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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Three faces”

One of Panahi's most accomplished films to date
Jafar Panahi and Behnaz Jafari
Directed by Jafar Panahi

The Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari receives a video message from a young woman who’s taped her own suicide after reaching the conclusion that she likely won’t fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. The suicide girl lives in a small village, far from Tehran, and any activity that doesn’t involve milking cows or knitting is regarded with a lot of suspicion by the locals, thus bringing dishonor. ... more >

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LARS, LARS, LARS, LARS !

Lars Von Trier makes his return to the Cannes Festival after a seven-year absence; five new films added to official selection

HE'S BAAAACK! Lars Von Trier's "The House that Jack Built" will be shown at the Cannes Festival this year, helping to deliver a shot in the arm, a mixture of adrenaline and steroids, to the official selection. Seven years ago, Von Trier was ejected from the Cannes Festival after fumbling his way, with devil-may-care indecency, through a Q&A with the press following the screening of his film ... more >

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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 >

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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 >

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Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof gets Un Certain Regard prize

Last night the Un Certain Regard prizes were awarded during a ceremony in the Debussy Theater. UCR, an unwieldy hodgepodge of decent and lesser films, is the non-competition program of the Cannes Festival's official selection. But it's not without the occasional gem. Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's "A Man with Integrity," a dark portrait of a man standing up against the corruptive influence of a ... more >

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THE PRE-FORECAST

There are still two movies left to watch in this year's program but here are the movies, thus far, that I believe should win this year, and the prizes they should deserve: PALME D'OR The Square (directed by Ruben Oestlund) BEST DIRECTING Michel Hazanavicius ("Le Redoutable") BEST ACTRESS Diane Kruger, "In the Fade" BEST ACTOR Louis Garrel, "Le Redoutable" GRAND PRIX "120 beats ... 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 >