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CANNES FESTIVAL, Christopher Doyle gets Excellence in Cinematography award

Doyle studied film at university in Hong Kong

Every year at the Cannes Festival the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award is given to a director of photography whose work has marked cinema. In 2013 the award was given to Philippe Rousselot, Vilmos Zsigmond got it in 2014 and Roger A. Deakins in 2015, followed by Peter Suschitzky the year after that. This year, which marks seventy for the Cannes Festival, cinematographer ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Tesnota”

A film from the Sokurov School of filmmaking
Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova and Artem Tsypin
Directed by Kantemir Balagov

The first thing that I noticed while watching Kantemir Balagov’s new film “Tesnota” (“Closeness” in the original russian) is the performance by lead actress Darya Zhovner. Her Ilana, the character from whose point of view the film is told, is a tomboy who works in her step-father’s garage and whiles away the days hanging out with her boyfriend. Zhovner, for whom this film represents a first role ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Beguiled”

Based on the 1971 Don Siegel remake
Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman
Directed by Sofia Coppola

*"The Beguiled" has earned Sofia Coppola the BEST DIRECTING award at the 2017  Cannes Festival* Ever since “Marie Antoinette” filmmaker Sofia Coppola has seemed to suffer from indolence, and that was the case again with “The Beguiled,” her new film debuting today in Cannes. I could not get into this movie in spite of its bravura visual palette, its many funny moments and primo cast composed ... more >

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Roger Moore, the actor who played James Bond, dead at 89

Roger Moore, third actor in the James Bond franchise, died at age 89. Considered the most suave personification of the legendary secret agent, the actor thought there were worse labels to wear the rest of one’s life. As a matter of fact, he considered himself incredibly lucky to have been selected to step into the uninimitable Sean Connery's shoes whom he wisely didn’t try to copy, becoming his ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Meyerowitz Stories”

Film is like a collab between Woody Allen and Whit Stillman
Dustin Hoffmann, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Midway through the 70th Cannes Festival the focus has veered sharply away from missing persons to domestic entanglements: or put another way, from people who have checked out of your life – voluntarily or involuntarily – to those you have no choice but to coexist with. It’s always difficult living in the shadow of a famous parent, but what if that parent isn’t exactly the genius you always ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Yorgos Lanthimos is back in Cannes
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

This film was co-awarded the BEST SCREENPLAY prize (along with Lynne Ramsay for "You were never really here") during the Cannes Festival's closing ceremony on May 28th, 2017) Characters in Yorgos Lanthimos’s movies seem moved by strange spirits and unknown motivations. From the beginning of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” questions come up: what is the relationship of Dr. Steven Murphy, an ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “How To Talk To Girls at Parties”

An A24 and StudioCanal UK production
Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Two men at an Andre Balasz properties hotel step inside an elevator decorated in a gawdy baroque style. One says to the other, “so, Bob, can you tell me about that new John Cameron Mitchell film?” The other responds, “well, Malik, think Romeo and Juliet crossed with ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Hedwig and the angry inch.’ This encounter, one of the subterfuges my mind comes up, sometimes, to help me soldier on ... more >