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DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT: Panah Panahi carves himself a place in world cinema with quirky road movie “Hit the Road”

Directors' Fornight (quinzaine des realisateurs) is one of the parallel programs coinciding with the Cannes Festival every year
Pantea Panahiha, Hassan Madjooni and Rayan Sarlak
Directed by Panah Panahi

CANNES, France - A passing of the torch, of sorts, happened this year in Cannes, quietly: Jafar Panahi, high priest of Iranian cinema, bestowed the title upon his son (figuratively, of course). The Panahi name also became synonymous with a film dynasty, the counterweight, if one were to unseriously look at world cinema as a congeries of fiefdoms, to the House of Makhmalbaf. Panahi, whose films ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Schlomi and Ronit Elkabetz explore the past and the present to confront an unavoidable future in “LES CAHIERS NOIRS”

Israël | 2021 | 209 minutes

CANNES, France - Filmmaker Schlomi Elkabetz made a documentary “Les Cahiers Noirs,” ("Machbarot Shchorot" in the original Hebrew) about his recently-departed sister (she died of cancer on April 19th, 2016), the actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz. The project is over a decade in the making. Elkabetz sent a filmed love letter to his sister. Fusing hand-held camera footage with scenes from some of ... more >

SMALL TALK WITH BIG PEOPLE: Matt Ogens of the documentary short “AUDIBLE,” currently airing on Netflix

He previously directed "Confessions of a Superhero," a film that premiered at SXSW in 2007

Director Matt Ogens grew up in Frederick, M.D., not far from the Maryland School for the Deaf. One of his best friends was hearing-impaired and Ogens became familiar with the deaf community thanks to him. “It just so happened that years later, when I decided to become a filmmaker, I directed a commercial campaign about high-school football teams around the country, and one of them was Maryland ... more >

CANNES 2021, the official poster: Jury president Spike Lee front and center

This year marks the festival's 74th edition

It's a first in Cannes history : a jury president is also the festival's poster. Spike Lee, who will host this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival as president of the jury, also graces the official poster. The Cannes Festival official poster was just released moments ago, and it features Lee, director of "Do The Right Thing," as the character Mars Blackmon in a still from his first film, ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL SELECTION: thoughts

Full coverage from the Cannes Festival during 6-17 July

PARIS--The upsetting of our way of life, having a drink at the terrasse of a café with someone you love, reading, or watching people go by, to say nothing of taking in a movie at the theater (in a country where Netflix is thriving, theater attendance here remains strong), by the coronavirus pandemic, has been felt painfully. It was only this week when things began looking normal again, with ... more >

DOC PREVIEW: “Rita Moreno, a girl who just decided to go for it”

Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Over a long career Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was ... more >

NETFLIX: “Master of None Presents: Moments in Love” (Season 3 boldly goes in a new direction and this is a take on that)

On the messiness of domestic life and sentiment

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon Season Three of Aziz Ansari’s excellent Netflix series “Master of None” is quite the departure. Season One was a lite and funny take on the New York dating lives of Ansari’s Dev and his close friends Denise and Arnold. Season Two was a B&W love letter to sixties Italian cinema. Where creator, writer, ... more >