ MORE: Watch: Eyes (and Windows) are Wide Open in New 'Félix and Meira' Clip The romantic journey of two characters from opposing worlds drawn together stretches back to Shakespeare, but "Felix and Meira" makes no grand gestures about the timelessness of its tale. Instead, Quebecois writer-director Maxime Giroux gentle drama about a young Orthodox Jewish housewife and the secular man who draws her away from her religious life treats its subject matter with a refreshingly humble air. Instead, Girgoux gives weight to the possibilities of kindred spirits from different worlds bonding over universal emotions, regardless of the consequences.

Two Worlds Collide Unspoken Bonds Giroux excels at implying his characters' internal processes. An Alien Life Grade: B+ Tribeca Exclusive: Trailer For Noam Chomsky Documentary. By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 1, 2015 at 1:05PM Noam Chomsky is one of America's most important thinkers, critical minds, and voices of dissent, and thus it's hardly a surprise that his gripping ideas have been the subject of more than one documentary. 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" might be the most well known, and Michel Gondry's "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? " the quirkiest, but the upcoming "Requiem For The American Dream" — slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — might be the most relevant given social and economic landscape of the moment.

Directed by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, the film is constructed from four years worth of interviews with Chomsky, and explores the growing inequality in the country and what that means for stability, democracy, and more. Here's the official synopsis: "Requiem For The American Dream" has its first screening at Tribeca on Saturday, April 18th. Domhnall Gleeson on 'Ex Machina' and Why 'Star Wars' Hasn. By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 7, 2015 at 11:53AM Indiewire sat down the Irish actor who's about to blow up. Daniel Bergeron Domhnall Gleeson Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (son of actor Brendan Gleeson) has been a dependable screen presence for over five years now by standing out in a number of projects that featured bigger box-office draws than himself. In "Frank" he stole scenes from a masked Michael Fassbender; in "Anna Karenina" he was a comic revelation opposite Keira Knightley; and in "About Time," he proved he could lead a romantic comedy opposite a vet of the genre, Rachel McAdams. 2015 could be the year that Gleeson finally becomes a household name thanks to his involvement in the most anticipated film of the year, J.J.

Abrams entry into the "Star Wars" canon, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which opens this December. Before that monster in unleashed, however, Gleeson will appear in a number of other buzzed-about features sure to boost his profile. A24 "Ex Machina" -- withdrew. Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Fes. By Indiewire | Indiewire March 31, 2015 at 11:17AM Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with almost every country vying for spots in the official selection.

With the official 2015 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little over a month away, Indiewire offers its annual Cannes wish list. Idris Elba in Cary Fukunaga's film adaptation of Nigeria author Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling debut novel, "Beasts of No Nation" Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a survey of films we hope are finished in time and considered good enough to make the cut. We're not including films that have zero chances of being ready in time -- or, for that matter, the one film we officially know will be there: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (which is screening out of competition). Films that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall festival slot in Venice and/or Toronto.

"The Assassin" 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (P | SydneysBuzz. By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz March 23, 2015 at 6:18PM Certainly not a definitive list, the following collection of films aims to be an introduction to the compelling and diverse voices within this captivating national cinema and to encourage you to seek out other films in the future. Asghar Farhadi winning the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award for "A Separation" In the political discourse, when a country addresses another, whether in positive or negative terms, such statements often fail to differentiate between said country’s government and its people, between the government’s policies and the people’s unheard sentiment towards these.

While useful in the theoretical realm in which politics take place, these generalizations create a distorted image of the foreign nation fed by assumptions and dangerously insensitive stereotypes. It’s much easier for rulers to justify their actions if the adversary is made out to look like an irredeemable villain. Special Mentions: 1. "About Elly" 'White God' Director on Unleashing 250 Dogs on Budapest a. By Emily Buder | Indiewire March 23, 2015 at 2:23PM "White God" is unlike any dog movie you've seen before. "White God" You have never seen a dog movie like "White God," the singular cinematic effort that won Cannes's top prize in the Un Certain Regard section last year. With echoes as disparate as "Lassie," "The Birds," and "Amores Perros," Kornél Mundruczó's genre-bending fable imagines a world in which marginalized stray dogs uprise against their cruel human oppressors.

When 13-year-old Lili is sent to stay with her emotionally distant father in Budapest, she brings along her other half: a soft-hearted but rambunctious rescue dog, Hagen. Incredibly shot without the aid of CGI, Mundruczó and his team unleashed 250 dogs into the streets of Budapest to create the film's most thrilling sequences. Indiewire sat down with the contemplative Mundruczó to discuss the forces behind "White God," from the ethos of risk-taking filmmaking to the reason why everyone should own a pet dog. Yeah. 250. MoMA & Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce New Direct. By Zack Sharf | Indiewire January 21, 2015 at 2:04PM The nine official selections for the 44th edition of New Directors/New Films includes filmmakers from France, Austria, India and more. Drafthouse Films "The Tribe" With the 44th edition of the New Directors/New Films festival set for March 18-29, the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced the first official nine selections for the event dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent.

Representing 11 countries from around the world, the initial nine selections include: "Christmas, Again"Charles Poekel, USA (79 min)A forlorn Noel (Kentucker Audley) pulls long, cold nights as a Christmas-tree vendor in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. As obnoxious, indifferent, or downright bizarre customers come and go, doing little to restore Noel’s faith in humanity, only the flirtatious innuendos of one woman and the drunken pleas of another seem to lift him out of his funk.

Ethan Hawke Does a Philip Seymour Hoffman Impressi. By Rosie Narasaki | Indiewire February 10, 2015 at 4:00PM Hoffman and Hawke: Which one draws comparisons to Marlon Brando? The answer might surprise you... Ethan Hawke at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival As part of a "Boyhood" talkback at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Ethan Hawke got to reminiscing on his friend and colleague, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The pair first met in the 1990s, when Hoffman was working as a (quick-witted, dry-humored) reader in several of Hawke's auditions, and their friendship grew from there. Watch the clip below to find out exactly what Lumet did that had Hawke dub him "an 83-year old Machiavellian bastard. " The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far. Meet the Designer Behind the Oscars' Gorgeous Title Card. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys Get Biopic Treatme. Bobcat Goldthwait Thanks 'My Best Friend' Robin Williams.