CANNES FESTIVAL | Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, attached to jury

The Cannes Festival just announced this year's jury composition. The members are, Chang Chen (an actor from China), Ava DuVernay (writer, director, producer), filmmaker Robert Guédiguian (“The snows of Kilimandjaro”), Khadja Nin (a songwriter and composer from Burundi), actress Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, and Russian writer-director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose film ... more >


Milos Forman dead at 86

He gave us "Amadeus" and "One flew over the cuckoo's nest." Few other filmmakers captured late 20th America like he did

The Czech-born director Milos Forman, who twice won the Academy Award for Best Director for his films “One flew over the cuckoo's nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984) died on Friday at his home in the United States at 86 after a protracted battle with illness. His widow, Martina, told the Czech news agency CTK, "he died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.” Forman was a ... more >



It'll be hard to deny it: the Cannes Festival doth Iranian cinema love. Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody knows," which stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will open this 71st edition, in a long tradition of showing deference to Iranian cinema. Jafar Panahi, under house arrest in Tehran by order of Iran's judicial courts (he won the top prize at Berlinale for his "Tehran Taxi" in 2015), has a horse ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL | the new poster is out

The Cannes Festival runs 8-19 May

As the countdown to the seventy-first Cannes Festival begins, the official poster was released today. This year’s poster (see full image at the end of this article) was taken from 1965’s “Pierrot Le Fou.” Everyone at the Festival next month will see it, here, there, and everywhere. It’ll adorn the many sides of the Palais, the streets nearby, lampposts, ice-cream parlors and souvenir shops. A ... more >


Asghar Farhadi’s new film TODOS LOS SABEN (“Everybody knows”) to open Cannes Fest.

Film will run in competition

Asghar Farhadi's eighth film was shot entirely on location in Spain. Laura (Penelope Cruz) lives with her husband (played by Javier Bardem) and their children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family event, the trip gets derailed after unexpected events bring secrets out into the open. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them are all ... more >



Frances McDormand wins Best Actress

No surprises to be had this year, and thankfully so. Prizes were just and fair, and there were no envelopes mixups. The top prize went to “The Shape of Water,” Gary Oldman won Actor in a Leading Role for his Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and Frances McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her turn in “Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” "Shape" also won accolades for "Best ... more >


A.J. GOLDMANN’s Berlinale recap: “Madeline’s Madeline” and “Waldheim’s Waltz” stand out

(featured image: "Madeline's Madeline") After nearly four hundred films screening over ten days to 21,000 accredited guests and a third of a million ticket buyers, the Berlin International Film Festival drew to a close this past Sunday. The 68th installment of Europe’s largest film festival was a robust edition, with an unusually-high number of worthy films spread over the Berlinale’s dozen ... more >