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OPINION: the Cannes Festival’s strange pas-de-deux

Will the coronavirus claim the Cannes Festival as its next victim? Nobody knows.

Canceled, not canceled. And now--maybe--merely postponed? The Cannes Festival, in a PR pas-de-deux that has sowed confusion and let on few key details, has issued a press release last night. In its usual imperfect English (but their heart was in it), the Cannes communiqué went : "Today, we have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 ... more >

OSCARS: Bong Joon-Ho crowned King of the World

"1917" by Sam Mendes was among the favorites. The film went home with a "Best visual effects" Oscar

Tonight in Hollywood, and across the globe, it's all about "Parasite." “Parasite” by the Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, netted four Academy Awards on Sunday, winning in the Best Film, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Foreign Film and Best Screenplay categories. What a winning streak! Joon-Ho made history, too, in the process. This is the first time that a non-English-language film won for Best ... more >

Yes WE CANNES!

Is Covid19, a.k.a. novel coronavirus, going to spell the death of the Cannes Festival this year? I say, I sure hope not. And, I really don't think it will. But the signs, they're worrisome. According to the powers-that-be, France is currently in what is known as Phase Two. That's when a virus has entered the country and efforts are underway at containing it. When and if the country enters Phase ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – Three members of the Cannes press corps give their forecast for the winners, MALICK and ALMODOVAR among the favorites

The Cannes Festival closes today

(CANNES, France) Laurence Salfati has been a part of the Cannes Festival press corps for nearly twenty years. She works for Lyon-based Radio Judaica and has interviewed all of France's greatest film stars. René Chiche has been coming to Cannes for about as long as his aforementioned colleague. Chiche is a writer, a TV producer and a journalist. He owns a news agency that's based in Paris and runs ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – Matthias and Maxime

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or

Matthias and Maxime have been friends since childhood. Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, in his second role for the big screen) tries to gain a foothold in the business world while Maxime makes a living as bartender, caring for his mother, a recovering addict. The two young men give off slight reticence, an awkwardness, it becomes clear quickly that these two aren’t just involved in a ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – Diao Yinan’s WILD GOOSE LAKE

"Wild Goose Lake" is competing for the Palme D'Or

A gang leader on the lam in search of redemption. A prostitute eager to gain her freedom back. Together they will decide to play one last gamble with their fate, the proverbial last big hit. Within this narrative proposition, a discrete romantic plot that will come to fit within the film’s dramatic structure. This is “Wild Goose Lake,” by Chinese director Yi'nan Diao, a film that’s inferior to his ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – They found love in PORT AUTHORITY

Director Danielle Lessovitz is a graduate of NYU's Tisch school for the arts

(CANNES, France) - Ever loved someone from a different category as you? Different colors, different creeds and backgrounds can separate a lot of us from a lot of other us. How do we respond, what do we do, if cupid strikes? In Danielle Lessovitz film “Port Authority” two teenagers, Paul and Wye, belong to different social groups in New York City’s downtown and outer-boroughs. Paul (British actor ... more >