Cannes Film Festival / Palme d'Or: Articles


Cannes Winners Diane Kruger & Sofia Coppola Oscar Chances + Bypassed Michael Haneke & Robert Pattinson

In the Fade with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's Avenging Woman drama may give its German-speaking star the chance to become next awards season's Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? (See previous post: “Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations.”) The Cannes Film Festival's 2003 Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, […]


Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]


'Maps to the Stars' Trailer & 4 Clips: Robert Pattinson Gets Intimate with Julianne Moore

Robert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars.' 'Maps to the Star's trailer and clips: Julianne Moore goes ballistic after losing a role, Robert Pattinson learns that Mia Wasikowska's parents are brother and sister The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in […]


THE ROVER Trailer HD: Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Total Anarchy

'The Rover' trailer HD: Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michôd's Australian Outback-set thriller (image: Robert Pattinson in 'The Rover') The Rover, David Michôd's futuristic, Australian Outback-set thriller that will premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (Midnight Screenings), has a new trailer. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star […]


'Grace of Monaco': Nicole Kidman Grace Kelly Movie Lacks U.S. Release + Opens Cannes

Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace a.k.a. Grace Kelly in 'Grace of Monaco'. 'Grace of Monaco' U.S. March release canceled as biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly to open Cannes Film Festival Directed by Olivier Dahan, and starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning Hollywood actress-turned-European princess Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco […]


Lesbian Sex Scenes Turned into Porn? 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Author Julie Maroh vs. Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color. 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' graphic novel writer Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's film adaptation + lesbian sex scenes Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, […]


Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]


Gay Erotic Thriller Wins Queer Palm: 'Stranger by the Lake'

Pierre de Ladonchamps and Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake. Gay erotic thriller 'Stranger by the Lake' wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival Writer-director Alain Guiraudie's gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake / L'inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film […]


Jerry Lewis 'Max Rose': Cannes Standing Ovation for 'Disastrous' Comeback

Jerry Lewis in 'Max Rose.' Jerry Lewis Max Rose panned: Cannes Film Festival Jerry Lewis and Charles Chaplin both made comedies. What else do they have in common? One possible answer: Claire Bloom, Chaplin's Limelight “discovery” (Bloom had already been featured in the 1948 British drama The Blind Goddess) and […]


Oscar Watch: 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Butler' & Other Harvey Weinstein Goodies

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein's Academy Awards Preview Show (Image: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein's Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette's key film events. Because it provides a hint at […]


Cannes Film Festival: 'The Bling Ring' & Jewel Heist

Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Image: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi's The Past) So far, what's the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi's Palme d'Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist's Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet's […]


'The Great Gatsby': Leonardo DiCaprio Wades Through Cannes Red Carpet

'The Great Gatsby' 2013 at Cannes: Leonardo DiCaprio on logically soggy red carpet Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opened the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday evening. The Gatsby red carpet looked like a cross between the Academy Awards (Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire) and Dancing with […]


Cannes Jury: Most Prestigious Ever?

Cannes jury. Cannes jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg's fellow jury members. It's a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes […]


Kim Novak 'Vertigo': Cannes Special Screening

Kim Novak to attend Cannes 2013 Vertigo screening Kim Novak will be in attendance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, festival organizers have announced. Novak will be present at a Cannes Classics screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, which has been recently restored. For all it's worth, Vertigo […]


Nicole Kidman Princess Grace: Best Actress Oscar Nominee? + Steven Spielberg Cannes President

Grace of Monaco Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco: Oscar 2014 Best Actress nominee? Nicole Kidman Best Actress Academy Award nominee (possibly winner) in early 2014 for playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Too soon? Hardly. Heck, it feels like 3014 […]


Cannes Winners: Old Age Drama & Mob Mentality Indictment

Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur While delivering her intro for the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony, Mistress of Ceremonies Bérénice Bejo waxed poetic: “If festivals are the parentheses, films are the words, the exclamation points…” In fact, there were quite a few exclamation points among the […]


'Maps to the Stars': Robert Pattinson-David Cronenberg Collaboration? + 'Amour' Trailer & Critics Favorite

Maps to the Stars for Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg? Above, Pattinson in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (Paul Giamatti in background) Robert Pattinson hates Twilight, according to those who have taken seriously his (jokingly) dismissive take on the movie series that has made him world famous. Anyhow, whatever his feelings in regard […]


Sex Tourism Movie Outrages Critics: 'Paradise: Love'

Sex tourism movie 'Paradise: Love.' Sex tourism movie outrages moralists: Cannes 2012 Reviews of Ulrich Seidl's sex tourism movie Paradise: Love / Paradies: Liebe, in which an Austrian woman (Margarethe Tiesel) and her friends travel to Kenya for a good time with the young locals, have been overwhelmingly negative. (To […]


Lesbian Kiss: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace 'Passion' + Marion Cotillard Oscar Buzz

Rachel McAdams kissing Noomi Rapace, Passion Rachel McAdams kisses Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's thriller Passion, a remake of Alain Corneau's Crime d'amour / Love Crime. McAdams replaces Kristin Scott Thomas; Rapace replaces Ludivine Sagnier in this tale of “a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog […]


Kathleen Turner Conversation & Woody Allen-Cate Blanchett Movie Project + Leonardo DiCaprio & Polar Bears

Kathleen Turner Actress Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films […]


Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]


Cannes Movies: Alains Resnais, Woody Allen & Abbas Kiarostami + Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart?

Penélope Cruz, Alessandro Tiberi, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love Cannes movies at the 2012 festival The 2012 Cannes Film Festival buzz keeps getting stronger for a variety of movies. So far, the only confirmed screening is that of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which will open this year's festival on […]


Cannes Poster: Marilyn Monroe Blows Candle

Marilyn Monroe: Cannes 2012 poster The Cannes Film Festival turns 65 this year. If the festival were a person, it'd be officially considered a senior citizen in a number countries. But the Cannes Film Festival is no person; unlike human (and other living) beings, is keeps getting refreshed with new […]


Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Controversy + Kristen Stewart Cannes Entry?

Salma Hayek: Mexican actress in Legion of Honor controversy. Salma Hayek: Legion of Honor controversy There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. Hardly a surprise, since the only film people that matter in […]


Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani: Berlin Film Festival Gets 'Outspoken' President

Mike Leigh to be Berlin Film Festival Jury President. No Mike Leigh film has taken home the Berlinale's Golden Bear, but Happy-Go-Lucky was in contention in 2008, eventually earning star Sally Hawkins that year's Best Actress Silver Bear. More than a decade ago – in 1997 to be exact – […]


Lars von Trier: Nazi Remarks vs. French Judicial System

France is on financial brink. In fact, so is much of Europe. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Iceland have all gone Third World. Racism and xenophobia are not only a fact of life throughout the continent, but they're frequently official government policy as well. How to deal with those […]


Robert De Niro 'Mushrooms' & Other Palme d'Or Highlights

Maïwenn, Mélanie Laurent, Kirsten Dunst, Edgar Ramírez, Marisa Paredes, Dede Gardner, Pablo Giorgelli, Bill Pohlad, Jean Dujardin, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Jane Fonda, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Nicolas Winding Refn, Robert De Niro, Maryna Vroda There were several worthwhile quotes at the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or […]


Palme d'Or Predictions: Terrence Malick, Jean Dujardin

Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life Who'll take home the 2011 Palme d'Or? I wonder if Little Fockers star and Official Competition jury president Robert De Niro, and fellow jury members Martina Gusman, Olivier Assayas, Johnnie To, Jude Law, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Uma Thurman, Linn Ullmann, and Nansun Shi have any […]


Oliver Hermanus' SKOONHEID / BEAUTY Wins Queer Palm: Cannes Awards

Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Skoonheid / Beauty Oliver Hermanus' South African drama Skoonheid / Beauty, reportedly the first Afrikaans-language film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Queer Palm, given to the best Cannes film dealing with what some like to call “queer” – i.e., gay, lesbian, […]


Aki Kaurismäki's LE HAVRE, TAKE SHELTER, Mohammed Rasoulof: Early Cannes Winners

Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, about an author-turned-shoeshiner (André Wilms) who tries to assist a young African immigrant pursued by France's immigration police, has won the International Federation of Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film in the Official Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Other […]


Lars von Trier 'Not Mel Gibson' But Cannes' 'Persona Non Grata' Following 'I Understand Hitler' Remark

This probably isn't the last of Lars von Trier – according to him, his project with Martin Scorsese is still a go – but the 'persona non grata' filmmaker has found the need to explain himself once again, this time to The Hollywood Reporter. Von Trier apparently wants to make […]


'The Tree of Life' Reviews

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Below are a snippets from a few The Tree of Life reviews. Terrence Malick's first film since The New World (2005), The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Malick's latest was screened at the Cannes Film […]


Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE: Boos, Applause at Cannes

Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life Terrence Malick's 1950s-set family drama The Tree of Life, which stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It would be inaccurate to say that the enormous amount of interest from […]


Princess Diana Death/Conspiracy Documentary UNLAWFUL KILLING: Cannes 2011 Controversy

Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed, Unlawful Killing Screened at Cannes on Friday, Keith Allen's documentary about the British royal family, Unlawful Killing, will likely fail to find the popular reception accorded to The Queen, The King's Speech, and Will and Kate's wedding. After all, the self-proclaimed “antidote to The King's Speech,” […]


'Sleeping Beauty' Sex Scenes Stir Up Cannes Controversy + Tilda Swinton Praise

Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty. Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty divided critics at the Cannes Film Festival – while reminding some of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Presented by Jane Campion, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a young woman (Sucker Punch's and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' Emily Browning) […]


'Midnight in Paris' Reviews: Woody Allen Romantic Fantasy

Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, the director's 41st film, opened the Cannes Film Festival today. Starring unlikely Allen hero Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, Alison Pill, and Gad Elmaleh, and featuring Carla Bruni in […]


Gay Rights & Sperm Donor + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Catherine Deneuve Closing Cannes

Controversial 'I Am' Topics: From Anti-Gay Discrimination & Child Abuse to Abusive Cops & Sperm Donor Search "Why can't the guy get AIDS from a popular Bollywood actress?" According to 41-year-old Indian filmmaker Onir (right), that's what one potential backer asked him when he tried to raise funds for his […]


Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson: Cannes 2011 High Star Wattage

Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, The Beaver “More Stars Than There Are in Heaven” used to be MGM's tagline. Now that the old home of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, et al. has been reduced to less than a shadow of its former itself – the latest announcement […]


Non-European Productions Bypassed at Cannes 2011: Malick, Kawase, Miike, Leigh, Cedar Exceptions

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (top); Naomi Kawase's Hanazu no tsuki (bottom) As usual, the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition film line-up is overwhelmingly centered on European (co)productions: British, French, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, Danish. The five “outsiders” hail from Israel, Australia, the United States, and Japan. […]


Cannes Veterans: From Pedro Almodóvar & Lars von Trier to the Dardenne Brothers and Aki Kaurismäki

Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodóvar's La piel que habito / The Skin I Live In The list of 19 films in competition for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was announced earlier today. According to festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and festival president Gilles Jacob, 1,715 entries […]


Faye Dunaway-Jerry Schatzberg Photo: Classy Cannes 2011 Poster

Faye Dunaway, Cannes 2011 poster A photograph of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970 has been transformed into the poster for the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 11-22. On the Cannes Film Festival site, the image is described as a “model of sophistication […]


Gregg Araki 'Kaboom' Wins Cannes' First Queer Palm

Thomas Dekker, who should pick better-quality hallucinogenic cookies, in Gregg Araki's Kaboom On Saturday, Gregg Araki's Kaboom took home the Cannes Film Festival's first (unfortunately named) Queer Palm, awarded to – what? queers? Actually, it's given to a film's “contribution to lesbian, gay, bi or trans” issues. About a dozen […]


'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many […]


'Outside the Law' Screened Under Tight Security: Cannes

Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, the stars of Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory, join forces once again in Bouchareb's Outside the Law First, Cannes Film Festival organizers pissed off Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing government by showing Sabina Guzzanti's documentary Draquila: Italy Trembles, which delves into the corruption and decay found […]


Luca Argentero & Matthew Macfadyen + Isabelle Huppert & Kate Beckinsale: Cannes Film Festival

Luca Argentero and Myriam Catania: Martin Scorsese party at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Luca Argentero and Myriam Catania: Martin Scorsese party at Cannes Film Festival Model and David di Donatello nominee Luca Argentero and actress Myriam Catania attend the Vanity Fair and Gucci party honoring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin […]


Xavier Dolan Bisexual Romantic Triangle 'Heartbeats': Cannes

With his debut feature I Killed My Mother, Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan won three awards at the 2009 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Dolan, 21, was less lucky at home, where he was all but ignored by the Genie Awards, Canada's Oscars. Anyhow, he's back at the Cannes festival […]


'Outside the Law' Irks French Right-Wingers, 'Uncle Boonmee' and Thai Unrest: Cannes Movies

'Outside the Law' with Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila. Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. 'Outside the Law' controversy: Right-wingers and war veterans irked Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi hasn't even had its Cannes Film Festival Official Competition screening yet – that will be on May 21, '10 – but it's […]


Cannes: Juliette Binoche & Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy “The fact that a filmmaker has been imprisoned is itself intolerable. If the Iranian government continues to refuse to release Jafar, then we need explanations. Jafar Panahi was inclined to make his films under clandestine, illegal circumstances, but that's not his […]


Cannes: Jean-Luc Godard 'Film Socialism' Enthralls, Puzzles & Bores

Mathias Domahidy in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme “Film Socialisme is indeed like an uncertainly remembered dream. Its first section appears to take place on a cruise ship: various disjointed sequences follow one another; then we shift to a family-owned petrol station somewhere in France. A confrontation between French and German […]


Xavier Beauvois' 'Of Gods and Men' with Lambert Wilson: Cannes

Screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Xavier Beauvois' Des hommes et des dieux / Of Gods and Men, starring Lambert Wilson (above, left) and Michael Lonsdale, tackles the gruesome, real-life horror story set in 1996 Algeria, when seven French monks were beheaded by Islamic militants. Or were they? In 1992, […]


Claudia Cardinale & Alain Delon + Meg Ryan & Pilar López de Ayala: Cannes Film Festival

Claudia Cardinale: Screen legend at Cannes Film Festival. Claudia Cardinale: 'The Leopard' premiere at Cannes Claudia Cardinale arrives at the premiere of the new restoration of Luchino Visconti's 1963 Palme d'Or winner The Leopard / Il Gattopardo, held at the Palais des Festivals on May 14, during the 2010 Cannes […]


Bertrand Tavernier Movie 'Mildly Booed,' U.S. National Debt & Cesar Chavez Documentaries

Alonso F. Mayo and Bill Brummel's Viva la Causa and Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A. will be screened in the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 19, '10, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission […]


'Another Year' Movie Reviews: Cannes Highlight or…?

Another Year movie with Lesley Manville and Jim Broadbent. 'Another Year' movie: Cannes highlight or…? Mike Leigh's latest movie, Another Year, which revolves around old age, death, and family ties, is in the running for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. For some, Leigh's drama is one of the […]


Silvio Berlusconi Sex, Lies & Earthquake: 'Draquila'

“Spring had just begun along the beautiful peninsula and they were after Berlusconi. It was a shitty day like so many others …” the narrator explains in the clip above from 46-year-old standup-comic-turned-director Sabina Guzzanti's Draquila: L'Italia che trema / Draquila: Italy Trembles. Italy's finances were (and still are) in […]


'Robin Hood' Reviews, Russell Crowe Movie Opens Cannes with a Thud

Russell Crowe, Robin Hood Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Brian Helgeland (of Green Zone), Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett (as Lady Marion), Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Oscar Isaac (as Prince John), Mark Strong, Danny Houston (as King Richard The Lionheart), Eileen Atkins (as Eleanor of […]


Cannes Un Certain Regard: Manoel de Oliveira, 101, Xavier Dolan, 21

More from Cannes 2010. The Un Certain Regard sidebar promises to be about as interesting as – if not more interesting than – the main competition. What with Jean-Luc Godard's documentary Socialisme and Cristi Puiu's Aurora. Not to mention 101-year-old Manoel de Oliveira (Angelica) competing with 21-year-old Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats). […]


Cannes Line-Up: Jean-Luc Godard & Woody Allen

Juliette Binoche, the star of Abbas Kiarostami's The Certified Copy, also stars on the Cannes 2010 poster (Courtesy Cannes Film Festival / © Brigitte Lacombe. Graphic design Annick Durban) The films in the running for Palme d'Or and other awards at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival were announced Thursday morning […]


'Broken Embraces': Pedro Almodóvar Film Noir with Femme Fatale Penélope Cruz

Broken Embraces: Pedro Almodóvar on the set (top); Penélope Cruz as the heroine (bottom). In the mystery-melodrama, a director and his female star begin a passionate love affair that leads to all sorts of trouble. Wendy Ide in The [London] Times: “Certainly, it is unmistakably an Almodovar film. Nobody else […]


Cannes Winners: From Michael Haneke to Xavier Dolan

Cannes Film Festival winner 'The White Ribbon,' directed by Michael Haneke. One of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's clear favorites, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, a stark tale about a small northern German town beset by strange happenings right before the beginning of World War I, took the Palme d'Or […]


Monica Bellucci & Asia Argento + Jean-Marc Barr & Sophie Marceau: Cannes Film Festival

Laura Neiva in Adrift. Cannes 2009 review snippets At Firstshowing.net, Alex Billington on À Deriva / Adrift (above, with Laura Neiva), screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar: “I think I stumbled across a big Cannes sleeper hit. From the beaches of Brazil comes Adrift, known as À Deriva in […]


Cannes Winners + Media That Matters Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2008: May 14–25 Palme d'Or: The Class by Laurent Cantet Grand Prix: Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys Jury Prize: Paolo Sorrentino for Il Divo Best Actor: Benicio Del Toro in Che Best Actress: Sandra Corveloni in Linha de Passe Best Screenplay: Lorna's Silence by Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne Prize of the 61st Cannes Film […]


Manoel de Oliveira Cannes Homage

Whenever I'm looking for information on film festivals from around the world, the first thing I notice is that English-language news, especially those from American-based sources, focus almost exclusively on Hollywood productions and talent. The rest of the film world is all but inexistent. That's hardly the case with festival […]


Cannes Classics & 1968 Upheaval

CANNES CLASSICS 2008 Synopses/intros from the Cannes Film Festival press release. Main event: LOLA MONTÈS by Max Ophüls The Technicolor restoration of LOLA MONTÈS, directed by Max Ophüls in 1955, is to have its world premiere, presented by the Cinémathèque française, on Saturday May 17th. Documentaries about cinema NO SUBTITLES […]


Cannes Film Festival Movies + Set Decoration Revealed

Cannes Film Festival IN COMPETITION Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Three Monkeys Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne -Le Silence de Lorna Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Story Clint Eastwood - Changeling Atom Egoyan - Adoration Ari Folman - Waltz with Bashir Philippe Garrel - La Frontiere de lAube Matteo Garrone - Gomorra Charlie Kaufman -Synecdoche, New York Eric Khoo […]


Cannes Winners: Stark Abortion Drama Tops

“Cannes is the heart of world cinema. The Oscars are very important in the United States, but globally, it's Cannes,” declared Honorary Palme d'Or winner Jane Fonda upon arriving at the closing-night awards ceremony hosted by German actress Diane Kruger. Indeed, winners and presenters from around the globe went up […]


Palme d'Or Winners: Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or winners: Cannes Film Festival (image: Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli in 'The Third Man') 1939*: Union Pacific (Cecil B. DeMille) 1946**: Brief Encounter (David Lean) Maria Candelaria / Portrait of Maria (Emilio Fernández) The Turning Point / Velikiy perelom (Fridrikh Markovitch Ermler) La Symphonie Pastorale / Pastoral Symphony […]


Roman Polanski Blames Computers for Journalists' Idiocy + Iranian Revolution Animated Film for the Palme d'Or?

Alain Delon, Bianca di Sofia at 'To Each His Own Cinema' Cannes screening At Cannes Film Festival, Roman Polanski blames computers for journalists' idiocy “I believe this is a unique, a truly rare occasion, to have such a group of important film directors seated [together] … and to have such […]


Cannes Films: From Wong Kar Wai to Catherine Breillat

Twenty-two films will be vying for the 2007 Palme d'Or once the 60th Cannes Film Festival gets under way next Wednesday, May 16. Among the 13 first-timers in the official competition are Fatih Akin, with Auf der Anderen Seite / The Edge of Heaven (Akin's Gegen die Wand / Head-On […]


Danielle Darrieux, Cannes Movies: TV5Monde USA

Danielle Darrieux and Cannes films on TV5Monde USA in May (image: Danielle Darrieux in Nouvelle Chance) According to its own press release, the international French-language cable channel TV5Monde USA will be the only television channel in the U.S. to air live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies at the […]


Cannes Film Festival Awards: Ken Loach Political Drama Tops

13th-Time Lucky: Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a depiction of the early 20th-century Irish rebellion against British rule, won the Palme d'Or at this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Upon accepting his award, the 69-year-old British filmmaker – the oldest director with […]


Bangkok Film Festival Awards + Cannes Film Festival Movies

Deepa Mehta's controversial Indo-Canadian production Water, which depicts the plight of Indian widows during the Gandhi era, has won the Golden Kinnaree for Best Film at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival. In 2000, while making the film in India Mehta received death threats from Hindu radicals, and was thus […]


Dardenne Brothers Take Home Palme D'Or: Cannes Film Festival Awards

The Child wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 2005 Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Child / L'Enfant, a Belgian drama about a petty crook (Jérémie Renier) who suddenly takes on the responsibilities of fatherhood, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The Dardenne brothers had already taken […]


Film & Politics: Bollywood Movie Angers Sikhs + 'Revenge of the Sith' & Iraq War Parallels + Anti-Islam Film on Italian TV

Jo Bole So Nihaal Sunny Deol. Bollywood movie Jo Bole So Nihaal angers some Sikhs, leads to calls for censorship and terrorist attacks In Delhi, special police units have been posted at more than a dozen film theaters showing Rahul Rawail's Hindi-language film Jo Bole So Nihaal / He Who […]