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Disappointing Cannes Awards

Disappointing Cannes Awards

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With a filmmaker such as Mad Max’s George Miller as the jury president, we could have expected some groundbreaking movie would go home with the much-coveted Palme d’Or. Rather it’s Ken Loach who got the top award with the good but predictable I, Daniel Blake. Mr. Loach wasn’t actually the only one playing it safe this year, other major filmmakers […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 11

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 11

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With the festival nearing its end and the crowd getting thinner, now is the time for a recap. But before we get started, let’s cover Paul Verhoeven’s Elle which was screened this morning. Starring a glorious Isabelle Huppert (see picture above), this movie is adapation of a novel by Philippe Djian, a popular French writer and lyricist. This powerful rape […]

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Cannes film festival 2016: Day 10 with Charlize Theron (c) Moland Fengkov

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 10

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Set in an African country that looks like Liberia, Sean Penn’s fifth directorial effort The Last Face uses a humanitarian background to make us experience a love story between two workers played by Charlize Theron (see picture) and Javier Bardem. Unfortunately, Mr. Penn’s latest is devoid of any emotion, whether he portrays his characters or depicts misery. The movie even […]

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Cannes film festival 2016: Day 9 with Adèle Haenel (c) Moland Fengkov

Cannes film festival 2016: Day 9

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He kept his promise! During the press conference he had accepted the – easy – challenge to walk the red carpet shirtless, even though he said he had brought a shirt, and he did. It’s shirtless but with a  coat that Iggy Pop arrived at the midnight screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger, a documentary about his iconic band The […]

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Cannes film festival 2016: Day 8

Cannes film festival 2016: Day 8

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What is left from our anticipations? While the selection looked promising, one week after the opening we can attest that the movies are quite good, but are far from being flawless. Some suffer from being too long – Ma Loute, American honey, Aquarius, Sieranevada – and others play it too safe – movies from Ken  Loach, Pedro Almodovar and the […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 7

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 7

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Before we cover today’s festival highlights, let’s get back to Jeff Nichols’s Loving and Jim Jarmush’s Paterson, two movies that go for moderation but, as a result, end up being inferior to previous works from their respective filmmakers. Loving is one of Nichol’s minor and less incisive works, focusing on a real-life interracial couple’s fight against the US government in […]

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Cannes film festival 2016: Day 6 with Chris Pine (c) Moland Fengkov

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 6

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The 10PM screenings for the Certain Regard competition at the Dubussy theatre are always a pleasant experience because cast and crew usually take the time to answer questions without rushing. Following tonight’s presentation of David MacKenzie, Hell or High Water, a female spectator screamed “I love you”. Was it for stars Chris Pine (see picture) or Ben Foster? It doesn’t […]

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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 5

Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 5

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The challenge on a Sunday morning is being able to make for the 8 :30 AM screening, especially for those who partied all night. Unsurprisingly, the Lumiere theatre was far from being packed for Nicole Garcia’s Mal de Pierres which stars Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel (see picture). This classic romantic story about a married woman falling for an injured […]

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Cannes film festival 2016: day 4

Cannes film festival 2016: day 4

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It’s already the weekend, which means scenesters are flocking into town, hoping to get into the most exclusive parties on the beach.  But rather than lamenting those drunks who come to parasite the festival – which of course we’re not part of  – let’s get back to business! The official selection has strong social aspirations so far. In Alain Guiraudie’s […]

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Cannes film festival 2016 Blog: day 3 with Lily Rose Depp (c) Moland Fengkov

Cannes film festival 2016: day 3

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Everyday there are at least a couple stars or events stealing the show at the festival. Yesterday it was George Clooney and Julia Roberts walking the red carpet barefoot. Today there was homage to Prince with a screening of Purple Rain on the beach as well as the premiere of Bruno Dumont’s surrealist and amusing Ma Loute. While iconic French […]

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