Student films from Russia, Cuba and New York’s New York University have won the major prizes in the 15th Cinefondation section at the Cannes Film Festival. DOROGA NA (The Road To), a Russian film from Taisia Igumentseva of the VGIK school, was awarded first place, which includes a 15,000 Euro cash prize. NYU student Matthew James Reilly won second place and 11,250 Euros for his film ABIGAIL, with Cuba’s own Miguel Angel Moulet from EICTV winning third place and 7,500 Euros for LOS ANFITRIONES (The Hosts). Winners were chosen by a jury headed by famed Belgian director Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The prizes were awarded during a ceremony at the Buñuel Theatre, followed by screenings of the winning short films. More than 1,700 films were submitted to Cinefondation this year, and 15 films from 14 different countries were chosen to compete.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading