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 >

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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 >


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 >

Thora Birch, Terry Zwigoff, Guillermo Del Toro and SOY CUBANA’s filmmaker Jeremy Ungar help cap off EBERTFEST 2022

Festival hadn't been held in person since 2019

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, Ill.—The final two days of Ebertfest which ended on Sunday featured some great films in addition to stellar guests who spoke about their craft. Mostly, the invited guests discussed what motivated them to create their art, and the organizers also testified to what drives some of them to program the films they do. Chaz Ebert kicked off Friday’s program by introducing Jason ... more >

Cries, whispers and laughter from the floor to the screen–it’s EBERTFEST 2022!

Ebertfest has been held since 1999

Wednesday evening kicked off the 2022 festival with “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which recently won the Oscar for best documentary. On Thursday morning, Ebert’s widow Chaz opened the proceedings by introducing the first full day of programming now that the festival has returned to in-person screenings for the first time since 2019. “During the ‘great ... more >

Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore takes the directing reins with “The Outfit” | REAL TALK

Screenwriting, book writing and now, film directing. Graham Moore has been busy.

Graham Moore won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the 2014 film “The Imitation Game,” his first feature credit. It would take until 2022 for him to have another film in theaters, though Moore insists he has been anything but lazy in the intervening years. “I did publish two novels between then and now,” Moore said recently during a phone conversation we had together. He added ... 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 >