Amour (Love)

Amour screened as the opening film of the 2012 Irish Film Institute’s French Film Festival. Read our preview of the festival here and visit the official site at for screening and ticketing info.

Dying with dignity – ★★★★★

Austrian director Michael Haneke’s latest film Amour tells the story of Anne and Georges (character name staples in his work being used in Caché and Funny Games amongst others), a couple of retired music teachers living comfortably in their Paris apartment. Their married life change irrevocably when she suffers a stroke and he takes on the role of carer.

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Cannes 2012 awards presented early after Moonrise Kingdom photocall

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom premiered at Cannes this morning

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom premiered at Cannes this morning

Best dressed of the fest: Mr. Bill Murray

Cast that we’d most like to hang out with on the Croisette for the next week: Moonrise Kingdom Read More

Cannes 2012′s leaked line-up V the real list

Cannes 2012 Legit

So earlier this morning the Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the slate of films that are showing at this year’s festival. You’ll find the lists and a nice analysis from the LA Times here.

Personally I’m most excited to see Killing me Softly in there, the film sees Brad Pitt reuniting with Andrew Dominik who worked with him on the criminally under-rated Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. 

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65th Cannes Film Festival “In competition” line-up leaked?

edit: There’s a certain amount of scepticism about this list’s legitimacy, with no official confirmation or denial coming from the powers that be in the Riviera. Feel free to take all this with a pinch of salt, but it just makes too much sense not to be the real thing. The official line-up announcement is still scheduled for April 19th.

edit 2: Justin Chang of Variety, a man has since tweeted that this is “obviously fake”. The internet at large is pointing the finger at the lack of Michael Haneke’s Amour and the “interesting” presence of the Monty Python documentary. Only a few weeks until we hear for sure, but there are always bizarre omissions and inclusions in their line-up, so this could be closer to the truth than you would initially suspect.

edit 3‘Leaked’ Cannes film festival list is false, says director (Tues April 3rd)

So Cannes’ “In competition” films have been revealed.

The entries were revealed on the official Cannes site and hastily removed (I feel for the web guy who will probably be sacked for the blunder), but not before being logged by the internet’s magical troops, in this case French blog You can read their story here (in French), but for now feast your eyes on the list of 24 films sure to have us all talking in six weeks time… Read More

I think it’s OK to get excited about Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom now…

The start of January is normally a bleak time. But this year’s post-Epiphany season was brightened up with the trailer for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom hitting the internets. People got very excited with the first look at the first live action film in five years from one of North American cinema’s most distinctive talents.

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