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CANNES FESTIVAL – Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” the scream of the French inner-city

The film was inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris's suburbs
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga
Directed by Ladj Ly

Many a filmmaker has shot the inner city, the tough neighborhoods, in order to highlight the plight of the locals. In press documents for “Les Misérables” director Ladj Ly has said, “I hope the President [of France] watches the movie, so he can get a sense for what’s going on here.” Making movies is a personal project, innately, but not all stories are autobiographical. This one is. Ly has ... more >

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CANNES – “The Unknown Saint,” boredom, cash and strange bedfellows

A Morocco/France/Qatar production
Younes Bouab, Salah Bensalah and Bouchaib Essamak
Directed by Alaa Eddine Aljem

CRITICS WEEK, Cannes - Amine (French-Moroccan actor Younes Bouab), a man for whom life is a struggle of every moment —at least, this is what his weary and beautiful gaze seems to express—is being pursued by the police somewhere in the Moroccan desert. He runs up to the top of a hill to bury his treasure before getting collared. A decade later, he comes out of jail and goes back to the hilltop to ... more >

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CANNES – A day in the life, Franco Lolli’s LITIGANTE

Franco Lolli's last feature film is "Gente de bien" (2014)
Carolina Sanin and Leticia Gómez
Directed by Franco Lolli

Life sometimes requires us to swallow our ego, put out fires and resolve crises on a variety of fronts--family, work, children. What if you were in crisis mode all the time? How do we confront these adversities, but more to the point, where do we find the gumption to do so?  In Franco Lolli’s very personal film “Litigante,” there’s something almost invasive about watching Silvia (Carolin Sanin) go ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – “The Dead Don’t Die,” a manichean take on our unraveling society

Film came out in French theaters today
Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

After planetary disaster strikes the planet one naturally turns to country-music for solace. Wouldn't you? I would. The country song used in Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die" was written by Grammy-nominated country music singer Sturgill Simpson for the movie and keeps making an encore throughout the film. The song is a mantra, something for the inhabitants of a small American town named ... more >

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ANNETTE BENING and Michelle Pfeiffer to star in Gideon Raff’s “Turn of Mind”

Some Cannes Festival-related announcements

Academy Award nominees Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right,” “American Beauty”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“Murder on the Orient Express”) have signed on to star in director Gideon Raff’s (“Homeland”, “Tyrant”, “Dig”, and the upcoming “The Red Sea Diving Resort” and “The Spy” thriller “Turn of Mind.” Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Quills”) and based on Alice ... more >

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BELLA THORNE JOINED BY JAKE MANLEY IN JOSHUA CALDWELL’S SOCIAL MEDIA HEIST THRILLER “SOUTHLAND”

Highland Film Group announced today that Jake Manley (“The Order,” Roland Emmerich’s upcoming "Midway") has joined Bella Thorne in writer-director Joshua Caldwell’s Southland. Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson of Lucidity Entertainment are producing alongside Thor Bradwell and Scott Levenson. Garrett Clayton, Katie Leary, Bennett Litwin and Adam Litwin will serve as executive producers. Highland ... more >

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Six minutes into the future: a conversation with Karim Huu Do, director

"I have this Westernized mind, and at the same time, I have roots that are not coming from here. All this stuff mixed together creates something interesting"

What would it be like if you existed six minutes in the future, ahead of everyone? Things around you look familiar, being young is still cool and institutional repression hasn’t caught on with your latest act of rebellion. This is the world of Karim Huu Do, director. Some of the most esthetically-intense, visually-rousing short films come from advertising work. And some of the most ... more >