Cannes Buzz: Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG,' Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' and More

Cannes Buzz: Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG,' Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' and More

May 16, 2016

The BFG

The Cannes Film Festival got underway in the south of France late last week, and though the event is aimed mainly at film industry professionals, it's a great source of buzz for movies that will soon be heading to theaters in the U.S.

For example, Woody Allen's Cafe Society opened the festival with the director and stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Corey Stoll in attendance. Here's a video of the press conference that followed the next day.

Reaction to the film was mixed:

"There is enough in it to please Allen's fans and confound those who think the old boy, 80 now and still churning out a film a year, should stick to playing his beloved sax." (Daily Mail)

"Although much of Café Society is familiar, Allen wrings enough bittersweet lessons out of this bauble that it feels just novel enough." (Paste Magazine)

"Comes across like a rambling anecdote being told by someone who keeps skipping over the interesting parts" (Buzzfeed)

Cafe Society is due in theaters on July 15, 2016.


 

Steven Spielberg's latest all-ages fantasy, The BFG, debuted over the weekend and generally received even more positive reviews.

"A big friendly giant of a film from a director who knows how to make films on that note and on that scale." (The Guardian)

"Serves as Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for an all-new generation." (Variety)

"The giant that Spielberg has created with Mark Rylance is testament to how fast technology is moving: he's a fleshy marvel, full of personality, flaws and life." (Time Out)

Look for The BFG in theaters on July 1.

 

Other films that have received serious social media buzz and/or critical acclaim incude:

-- Toni Erdmamn, described as "a bittersweet comedy" about an older man who believes his daughter is too serious and so begins to play pranks on her. Sony Pictures Classics just picked up distribution rights to the title, so it will likely open in the U.S. later this year or early next year. [Deadline]

 

-- The Handmaiden, directed by Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker). Amazon picked up rights to the film back in February, though it's not yet revealed its release plans. The movie follows a woman who is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress but actually has secret plans against her. [Variety]

 

-- American Honey, directed by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold. Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keogh and Sasha Lane star in a movie that follows teenagers traveling across the U.S. selling magazine subcriptions. It's received glowing reviews. A24 Films acquired distribution rights back in January and plans to release it in theaters in the second half of the year. [Variety]

American Honey

 

The Cannes Film Festival continues through next weekend.

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