AUTHOR | Ali Naderzad

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CANNES FESTIVAL: “EO,” no animals were harmed in the making of this film

Produced by Skopia Film and Jeremy Thomas
Sandra Drzymalska, Isabelle Huppert and Lorenzo Zurzolo
Directed by Jerzy Skolimowsky

CANNES, France -- Making a movie about a donkey,or to be more specific, from a donkey's point of view is an audacious project. But that's just what Jerzy (pronounced "Ya-shee") Skolimosky did and his film, a slow and oppressive rumination on humans and their relationship to the animal world was screened here on Thursday. A circus troupe. A grey donkey and his handler Kassandra. The animal seems ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Kirill Serebrennikov finally here in Cannes to present TCHAIKOVSKY’S WIFE

This is the third time the Russian filmmaker is selected at the Cannes Festival
Alyona Mikhailova, Odin Lund Biron and Miron Fedorov
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

CANNES, France — The euphoric “Leto,” shown in Cannes a few years ago (and a film everyone in the press room could agree on), “Petrov’s Flu,” in 2021, a hard-to-follow angsty dream of a movie which you might better enjoy on LSD and if you don’t do LSD then it’s OK because watching it will make you feel like you’re on it and this year in Cannes, “Tchaikovsky’s wife” (“Zhena Chaikovskogo” in the ... more >

Esterno-notte

CANNES FESTIVAL: Marco Bellocchio’s ESTERNO NOTTE revisits the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Aldo Moro

Film acts as counterweight to “Good morning, Night” which Bellocchio directed in 2003
Fabrizio Gifuni, Margherita Buy and Toni Servillo
Directed by Marco Bellocchio

CANNES, France — Marco Bellocchio's "Esterno Notte" ("Exterior Night") is an essential and dramatic film that soberly tells the truth of an important period of Italy’s history, a pivotal moment, the kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro, former President of Italy. "Esterno Notte" is a made-for-TV miniseries, six episodes that were combined and screened on Wednesday in Cannes in the Cannes ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: not beating around the bush, “Final Cut” (“Coupez!”) was insane and brilliant

A movie set bares all
Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo and Grégory Gadebois
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

CANNES, France — I have an ear-to-ear smile plastered on my face as I just watched the trailer for "Coupez!" the next-day refresher after taking in the movie last night here in Cannes, where it opened the 75th edition of the festival. At the screening I laughed and I laughed and I laughed again. Because the film is brilliant and handled with maestria by Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) and it's ... more >

Nandege Magdalena Lokoro

CANNES FESTIVAL: “For the sake of peace,” produced by Forest Whitaker

Peace-building starts in the community
Directed by Christophe Castagne and Thomas Sametin

CANNES, France—Two tribes, the Didinga and the Logir, on different sides of a vast patch of fertile vegetation, which they must share in order for their cattle to graze, but each tribe cattle-raids the other and tit-for-tat reprisals are bloody because nobody wants to really share. This dispute over natural resources, which takes place in South Sudan, echoes many others before it throughout ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: DAY ONE ALMOST

Train travel can be unpredictable, an encounter, streaming versus in-theater moviegoing, a great bunch of filmmakers

Arriving early, anywhere, is winning. Sort of. On Monday my train, the first one out of Paris that morning, was held for four hours in Saint-Raphael, about fifteen miles from Cannes, after an electrical outage wreaked havoc at our destination. Four hours later, the train started finally moving. The same fate awaited my colleagues who took a later train out of the French capital, their train was ... more >

BERLINALE : “El Norte Sobre el Vacío” | REVIEW

Which is the more threatening, a Remington rifle or a frog?
Gerardo Trejoluna, Paloma Petra and Juan Daniel García Treviño
Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella

The manifold themes of “Northern Skies over Empty Space”—there’s revenge, the upending of gender roles, heroism, searching for water in a barren land, a patriarchy on the wane, a natural habitat that is threatening—are something to behold, yet filmmaker Alejandra Márquez Abella has directed an evocative and everchanging film, which opened at Berlinale over the weekend, that draws on multiple ... more >