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16. "Olive Kitteridge"
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan
Lowdown: Last year HBO took Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" to Cannes. This year? Lisa Cholodenko's mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" heads to Venice. "Kitteridge" is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout and centers on a Math teacher from Maine (McDormand) and a slew of different characters that surround her. It's Cholodenko's first major project since Best Picture nominee "The Kids Are All Right" and is already expected to be a major year-end awards player among television honors. We're just hoping it's at least less boring than Todd Haynes' "Mildred Pearce."
- Gregory Ellwood