Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cannes 2015: Jury

It was known for some time that the Coen Brothers will preside at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and now the full list of members of the Jury has been announced. It consists of the following distinguished ladies and gentlemen:

  • Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Rossy de Palma
  • Sophie Marceau
  • Sienna Miller
  • Rokia Traoré
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Xavier Dolan
  • Jake Gyllenhaal

Can you guess from their personalities which film will get the Palme d'Or?

It is a bit surprising to find Rokia Traoré among the Jury members, since she doesn't seem to have any obvious connections with cinema. Nevertheless, she is undoubtedly a very gifted music artist, so the organizers made a great choice. She was born in Mali but travelled most of her youth and is now London-based, if I'm not mistaken. Her influences are so broad that she passes for a Londoner musician in Mali and for a Malian musician in London. Her 2003 album Bowmboi is wonderful, and even features the renown Kronos Quartet.

Rossy de Palma will bring some Movida madness to the Jury. She performed in many movies by Pedro Almodovar, such as the hilarious Tie me up! Tie me down!

Hopefully Sophie Marceau will be less stressed out than in 1999 when she delivered a speech that went down in history as a masterpiece of vacuity and awkwardness.

It's fantastic that the organizers also chose the remarkably talented Canadian director Xavier Dolan. Although he's only 26, he is already very accomplished, and won the Jury Prize last year for Mommy. Actually he shared it with none other than Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language!

Given the energy and freshness of this Jury, I wouldn't be surprised if the Palme d'Or went to László Nemes for his first film Saul Fia (Son of Saul). I don't think this ever happened in the history of Cannes Film Festival.

Note also that the delightful Isabella Rossellini will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury. Will she favor some Green Porno?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Official Selection for Cannes 2015

The Official Selection for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has been announced today!
Discover it on the Festival's website. There's a lot of goodies.

Some well-established directors are in competition, such as Nanni Moretti, who won the Palme d'Or in 2001 for The Son's Room (La stanza del figlio), Gus Van Sant, who won it in 2003 for Elephant, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien who has been in competition six times and won the Jury Prize in 1993 for The Puppetmaster. But there is also a lot of newcomers, and in particular the Hungarian László Nemes, who was the assistant of Bela Tarr, with his first film, Saul Fia (Son of Saul).

Woody Allen will present Irrational Man out of competition.

Friday, April 10, 2015

How to stream a movie from your iPhone to your Apple TV using AirPlay

Filmster exists as an iPhone app which allows you to find the cream of the cream among the movies on iTunes. Once you find a movie that you want to watch, you can buy or rent it, but does that mean that you will have to watch it on your iPhone? I don't think that David Lynch would approve...

Fortunately, Apple recently made it possible to transfer an iTunes Store purchase from an iPhone (or other iOS device) to a computer. Even easier: you can just re-download the purchase on the computer thanks to iCould. This makes a lot of sense.

But there is an even cooler option. If you're the lucky owner of an Apple TV (only $69), you can stream the movie from your iPhone to your TV screen. For this, you simply use AirPlay, which can be activated from the Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of your screen).

So there is no need to transfer or re-download your movie, it just plays smoothly and wirelessly on your TV!

Now you can really watch Mulholland Drive without pissing off its genius director.