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AMY BAER, PRODUCER

A brief conversation with Hollywood's feminist rainmaker

One of the best films to come out of Tribeca this year was “Mary Shelley.” The period biopic about a woman was not only directed by one, Haifaa Al Mansour, but also produced by one. For over two decades Amy Baer has been a creative force in entertainment. The former President and CEO of CBS Films spent seventeen years at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she helped develop various films, some that ... more >

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With “Mary Shelley,” Woman Behind Monster Directed by Woman Behind Camera

INTERVIEW with Haifaa Al Mansour
Ben Hardy, Elle Fanning and Maisie Williams

There were many films at the Tribeca Festival, many about women, and many others directed by women. “Mary Shelley,” starring Elle Fanning, is not only both, but perhaps was one of the best films at this year’s Tribeca Festival, which ended recently. As the title suggests, "Mary Shelley" tells the story of the nineteenth century-author who penned the horror classic “Frankenstein.” And in a case of ... more >

CANNES WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Koreeda Hirokazu crowned King, wins Palme D’Or for “Shoplifters”

This has been one of the strongest selections in years, with crowd-pleasers like "Leto" and fully-accomplished films like "Dogman" making an impression on festival-goers. The addition of press screenings to the schedule grid, better organized secured access to the Palais also helped make this seventy-first edition of the Cannes Festival an exceptional one. The jury annoyed and frustrated me by ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, “Knife + Heart”

GIALLO / SLASHER
Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran and Nicolas Maury
Directed by Yann Gonzalez

“Knife + Heart” is a surrealistic and zany whodunit slasher inspired by the Italian giallo genre and directed by French director Yann Gonzalez. This is his first film in the official selection. In 2013 he presented “Les Rencontres D’Après Minuit” at Critics Week, one of the parallel sections at the Cannes Festival. “Knife+Heart” is a candidate for a Palme D’Or. Did you know? Anthony Gonzalez, ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, “Cafarnaúm,” I am overreacting, I know, but hear me anyway

Thoughts about a movie gone wrong
Directed by Nadine Labaki

Everything about “Capharnaum” looked good, for a while. Nadine Labaki, its talented filmmaker, the trailer (“some squirt with killer looks stands in front of a judge in a Beirut court and tells him, “I want to sue my parents for having given birth to me”), the promise of a social drama examining Lebanese society, a film by a woman, going up for the top prize in Cannes. Labaki set out to make a ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, “Under the silver lake” wows the Croisette

David Robert Mitchell's previous film is "It Follows"
Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace

There is much going on in David Robert Mitchell’s new film “Under the silver lake,” one of the most thematically-dense feats of hardboiled storytelling of this 71st Cannes Festival. In this highly-entertaining “Lake,” to be catalogued under film noir, a tormented, and unemployed, young man, Sam (Andrew Garfield) who dreams of being famous, notices a new occupant in his L.A. apartment complex. Sam ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Dogman”

Good cinema takes time. Matteo Garrone first thought of the idea behind “Dogman” in 2008. He had this image, that of “a few dogs, locked up in a cage, bearing witness to the explosion of human bestiality” (translated from the production notes). “Dogman” (Garrone’s fourth film in Cannes) is like a corroded fresco of an Italy that’s concealed from the sightseeing brochures. Like in “Reality,” or ... more >