CANNES FESTIVAL: caught between Egypt’s state apparatus and al-Azhar’s leadership a boy

Tawfeek Barhom, Fares Fares and Yunus Albayrak
Directed by Tarik Saleh

CANNES, France -- Adam (Tawfeek Barhom) is accepted to Al-Azhar University, one of the leading centers of study of Sunni Islam, located in Cairo. He leaves his native fishing village where he lives and helps his father on the boat. But this is no coming-of-age story, far from it. The school year begins and shortly thereafter the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar suddenly dies; Adam finds himself involved ... more >

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

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 >



As the weather heats up, it’s a good idea to head to the dark of an air conditioned theater. There are many great films to check out in both festival and online settings. Here are just a select few. Help Director: Marc Munden In this unsparing drama set during the early days of covid, Jodie Comer is Sarah, a young do-gooder who takes a job at an assisted care home in Liverpool. Before long, ... more >


Owen Teague recalls making an intimate movie among the big skies, “MONTANA STORY”

Actor Owen Teague spent the early months of the pandemic not only getting rather too familiar with his four walls but reading a script by Scott McGehee, David Siegel and Mike Spreter about two estranged siblings who return to their Montana home as their father convalesces. If nothing else, the gig would provide Teague a way to see something outside his own home. Soon enough, he was on his way ... more >


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

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 >

Ben Foster fights for his life in “THE SURVIVOR” | REVIEW

Ben Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Vicky Krieps
Directed by Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson is known for his natural filmmaking style and ease with portraying realistic characters and dialogue. “The Survivor” is no exception. His latest project is, likely, the loftiest one yet. Working from a powerful screenplay from Justine Juel Gillmer, the film tells the true story of Harry Haft, a Jewish man who, while in Auschwitz, became an unstoppable fighter, surviving by ... more >

On Chicago’s South side, examining racially-motivated police violence and corruption frontally: “61st Street”

Courtney B. Vance, Andrene Ward-Hammond and Tosin Cole

Police brutality. The one constant human rights violation in America. Executive-produced by Michael B. Jordan, the new AMC miniseries “61st Street” is a legal drama focusing on the rampant and racially-motivated police savagery that takes place on Chicago’s South side. Courtney B. Vance stars as veteran public defender Franklin Roberts, mere days from retirement (and suffering from cancer), ... more >