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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 >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, Lanzmann in Cannes with “Napalm”

From the out of competition slate

Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann traveled to North Korea three times in all. The first time was in 1958, at the time he was a part of an official delegation sent there by the French government. His colleagues and he stayed in Pyongyang for two weeks, taking in the sights, which consisted of factories, statues and other symbols of cult of the leader worship practiced by North Koreans. Lanzmann's hoarse, ... 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 >

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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 >