With the week coming to a close, we wanted to do a short recap listing our top ten stories read this week. Spilling over from Cannes we take a look at why the festival is the best one in years, what it says about the 2015 oscar season and how it enabled us fans to take Kristen Stewart’s latest efforts seriously.
Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the nine most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire:
1. ANALYSIS: Here’s Why This Was the Best Cannes Film Festival in Years
No Hollywood studio marketing campaign can rival the hysteria created by a single big screening at the Cannes Film Festival. The newest edition demonstrated that day three, when thousands of eager cinephiles and industry acolytes mobbed the entrance of the Lumière Theater, eager to nab a seat for a slow-moving, Turkish drama that ran over three hours.
2. Why Kristen Stewart is a Changed Woman and More Things We Learned About the Actress at Cannes
“It’s annoying that people think, ‘Oh, is this the role where she’s going to show everyone how she’s grown?,'” Kristen Stewart told Indiewire last Friday in Cannes. “I’m not trying to show anyone anything.”
The actress was feeling a bit defensive following the world premiere of her latest post-“Twilight” indie, Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” and you can’t blame her. Ever since shooting to worldwide fame after being cast as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” franchise, it’s arguable that no actress has received more attention — often for the wrong reasons — than Stewart.
There is no spoken dialogue in “The Tribe,” Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s ambitious first feature, but it’s noisy in other ways. Exclusively set in and around a boarding school for deaf students, Slaboshpytskiy’s story never bothers with subtitles, forcing anyone unversed in the gesticulations to pay close attention to each passing gesture. That might sound like a daunting task, but Slaboshpytskiy manages to craft an engaging experience through the heated movements and whispered exchanges of his characters. As a concept, “The Tribe” has more in common with silent cinema, but its specific rhythms are unprecedented.
The question of “How long did it take you to film Cheap Thrills?” often comes up in Q&As, and my answer sometimes gets a bigger gasp from the audience than anything in the film itself. Now, to be fair, I know plenty of films that have been shot in even less time, so I don’t consider this some impossible feat… but it certainty wasn’t easy. Here are 12 lessons from the experience for other filmmakers about to dive into a breakneck schedule on their first film:
Now that it’s all over, let’s take an Oscar-specific look at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which could very well serve as a partial crystal ball into what will be happening in the awards race a few months down the line.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s three-hour plus drama “Winter Sleep” won the Palme d’Or at the awards ceremony for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
8. Cannes 2014 Critics Poll Results: ‘Two Days, One Night,’ ‘Mommy,’ ‘Foxcatcher’ and Yes, Kristen Stewart Among Winners
Immediately following last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film that dominated headlines also dominated our critics poll. “Blue is the Warmest Color” handily won all four of the high-profile categories (Film, Director, Lead and Supporting Performance) on the strength of its Palme d’Or selection.
9. 10 Great Women-Directed Films Streaming on Netflix: ‘The Piano,’ ‘Lost in Translation,’ ‘Clueless’ and More
If you’re like us, you’re getting pretty tired of reading (and, in our case, writing!) all of the depressing statistics about female directors. The most recent study we covered found that women accounted for 26 percent of directors, writers and producers of feature-length American independent films that screened at festivals in the last year — the same as the previous study in 2011-12. But women comprised just 16 percent of the key behind-the-scenes roles in 2013’s top-grossing domestic films.