Archives for May 2013


Bloodsuckers in Cannes

"Only lovers left alive"
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

A Jim Jarmusch movie is rare and mysterious. Today in Cannes his latest film “Only Lovers Left Alive” starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin was shown as a part of the competition program. “Lovers” is your average love story between centuries-old people (Swinton and Hiddleston). One lives in Detroit and the other, Tangier. Adam is depressed because he’s ... more >


Anahita Ghazvinizadeh lands top prize

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Jane Campion and including Maji-da Abdi, Nicoletta Braschi, Nandita Das and Semih Kaplanoglu awarded the Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held today, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of nearly 1, 500 entries submitted by 277 film schools around the ... more >

Michael Kolhaas

Cévennes, 16th Century
Mads Mikkelsen and Mélusine Maiance
Directed by Arnaud Des Pallières

In the sixteenth century in the Cevennes region of France a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a decent family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he launches a war against him. If the opening score of “Michael Kolhaas” makes this competition film sound like “Conan the Barbarian,” you’ve been misled. This action drama set in the Middle Ages is a demanding and intellectual ... more >


"Manuscripts Don't Burn" harshest indictment yet

With his new film “Manuscripts don’t Burn” (the title seems to have been taken from Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita") currently being shown in the non-competition program Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who came to Cannes to show the film today along with the cast, is raising the bar for Iranian filmmakers: rather than bypassing political content he's confronting Iran's ... more >


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Road tripping in the heartland
Bruce Dern, Will Forte and Stacy Keach
Directed by Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne's new film "Nebraska," a melancholy road movie shot in black and white with some hilarious moments, is a worthy contender for a Grand Prix or a Jury prize. And yet, to say that I was less than enthusiastic going to the 8:30 screening of this film is an understatement: I wasn't a fan of "The Descendants" and a black and white movie, well, it's a risky proposition for any ... more >

Blue is the warmest color (La Vie D’Adèle)

French film could land some serious Cannes gold

Finally a discovery at the Cannes Festival that’s worth getting all worked up about: “Blue is the Warmest Color,” or, as the original title, “La Vie D’Adèle.” Three hour-long film is a bright gem and a contender for the top nod at this otherwise tepid Cannes selection. "Blue," starring newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, is my choice for this year’s ... more >