CANNES FESTIVAL – “SORRY WE MISSED YOU,” tense and moving family drama premised on the idea of choice

"Sorry we missed you" is presented as part of the competition program

“Sorry we missed you” by Ken Loach is laden with social significance. It stands as direct indictment of how businesses have reorganized labor contracts, passing risk and exposure unto their workforce. In France, the U.K., Belgium and elsewhere job precarity has increased due to various factors, but also due to the fact that employers, such as the parcel delivery service pictured in the film, no ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL – Panoramic “Bacurau,” a revenge Western with pointed anti-American sentiment

Once upon a time in the sertão

“Bacurau” has been one of the richest cinematic experiences I've seen in a while, producing enormous feeling. And while the writing is slightly disheveled, this panoramic film is brimming with imagery of folklore, capoeira, community life and historical legacy. It’s a celebration of Brazilian sertao (outback) living, told from the viewpoints of several different people but not without its acidic ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL – Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” the scream of the French inner-city

The film was inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris's suburbs
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga
Directed by Ladj Ly

Many a filmmaker has shot the inner city, the tough neighborhoods, in order to highlight the plight of the locals. In press documents for “Les Misérables” director Ladj Ly has said, “I hope the President [of France] watches the movie, so he can get a sense for what’s going on here.” Making movies is a personal project, innately, but not all stories are autobiographical. This one is. Ly has ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL – Alain Delon to be feted with Honorary Palme

Cannes Festival will run 14-25 May

Throughout the sixties and beyond, and today, still, you could ask many a woman (man?) from Tehran to Trieste or Tucson who their favorite on-screen male heartthrob was and, chances are they would've told you, with misty eyes, Alain Delon. The slightly-gloomy actor with killer eyes from France made an impression on many a film viewer, too. Delon has appeared in some of cinema's greatest ... more >