Archives for May 2009



By ALI NADERZAD I, like a lot of journalists, am unsure as to who will go home with the gold. Is there a clear winner? It's either going to be Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds or Von Trier's Antichrist, or the Palme could go to a French man for the second time in a row, ie., for A Prophet by Jacques Audiard. But I feel that the politics in which A Prophet wades in are a little too closely related ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD The Lumiere theatre, which seats 2,200, was filled to the gills this morning. Everyone came early to get a first look at el ombre manchego Pedro Almodovar's new film Los Abrazos Rotos, ie., Broken Embraces. It's rather an important movie because Almodovar hasn't been in Cannes since presenting Volver here in 2006 and he is adored by cinephiles. Also he once again partners up with ... more >

Cannes ’09 – Antichrist revs up festival-goers

By ALI NADERZAD I confess: I apprehended a little watching the new Lars Von Trier currently presented in competition yesterday. Von Trier was in the throes of a bad depression just before the shoot and knowing this made me uneasy, though I'm not sure why--artists are often at their best when creating their art in unsane mental conditions. The first 'projo' for the film last night (from the French; ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD History was made in Cannes tonight as Johnny Hallyday and the rest of the cast of Johnny To's "Revenge" went up the red carpet for the premiere of their film in the massive Lumiere Theatre (it sits 2,200). In "Revenge" Hallyday plays a French chef who comes to Macau to solve and avenge his family's murder. What's extraordinary about tonight's red carpet premiere is the fact that ... more >

Cannes ’09 – Kinatay

By ALI NADERZAD The Philippines is competing this year in Cannes with Kinatay, by Brillante Mendoza. This director was in Cannes as recently as last year with a film named Serbis, about a close-knit family living in and running an adult movie theatre in Angeles. The reception to Serbis was enthusiastic. As my colleague Eric Kohn from Indiewire wryly remarked after last night’s screening, however, ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD As my parents are driving from Paris to Cannes to spend the next few days at the festival, I have been calling around to try and get some invitations to some screenings. I might just be successful with this--we'll see. Also, the AMFAR fundraiser in Cap D'Antibes is coming up in a few days. Got my tuxedo ready. It will be a very classic tuxedo--fortunately Eric Kohn of indiewire ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD The first screening of the day, which takes place in the Theatre Lumiere, was Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," presented in competition. It's about a Moroccan man (played by Tahar Rahim) imprisoned in France who goes to work for the Corsican mafia and slowly comes to dominate inside and outside the prison world. A very strong film which thankfully avoids the usual jailhouse cliches ... more >