Welcome to the Cannes 2013 issue, our 845th weekly edition; Wednesday May 15, 2013

Festival de Cannes 2013, May 15-26:
GREAT LIBERACE MEETS GREAT GATSBY
In Competition, Steven Soderbergh's Beyond the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as Liberace (!) and Matt Damon, is probably one film that could equal the public interest generated by Baz Luhrmann's Opening Film, The Great Gatsby. But there are several other entries (eg The Bling Ring, Un Certain Regard) that will feed discussion, disagreement and maybe cinematic joy.
PLUS: Director's Fortnight - The Jodorowsky Edition.
AND: Whose Gatsby is it?
DAILY: (Unique) Postcards from Cannes - from the Croisette by Nick Roddick.

Latest:
NEWS: Gossip-free zone
* The 30 piece Heritage Orchestra playing Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack;
* Noah Taylor to co-star with Ethan Hawke in Predestination;
* War of the Worlds the musical, captured live from London;

BOX OFFICE: Reports & charts every Monday & Thursday (after 4pm)

COMPETITIONS
LIFE OF PI - BLU-RAY
Win one of 10 copies of Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI on Blu-Ray, starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain and Gérard Depardieu, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Winner of 4 Academy Awards® Including Best Director and Cinematography; now on Blu-ray 3DT, Blu-rayT and DVD.

Featured Preview:
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
Mira Nair on her film: "Over the last few years, we have seen many films about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but always told from the American point of view. In our story, the encounter between the characters of Changez and Bobby mirrors the mutual suspicion with which America and Pakistan (or the Muslim world) looks at one another.

Movie reviews:
THE CALL
(US, 2013) Dir: Brad Anderson. Stars Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga. " .. tense and gripping nail-biter that involves us in the moment-by-moment revelations of a terrifying abduction case," says Louise. "Hi, I'd like to order an abduction thriller set around the 911 emergency call centre in Los Angeles. Sure, would you like a psycho with that? Ah yes, and while we're at it can I upsize to the hero being ..er, a heroine .. and black. Done," says Andrew.

Movie reviews:
SNITCH
(US, 2013) Dir: Ric Roman Waugh. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon. "Delivering above expectations, Snitch ratchets it up beyond the average superficial action thriller in its portrayal of a gritty slice of life, being the consequences for actions taken in dire circumstances," says Louise.

Movie reviews:
BROKEN
(UK, 2012) Dir: Rufus Norris. Stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Eloise Laurence, Lily James. "Acclaimed theatre director Rufus Norris has taken the various story strands of Mark O'Rowe's proficient adaptation of Daniel Clay's novel and plaited them into an emotional tour de force," says Louise. "The adaptation from the novel is excellent, a fine example of how character and place can be sculpted from prose," says Andrew.

Movie review:
A PLACE FOR ME
(US, 2012) Dir: Josh Boone. Stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell. "The outcomes may be a tad predictable, but the observations made in Boone's screenplay are rich and textured. The film begins and ends with Thanksgiving; what happens in between is a moving highway where love, commitment and acceptance are travelling at high speed," says Louise.

Movie review:
TABU
(Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France, 2012) Dir: Miguel Gomes. Stars Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Henrique Espirito Santo. "If you are still awake after the first hour of this challenging and at times off-putting film from filmmaker Miguel Gomez, you may find some unexpected ethereal rewards in the second half, when a curious, dialogue-free narrative is the vehicle that transports us into another realm," says Louise.

Q&A:
GANGSTER SQUAD
In Gangster Squad, an extraordinary (and authentic Angelino) cast helped bring to the screen a secret chapter of Los Angeles history, as director Ruben Fleischer, screenwriter Will Beall and producers Dan Lin & Kevin McCormick explain in this special Q&A. (Gangster Squad is available on DVD from May 15, 2013)

Take it back:
AWARDS THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN GIVEN
Cannes is the altar of cinema; but the commercial awards are a different ballpark and sometimes the ball lands out of court ... says Oscar Hexler.

UPCOMING FILMS
[Releasing in July, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. "As Oscar Wilde so astutely wrote .. in The Importance of Being Ernest, the truth is rarely pure and never simple and Alex Gibney's fabulous doco about Assange, WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning is the latest testament to that truism," says Andrew. "Truth, lies and secrets make for juicy bed partners and scintillating viewing in what is an intelligent and thought-provoking documentary," says Louise.]
List of films releasing in May

NEW TRAILERS
Preview trailers of the latest films on your own screen:
Captain Phillips, stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener;
Behind the Candelabra, stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon;
Broken, stars Tim Roth,
Before Midnight, stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy;
Two Guns, stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg;

At a glance:
TOP 20
Short and sweet (or not) opinions on the most popular current releases. An easy reference for choosing which movie to see tonight .. or tomorrow . or right now! (Occasionally we also slip in a few of the editors' favourites if they don't make the top 20..)

DVDS OUT THIS WEEK
COMPLIANCE
Stars Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp. " .. a creepy and frightening demonstration of the risks society faces when accepting authority without question," says Andrew.

ZERO DARK THIRTY
Stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, James Gandolfini, Stephen Dillane. "The mission to kill bin Laden was wrapped in the Stars and Stripes as balm on wound of 9/11; this film shows the flag waving majestically in the breeze," says Andrew.

GANGSTER SQUAD
Stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Golsing, Emma Stone, Michael Peña. "There are plenty of shoot outs and fisticuffs, and if it paints the goodies and baddies rather simplistically, that's part of the genre, too," says Andrew. "Gripping, ballsy, edge of seat cinema," says Louise.

THIS IS 40
Stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd. "Length aside, it works beautifully. This is Apatow's forte: he writes about what he knows and it smells of truth," says Louise.

THE COLLECTION
Stars Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald. "..it satisfies on the gore and sadism register (as it were) but it fails in its cinematic approach," says Andrew.

Competition winners:
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
We asked: If you inherited a large sum of money, what's the first thing you'd buy, and with who among family and friends would you share the remainder? Cian O'Reilly (VIC): A Garden and hopefully a house with it. I'm so over apartment living and chickens won't live on our balcony. Any money leftover goes to the chooks to choose a new coop too.

SNITCH
We asked: Who among family and friends would you protect at any cost and why? Hellen Carnovale (VIC) says: My mother would move heaven and earth to save us 4 kids, raising us single handedly. Is the next best thing to super woman. My mum, my ROCK AND HELL, YEAH, ANY COST.

AUSTRALIAN FILMS
Every Australian film we have ever reviewed (film / DVD / video release), or have reported from the set, or featured in any way, is listed here, going back to films made even before the launch of Urban Cinefile, such as The Piano, Romper Stomper, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Feeling Sexy (pic) and dozens more. Over 500 films.

Travelfile:
THE CLOISTERS, NEW YORK, USA
Nearly 75 years (and nine centuries) later, Andrew L. Urban steps into a Medieval monastery - on Manhattan.

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