Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme d'Or Winner Predictions

So, we’ve got to admit we’re sort of gunning for Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner to win the Palme d’Or 2014, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other films in the running for the prestigious award. Among the 18 films competing to win the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, the winner of which which will be announced on May 25, these are the films we think are most likely to scoop the award.

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star together in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller

Miller directed Capote back in 2005, the film that saw the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman swipe the Academy Award for Best Actor. Miller’s new film, Foxcatcher, is based on the shocking true story of Dave Schultz, an Olympic wrestler shot by athletic sponsor and paranoid schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont.

MORE: Foxcatcher for Cannes: Steve Carell was first choice for obsessive wrestling coach role

Levianthan, directed by Andrey Zvaginstsev

The Russian contender at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Levianthan is a retelling of the Book of Jobs. The film is infused with commentary regarding current social issues in Russia. A throwback to the days when Russian authors would write novels addressing the social issues in the country, Levianthan is certainly timely.

The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones Western drama sees Swank and Jones team up to smuggle three women suffering from insanity across a state border. Certainly an unusual premise, the stellar cast of this movie implies that it will definitely be taken notice of. But does it have what it takes to surpass Mr. Turner?

Mr. Turner, directed by Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s new offering has received unanimously positive reviews from critics. Based on the life of the British landscape painted J.M.W. Turner, Mr. Turner is, thus far, the stand out movie of the Cannes Film Festival. We predict this one will clean up at the Oscars 2015, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will bag Timothy Spall his first Academy Award, too.

More: Is 'Mr Turner' the movie that wins Timothy Spall an Oscar?

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014Timothy Spall has been praised for his portrayal of British landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner

The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius

French drama The Search is a remake of the 1948 film of the same name. Directed by Hazanavicius, who directed 2011’s The Artist, The Search follows the friendship between a non-government organisation worker, played by Annette Bening, and a young boy from Chechnya. Hazanavicius’ last Cannes offering won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, so we’ve got high hopes for The Search.

Who would you like to see take home the coveted Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival?

Watch the trailer for Mr. Turner right here:



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Cannes 2014 Palme D'Or Winner: 'Winter Sleep' Takes The Jewell of The Springtime Festival 4213673 News

Before Cannes 2014, to suggest ‘Winter Sleep’ would take the prestigious Palme D’Or back to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s native Turkey would have been a leftfield choice. But after the second day screening of the 3 hour 16 minute film, the destination of this year’s prize was known to some with 9 days of the festival left to run.

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan picks up the prestigous Palm D'Or

The movie centres on a family running a hotel in the snow-capped Turkish mountains, gently peeling away at the psychology behind the father character as he deals with family and business crises alike. In his acceptance speech, Ceylan noted that “This year is the 100th year of Turkish cinema, and it’s a good coincidence I think. I want to dedicate the prize to the young people of Turkey,” and, referring to the  11 deaths in antigovernment protests that began in May 2013, said: “especially those who lost their lives during the last year.”

Elsewhere, another expected win was handed out: Timothy Spall for his turn as the painter J.M.W Turner in Mike Leigh’s hugely popular biopic, ‘Mr. Turner’. Leigh’s superb film was touted as a possible Palme D’Or winner, but no one begrudged the eventual winner its spoils. And Spall was, by all accounts, the worthiest of winners. 

More: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh set to go head to head at Cannes 2014?

"Actors are divided into two camps: Those who get the good-looking, wish-fulfilment parts and then the supporting actors like me who get the real-life roles. I've been lucky enough to have many of them, but there are not many prizes to be had in a supporting position,” Spall told the BBC after his win. "Finally though, with Mr Turner, it feels like someone has made me into a leading actor - albeit an ugly one."

The full list of the Campion Jury winners:

Palme d’Or: Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prize: Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Jury Prize: Mommy, Xavier Dolan, and Adieu au langage, Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars

Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Before Cannes 2014, to suggest ‘Winter Sleep’ would take the prestigious Palme D’Or back to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s native Turkey would have been a leftfield choice. But after the second day screening of the 3 hour 16 minute film, the destination of this year’s prize was known to some with 9 days of the festival left to run.

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan picks up the prestigous Palm D'Or

The movie centres on a family running a hotel in the snow-capped Turkish mountains, gently peeling away at the psychology behind the father character as he deals with family and business crises alike. In his acceptance speech, Ceylan noted that “This year is the 100th year of Turkish cinema, and it’s a good coincidence I think. I want to dedicate the prize to the young people of Turkey,” and, referring to the  11 deaths in antigovernment protests that began in May 2013, said: “especially those who lost their lives during the last year.”

Elsewhere, another expected win was handed out: Timothy Spall for his turn as the painter J.M.W Turner in Mike Leigh’s hugely popular biopic, ‘Mr. Turner’. Leigh’s superb film was touted as a possible Palme D’Or winner, but no one begrudged the eventual winner its spoils. And Spall was, by all accounts, the worthiest of winners. 

More: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh set to go head to head at Cannes 2014?

"Actors are divided into two camps: Those who get the good-looking, wish-fulfilment parts and then the supporting actors like me who get the real-life roles. I've been lucky enough to have many of them, but there are not many prizes to be had in a supporting position,” Spall told the BBC after his win. "Finally though, with Mr Turner, it feels like someone has made me into a leading actor - albeit an ugly one."

The full list of the Campion Jury winners:

Palme d’Or: Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prize: Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Jury Prize: Mommy, Xavier Dolan, and Adieu au langage, Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars

Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

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Timothy Spall & Julianne Moore Win Cannes 2014 Best Actors Awards 4213205 News

Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore have received the prizes at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for best actor and actress in a feature film. Winter Sleep, a Turkish film, has won the Palme d'or, the highest award at Cannes.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore recieved the award for best actress at Cannes.

Winter Sleep has been awarded the highest honour at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'or. The Turkish film, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, stars Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Melisa Sözen. The film follows the family story of a former actor running a hotel in a small town in Anatolia. The film has been highly praised by critics and has beat off a series of films with far larger budgets and well known stars for the highest award including American and British films Foxcatcher and Mr. Turner

Read More: Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme d'Or Winner Predictions.

Winter Sleep, Kis uykusu in Turkish, has been praised by critics as being "beautiful, bold" and "intently serious" (Telegraph). However, the film is over three hours long and has been criticised for being difficult to watch. This is certainly the stance of BBC critic, Nicholas Barber, who promises "If you can stay awake, you'll be struck by the nuanced performances, the depth of the characterisation, the intensity of the moral questions and the drips of black humour."

Bennett Miller
Foxcatcher director, Bennett Miller, won the award for best director.

Foxcatcher, which many suspected would triumph at Cannes, received an award for best director. Bennett Miller directs Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in this sports biopic which follows John du Pont's (Carell) obsession with wrestling and its subsequent dire consequences.

Mr. Turner, which was also a contender for the Palme d'or, received an award for best actor for Timothy Spall. Julianne Moore won the female equivalent for her performance in Maps to the Stars. Mr. Turner, starring Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner, follows the artist's career and bizarre private life. The film is due to be released on 31st October 2014. Whilst Maps to the Stars sees Moore as actress Havana who is forced to deal with the psychological impact of growing up in a dysfunctional acting family in Hollywood. 

Read More: Jane Campion To Take Up Head Judge Spot At This Year's Cannes.

Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall won the award for best actor at Cannes for Mr.Turner.

See the full list of awards from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival:

FEATURE FILMS

Palme d'or - 
Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prix - 
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director Award - 
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Jury Prize ex-aequo - 
Mommy by Xavier Dolan
Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye To language) by Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay Award - 
Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan

Best Actress Award -
Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg.

Best Actor Award -
Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh.

SHORT FILMS

Palme d'or -      
Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto

Special Mention - Ex-aequo - 
Aïssa by Clément Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker (Yes We Love) by Hallvar Witz?

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum starred in Foxcatcher.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Prize -
Fehér Isten by Korenél Mundruczó

Jury Prize -
Turist by Ruben Östlund

Un Certain Regard Special Prize - 
The Salt Of The Earth by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Ensemble Prize -
Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Best Actor Award -
David Gulpilil in Charlie's Country by Rolf de Heer

Caméra D'or -
Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection.

CINÉFONDATION 

First Prize - 
Skunk by Annie Silverstein, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Second Prize -
Oh Lucy! by Atsuko Hirayanagi, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore

Joint Third Prize - 
Lievito Madre by Fulvio Risuleo, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

The Jury of the CST has awarded the Vulcan Award Of The Technical Artist to Dick Pope, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh.

Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh directed Spall in Mr Turner.

Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore have received the prizes at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for best actor and actress in a feature film. Winter Sleep, a Turkish film, has won the Palme d'or, the highest award at Cannes.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore recieved the award for best actress at Cannes.

Winter Sleep has been awarded the highest honour at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'or. The Turkish film, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, stars Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Melisa Sözen. The film follows the family story of a former actor running a hotel in a small town in Anatolia. The film has been highly praised by critics and has beat off a series of films with far larger budgets and well known stars for the highest award including American and British films Foxcatcher and Mr. Turner

Read More: Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme d'Or Winner Predictions.

Winter Sleep, Kis uykusu in Turkish, has been praised by critics as being "beautiful, bold" and "intently serious" (Telegraph). However, the film is over three hours long and has been criticised for being difficult to watch. This is certainly the stance of BBC critic, Nicholas Barber, who promises "If you can stay awake, you'll be struck by the nuanced performances, the depth of the characterisation, the intensity of the moral questions and the drips of black humour."

Bennett Miller
Foxcatcher director, Bennett Miller, won the award for best director.

Foxcatcher, which many suspected would triumph at Cannes, received an award for best director. Bennett Miller directs Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in this sports biopic which follows John du Pont's (Carell) obsession with wrestling and its subsequent dire consequences.

Mr. Turner, which was also a contender for the Palme d'or, received an award for best actor for Timothy Spall. Julianne Moore won the female equivalent for her performance in Maps to the Stars. Mr. Turner, starring Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner, follows the artist's career and bizarre private life. The film is due to be released on 31st October 2014. Whilst Maps to the Stars sees Moore as actress Havana who is forced to deal with the psychological impact of growing up in a dysfunctional acting family in Hollywood. 

Read More: Jane Campion To Take Up Head Judge Spot At This Year's Cannes.

Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall won the award for best actor at Cannes for Mr.Turner.

See the full list of awards from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival:

FEATURE FILMS

Palme d'or - 
Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prix - 
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director Award - 
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Jury Prize ex-aequo - 
Mommy by Xavier Dolan
Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye To language) by Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay Award - 
Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan

Best Actress Award -
Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg.

Best Actor Award -
Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh.

SHORT FILMS

Palme d'or -      
Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto

Special Mention - Ex-aequo - 
Aïssa by Clément Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker (Yes We Love) by Hallvar Witz?

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum starred in Foxcatcher.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Prize -
Fehér Isten by Korenél Mundruczó

Jury Prize -
Turist by Ruben Östlund

Un Certain Regard Special Prize - 
The Salt Of The Earth by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Ensemble Prize -
Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Best Actor Award -
David Gulpilil in Charlie's Country by Rolf de Heer

Caméra D'or -
Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection.

CINÉFONDATION 

First Prize - 
Skunk by Annie Silverstein, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Second Prize -
Oh Lucy! by Atsuko Hirayanagi, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore

Joint Third Prize - 
Lievito Madre by Fulvio Risuleo, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

The Jury of the CST has awarded the Vulcan Award Of The Technical Artist to Dick Pope, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh.

Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh directed Spall in Mr Turner.

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Cannes Film Festival 2014: Our Top Five Palme d'Or Winner Predictions 4201438 News

So, we’ve got to admit we’re sort of gunning for Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner to win the Palme d’Or 2014, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other films in the running for the prestigious award. Among the 18 films competing to win the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, the winner of which which will be announced on May 25, these are the films we think are most likely to scoop the award.

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014 Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star together in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller

Miller directed Capote back in 2005, the film that saw the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman swipe the Academy Award for Best Actor. Miller’s new film, Foxcatcher, is based on the shocking true story of Dave Schultz, an Olympic wrestler shot by athletic sponsor and paranoid schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont.

MORE: Foxcatcher for Cannes: Steve Carell was first choice for obsessive wrestling coach role

Levianthan, directed by Andrey Zvaginstsev

The Russian contender at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Levianthan is a retelling of the Book of Jobs. The film is infused with commentary regarding current social issues in Russia. A throwback to the days when Russian authors would write novels addressing the social issues in the country, Levianthan is certainly timely.

The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones Western drama sees Swank and Jones team up to smuggle three women suffering from insanity across a state border. Certainly an unusual premise, the stellar cast of this movie implies that it will definitely be taken notice of. But does it have what it takes to surpass Mr. Turner?

Mr. Turner, directed by Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s new offering has received unanimously positive reviews from critics. Based on the life of the British landscape painted J.M.W. Turner, Mr. Turner is, thus far, the stand out movie of the Cannes Film Festival. We predict this one will clean up at the Oscars 2015, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will bag Timothy Spall his first Academy Award, too.

More: Is 'Mr Turner' the movie that wins Timothy Spall an Oscar?

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014 Timothy Spall has been praised for his portrayal of British landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner

The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius

French drama The Search is a remake of the 1948 film of the same name. Directed by Hazanavicius, who directed 2011’s The Artist, The Search follows the friendship between a non-government organisation worker, played by Annette Bening, and a young boy from Chechnya. Hazanavicius’ last Cannes offering won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, so we’ve got high hopes for The Search.

Who would you like to see take home the coveted Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival?

Watch the trailer for Mr. Turner right here:

4196318-0;noautoplay; Mr Turner - Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

So, we’ve got to admit we’re sort of gunning for Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner to win the Palme d’Or 2014, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other films in the running for the prestigious award. Among the 18 films competing to win the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, the winner of which which will be announced on May 25, these are the films we think are most likely to scoop the award.

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014 Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star together in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller

Miller directed Capote back in 2005, the film that saw the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman swipe the Academy Award for Best Actor. Miller’s new film, Foxcatcher, is based on the shocking true story of Dave Schultz, an Olympic wrestler shot by athletic sponsor and paranoid schizophrenic John Eleuthère du Pont.

MORE: Foxcatcher for Cannes: Steve Carell was first choice for obsessive wrestling coach role

Levianthan, directed by Andrey Zvaginstsev

The Russian contender at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Levianthan is a retelling of the Book of Jobs. The film is infused with commentary regarding current social issues in Russia. A throwback to the days when Russian authors would write novels addressing the social issues in the country, Levianthan is certainly timely.

The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones Western drama sees Swank and Jones team up to smuggle three women suffering from insanity across a state border. Certainly an unusual premise, the stellar cast of this movie implies that it will definitely be taken notice of. But does it have what it takes to surpass Mr. Turner?

Mr. Turner, directed by Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s new offering has received unanimously positive reviews from critics. Based on the life of the British landscape painted J.M.W. Turner, Mr. Turner is, thus far, the stand out movie of the Cannes Film Festival. We predict this one will clean up at the Oscars 2015, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will bag Timothy Spall his first Academy Award, too.

More: Is 'Mr Turner' the movie that wins Timothy Spall an Oscar?

Palme d'Or Cannes 2014 Timothy Spall has been praised for his portrayal of British landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner

The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius

French drama The Search is a remake of the 1948 film of the same name. Directed by Hazanavicius, who directed 2011’s The Artist, The Search follows the friendship between a non-government organisation worker, played by Annette Bening, and a young boy from Chechnya. Hazanavicius’ last Cannes offering won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, so we’ve got high hopes for The Search.

Who would you like to see take home the coveted Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival?

Watch the trailer for Mr. Turner right here:

4196318-0;noautoplay; Mr Turner - Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

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Will Mike Leigh's "Masterpiece" 'Mr Turner' Land Timothy Spall His First Oscar? 4201202 News

Acclaimed writer and director Mike Leigh’s latest film, Mr Turner, is being hailed as a “masterpiece” by critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr Turner has been as praised as Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco has been slated, so basically, that's a whole lot.

Timothy Spall Mr Turner Will Mr Turner be the role that finally scores Timothy Spall his much-deserved Oscar?

Exploring the last 25 years of the British landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner’s life, Mr Turner delves into the psyche of one of the greatest painters to ever live. Mr Turner doesn’t sugarcoat, it doesn’t skim or gloss over, it is a character study delving into the essence of what is inside a person with the ability to create such spectacular work. Leigh explained, “[He] was eccentric, anarchic, vulnerable, imperfect, erratic and come times uncouth…He could be selfish and disingenuous, mean yet generous, and he was capable of great passion and poetry.”  From what we've gathered, the films paints (hehe) Turner as the rebel bad boy of the classical art scene.  We're glad to see that Leigh's spiced it up, hopefully there will be a revival of interest in the arts once it's been released to the public.

MORE: Timothy Spall wins rave reviews as artist J.M.W. Turner at Cannes

Starring the magnificent Timothy Spall in the eponymous role, the film is a tribute to one of the finest painters produced by the British arts. It’s not the first time Spall has starred in a Mike Leigh movie, he was a lead in Leigh’s 1996 Palme d’Or, five time Academy Award nominated Secrets & Lies. Mr Turner has already received an 100% fresh rating on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, so start acquainting yourselves with it as a film that may win big at the Oscars 2015.

Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent wrote, “Mike Leigh's biopic of JMW Turner is a rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall,” while Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian hailed it as “glorious,” adding that it is “richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away.”

Presenting the dichotomy between the artist’s public and private life, Mr Turner gives a rounded view of the man behind the famous landscape. Touching on his romances and relationship with his brother, William, played by Paul Jesson, the film looks set to nab the Palme d’Or of Cannes Film Festival 2014, making it the second time that Leigh has won the prestigious award.

Mike Leigh Mr Turner Will Mr Turner land Mike Leigh his second Palme d'Or?

Combining the reviews, subject matter and what we’ve seen from the trailer, we wouldn’t be surprised if this role will land Spall his first (and very much deserved) Academy Award. Spall is rarely the central character of the films that he stars in, despite his high profile. As Peter Taylor in The Damned United he is Sheen’s sidekick, in The King’s Speech he gets a look in as Winston Churchill. It’s about time that he’s recognised and it seems as though Mr Turner will be both Spall and Leigh’s magnum opus.

MORE: Timothy Spall sleepwalked naked around a hotel

Watch the trailer for Mr Turner

4196318-0;noautoplay; Mr Turner - Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

Acclaimed writer and director Mike Leigh’s latest film, Mr Turner, is being hailed as a “masterpiece” by critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Mr Turner has been as praised as Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco has been slated, so basically, that's a whole lot.

Timothy Spall Mr Turner Will Mr Turner be the role that finally scores Timothy Spall his much-deserved Oscar?

Exploring the last 25 years of the British landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner’s life, Mr Turner delves into the psyche of one of the greatest painters to ever live. Mr Turner doesn’t sugarcoat, it doesn’t skim or gloss over, it is a character study delving into the essence of what is inside a person with the ability to create such spectacular work. Leigh explained, “[He] was eccentric, anarchic, vulnerable, imperfect, erratic and come times uncouth…He could be selfish and disingenuous, mean yet generous, and he was capable of great passion and poetry.”  From what we've gathered, the films paints (hehe) Turner as the rebel bad boy of the classical art scene.  We're glad to see that Leigh's spiced it up, hopefully there will be a revival of interest in the arts once it's been released to the public.

MORE: Timothy Spall wins rave reviews as artist J.M.W. Turner at Cannes

Starring the magnificent Timothy Spall in the eponymous role, the film is a tribute to one of the finest painters produced by the British arts. It’s not the first time Spall has starred in a Mike Leigh movie, he was a lead in Leigh’s 1996 Palme d’Or, five time Academy Award nominated Secrets & Lies. Mr Turner has already received an 100% fresh rating on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, so start acquainting yourselves with it as a film that may win big at the Oscars 2015.

Geoffrey Macnab of the Independent wrote, “Mike Leigh's biopic of JMW Turner is a rambling, richly detailed character study with a magnificent central performance from Timothy Spall,” while Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian hailed it as “glorious,” adding that it is “richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away.”

Presenting the dichotomy between the artist’s public and private life, Mr Turner gives a rounded view of the man behind the famous landscape. Touching on his romances and relationship with his brother, William, played by Paul Jesson, the film looks set to nab the Palme d’Or of Cannes Film Festival 2014, making it the second time that Leigh has won the prestigious award.

Mike Leigh Mr Turner Will Mr Turner land Mike Leigh his second Palme d'Or?

Combining the reviews, subject matter and what we’ve seen from the trailer, we wouldn’t be surprised if this role will land Spall his first (and very much deserved) Academy Award. Spall is rarely the central character of the films that he stars in, despite his high profile. As Peter Taylor in The Damned United he is Sheen’s sidekick, in The King’s Speech he gets a look in as Winston Churchill. It’s about time that he’s recognised and it seems as though Mr Turner will be both Spall and Leigh’s magnum opus.

MORE: Timothy Spall sleepwalked naked around a hotel

Watch the trailer for Mr Turner

4196318-0;noautoplay; Mr Turner - Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

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A Week In Movies: Double Premieres For Godzilla And X-Men, Cannes Kicks Off, Bradley Cooper Films In L.A., And New Trailers For Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans And Sam Claflin 4198664 News

Godzilla

The stars of both Godzilla and X-men: Days of Future Past turned out for a pair of big premieres over the past week. Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, had its world premiere in Los Angeles, while X-men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, bowed in New York. Then both casts travelled to London for European premieres a few days later. Check out our 'Godzilla' Premiere at Dolby Theatre - Arrivals photos, watch the video of Hugh Jackman sporting a bandaged nose At 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere or watch the video of James Mcavoy and Patrick Stewart re-uniting at the 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere.

But there was an even bigger film event this week in France, as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Nicole Kidman's new movie Grace of Monaco. The film received savage reviews from the critics, but Kidman brought real glamour to opening night. And the critics had far more praise for Mike Leigh's new film Mr. Turner, which stars Timothy Spall. Browse photos from the 67th Cannes Film Festival - Grace de Monaco - Photocall the 'Mr Turner' - Photocall or watch the trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr Turner.

Meanwhile back in Los Angeles, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Clint Eastwood were photographed while out filming scenes for their new movie American Sniper. Eastwood is directing the film, in which Cooper plays a Navy Seal looking back over his career, during which he had 150 confirmed kills. Take a look at our rather "sniper-esque" photos of Bradley Cooper filming "American Sniper".

The Rover

Robert Pattinson's new Australian thriller The Rover released a new trailer this week, promising another gritty thriller from Animal Kingdom director David Michod. Pattinson stars with Guy Pearce in the film, which is set 10 years after society collapses. It looks dark and intensely personal, and premieres Cannes before its release in America next month and in Britain in August. Watch 'The Rover' Trailer.

Another post-apocalyptic thriller also released a new trailer this week, and this one looks pretty crazy. Set on a long train traversing a snowy landscape, the film is a battle for power and survival starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. From acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), the film looks outrageous and frankly unmissable. It opens next month in America. Watch 'Snowpiercer' Trailer.

We also got our first glimpse of The Riot Club, a British drama with a rising-star cast including Sam Claflin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Max Irons. It's about a notoriously posh secret society at Oxford. The film looks dark, violent and rather sexy, and it opens in the UK in September. Watch 'The Riot Club' Trailer.

Cinderella

And there's an incredibly vague new teaser for Disney's new Cinderella, revealing nothing more than an elegant glass slipper. After Angelina Jolie's Maleficent (a spin on the animated classic Sleeping Beauty), Disney has cast Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Lily James in a live-action remake of another animated classic. It's out next year. Watch the 'Cinderella' Teaser Trailer.

Godzilla

The stars of both Godzilla and X-men: Days of Future Past turned out for a pair of big premieres over the past week. Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, had its world premiere in Los Angeles, while X-men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, bowed in New York. Then both casts travelled to London for European premieres a few days later. Check out our 'Godzilla' Premiere at Dolby Theatre - Arrivals photos, watch the video of Hugh Jackman sporting a bandaged nose At 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere or watch the video of James Mcavoy and Patrick Stewart re-uniting at the 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere.

But there was an even bigger film event this week in France, as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Nicole Kidman's new movie Grace of Monaco. The film received savage reviews from the critics, but Kidman brought real glamour to opening night. And the critics had far more praise for Mike Leigh's new film Mr. Turner, which stars Timothy Spall. Browse photos from the 67th Cannes Film Festival - Grace de Monaco - Photocall the 'Mr Turner' - Photocall or watch the trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr Turner.

Meanwhile back in Los Angeles, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Clint Eastwood were photographed while out filming scenes for their new movie American Sniper. Eastwood is directing the film, in which Cooper plays a Navy Seal looking back over his career, during which he had 150 confirmed kills. Take a look at our rather "sniper-esque" photos of Bradley Cooper filming "American Sniper".

The Rover

Robert Pattinson's new Australian thriller The Rover released a new trailer this week, promising another gritty thriller from Animal Kingdom director David Michod. Pattinson stars with Guy Pearce in the film, which is set 10 years after society collapses. It looks dark and intensely personal, and premieres Cannes before its release in America next month and in Britain in August. Watch 'The Rover' Trailer.

Another post-apocalyptic thriller also released a new trailer this week, and this one looks pretty crazy. Set on a long train traversing a snowy landscape, the film is a battle for power and survival starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. From acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), the film looks outrageous and frankly unmissable. It opens next month in America. Watch 'Snowpiercer' Trailer.

We also got our first glimpse of The Riot Club, a British drama with a rising-star cast including Sam Claflin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Max Irons. It's about a notoriously posh secret society at Oxford. The film looks dark, violent and rather sexy, and it opens in the UK in September. Watch 'The Riot Club' Trailer.

Cinderella

And there's an incredibly vague new teaser for Disney's new Cinderella, revealing nothing more than an elegant glass slipper. After Angelina Jolie's Maleficent (a spin on the animated classic Sleeping Beauty), Disney has cast Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Lily James in a live-action remake of another animated classic. It's out next year. Watch the 'Cinderella' Teaser Trailer.

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Timothy Spall Wins Rave Reviews At Cannes For Role As Painter J.m.w. Turner 4196550 News

British actor Timothy Spall has been tipped as an early Oscars contender after wowing critics at the Cannes International Film Festival with his portrayal of 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner in director Mike Leigh's new biopic.

Mr. Turner, which documents the British artist's rise to prominence from the mid-1820s, premiered at the annual French festival on Thursday (15May14) and it opened to rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin feting the Harry Potter star for his "masterful performance", branding the role one he was "born to play".

Awarding the film five out of five stars, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writes, "Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall."

Time Out's Dave Calhoun also gave Mr. Turner top marks, declaring it "an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting", while The Telegraph's Robbie Collin hailed Spall for giving what is probably "the finest performance of his career", and Variety's Scott Foundas predicts the "exquisitely detailed, brilliantly-acted biopic" is "a natural awards contender".

The high praise for Mr. Turner, Leigh's first feature film in four years, has made the movie a hot favourite to win Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or award, which will be handed out later this month (May14). Other movies in competition include Ken Loache's Jimmy's Hall, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars and The Homesman, directed by actor Tommy Lee Jones.

British actor Timothy Spall has been tipped as an early Oscars contender after wowing critics at the Cannes International Film Festival with his portrayal of 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner in director Mike Leigh's new biopic.

Mr. Turner, which documents the British artist's rise to prominence from the mid-1820s, premiered at the annual French festival on Thursday (15May14) and it opened to rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin feting the Harry Potter star for his "masterful performance", branding the role one he was "born to play".

Awarding the film five out of five stars, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writes, "Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall."

Time Out's Dave Calhoun also gave Mr. Turner top marks, declaring it "an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting", while The Telegraph's Robbie Collin hailed Spall for giving what is probably "the finest performance of his career", and Variety's Scott Foundas predicts the "exquisitely detailed, brilliantly-acted biopic" is "a natural awards contender".

The high praise for Mr. Turner, Leigh's first feature film in four years, has made the movie a hot favourite to win Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or award, which will be handed out later this month (May14). Other movies in competition include Ken Loache's Jimmy's Hall, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars and The Homesman, directed by actor Tommy Lee Jones.

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Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Gets 5-Star Reviews At Cannes 2014 [Trailer] 4196314 News

‘Mr. Turner’ has enjoyed an emphatic opening at Cannes 2014, where many critics were moved to award Mike Leigh’s biopic of the British artist, J.M.W Turner. It could be early Cannes excitement from the press, but Timothy Spall’s performance as the titular artist is already attracting Oscar gossip, as ridiculous as that is.

Mr. TurnerTimothy Spall as Mr. Turner

“Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, slapping 5 stars on the film.  

“The film is studded with these gem-like supporting roles, many of which are taken by regular Leigh players, including Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen. Picking favourites is too difficult, but let’s just say the lisping art critic John Ruskin, hilariously played by Joshua McGuire as an oblivious smarty-pants, struck a chord with a few of us here on the Cwoisette,” said Robbie Collin of The Telegraph, also awarding Mr Turner 5-stars. 

Timothy SpallMike Leigh's Mr. Turner has been lauded by the critics

“Not only do we end up with a vivid, surprising and soulful sense of one artist and his work, but Leigh also offers us a commanding view of a city, London, and country at the dawn of the modern age and of a man being overawed and overtaken by new technologies such as photography and the railways,” writes Time Out’s Dave Calhoun in another 5-star review. “As ever with Leigh, 'Mr Turner' addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting.” 

More: Mike Leigh Directing 'The Pirates of Penzance' Opera

“Mr. Turner is up there with cinema’s finest art-biography evocations – the likes of Peter Watkins’s Munch and Paul Cox’s Vincent And Theo, about Van Gogh and his brother. It’s an ensemble film par excellence, but Spall makes a magnificent centre to the film, as a deeply eccentric, gruff, proudly individual man, huffing and grunting like a turkey, sometimes expressing deep pain, and cheerfully flaunting his knowledge of the classics – a man all in all suffused with the proverbial lust for life,” wrote Jonathan Romney of Screendaily, who don’t give star ratings, but this one felt like a 5-starrer, too.

Watch the trailer for the critically acclaimed 'Mr Turner':

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‘Mr. Turner’ has enjoyed an emphatic opening at Cannes 2014, where many critics were moved to award Mike Leigh’s biopic of the British artist, J.M.W Turner. It could be early Cannes excitement from the press, but Timothy Spall’s performance as the titular artist is already attracting Oscar gossip, as ridiculous as that is.

Mr. TurnerTimothy Spall as Mr. Turner

“Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, slapping 5 stars on the film.  

“The film is studded with these gem-like supporting roles, many of which are taken by regular Leigh players, including Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen. Picking favourites is too difficult, but let’s just say the lisping art critic John Ruskin, hilariously played by Joshua McGuire as an oblivious smarty-pants, struck a chord with a few of us here on the Cwoisette,” said Robbie Collin of The Telegraph, also awarding Mr Turner 5-stars. 

Timothy SpallMike Leigh's Mr. Turner has been lauded by the critics

“Not only do we end up with a vivid, surprising and soulful sense of one artist and his work, but Leigh also offers us a commanding view of a city, London, and country at the dawn of the modern age and of a man being overawed and overtaken by new technologies such as photography and the railways,” writes Time Out’s Dave Calhoun in another 5-star review. “As ever with Leigh, 'Mr Turner' addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting.” 

More: Mike Leigh Directing 'The Pirates of Penzance' Opera

“Mr. Turner is up there with cinema’s finest art-biography evocations – the likes of Peter Watkins’s Munch and Paul Cox’s Vincent And Theo, about Van Gogh and his brother. It’s an ensemble film par excellence, but Spall makes a magnificent centre to the film, as a deeply eccentric, gruff, proudly individual man, huffing and grunting like a turkey, sometimes expressing deep pain, and cheerfully flaunting his knowledge of the classics – a man all in all suffused with the proverbial lust for life,” wrote Jonathan Romney of Screendaily, who don’t give star ratings, but this one felt like a 5-starrer, too.

Watch the trailer for the critically acclaimed 'Mr Turner':

4196318-0;noautoplay; Mr Turner - Trailer - 15.05.2014 13:41:4

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Mr Turner 4196318 Videos 15th May 2014

Director Mike Leigh has made a new biopic about one of Britains finest landscape artists, J.M.W. Turner. 'Mr Turner' will see key events of Turner's life like the death of his father which had a profound effect on him; as well as the relationships he built such as the one with his housekeeper who loves him, but he underappreciates. The film will tell the story of Turner's legacy which saw him help pioneer landscape painting with his works, helping the style rival history painting.

As well as being skilled at landscape painting, Turner was also known for being well versed in watercolour landscape painting. He was considered an anarchistic character in his life, due acts such as strapping himself to a ship, in order to paint a storm.
The film is directed by Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year, Vera Drake), who's expressed that he wanted to make a film that captures Turner's personality, which Leigh describes as complex and compulsive. 'Mr Turner' is set to be released in the UK on the 31st of October 2014.

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Emma Thompson Says 'Love Punch' Marriage Sabbatical Is "Not A Bad Idea" 4160085 News

Emma Thompson has stepped forward to say that she's all for taking a year out of a marriage in what's known as a "sabbatical" if it is "done properly." The 54 year-old film star and mother-of-two, who is currently promoting her new comedy, The Love Punch, revealed to The Telegraph that she is a form advocate of "taking a break from each other" though not complicating things by not being with other people.

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson Has No Qualms About Taking Time Off From A Relationship.

"I wonder whether this isn't the way forward for a lot of married couples? You look at it and think that maybe every marriage should have a kind of a sabbatical, that couples should be forced to take a break from each other every so often, if just for a year or so," Thompson revealed, adding "It's actually not a bad idea."

She reasoned "You need to go off perhaps, although not to be with other people. I think that would make things very difficult: All that free love stuff has been tried and tested and doesn't work and has been proven to make relationships very, very tricky. But I'm sure a sabbatical could work if it were done properly."

Emma Thompson BAFTAs
The 'Saving Mr. Banks' Star Can See The Benefits To Going On A Marriage "Sabbatical."

The Love Punch sees Thompson star alongside Pierce Brosnan as Richard and Kate, two middle class and middle aged parents who decide to take some time out from their marriage after they can no longer stand being with each other. Richard discovers that his investment firm has been the subject of a fraud scheme, stripping him of any assets including his and Kate's retirement fund.

Incensed, they decide to travel to Paris to target the man responsible and on the way discover that he has given his fiancée a diamond necklace worth $10 million. This sets the cogs turning for Kate, who suggests that they get their nest egg back by stealing the diamond and cashing it in.

Emma Thompson Greg Wise
Emma & Husband Greg Wise Have Been Married Since 2003.

However, to complete their task, the couple must not only reunite but recruit their best friends Jerry (Timothy Spall) and Penelope (Celia Imrie). The movie is touching, relatable and laugh out loud hilarious as the couple find out that their heist may just be the jolt to the heart their marriage needed.

The Love Punch is released today (18th April) in the UK.

More: Thompson & Brosnan are far, far better than 'The Love Punch,' say critics.

More: Emma Thompson unveiled as one of Marks and Spencers' new "leading ladies" - find out more.

Watch 'The Love Punch' Trailer:
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Emma Thompson has stepped forward to say that she's all for taking a year out of a marriage in what's known as a "sabbatical" if it is "done properly." The 54 year-old film star and mother-of-two, who is currently promoting her new comedy, The Love Punch, revealed to The Telegraph that she is a form advocate of "taking a break from each other" though not complicating things by not being with other people.

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson Has No Qualms About Taking Time Off From A Relationship.

"I wonder whether this isn't the way forward for a lot of married couples? You look at it and think that maybe every marriage should have a kind of a sabbatical, that couples should be forced to take a break from each other every so often, if just for a year or so," Thompson revealed, adding "It's actually not a bad idea."

She reasoned "You need to go off perhaps, although not to be with other people. I think that would make things very difficult: All that free love stuff has been tried and tested and doesn't work and has been proven to make relationships very, very tricky. But I'm sure a sabbatical could work if it were done properly."

Emma Thompson BAFTAs
The 'Saving Mr. Banks' Star Can See The Benefits To Going On A Marriage "Sabbatical."

The Love Punch sees Thompson star alongside Pierce Brosnan as Richard and Kate, two middle class and middle aged parents who decide to take some time out from their marriage after they can no longer stand being with each other. Richard discovers that his investment firm has been the subject of a fraud scheme, stripping him of any assets including his and Kate's retirement fund.

Incensed, they decide to travel to Paris to target the man responsible and on the way discover that he has given his fiancée a diamond necklace worth $10 million. This sets the cogs turning for Kate, who suggests that they get their nest egg back by stealing the diamond and cashing it in.

Emma Thompson Greg Wise
Emma & Husband Greg Wise Have Been Married Since 2003.

However, to complete their task, the couple must not only reunite but recruit their best friends Jerry (Timothy Spall) and Penelope (Celia Imrie). The movie is touching, relatable and laugh out loud hilarious as the couple find out that their heist may just be the jolt to the heart their marriage needed.

The Love Punch is released today (18th April) in the UK.

More: Thompson & Brosnan are far, far better than 'The Love Punch,' say critics.

More: Emma Thompson unveiled as one of Marks and Spencers' new "leading ladies" - find out more.

Watch 'The Love Punch' Trailer:
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The Love Punch 4158811 Film Reviews

An old-school caper comedy, this goofy romp struggles to surmount its badly contrived screenplay. Fortunately writer-director Joel Hopkins also has gorgeous locations and a cast of pros who are unafraid to make complete idiots of themselves. They keep us chuckling even when things turn far too silly.

It starts with a hostile corporate takeover in Britain that costs Richard (Pierce Brosnan) and his ex-wife Kate (Emma Thompson) their income and pensions. Still feuding years after their marriage fell apart, they decide to team up, head to Paris and confront new owner Vincent (Laurent Lafitte) about their predicament, as well as the sudden poverty of all of Richard's employees. But Vincent cruelly dismisses them, noting that he liquidated Richard's company to help pay for his extravagant wedding to trophy wide Manon (Louise Bourgoin), who now sports a $10m diamond. So Richard and Kate impulsively decide to crash the marriage and steal the diamond with some help from their old pals Penelope and Jerry (Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall) and their computer-expert son Matt (Jack Wilkinson) back in Britain.

The idea is so preposterous that we just have to go with it, but Hopkins' script never bothers to fill in the gaping plot holes, merely charging into each corny set-piece with gusto. Thomson gets all the needed information about the wedding by joining in on the hen weekend. Spall has a series of dark-horse skills up his sleeve. Wilkinson seems able to do all manner of technical wizardry except the one thing that forces our four heroes to scuba-dive across the bay and scale a cliff, James Bond-style.

All of these things can be picked apart pretty easily, but it's quite clear that the cast and crew knew this all along and only intend for us to laugh with them at the general absurdity. It also helps that Brosnan and Thomson make a terrific on-screen pair. We never doubt that Richard and Kate will get back together, but there are some nice surprises along the way. And Imrie and Spall add plenty of wackiness along the way. Together, these four even manage to bring out some subtle moments of comedy and emotion along the way. So it's a shame the film is never more than mindlessly frivolous.

Watch 'The Love Punch' Trailer

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