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40th French Academy Awards (Les Césars) Crowns Timbuktu and Young Talent

  For many viewers, the French Academy Awards, or Les Césars, is pure torture. To understand Les Césars, first imagine the Oscars. Then remove the extravagant musical numbers performed by world-class entertainers. Forget the 40 second time limit on speeches enforced by the orchestra. Remove the commercials, which otherwise temper an excruciatingly long ceremony. (Friday’s ceremony clocked in at just over four hours by my count.) Now insert a host or performer desperately attempting to[Read More…]

The Art and Politics of Cannes: Implications of the film festival’s top honor

Twelve days and twenty in-competition films later, the Steven Spielberg-led jury at the Cannes Film Festival awarded Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color the much-anticipated Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor. While the past two years have seen more easily predicted winners — Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist — this year’s selection provided a cliffhanger of sorts, with films like the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis (which was awarded[Read More…]