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It is not truly festival season until Cannes returns. Running May 8 to 19, the legendary Cannes Film Festival returns to the scenic French Riviera with the usual parade of cinematic glitz and pomp. The Un Certain Regard section of the fest this year is chaired by actor Benicio Del Toro, alongside a jury of 3 women and 2 men who will reveal the prizewinners on Friday 18 May, during the Closing Ceremony. The new film by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Donbass, will be the Opening film, and will be screened on Wednesday 9 May in the Debussy Theatre.
The American Pavilion features “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” lectures with directors and producers on topics shot as short films at Cannes, how technology can affect the film industry, the power of genre films, and more. To learn more, go to: http://www.ampav.com/
The competition includes films such as Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters in which a family that survives through petty crime adopt a young girl abandoned in the cold. In David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles. Legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard brings Le Livre D’image (Picture Book), a mysterious film that wants to let you know that “war is here.”
To learn more, go to: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/
Cannes Film FestivalMay 8 - 19, 2018
Greg Melia in Rishi Gandhi's Mr. Muay Thai Nation
Featuring the work of new and up-and-coming filmmakers, the New Filmmakers series at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, NY, NY) features a range of rising talent in cinema but on May 16, New Filmmakers will be showing a special program centered documentary and narrative shorts involving martial arts and boxing.
Rishi Gandhi’s Mr. Muay Thai Nation is a documentary following kickboxer Greg Melia of Westchester, and an intimate look into what drives a man to enter the ring again and again. Black N’ Blue, directed by Julius B. Kelly is about a Marine returning home from Afghanistan, struggling with PTSD, only to find a cop has profiled and killed one of his younger friends, leading to a grim confrontation. In Amydee, directed by Amy DePaola, A violent assault forces a 30 year-old bartender to re-examine her life and place in the world. In Red Sweat, directed by Andrew Merto, an underground fighter falls in love with a call girl who must escapes the clutches of sadistic crime lord. Not knowing who he can trust, he must fight for his and her life in hopes of escaping the consequences of his actions.
To learn more go to: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/ or http://www.newfilmmakers.com/
New Filmmakers: Boxing & Martial ArtsMay 16, 2018
Anthology Film Archives 32 2nd Ave.New York, NY 10003
The Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) returns to the Cannes Film Festival (May 8 - 19, 2018) with unique works of international cinema and initiatives to help filmmakers from around the world.
Focusing on the world’s developing regions, IEFTA’s Global Film Expression provides opportunity and education to budding filmmakers from countries such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Palestine, and Egypt. This is the eighth year of IEFTA’s GFE program to be presented in Cannes.
It is also the first year of IEFTA’s new partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA to sponsor filmmaker, Heidi Saman’s latest work, The Armenian Club.
This year, IEFTA will be sponsoring three filmmakers in the Producers Network to encourage international co-productions and facilitate networking.
IEFTA will also present a documentary work-in-progress: Beyond The Raging Sea, which follows ttwo Egyptian athletes and adventurers, Omar Samra and Omar Nour (known as Team O2), as they take on the perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The screening and a panel will be Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 in Palais K in the Palais des Festivals.
IEFTA presents screening of the 3rd Edition of UNHCR’s Annual Refugee Voices in Film, in collaboration with the Marché du Film and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Refugee Voices in Film addresses humanitarian crises through film, with a focus on the Rohingya crisis, Yemen, and Syria. Refugee Voices in Film screens on Friday, 11 May and Sunday, 13 May from 14:00-15:30, in the ‘Doc Corner’ of the Marché du Film in the Riviera.
To learn more, go to: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/ & http://www.iefta.org/
What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening. The buzz right now is at Chicago Lyric Opera (20 North Wacker Drive) where the much-lauded house, soon to celebrate its 65th anniversary, is presenting the North American premiere of the Regent’s Park 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, through May 20. The production also won the 2016 Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical [voted by listeners].Directing is three-time Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader (formerly Royal Shakespeare Company, now artistic director, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), who helmed the much-acclaimed London production presented outdoors in 2016 with an encore in summer 2017.
The cast, all in modern dress [which is not to say there are some wild and colorful costumes choices], features a mix of Chicago, Broadway, and West End talent. Starring are Heath Saunders (American Repertory Theatre and Broadway, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Lennon as Jesus); three-time Grammy-nominated soul singer Ryan Shaw (Judas), tUnE-yArDs band vocalist Jo Lampert (Public Theatre’s Into the Fire) (Mary Magdalene); Diane Coffee a.k.a. Shaun Fleming (Herod); and Postmodern Jukebox band jazz crooner Michael Cunio (Broadway, Hairspray; Chicago, Jersey Boys) (Pilate).
Featured are Mykal Kilgore (Broadway, Motown, Hair; First National, Book of Mormon) (Simon Zealotes); Joseph Anthony Byrd (Chicago, Cabaret, Little Mermaid) (Annas); Cavin Cornwall (reprising the role he created for the Regent’s Park productions) (Caiaphas); and Andrew Mueller (Peter and the Starcatcher) (Peter). The production features the Lyric’s orchestra and chorus, rock musicians, and a cast of 48 – twice that of the Regent’s Park production.
Sheader has brought with him his London creative team: music director Tom Deering, Olivier-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, Tony-nominated set and costume designer Tom Scutt (King Charles III), and Olivier-nominated lighting designer Lee Curran. The Chicago Lyric premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar is sponsored by the Negaunee Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes in association with The Really Useful Group Limited. Lyric is under the direction of Anthony Freud, with Sir Andrew Davis as music director and famed opera star Renée Fleming (on Broadway as Nellie Fowler in the Carousel revival) as creative consultant.Tickets for Chicago Lyric Opera’s Jesus Christ Superstar are $47.50 to $130.50. For the ultimate front-row rock concert experience, Lyric is offering $20 seating in their gigantic orchestra pit for the first time in the company’s history.
For tickets and more information, visit www.lyricopera.org
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