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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Party List and Event Grid

cannes Beyond the premieres and the film extravaganza, here’s a look at the 13 Days and 100 events taking over the cocktail hours and nightlife of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Party List and Event Grid – Members List

cannes Beyond the premieres and the film extravaganza, here’s a look at the 13 Days and 100 events taking over the cocktail hours and nightlife of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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2018 Cannes Film Festival Announces Line-Up with Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell, Godard in Competition

CannesGodardBannerForty-four films have been announced so far with more films to be added for the 71st annual film festival which takes place from May 8 through May 19.

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Cannes Needs Netflix A Lot More Than Netflix Needs Cannes, So Why Can’t the Elitist Film Festival See That?

NetCanThe idea that Cannes is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies elsewhere is mind-boggling to me. It’s not like Netflix is offering the festival a bunch of Adam Sandler movies. No, the streaming service is offering Cannes the cream of their crop, so to speak, and yet, somehow, that still isn’t good enough.

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“Solo: A Star Wars” Story to Premiere Out of Competition at Cannes Film Festival

SoloRon Howard directed the film, which officially comes out on May 25 and co-stars Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

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“Schindler’s List,” “Scarface” Reunions In the Works at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Schindler ScarfaceSteven Spielberg’s Best Picture-winning Holocaust drama is celebrating its 25th anniversary along with Steve Buscemi’s cult classic In the Soup, while Brian De Palma’s Scarface turns 35 this year.

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SXSW Highlights: “Ready Player One” Delivers, “A Quiet Place” Surprises and “Blockers” Scores

SXSW 2018The festival made stars out of directors Kay Cannon (Blockers), Julia Hart (Fast Color) and the Prospect team of Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell.

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RLJE Picks Up Nicolas Cage Thriller “Mandy” After Midnight Premiere at Sundance

Mandy ReviewThe distributor hopes to release the new Panos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) Cosmatos film, co-starring Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, sometime over the summer.

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2018 Lineup, Including New Films from Drake Doremus and Liz Garbus

TribecaFilmFestival17Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut, Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace in Stockholm and Matt (Doctor Who) Smith as Robert Maplethorpe are some of the highlights of the 17th annual film fest.

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Peter Dinklage-Elle Fanning Drama “I Think We’re Alone Now” Sells to Momentum Pictures

I Think We're Alone NowReed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed the thought-provoking indie movie, which won a Special Jury Prize last month at Sundance, where it premiered in competition.

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Six Sundance Movies That Surprisingly Haven’t Sold Yet

SundanceNonAcquisitionMany films that premiered at Sundance have already been picked up for distribution yet a half dozen films that impressed us haven’t even gotten a bite yet.

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More Sundance Sales: Netflix Picks Up Animated “White Fang,” Samuel Goldwyn Snaps Up “Nancy”

WhiteFangNancyThe animated take on Jack London’s classic tale of fiction and the psychological thriller starring Andrea Riseborough are both expected to be released this year.

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First Look at Robert Pattinson as Spaceman in Claire Denis’ “High Life”

PattinsonHighLifeCo-starring Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin and Mia Goth, High Life will be the first English-language film directed by the French filmmaker behind Beau Travail and White Material.

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IFC Films Picks Up Paul Dano’s “Wildlife,” Starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal

CareyMulliganWildlifeDano’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel, received mixed reactions at Sundance.

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Sundance: Father-Daughter Relationships Take Center Stage in Four Great Sundance Premieres

SundanceFathersDaughtersHearts Beat Loud, Leave No Trace, Eighth Grade and Search all take a look at unconventional familial bonds and how they’re affected by circumstance.

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Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Romantic Comedy “Juliet, Naked” Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd

Juliet, Naked ReviewBased on the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Jesse Peretz directed from a script by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz.

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“Damsel” Review: Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska Are Terrific in This Charming, Smart Commentary on Gender Roles

Damsel Review “The latest film from the Zellner brothers is slight and sweet and funny, but it manages to offer some really smart observations on the way men attach themselves to the idea of a woman rather than the actual woman,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Hereditary” Review: A24’s Sundance Sensation Will Scare the Shit Out of You, Even If It Doesn’t Fully Add Up

Hereditary Review“Even if I don’t think Hereditary totally works in terms of what story gets told, the storytelling is commanding. As an experience, this was exactly what I look for from a Sundance midnight movie — a creepy exercise in control that sends the audience uneasily out into the frozen dark,” writes noted horror buff Drew McWeeny.

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John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” to Open SXSW, But Could “Ready Player One” Steal Its Thunder?

SXSW QuadLike Sundance before it, female filmmakers are well represented at SXSW, and a quick glance at the lineup reveals such potential gems as Julia Hart’s Fast Color starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lynn Shelton’s Outside In starring Jay Duplass, and Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s Shotgun starring Maika Monroe.

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2018 Sundance Sales Sheet: Neon, SPWA Brought Their Checkbooks to Park City

SundanceAcquisitionsCollageMore than a dozen high-profile Sundance titles were picked up for distribution during the festival, but there are many other titles still trying to find a home… and an audience.

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Sundance: Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Wins 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

MiseducationCameronPostSundanceThe four directing awards each went to a different woman director, as did the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize. Aneesh Chaganty’s Search won the Audience Award in the NEXT category as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Award and Amazon Studios Producer Award.

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“Tully” Review: Sundance Scores With Secret Screening Starring a Terrific Charlize Theron

Tully Review“Director Jason Reitman has become a punching bag for some critics, and unfairly. He’s had an uneven career, but it’s clear that the material he makes is material that speaks to him in a personal way… and I love that he seems to be willing to let his leads be terribly flawed without judging them,” writes Drew McWeeny

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“Three Identical Strangers” Review: An Intense Emotional Ride About Triplets Separated at Birth

Three Identical Strangers Review“While I think this film will play for every audience, and I think it’s one of the best overall movies I’ve seen at the festival this year, there is little doubt that being adopted made this a very uncomfortable emotional experience for me, and a personal one,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Annapurna Buys “Sorry to Bother You” Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer

Sorry to Bother You AnnapurnaBoots Riley’s directorial debut stars Get Out‘s Stanfield as an Oakland-based telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart’s Racy Drama “Lizzie” Sells to Saban Films, Roadside Attractions

LizzieBCraig William Macneill directed from a script by Bryce Kass, and Sevigny produced the film with Naomi Despres and Liz Destro.

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Sundance: “Blindspotting” Goes to Lionsgate, The Orchard and Moviepass Pick Up “American Animals”

BlindspottingAmericanAnimalsTwo of the more high-profile Sundance premieres were screened early in the fest with the Daveed Diggs starrer Blindspotting being one of the Day One premieres and Bart Layton’s American Animals screening shortly afterwards. The latter is the first acquisition by MoviePass Ventures.

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Sundance: Daveed Diggs’ “Blindspotting,” Jordana Spiro’s “Night Comes On” Tackle Heavy and Important Issues

BlindSpottingNightComesOnTwo feature film directorial debuts offer an insightful look into personal and political issues using very different storytelling and filmmaking styles.

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Margot Robbie’s Noir Thriller “Terminal” Goes to RLJE Films

MargotExcerpt A spring 2018 theatrical release is planned for Terminal, which also stars Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons, and Dexter Fletcher.

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“Burden” Review: Garrett Hedlund Is Very Good in Andrew Heckler’s Well-Meaning But Dishonest KKK Drama

Burden Review“Andrea Riseborough is great and Forest Whitaker is strong as a man of faith, but while Tom Wilkinson is good at conveying malice, he’s got that “English actor doing a Southern accent” accent that’s not really the right accent, but rather a weird approximation of it,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Revenge” Review: Director Coralie Fargeat Announces Herself as the Real Deal With Her Blood-Soaked First Feature

Revenge Review“This is as much a “movie movie” as something like Evil Dead II, and I don’t make that comparison lightly. By the time star Matilda Lutz assumes her final form in this film, she is as iconic in her way as Ash was with his chainsaw hand,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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