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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Yomeddine”

A road movie in Egypt

Anyone reading the description for “Yomeddine” and deducting that A.B. Shawky is trying hard at tugging at the heart’s strings could be forgiven. There’s something vaguely, tacitly, manipulative about a road movie in which a leper and an orphan are paired together and travel across a part of Egypt on a donkey-pulled carriage, the world oblivious to them. Doesn't this sound like the working script ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Rafiki” or a tale of forbidden sapphic love

"Rafiki" means friend in Swahili
Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu

In the Un Certain Regard category, which was created by honorary president Gilles Jacob to allow for some generational renewal in the festival’s programming grid, “Rafiki,” directed by newcomer filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The Nairobi-born director (b. 1980) had just one other feature-length film under her belt, “From a whisper,” before coming to Cannes, in the spirit of what was intended with this ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL (DAY TWO) The horrors of war writ large in DONBASS

Film was shown as part of the Un Certain Regard program
Valeriu Andriuta, Thorsten Merten, and Boris Kamorzin
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Donbass is a region in Eastern Ukraine that’s occupied by various criminal gangs, the Ukrainian regular army, supported by volunteers, and separatist gangs, supported by Russian troops. In "Donbass," the film, the events that are richly-depicted by Ukraine-born Sergei Loznitsa (“Maidan,” “Austerlitz,” “My joy”) in stunningly-realistic fashion bring the point across, with great clarity, that this ... more >