Archives for May 2007



By ALI NADERZAD - May 28, 2007It's not a mystery: the stories that captivate us the most are often biographical. If the pain inflicted on celluloid is real and was felt by someone, then the story should touch us more. And the two movies that are the top contenders for a Palme D'Or share similarities in this regard. This is a look at the stories-behind-the-movies contending for the Palme D'or. The ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD - May 27, 2007The Cannes festival is the world's second biggest media event (can you guess which is the first one?); journalists come from all over the world to cover the films, the people and the news. This year I met a small group of journalists from Iran who who told me about the nuances of working for the press under the current regime. I met an Englishman, Dave Michael, who ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD - May 18, 2007Studied boredom has seemed to animate characters from French cinema recently as exemplified in the works of directors like Gaspar Noe (I Stand Alone; 1998, Irreversible; 2002), Virginie Despentes (Baise Moi; 2000) and now Olivier Assayas, whose latest film, "Boarding Gate," is being screened at Cannes. So far in this still-young 60th edition of the festival, ... more >


Excellent film brings out top performances from cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo
Directed by David Fincher

After Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights (starring Jude Law and Norah Jones) opened the 60th festival yesterday, David Fincher’s Zodiac screened for an international delegation of journalists early this morning at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Zodiac, which already got its release in the US, is about the namesake serial killer who terrorized San Francisco’s Bay Area in the 70s only to disappear into ... more >

Catherine Deneuve

A legend at my lunch table

I caught up with legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve at the Cannes Festival to discuss the animated film "Persepolis" currently showing in competition. We also talked about how the festival compares to others, and what is her own favorite film out of her long career in cinema. Screen Comment - will you be in Cannes for the week? Catherine Deneuve - I never stay long. When you’re in ... more >