LFF 2016: Personal Shopper Review

Personal Shopper Review - LFF 2016After working together on Clouds of Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart reunite for a very different kind of film. Briefly summed up, Personal Shopper is a ghost story set in the world of high fashion. Unfortunately, it severely fails to live up to its potential, and Kristen Stewart’s excellent leading performance is one of its only saving graces. Continue reading

Cannes 2016: Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake Wins the Palme d’Or

Cannes 2016 Winners - I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'OrCannes has long been a mainstay for Ken Loach on the festival circuit, with more than a dozen of his films making appearances there over the years. Ten years ago, he won his first Palme d’Or for The Wind That Shakes the Barley. And yesterday he walked away from Cannes 2016 with his second Palme d’Or in hand for his very well-received drama, I, Daniel Blake. Continue reading

First Poster & Clips for Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper sliceAhead of its debut at Cannes this week, the first international poster and clips for Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart’s reunion, Personal Shopper, have been released online. Continue reading

Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Sils Maria & Saint Laurent Among France’s 2015 Cesar Awards Nominations

2015-Cesar-Awards-NominationsThe awards season is in full swing on both sides of the Atlantic, and with just weeks to go before the Oscars, France’s own Academy has announced the nominees for the 40th Cesar Awards.

The ceremony, essentially a French equivalent of the Oscars, has a prominent focus on filmmaking talent coming out of France. Coming off the back of an Oscar nomination, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has picked up another nod here for her leading role in the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Continue reading

New Trailer for Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz

Clouds-of-Sils-Maria-BannerBowing at Cannes last year to great acclaim for director Olivier Assayas and his three leading actresses, there had been expectations that Clouds of Sils Maria might make it into cinemas before the end of last year in order to qualify for the upcoming Oscars.

Ultimately, those predictions didn’t quite pan out, and I’ll be keen to see if Juliette Binoche and her co-stars Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz are given Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress campaigns for their work come the end of this year.

IFC may well have been expecting to focus their awards efforts on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which has picked up plenty of awards and nods in the past few months, keeping Clouds of Sils Maria back for next year’s race. With its spring release on the horizon, the Sundance Selects release has launched a new trailer for its arrival in the US. Continue reading

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart & Chloë Grace Moretz Trisect New International Poster for Clouds of Sils Maria

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Bowing at Cannes this year to universal acclaim, we’ll have to wait until next spring to see Olivier Assayas’ anticipated drama, Clouds of Sils Maria.

The film boasts a stellar cast, led by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz. It’s already been released in France, along with a handful of other territories around the world, but most countries will see it arrive within the next few months, and now a new international poster has landed online with its three leading ladies front and centre.

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.

She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.

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