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The Un Certain Regard Jury of the 74th Festival de Cannes

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The Opening Ceremony of Un Certain Regard will take place on Wednesday, July 7th and the list of prize-winners will be revealed on Friday,  July 16th. The 2021 Un Certain Regard Selection presents 20 feature films.

Meet the jury:

Andrea Arnold – Director, screenwriter (United Kingdom)

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold was born in England. Her early short films included Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and Wasp for which she won an Academy Award in 2005. Her first feature film Red Road (2006) and second film Fish Tank (2009) competed at the Festival de Cannes and both won the Jury Prize, before being awarded at the BAFTA’s. In 2011 she completed shooting the adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights which premiered at the Venice Mostra. That same year, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the film industry. Andrea Arnold returned to Cannes in 2016 to present her film American Honey in Competition where she won her third Jury Prize. Arnold has also directed several episodes of the series Transparentand I Love Dick, as well the second season of the series Big Little Lies. She’s currently working on her new project, Bird.

 

Mounia Meddour – Director, screenwriter, producer (Algeria)

Born in Moscow, Mounia Meddour grew up in Algeria and later in France, where she studied journalism and then trained in cinema. After making several documentaries, Elementary Particles (2007), La Cuisine en héritage (2009) and Algerian Cinema: A New Breath (2011), she directed her first short fiction film Edwige (2011), which received a special mention at the Journées Cinématographiques in Algiers. In 2019, she created a sensation with her first feature film Papicha, which was presented in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes 2019 as part of Un Certain Regard. Acclaimed by the critic, the film received the César for Best First Feature, in 2020, while Lyna Khoudri was awarded Best Female Newcomer. Papicha also represented Algeria on the list of submissions for the Oscars. Mounia Meddour is currently working on her next feature film Houria.

 

Elsa Zylberstein – Actress (France)

After her breakthrough performance in Van Gogh by Maurice Pialat, Elsa Zylberstein received the Michel-Simon Award in 1992 and a César nomination for Best Female Newcomer. After winning the Romy-Schneider Award (1993) for Mina Tannenbaum by Martine Dugowson, she starred in Farinelli by Gérard Corbiau (1994), Man Is a Woman by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, Lautrec by Roger Planchon (1998), Modigliani by Mick Davis (2004), four films with Raoul Ruiz, including That Day, selected in Competition (2003). In 2009, she received the César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for I’ve Loved You so Long by Philippe Claudel which received Golden Globes nominations and a BAFTA award for best foreign film. She goes on with Un + Une (2015) and Everyone’s Life (2017) by Claude Lelouch. She has just finished filming Big Bug by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and playing the role of Simone Veil in Simone Veil, A Woman of the Century by Olivier Dahan (to be released in 2022).

 

Daniel Burman – Director, producer, screenwriter (Argentina)

Director, producer and screenwriter, Daniel Burman is considered one of the most important Argentinian filmmakers of his generation. He has directed 11 films and produced over 25. In 2004, he won critical and international acclaim with El Abrazo Partido (Silver Bear, Berlinale). His award-winning films also include Todas las Azafatas Van al Cielo (Sundance NHK Award) and La Suerte en tus Manos (Best Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival). In 2008, at the Venice Film Festival, he received the Robert-Bresson Award from the Vatican State, in recognition of his humanitarian vision. He stands as CEO of the Oficina Burman, a Mediapro Studio Company as well as, Head of Content for The Mediapro Studio US, since 2018. He co-created and produced Victoria Small (International Emmy Award Nominee) and he’s currently working on the new Amazon series Iosi, the Repentant Spy.

 

Michael Covino – Director, producer, actor (United States)

Filmmaker and actor, Michael Covino sees his first feature film The Climb, premiering at Un Certain Regard in 2019, where he won the Coup de Coeur of the Jury Award. The film is adapted from the eponymous short, presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.  We recently saw him as an actor alongside Tom Hanks in News of the World. Prior to that, he produced Hunter Gatherer, awarded of a Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award in 2017. His career as a producer was also marked by movies like Kicks, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and released by Focus World in 2016, Keep in Touch, which he co-wrote, and Babysitter which premiered at SXSW in 2015. In 2016, he was added to the Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch list.

 

 

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Brent Faiyaz follows Drake, Tyler, Keem, Meek collaborations with new single

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Grammy-nominated singer and producer Brent Faiyaz caps another stratospheric year with new single “Mercedes.” With Faiyaz’s idiosyncratic falsetto, “Mercedes” showcases Brent’s distinct musical identity that oscillates between hero and villain while being reminiscent of ‘90s R&B. 2021 saw Brent collaborate with the likes of Drake, Tyler, The Creator, Baby Keem, Meek Mill and Tems, release smash solo tracks, and surpass 8.5 BILLION streams for his catalog that includes 2 Certified Platinum and 5 Certified Gold singles.

 

Listen to “Mercedes” here: https://album.link/MERCEDES

 

In 2016, Faiyaz formed his own independent record label, Lost Kids and released his Fuck The World EP in 2020, which debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 charts. To give back to his fans he started the Show U Off Grant Program for Black women entrepreneurs in 2021, with more

details on the 2022 program to follow and he will celebrate the 4th annual Lost Kids Benefit this month in support of youths in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.

 

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‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ star, Johnell Young set to lead in ‘New Jack City’ remake

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Johnell Young, best known for his role as GZA on Hulu’s ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ is rumoured to be starring in Warner Bros’ ‘New Jack City’ remake, written by Barry Michael Cooper.

According to sources, Young will play the lead role in the remake of the 90’s classic.
On November 27, Barry Michael Cooper took to Twitter to announce the working title for a prequel to his 1991 crack cocaine-laced classic New Jack City. “The Diary of NIno Brown: The Monster Reagan Created.” Prequel. Sequel. Work In Progress. Soon. GOD Willing. #NewJackCity,” Cooper tweeted.

New Jack City released in 1991 was an American crime thriller directed by Mario Van Peebles, who also co-starred in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Judd Nelson, and Bill Cobbs.

 

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Kanye West, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, others honour Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton Show

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Two days after his shocking death, Virgil Abloh’s friends from music and fashion came together to honor him at Louis Vuitton’s “Virgil Was Here” show in Miami on Tuesday. (more…)

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The Lost Daughter, Squid Game others win at 31st Annual Gotham Awards

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The Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Gotham Awards at a ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

 

Winning Best Feature and three additional awards was The Lost Daughter, director and screenwriter Maggie Gyllenhaal’s assured screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel about a solitary vacationing professor and mother of two grown daughters whose encounters with a different young mother provoke haunting memories of her own past. Maggie Gyllenhaal also scored two additional individual awards for Best Screenplay and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award given to a director for their first fiction feature film. Gyllenhaal had previously won a Gotham Award nineteen years ago in 2002 as Breakthrough Actor for her performance in Secretary. And for her performance as Leda, the complex central character of The Lost Daughter, Olivia Colman received the Outstanding Lead Performance award, having previously received a special Ensemble Performance award in 2018 as part of the lead trio of The Favourite.

 

Also receiving an Outstanding Lead Performance award was Frankie Faison for his brilliantly varied and devastating performance in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, based on the true story of the resulting tragedy when police were sent to check on an elderly veteran with physical and mental health issues after his medical alert link was accidentally triggered.

 

Receiving the Breakthrough Performer award was Emilia Jones for her sensitive–and musical –lead role as a child of Deaf parents torn between her responsibility to her family and the possibility of a future of her own in CODA, for which actor Troy Katsur won the Outstanding Supporting Performance award for playing her funny, opinionated dad who is fearful of losing her but yearning to connect and understand her.

The award for Best Documentary Feature was presented to Flee, the stirring, mostly animated documentary by Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen which recounts the multi-year history from childhood until now of Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), who with his mother and siblings became refugees fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan, through Russia, and eventually to Denmark where, despite trauma and a hidden past, there’s possibility for Nawabi of a new home and lasting love.

Winning the award for Best International Feature was Drive My Car, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami into a gently emotional epic in which an actor/director harboring an unspoken grief and anger embarks on directing a multi-language production of Uncle Vanya in another city and gradually opens to his assigned driver, who has losses of her own.

 

With the awards for television the Gotham Awards for debut series are given annually to those that “enrich the landscape or push the boundaries of television.” Winning the award for Breakthrough Series (Over 40 minutes) was Squid Game, the late-breaking global sensation from Korean writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk and Netflix that weaves themes of universal economic and social divide and aggressive capitalism with dazzling set pieces, ultra-violence, and even tender moments.

 

Breakthrough Series (Under 40 minutes) was awarded to Reservation Dogs, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, which follows a group of teens living on a reservation in Oklahoma and whose petty crimes fuel dreams of escaping to a new life in California. The comedy series is a first to be majority written, directed, acted, and crewed by people of Indigenous descent.

Newly created this year was the first Gotham Award category for series acting – Outstanding Performance in a New Series. Following the Gotham Awards guidelines for gender neutral categorization, there were ten nominees. The jury chose to award two performances “equally undeniable in their craft and staying power” – to Thuso Mbedu, transcendent in the frequently silent central role of Cora in The Underground Railroad and Ethan Hawke in a possible career-best performance as abolitionist John Brown in The Good Lord Bird.

Also added as a new standalone category this year was Breakthrough Nonfiction Series. The winning series was Philly D.A., the propulsive, narratively driven, verité-shot series, created by filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar, that follows the first term of crusading Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, elected in 2017 determined to reform the system from within and with the goal of ending mass incarceration.

Career Tributes were also given during the ceremony to performers Kristen Stewart (presented by Julianne Moore and Pablo Larraín) and Peter Dinklage (presented by Ethan Hawke), director Jane Campion (presented by Mark Ruffalo), and the Industry Tribute to Eamonn Bowles (presented by Alex Gibney).

 

The inaugural Icon Tribute (presented by Kia Brooks, Deputy Director of The Gotham and Seret Scott) was awarded posthumously to poet, playwright, writer, filmmaker, director, civil rights activist, and educator Kathleen Collins and was accepted by her daughter, Nina Lorez Collins. Kathleen Collins’ most known film work is Losing Ground, one of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman filmmaker. The Icon Tribute has been created to call attention to the boldness, artistry, and impact of a filmmaker from a marginalized community whose work has not been previously recognized by the organization in its previous awards history.

An Ensemble Tribute (presented by Jeymes Samuel) was given to the cast of The Harder They Fall, including Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole with Regina King and Idris Elba.

An Impact Salute (presented by Michael Bloomberg) was given to The Actors Fund in recognition of their leadership role in providing resources, care and financial support to members of the entertainment community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded in 1882, the nonprofit serves all professionals—and not just actors—in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance through programs that address the community’s unique and essential needs. Brian Stokes Mitchell accepted on behalf of The Actors Fund.

 

Additionally announced during the ceremony:

 

The Questlove Gotham EDU Scholarship

Questlove announced the creation of a $150,000 scholarship fund earmarked for HBCU students’ tuition and to allow participation in the Gotham EDU suite of programs and mentor support. The award is supported by iHeartMedia.

Focus Features & JetBlue Student Short Film Showcase

Tessa Thompson announced the winners of the third annual showcase supported by sponsoring partners Focus Features and JetBlue. The program is designed to discover and empower a diverse group of emerging filmmakers and foster multi-platform distribution of their work. Each winner receives a $10,000 grant and have their films shown for twelve months on JetBlue’s seatback entertainment systems under the “Gotham Selects” movie category and on Focus Features digital streaming platforms. Throughout 2022, winning filmmakers will also receive ongoing mentorship and workshopping opportunities from The Gotham.

 

The winning filmmakers and shorts were:

 

·      Evan Bode, Thine Own Self, Syracuse University

·      Jorge G. Camarena, Spaceship, American Film Institute

·      Akanksha Chawla, Close Ties to Home Country, Columbia College

·      Jun Hee Han, Uncle, University of California, Los Angeles

·      J. Sean Smith, #Whitina, University of Southern California

 

 

The Gotham Awards ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live and on The Gotham’s YouTube channel.

For photo selects from the event, visit

https://dam.gettyimages.com/assignments/2021-gotham-awards

 

The 31st Annual Gotham Award recipients are:

For Best Feature, presented by Dakota Johnson

The Lost Daughter

Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Produced by Osnat Handelsman Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Charles Dorfman

Released by Netflix

The Best Feature jury included Jason Mitchell, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Adele Romanski, Peter Saraf, and Cathy Yan.

 

 

For Best Documentary, presented by Devery Jacobs and Michael Greyeyes

Flee

Directed Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Produced Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, and Charlotte De La Gournerie

Released by NEON

The Best Documentary jury included Bonni Cohen, Ramona Diaz, Kirsten Johnson, Roger Ross Williams, and Hao Wu.

For Best International Feature, presented Thandiwe Newton

Drive My Car

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Produced by Teruhisa Yamamoto

Released by Sideshow and Janus Films

 

The Best International Feature jury included Jimmie Fails, Eliza Hittman, Orion Lee, Jonathan Raymond, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

For Outstanding Lead Performance, presented by Dan Levy

To two performers:

Olivia Colman in The Lost Daughter

Released by Netflix

 

and

 

Frankie Faison in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Released by Gravitas Ventures

The Outstanding Lead Performance jury included Aldis Hodge, Tamara Jenkins, Avy Kaufman, Lisa Kjerulff, and KiKi Layne.

For Outstanding Supporting Performance, presented by Daveed Diggs

Troy Kotsur in CODA

Released by Apple TV+

The Outstanding Supporting Performance jury included Michael Beach, M. Blair Breard, Blythe Danner, Rob Morgan, and Crystal Moselle.

 

 

For Breakthrough Performer, presented by Moses Ingram

Emilia Jones in CODA

Released by Apple TV+

The Breakthrough Performer jury included Matt Bomer, Yolonda Ross, Isabel Sandoval, Shari Springer Berman, and Katherine Waterston.

For Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, presented by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter

Released by Netflix

The Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director jury included Anne Carey, Helena Howard, Famke Janssen, John Turturro, and Phillip Youmans.

For Best Screenplay, presented by Joe Wright

Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter

Released by Netflix

For Breakthrough Series (Over 40 Minutes), presented by Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur

Squid Game

Executive Produced by Kim Ji-yeon and Hwang Dong-hyuk

Netflix

The Breakthrough Series (Over 40 Minutes) jury included Jasmine Batchelor, Eli Goree, Mike Harrop, Amy Koppelman, and Paul Mezey.

For Breakthrough Series (Under 40 Minutes), presented by Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur

Reservation Dogs

Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi

Executive Produced by Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo, and Garrett Basch

FX

The Breakthrough Series (Under 40 Minutes) jury included Adam Goldman, Anna Konkle, Jenni Konner, Victoria Mahoney, and Jonathan Majors

 

 

For Breakthrough Nonfiction Series, presented by Jung Ho-yeun

Philly D.A.

Created by Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar

Executive Produced by Dawn Porter, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Ryan Chanatry, Gena Konstantinakos, Jeff Seelbach, and Patty Quillin

Topic, Independent Lens, PBS

The Breakthrough Nonfiction Series jury included Andrew Jarecki, Laura Ricciardi, Bernardo Ruiz, Elyse Steinberg, and Tracy Heather Strain.

 

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Tiffany Haddish and Common break up after one year together

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Common and Tiffany Haddish are leaving their romance in 2021. (more…)

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