CANNES FESTIVAL- John Hillcoat’s “Lawless”

The myths, the legends -- the Bondurants live

For the Bondurant gang, purveyors of apple brandy in the depression-era south, legend--their own, that is--is the stuff that makes the world turn; their illegal business thrives on it. That they are viewed as invincible by foes helps keep the deck stacked in their favor and keeps the moonshine dollar flowing in, the occasional shootout with a rival notwithstanding. When Forrest (Tom Hardy), the ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL – Un Certain Regard 2012 is born

Thierry Frémaux and jury president Tim Roth launch this year's program

The Un Certain Regard (U.C.R.) program was officially launched during a brief ceremony tonight in the Debussy theater. Festival programmer Thierry Frémaux, who as per Cannes’ tradition emcees the U.C.R. premieres, brought the members of the jury on stage tonight before a screening of Lou Ye’s film “Mystery.” Jury president Tim Roth, flanked by actress Leïla Bekhti (pictured), Tonie Marshall (a ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL (day 2) – “Rust and bone”

Finally, the nouveau Audiard is here

Judging from the line of people waiting to get into a still-closed Théâtre Lumière (seating capacity: 2,281) at 7:45 this morning the anticipation was high for Jacques Audiard’s return to the Croisette, “Rust and Bone.” It was in this same theatre that three years ago we discovered the history- and career-making “A Prophet,” one of the best films made in the last twenty years. One can’t help ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL (day 2) – “After the Battle”

Yousry Nasrallah borrows from earlier project "Women of Cairo"

There are a million stories to be told about post-revolutionary Egypt but they won’t be told by an Egyptian filmmaker. The narrative of Yousry Nasrallah’s “After the Battle” which he wrote himself and which premieres today in Cannes, held promise: as Egypt is still in the throes of revolutionary fervor an unlikely connection forms between two people from different ends of the social spectrum, ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL-Moonrise Kingdom

An underwhelming opening film

If Standard & Poor’s assessed film production values Wes Anderson would remain a AAA-rated cineaste year in and year out. The level of detail that went into every square inch of “Moonrise Kingdom,” which had its premiere here in Cannes a few hours ago, is above perfection. But “Moonrise” fails on other levels. Adult characters wretchedly watch as their kids go about resolving the problems of ... more >

OPINION – Open Letter to Coline, Virginie and Fanny

Feminist fracas heard all the way in Cannes, here's our answer to it

What would the Cannes Festival be without a little fracas? Some kind of polemic has been making the rounds of the French media this week concerning the lack of women filmmakers in the official selection at the Cannes Festival--twenty-two films, by male directors all, are vying for awards this year. Things turned nasty when Virginie Despentes, Fanny Cottençon, and Coline Serreau (a ... more >

FILMMAKING AND REVOLUTIONS – The Yousry Nasrallah Interview

Egypt's most visible filmmaker is going for Cannes gold this time

Tahrir Square, one day during the Arab Spring. A young demonstrator falls for a camel shepherd who's under the influence of Hosni Mubarak’s militias. Two people standing on opposite side of the biggest conflict Egypt has seen in nearly half a century are brought together against all expectations. Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah wrote and directed “After the Battle” (“Baad El Mawkeaa”) which ... more >