- The Five Smartest Things Said at the Cannes Digital Distribution Panel: All this week, the American Pavilion in Cannes has been hosting a series of industry and talent conversations. In its panel, "Indie Film Innovators: Keeping Up with New Thinking in Distribution" on Friday afternoon, AmPav took on the always tidy subject of releasing a film. As usual, the statistics are grim. Few films are chosen for film festivals; even fewer are picked up for distribution, leaving many indie filmmakers to their own devices. So now what?
- Cannes Review: With his fifth feature, 'Goodbye,' jailed Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof delivers a suspenseful and moving portrait of modern censorship in the country that has currently placed him in its governmental crosshairs. Along with fellow Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Rasoulof has been sentenced to six years for speaking his mind. 'Goodbye' doesn't literally tell his story, but it clearly espouses his views, focusing on the intense experience of a young woman desperate to find her ticket to freedom and hitting wall after wall. Read Eric Kohn's review here.
- "I didn't think I grasped being on screen every second," 'Return' actress Linda Cardellini told indieWire's Brian Brooks in an interview at Cannes. Cardellini had her work cut out for her in her latest role as Kelli in Liza Johnson's subtly riveting 'Return,' which premiered over the weekend in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. She's in virtually every scene.
- As always, be sure to check out our Cannes Guide to All the Films for up-to-the-minute criticWIRE grades.
- Yesterday morning we brought you the critics' reactions to the early morning screening of 'The Tree of Life.' In the evening on the Croisette, Terrence Malick's new film went over better than it did at its first screening. Anne Thompson reports.
- The Playlist spent the day searching the web for more reactions to 'The Tree of Life' and publishing a slew of new stills from the film. See all their work here.
- In case you weren't aware there were other films screening at the fest, The Playlist also has a fresh review of Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan,' which Kevin Jagernauth calls "devilishly dull."
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