Cotillard's look, 'It Follows' buzz
AP May 22, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
CANNES, France--The Associated Press is all over the Cannes Film Festival — from its glitzy premieres to the celeb parties and quirky moments in between. Here's what reporters have seen and heard:
Look of the Day: Marion Cotillard
Taking an edgy style risk, Marion Cotillard showed up at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a short Maison Martin Margiela couture dress made of bric-a-brac from a flea market.
The gamble paid off beautifully.
Cotillard was the star of the "Two Days, One Night" screening Tuesday by Belgian director-brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
Cotillard's colorful minidress in silk organdy and pongee, which sported a turtleneck, was make of myriad bric-a-brac including screws, beads, buttons and bits of beer cans from Paris and Brussels.
It came from the Maison Martin Margiela spring-summer 2014 collection and took a reported 67 hours to make.
The marvelous look was the most inventive seen at the festival so far.
— Thomas Adamson
Bloody Year for Animals in Film
Faint-hearted animal lovers are advised to give this year's Cannes Film Festival selection a wide berth.
An unusually high number of films in the 2014 selection feature creatures that meet gruesome ends in long drawn-out sequences that are sometimes crucial to the plot.
The bunny-boiling-style moments have had audience members gasping, and, at times, covering their eyes.
— Abderrahmane Sissako's acclaimed "Timbuktu" movie started the trend. His movie's turning point hinges on a graphic moment when the protagonist's cherished cow, GPS, is fatally speared in the neck and suffers a slow death on screen.
— The slow-burning drama "Winter Sleep" from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan uses the shooting of a rabbit to illustrate how the protagonist, Ayudin, begins to face reality. There's a close up of the rabbit on its side, fighting for life.
— In Naomi Kawase's Japanese film "Still the Water," several goats have their throats graphically slit and their blood drained.
— In David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," a troubled child-star brat called Benjie Weiss accidently shoots his friend's dog dead, thinking the gun barrel is empty.
— In the "Un Certain Regard" section, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's film "White God" sees a loveable K-9 being mistreated and abandoned on the street.
But in "The Wonders" by Alice Rohrwacher, the animal world could be said to get its own back. In one scene where Alexandra Lungu has to put a bee in her mouth, the first-time actress admitted at a press conference that she got bitten.
— Thomas Adamson
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