Cannes Festival, OKJA, a children’s tale loaded with adult-like problems

Plan B Entertainment, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company in association with Netflix
Tilda Swinton, An Seo Hyun and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon ho

Watching Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” made me wish I was ten years old again, and I don’t mean this with irony. "Okja" is brilliantly entertaining, but it would likely be better enjoyed by someone who’s very young, in spite of the several adult-size questions the film raises, in passing. In preparing to offer him the role of Johnny Wilcox (a white, more flamboyant version of Brian Fellow from SNL’s ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL – Robin Wright addresses Kering’s WOMEN IN MOTION on Thursday

When actress Robin Wright arrived on the set of Kering’s Women in Motion on Thursday, the shadow of Claire Underwood, the wife of the U.S. president in "House of Cards," floated in, too. One has become hardly dissociable from the other, and so it was this role of the powerful woman she invented with David Fincher that drove her for the first time behind a camera. Elegantly dressed in a black suit, ... more >


Zvyagintsev back at the CANNES FESTIVAL with “Loveless”

Maryana Spivak and Alexei Rozin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

In “Nelyubov” (“Loveless” in the original Russian) a twelve year-old boy recedes slowly into oblivion as his parents go through a separation, more or less forgetting about his existence. His mother meets a successful company executive and his father’s new girlfriend is already well into her pregnancy, the two preparing to start a new family. After their child disappears, the future divorcés call ... more >

CANNES – Too many notes! (how music, and other things, killed “WONDERSTRUCK”)

The new Todd Haynes in Cannes
Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds
Directed by Todd Haynes

Young Ben is in want of a father he’s never known, and Rose (young Millicent Simmonds), a deaf child who lives a hundred years earlier than him, is fascinated by a mysterious New York actress (played by Julianne Moore). After Ben discovers something in his mother’s (Michelle Williams) things he takes off for New York City to try and find his father. Rose comes into a hint, found in a newspaper ... more >


Desplechin’s underwhelming “Ismael’s Ghosts” opens up CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

A messy film
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric
Directed by Arnaud Desplechins

Disappointment, “Ismael’s Ghosts” is not the near-perfect film that “My Golden Days,” which screened at Cannes last year, was. Desplechin’s new film, which launched this year's Cannes Film Festival this morning (Cannes is celebrating seventy this year) is sketchy and brutal and impertinent and camp. It has some grand, theatrical dialogue (and it works well), like its predecessor from last year, ... more >



From David Lynch to Sofia Coppola

Is social media a waste of time, as David Remnick said? Maybe so. But Twitter, Instagram and the rest make keeping up with other people's lives easy and free. Where the Cannes festivalgoer is concerned, a spur-of-the-moment video on Instagram by a filmmaker can potentially add insight into what they're experiencing. At the same time, it's important not to lose touch of the fact that social media ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain on jury

Read our coverage during the festival May 17-27.

Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Maren Ade, Fan Binbing, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared (a French-Lebanese composer known for writing the score for "The English Patient") have just been announced as this year’s jurors at the 2017 Cannes Festival, celebrating seventy years this year. These brave men and women will help jury president Pedro Almodóvar in choosing a winner among this ... more >