By Indiewire | Indiewire May 16, 2011 at 4:4AM
Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 - 22), indieWIRE is publishing an updated compilation of articles from indieWIRE, our blog network and other outlets.
"More meditation than movie, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” is bound to mystify, awe and exasperate in equal measures," wrote Eric Kohn in his review of Malick's mega-anticipated opus. The time spanning drama earned an A-. Click here to read the full review.
Dana Harris caught the press conference following the early morning screening, where Malick was notably absent.
Before all the Malick mania, Kohn offered his thoughts on "Walk Away Renee," Jonathan Caoutte's long-awaited third feature. He gave a B to the existential self-portrait from the "Tarnation" director.
Henry Hopper, son to late actor Dennis Hopper, has been turning heads on La Croisette following the premiere of Gus Van Sant's "Resless," which kicked off the Un Certain Regard section last week. Brian Brooks caught up with the up-and-comer to discuss how he's handling the pressure.
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Anne Thompson made it to the packed press screening of "The Tree of Life" in the wee hours of the morning and dished on the house's mixed reactions to the film.
Thompson also reported on Harvey Weinstein's Cannes buying spree. The man of the hour is said to be circling John Hillcoat's bootlegger drama "Wettest County," starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce.
Over the weekend Kanye West dropped down in Cannes to perform a full set to an intimate crowd, courtesy of Red Granite, a new production company. Anne Thompson, Eugene Hernandez and Eric Kohn all blogged on the hottest party to hit the festival.
“The Tree Of Life” is not the cinema-changing, soul-shattering masterpiece it has been built up into," wrote The Playlist in their review of Malick's latest. "That said, it’s a hugely ambitious and occasionally brilliant undertaking that finds the director using the story of a fractured relationship between a father and his children to ask the question of ages: where is God? And oh yeah, if you’d prefer to go into the film without knowing anything at all about it, you’d do best to skip reading from this point on." Click here to read the rest, spoilers and all.
The Playlist hated on Bertrand Bonello's "L'Apollonide," slapping the film with an F. Among some choice quotes from the review: "...woefully misguided," "...preposterous,""...an exploitative piece of fimmaking."
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Entertainment Weekly dished on the hectic scene inside "The Tree of Life"'s packed Cannes screening.
A slew of reviews for "The Tree of Life" came flooding in early this morning: Justin Chang for Variety (positive), Mike Goodridge for Screen Daily (positive), Steve Zeitchik for the LA Times (positive), Dave Calhoun for Time Out London (mixed), Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian (highly positive), Guy Lodge for In Contention (mixed), Lee Marshall for Screen Daily (mixed), Drew McWeeny for HitFix (negative), and Stephanie Zacharek for Movieline (negative).
In Eugene Hernandez's latest podcast for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Gavin Smith and Scott Foundas dropped by to make their picks on the best films of festival so far.
Faye Dunaway ignored the pirates and went on to defend the Cannes organizers in the New York Times.
Rob Lowe is an investor at Miramax. Hear what he has to say about Cannes in his new executive capacity.
[Compiled by Nigel M. Smith and Daniel Loria]