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Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux, left, and Festival President Gilles Jacob, right, pose next to the poster of the Festival, at the end of a press conference to announce this years line up in Paris, Thursday April 17, 2014. AP

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d’Or prize at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday.

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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

This photo provided Tuesday, April 15, 2014, by the Festival de Cannes shows the official poster of the 67th International Film Festival of Cannes. The poster showing actor Marcello Mastroianni is based on Federico Fellini 1963 film "8 1/2". The festival will run from May 14 to 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Festival De Cannes)

A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg expose on Hollywood are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Nanny beloved from Iloilo now nanny, the movie

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HAPPY ENDING FOR OFW   Former nanny Teresita Sajonia hugs Christopher Chen, the youngest of her three former wards in Singapore, at a hotel in Iloilo City. Sajonia is the subject of a Cannes’ award-winning film written/directed by Christopher’s eldest brother, Anthony. PHOTO COURTESY OF SELRAHCO

Teresita Sajonia left Singapore16 years ago as a nanny but returned to the city-state in August a celebrity. On Aug. 24, Sajonia attended the gala premier at Marina Bay Sands Theater of the award-winning movie “Ilo Ilo,” a film inspired by her eight-year employment and relationship with a Singaporean family.

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Postscript to Cannes

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DRENCHED but dressed to the nines, cineastes queue up for “Like Father, Like Son” gala. Photo by Bayani San Diego Jr.

Speaking like the grizzled veteran of countless skirmishes on Boulevard de la Croisette that he was, Filipino filmmaker Tikoy Aguiluz told a skeptical neophyte: “The pink press ID is the best badge in Cannes.”

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Rave for Filipino actress in Variety

ANGELI Bayani at the “Iloilo” premiere in Cannes  FISHEYE PICTURES

Filipino actress Angeli Bayani got a rave review from trade paper Variety for her work in Anthony Chen’s “Iloilo.” winner of Camera D’Or for best first feature film at the recently concluded Cannes fest. Said critic Maggie Lee: “[As a nanny in Singapore, Bayani] is as unself-conscious as a nonpro thesp. She radiates dignity even though her character is neither martyr nor saint, but rather a pragmatic woman who [would] lie a little to survive; the emotional heft Bayani brings to the bittersweet ending will make it hard for audiences to leave dry-eyed.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Floating through the fest

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ANGELI Bayani and Archie Alemania ecstatic over thrilling “Norte” ovation Thursday     photo by BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

There she was, strolling down the world-famous Boulevard de La Croisette, a petite Filipino woman in a “princess” gown with gold embellishments.

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Cheer Factor: ‘On the Job’ gets US release

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CANNES—Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti’s “On the Job” has secured a North American distributor. Matti told the Inquirer that Well Go USA bought all North American rights to the film which was part of the Directors’ Fortnight. Last month, Matti sealed a distribution deal for France with Wild Side. Well Go president Doris Pfardrescher told Indie Wire that Matti’s film “reiterates that it is an exciting time for Filipino cinema.” Screen Daily’s Allan Hunter called it “a boisterous, pacy thriller inspired by true events.” Matti told the Inquirer that the film will have a US release in the fall. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Cannes film fest race wide open in final hours

Director Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw  AP PHOTO

A jury headed by Steven Spielberg kept everyone guessing which film would take the Palme d’Or at the close Sunday of the Cannes Film Festival, with an epic lesbian love story, a Coen Brothers dark comedy and a blood-spattered critique of Chinese society the leading contenders.

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Cambodian film tops Un Certain Regard

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Filmmaker Rithy Panh (third from left beside Zhang Ziyi) of Cambodia wins the Un Certain Regard prize for his work, "The Missing Picture" at the Cannes Film Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/MOTOHARU OE

The Philippines failed to bring home a trophy, but another Southeast Asian country won the Un Certain Regard prize.

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Cannes: ‘The Immigrant’ stirs emotional response

From left, actors Jeremy tenner, Marion Cotillard and director James Gray arrive for the screening of the film The Immigrant at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 24, 2013. AP

James Gray’s sincere melodrama “The Immigrant” has divided the Cannes Film Festival not for its politics or its audaciousness, but for its sentimentality.

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Cannes: Dern a leading man again in ‘Nebraska’

From right, actors Bruce Dern, Angela McEwan, director Alexander Payne, June Squibb and Will Forte pose during a photo call for the film “Nebraska” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 23, 2013. AP photo

For the aging, gruff patriarch of his father-son road trip “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne tried to lure Gene Hackman out of retirement and considered the likes of Robert Duvall and Jack Nicholson. Bruce Dern calls them “the obvious guys.”

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Take a bow-wow: Blind poodle wins Cannes’ ‘Palm Dog’

From left, producer Lene Borglum, actor Matthew Newman, actress Kristin Scott Thomas, director Nicolas Winding Refn, actor Vithaya Pansringarm, and musician Cliff Martinez listen during a press conference for the film Only God Forgives at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. AP

A white poodle that plays the part of a blind pet owned by Liberace in the flamboyant biopic “Behind the Candelabra” scooped glory on Friday by winning the Palm Dog for canine talent at the Cannes Film Festival.

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