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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#226 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 25, 2019 2:10 pm

I had not been following that pick up for Les miserables, so good on Amazon!

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#227 Post by Omensetter » Sat May 25, 2019 2:11 pm

Unless there's some weird Tarantino surprise (he is here, and so is Deneuve, who gave him the Palme in 1994), Bong is a great choice.

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#228 Post by tenia » Sat May 25, 2019 2:18 pm

Parasite, it is.

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#229 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 25, 2019 2:18 pm

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#230 Post by tenia » Sat May 25, 2019 2:19 pm

He must be glad it's not a Netflix production.

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#231 Post by Cremildo » Sat May 25, 2019 2:21 pm

A critics' darling won for the first time since Winter Sleep.

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#232 Post by dda1996a » Sat May 25, 2019 2:23 pm

Funny commenting on films unseen, but with the hype I did hope for Portrait to win, but I love Bong and this could have turned out way worse. Plus it makes up for Burning, and two Asian films winning in a row! I'm happy

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#233 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 25, 2019 2:23 pm

I wonder if this means Okja will get a disc release somewhere? [-o<

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#234 Post by lzx » Sat May 25, 2019 2:24 pm

And it's unanimous!

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#235 Post by Cremildo » Sat May 25, 2019 2:31 pm

First Palme d'Or for South Korea.

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#236 Post by Omensetter » Sat May 25, 2019 2:36 pm

Happy for Bong---it was clearly one of the most praised of the festival (it won the ScreenDaily grid) and it looks fantastic, but I'm still disappointed that Sciamma didn't break the streak.

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#237 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 25, 2019 2:39 pm

That was a great spread of awards, though I also think a bit of a shame about Sciamma. Tarantino will manage quite well on his own I'm sure, as will the Ken Loach in the UK at the very least. The Almodovar was already well received. Everything else received a great push.

(The only concern is that we just have to hope that Artificial Eye puts out Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo out on DVD as they did with Canto Uno)

I always find that need to shift over to the Canal+ live feed then back to the Cannes Livestream for the post show Jury press conference a bit tricky!

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#238 Post by Cremildo » Sat May 25, 2019 2:42 pm

Based on this critics grid, it's the second year in a row in which a South Korean film is the most acclaimed among Palme d'Or contenders.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#239 Post by Omensetter » Sat May 25, 2019 2:54 pm

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#240 Post by Finch » Sat May 25, 2019 2:55 pm

Screenplay for Sciamma is still better than her and her film walking away empty handed even if it smacks of a consolation prize given the critical reception of the film by reviewers and peers alike. Maybe they should have swapped her and Mati Diop around. Agree with everyone else that the director's prize for the Dardennes feels wrong: not that no director should ever be deserving of a third award but Young Ahmed is by most accounts mid-tier for them; this should have been given to Sciamma or Almodovar. Speaking of which, very happy for Antonio Banderas! Honestly, considering this jury consisted of seven directors, this could have been a lot worse. Can't wait to see Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Parasite, Little Joe, Zombi Child, and The Lighthouse.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#241 Post by chucktatum » Sat May 25, 2019 3:09 pm

I'm very happy for Bong. I hope this means we'll finally get a proper Blu-ray release (or even a 4K, if I can dare hope!) of Memories of Murder, which is still currently my favorite of his.


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#243 Post by Persona » Sat May 25, 2019 3:48 pm

Thrilled for Bong. Can't wait to see that, the Eggers, and the Diop.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#245 Post by Omensetter » Sat May 25, 2019 6:52 pm

That's a nice pick-up on Netflix's part, especially since they've been outbid on everything they've gone after so far.

I cannot help but wonder if Netflix's pick-up is motivated by Cannes's new rule that they can bring films so long as they are ineligible for prizes, but I don't know who was going after Atlantics anyway.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#246 Post by Finch » Sat May 25, 2019 7:55 pm

Distributors on the changing film industry to Indiewire
Distributors are already contending with a paradigm shift. The influx of deep-pocketed Netflix and Amazon, with their capacity to gobble up worldwide rights, meant that many of the highlights from the Cannes lineup came equipped with hefty price tags that most specialty distributors couldn’t touch. Within a day of French director Celine Sciamma’s acclaimed Competition entry “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the asking price had careen from high-six figures to over $1 million. Most buyers dropped out of the bidding process early on. The movie would eventually sell U.S. theatrical rights to Neon, which split the cost with Hulu.

As the dealmaking continued, several American buyers gathered at a beach tent party late one night, commiserating over the obscene price tags beyond their reach. “It’s fucking irresponsible!” said one buyer, raising his voice over blaring music from a nearby speaker. “It’s all Amazon’s fault, too.” Another buyer spoke up. “No way,” he said. “It’s Fox Searchlight! They spent $14 million on the Terrence Malick movie. Insane.”

Another buyer spoke up. “You mean Disney,” he said. “That’s Disney.”

There was a brief pause in the conversation, as the jarring bass of the speakers shook the tent, and the roar of the beach crowd blended to a hum. Finally, one of the buyers shrugged. “It’s all just so confusing,” he said.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#247 Post by RitrovataBlue » Sat May 25, 2019 8:10 pm

Does Fox/Disney even expect to recoup that $14? Malick’s box office has declined with his prestige, and this sounds like another polarizing film - not that that’s anything new for Malick. Maybe they’ll market it like one of Disney’s inspirational family dramas. Those are usually good for at least $20 mil...

I’m ecstatic that Bong took the Palme. But then, I even think Okja’s an underrated masterpiece. The Sciamma sounds very exciting, though. It’s nice that the most acclaimed film about queer women this year was actually made by a queer woman.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#248 Post by domino harvey » Sat May 25, 2019 8:17 pm

Has anyone picked up the Triet yet? Sucks that it managed to get intriguing writeups and responses and still went away empty, everything I've read has just moved it right up to the top of my most anticipated list

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#249 Post by Omensetter » Sat May 25, 2019 8:55 pm

Only three films from last year's competition didn't end up with distribution---Ayka, Yomeddine, At War, so I'd say it's odds are still very good.

Competition distribution:
Netflix --- Atlantics
Universal/Focus --- The Dead Don't Die
Sony/SPC --- Frankie / Pain and Glory / The Traitor
Disney/Fox Searchlight --- A Hidden Life
Amazon --- Les Misérables
Columbia --- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
NEON --- Portrait of a Lady on Fire / Parasite
Magnolia --- The Whistlers

Just scanning the competition, I'd say the films most in danger of not getting distribution are Matthias and Maxime and Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#250 Post by Ribs » Sat May 25, 2019 10:33 pm

Yomeddine is out next week, it sold in September or so.

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