This year's festival opener
Catherine Deneuve, Sara Forestier and Benoit Magimel
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

DAY 1 got off to a strong start with two films that are hopefully a harbinger of  things to come in this 68th edition of the Cannes Festival. I just finished watching the Matteo Garrone THE TELLER OF TALES, which was screened before the press at 7pm. I will talk about that film in a later post. French filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot's LA TETE HAUTE is an uncensored and deftly-lensed look at youth ... more >

PHOTOBOOK: When they were young (I)

(this is the first article in the multiseries) Funny, how people with a knack already look the part of success at a young age. They have the shine, that thing that can't be defined with words but that says, "I can't be for sure where, but I'm going places." The viewer of these images likely projects unto them, a forecasting of extraordinariness, the success that we're familiar with but that the ... more >


Who's who at Berlin this year? Read on

Gallic cinema's three most visible actresses, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert, will be present at the Berlin Film Festival (a.k.a. "Berlinale") next month, their latest films having been selected for the festival as announced by the festival’s organizers just before the weekend. Catherine Deneuve will be presenting “Elle S’en Va” (“She’s leaving,” in French) by ... more >

Catherine Deneuve

A legend at my lunch table

I caught up with legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve at the Cannes Festival to discuss the animated film "Persepolis" currently showing in competition. We also talked about how the festival compares to others, and what is her own favorite film out of her long career in cinema. Screen Comment - will you be in Cannes for the week? Catherine Deneuve - I never stay long. When you’re in ... more >