AUTHOR | Ali Naderzad


CANNES FESTIVAL: “Lingui: the sacred bonds,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or
Achouackh Abakar and Rihane Khalil Alio
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

CANNES, France - Overtly social issues-based cinema risk are boring unless you're a Ken Loach in which case it's not boring. Everyone knows, everyone is aware. As filmmaker you'll need to up the ante, a little. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, with his new film "Lingui," appears to have not done this. Amina lives with her fifteen year-old daughter Maria in a suburb of N’Djamena. Her world falls apart ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL REVIEW: “The Worst Person In The World”

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or
Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Maria Grazia Di Meo  
Directed by Joachim Trier

CANNES, France - “The Worst Person In The World” (“Verdens Verste Menneske” in the original Norwegian) directed by Joachim Trier and starring the architecturally-perfect Renate Reinsve, can be a little disconcerting at times. The story of a young thirtysomething who zigs and zags between professional aspirations, motherhood and men, is as entertaining as it can feel glossy and perfect (and not a ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: the right to one’s honor writ large in Francois Ozon’s “EVERYTHING WENT FINE”

This film is competing for the Palme D’Or

CANNES, France - To commit suicide is a weighty and personal matter, decency would have one take care of this business all on their own, without notifying anyone, let alone get several people to help you organize your sign-off party. But this is just what Monsieur Bernheim (France's eminent actor André Dussolier) asked of his two daughters, Emmanuelle (Sophie Marceau) and her sister (Geraldine ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Has Todd Haynes directed the definitive Velvet Underground documentary? I think so.

“They shine so brightly no amount of space could contain the light being put out”

CANNES, France - Todd Haynes has directed a thorough and entertaining film about The Velvet Underground, the sixties rock band that was managed by Andy Warhol and headlined by Lou Reed. Haynes, whose film was produced by Christine Vachon (theirs being a successful collaboration over the years, ever since she produced "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" in 1987 that Haynes directed), cuts ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Schlomi and Ronit Elkabetz explore the past and the present to confront an unavoidable future in “LES CAHIERS NOIRS”

Israël | 2021 | 209 minutes

CANNES, France - Filmmaker Schlomi Elkabetz made a documentary “Les Cahiers Noirs,” ("Machbarot Shchorot" in the original Hebrew) about his recently-departed sister (she died of cancer on April 19th, 2016), the actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz. The project is over a decade in the making. Elkabetz sent a filmed love letter to his sister. Fusing hand-held camera footage with scenes from some of ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: “Annette,” rhapsodic rock opera meets children’s tale, was a welcome distraction in this new darkened covid world—I’m all over it

Film is shown in competition

CANNES, France - The 74th Cannes Festival opened with a very unusual film on Tuesday, one that is slated to compete for the Palme D’Or, the top prize which this year will be given out by a jury headed by Spike Lee: “Annette,” by one Alex Christophe Dupont, otherwise known as Leos Carax (full disclosure: I haven’t read any of the press material for the film, on purpose, I wanted to soak up in the ... more >

CANNES 2021, the official poster: Jury president Spike Lee front and center

This year marks the festival's 74th edition

It's a first in Cannes history : a jury president is also the festival's poster. Spike Lee, who will host this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival as president of the jury, also graces the official poster. The Cannes Festival official poster was just released moments ago, and it features Lee, director of "Do The Right Thing," as the character Mars Blackmon in a still from his first film, ... more >