Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux Touts “Improvements” to Screening Schedule

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The festival’s artistic director also defended against criticism that American films are fleeing for Venice and Toronto to build awards buzz.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux is saying the festival will make some adjustments to the press and premiere screening schedule after some negative feedback earlier this year.

“We had some complaints and we are going to improve on that,” he said at the Marrakech Film Festival on Saturday, without specifying what those changes might be. Last May, the festival changed the screening schedule so that media was not able to see films before their world premieres. It was an effort to protect directors from possible bad press published early, but led to some stressed-out critics.

Once a prolific tweeter, Fremaux has taken himself off of social media, joking that Twitter thoughts “are what you would write on a public bathroom wall.”

Speaking in an on stage interview, Fremaux emphasized Cannes’ international pedigree and deflected criticism that the festival has failed to get blockbusters in recent years as filmmakers have flocked to the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

“America is not always the barometer of Cannes, the competition selection is diversified. Venice didn’t have the film of [Hirokazu] Kore-eda, didn’t have the film of Nadine Labaki. It is absolutely the mission of Cannes to have films from all over the world,” he said, citing the festival’s charter. “We have to undo this Europe and United States obsession.” Kore-eda’s Shoplifters went on to win the Palme d’Or, while Labaki’s Capernaum captured the second place Jury Prize.

“We have other criteria” outside of the awards season race, Fremaux added. The May festival has now been judged too early by many studios to build that all-important buzz, he argued. “We don’t care about the Oscars. The Oscars are great. I go every year. But Cannes is a different thing,” he said.

If the studios are bypassing Cannes, it’s because of, and not in spite of, the global media glare, he added. “Why? Because it generates buzz and media coverage. That’s the issue with the studios. They don’t send the big studio films because they will be judged within the media circus and it’s not objective,” he said.

But “popular” films still have a place on the Cannes red carpet – which is why Solo: A Star Wars Story was invited this year. Red carpet glamour and star power is an important aspect of Cannes, and he still loves the big tentpole films and that they should feel “comfortable” in Cannes.

Fremaux admitted that he doesn’t like it when a great film chooses to bypass Cannes in favor of one of the later festivals, but ultimately his goal is to support cinema. “The festivals are all friends – Cannes, Berlin, Venice. What matters is that all the films find their spot,” he said.

Fremaux also said he is working on a sequel to his Lumiere!documentary, but that any premiere is at least two years away.

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Oscar buzz for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ after first Hollywood screening

Mary Poppins Returns is shaping up to be an awards contender if the early reactions coming out of Hollywood are to be believed, with Emily Blunt tipped to receive her first ever Oscar nomination.

The musical sequel, starring Blunt in the title role, held screenings for tastemakers and academy voters over the last week where it was met with rapturous responses and standing ovations.

The long-awaited sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins hits cinemas this Christmas, and Disney is hoping to repeat the awards success of the original which earned 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5.

Industry paper Variety hailed Returns as “a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year” citing a “applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday” and a “lengthy standing ovation” for the cast and crew at an “all-guild” screening on Saturday.

The film has been praised for giving Oscar voters some much-needed respite from the hard-hitting issues tackled by other big contenders like A Star Is Born and Vice.

“Mary Poppins Returns will be a massive hit,” sums up Variety’s Kristopher Taply, “which will drive the point home all the more: Audiences want a movie like this right now. Critics, even the most cynical of them (whether they admit it or not), want a movie like this right now.”

The original film is considered Walt Disney’s crowning achievement earning 13 Oscar nominations – the most any Walt Disney Studios has ever received – including the only Best Picture nomination producer Disney received in his lifetime. The film won 5 of those Oscars, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews in her feature film debut.

Emily Blunt is being tipped to repeat Andrews’ success with Indiewire’s Bill Desowitz saying the British A Quiet Place star “portrays the iconic nanny with such confidence and charm that she could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination”.

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Emily Blunt receives instructions from director Rob Marshall on the set of Mary Poppins Returns. (Disney)

Awards prognosticator Gregory Ellwood of the The Playlist concurs saying Blunt “is absolutely superb and her performance puts her smack dab in the middle of the Best Actress race”. Ellwood cites Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) as Blunt’s biggest rivals for the gold trophy that will be handed out on 28 February, 2019.

Early reactions suggest the film could also do well in the craft categories, with nominations expected to land for costumes, production design, and of course – the music.

Meryl Streep has also been given an outside chance of bagging a Best Supporting Actress nomination playing Topsy Turvy, but then it doesn’t take much for Streep to get a nod, does it?

Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas on 21 December, 2018. Watch a trailer below.

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Oscar buzz for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ after first Hollywood screening

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Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the animal stars of Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)

Mary Poppins Returns is shaping up to be an awards contender if the early reactions coming out of Hollywood are to be believed, with Emily Blunt tipped to receive her first ever Oscar nomination.

The musical sequel, starring Blunt in the title role, held screenings for tastemakers and academy voters over the last week where it was met with rapturous responses and standing ovations.

The long-awaited sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins hits cinemas this Christmas, and Disney is hoping to repeat the awards success of the original which earned 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5.

Industry paper Variety hailed Returns as “a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year” citing a “applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday” and a “lengthy standing ovation” for the cast and crew at an “all-guild” screening on Saturday.

The film has been praised for giving Oscar voters some much-needed respite from the hard-hitting issues tackled by other big contenders like A Star Is Born and Vice.

“Mary Poppins Returns will be a massive hit,” sums up Variety’s Kristopher Taply, “which will drive the point home all the more: Audiences want a movie like this right now. Critics, even the most cynical of them (whether they admit it or not), want a movie like this right now.”

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