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Interview with Actor Théo Christine for French biopic "Supremes" (2021)

One of the most compelling films I have seen in the past year was at the 74th Cannes Film Festival at the world premiere of the French film “Suprêmes” (2021). Produced by Nord-Ouest Films, directed by Audrey Estrougo (“An Ordinary Story”, 2014) and starring Sandor Funtek (“Blue is the Warmest Colour”, 2013; “Dheepan”, 2015) and Theo Christine (“How I Became A SuperHero," 2020; “War of the Worlds, 2019), this ...

La Semaine de la Critique 2022 Selection committees

  Artistic Director Ava Cahen founded and co-managed the magazine CLAP from 2014 to 2016. Since 2017, she's running the website frenchMania.fr and more recently, the biannual magazine FrenchMania. In 2016, she's launched her own Parisian cine-club, the Woody Club. She has also been a commentator for the TV programme "Le Cercle" on Canal+ since 2014 and since 2019 for "Une heure en séries », a radio programme broadcast on France Inter. She has publish...

Interview with Director Daizy Gedeon for her Documentary “Enough! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour” (2021)

Intrepid humanitarian journalist, filmmaker and entrepreneur Daizy Gedeon has been making international headlines with her latest feature documentary “Enough!: Lebanon’s Darkest Hour” (2021). Born in Lebanon amidst unrest, Daizy's family moved her to Sydney where she grew up. After decades spent on faraway shores, her Lebanese identity and passion for her birth country has only grown stronger with time. Before her career as an award-winning documentarian, she wa...

Aissa Maïga's Marcher sur l'eau (Above Water) featured in Cannes Special Features

  Aissa Maïga's Marcher sur l'eau (Above Water) was a special treat at the Cannes special screening section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Azawak of West Africa in Niger Aissa follows a nomadic family in an area deprived of water. Beautifully told and made by the filmmaker and filmed by Rousslan Dion.   Maïga shows the close bonds of a family within a community in search of water. She follows the journey from walking for miles in sea...

Léa Seydoux stars in four films in 74th Festival de Cannes

  Léa Seydoux was in four films at this year's festival: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch in Competition, Arnaud Desplechin’s out of Competition Deception,  Ildiko Enyedi’s A feleségem története (The Story Of My Wife) and France, directed by Bruno Dumont In France,  Seydoux plays France de Meurs, a TV personality who both sees through and mirrors the superficiality of TV news reporting. Directed by Bruno Dumont in the Cannes of...

Lamb wins "Prize of Originality" in 74th Cannes Festival Un Certain Regard

  Lamb from Iceland directed and written by Vladimar JOHANNSSON competed for the Camera d ‘Or in "Un Certain Regard" headed by jury president Andrea Arnold, maker of the out of competition documentary Cow. Here’s to the inclusion of animals in films and Lamb is the best in this division with a mythical story of walking "Ram men" who impregnate domesticated sheep.  Noomi Rapace in an outstanding performance as M...

Better World Fund impact full event in Cannes 74

From images to action, the BWF joined forces with selected partners to create a platform assembling filmmakers, writers, scientists, environmentalists and project leaders to explore and activate palpable initiatives to preserve and protect the planet. The Better World Endowment Fund is composed of a team of world-class experts, influencers and activists from the business, academia, media and entertainment industries. This tribe of highly - influential people is continuously connected digitally a...

Cannes Classics restorations: OSCAR MICHEAUX – THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK FILMMAKING

Italy's “Il Cinema Ritrovato’s” labs were involved in the restoration of some of the films at Cannes Classics such as the films of Oscar Micheaux, the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century.  Other restored films at Cannes Classics: https://ace-film.eu/ace-members-at-cannes-classics-2021/   A new outstanding documentary was shown during the screening of Murder in Harlem (1935) that put his work in context: ...

Peter Wollen's "Friendship's Death" at Cannes Classics in restored 4K print

" Friendship's Death (UK 1987) was part of the Cannes Classic series directed by Peter Wollen and produced by the BFI.  It stars Tilda Swinton as an alien named "Friendship" who was on hand to introduce the film and sad she hadn't seen it on a big screen since 1986 and "can't wait". Everytime she has seen it since then , Swinton conveyed that it feels "so modern and so fresh" even though there are "anachronisms in it like finding a sushi ...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria" wins Cannes Jury Prize

Memoria is a film of exceptional quality directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul starring Tilda Swinton. Upon receiving the Jury Prize Weerasethakul said that the two of them have a fruiful collaboration that they will be continuing in future films.   Swinton plays Jessica Holland, an Englishwoman living in Medellín who runs a flowershop. She visits her sister who is in the hospital in Bogota and suddenly begins hearing a haunting booming noise. She has He...

Titane wins the Palme d'Or at the 74th Festival de Cannes

The winners of the 74th Festival de Cannes © V. HACHE / AFP It's been an exceptional Festival. It was supposed to be, and it’s certainly lived up to its promise. For 12 days, the 74th Festival de Cannes has celebrated our reunion with the cinema as a great international event full of discoveries, encounters and sharing. Just as American actress-director Jodie Foster was awarded an honorary Palme d'or at the Opening Ceremony on 6 July, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio has...

The 2021 Un Certain Regard winners' list

PHOTO © Mathilde Gardel Refocused on the discovery of emerging filmmakers, the 2021 Un Certain Regard has offered twenty features in its competition. Six of them were first films that compete as well for the Caméra d'or. The opening film was Arthur Harari's Onoda - 10 000 nights in the jungle. Lead by the director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold, the Jury was made up of the director and screenwriter Mounia Meddour, the actress Elsa Zylberstein, the dire...

La Semaine de la Critique announces the Awards winners

  Les lauréats et le Jury de la 60e Semaine de la Critique The winners and the jury of the 60th Semaine de la Critique   ...

7 Short Films selected for the 60th Semaine de la Critique are now on Festival Scope

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The Cannes Jury has announced the winners of the 24th Cinéfondation Selection

© Mathilde Gardel The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury comprised of Sameh Alaa, Kaouther Ben Hania, Carlos Muguiro, Tuva Novotny, Nicolas Pariser and Alice Winocour, has awarded the 2021 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 17 student films, chosen out of 1835 entries coming from 490 film schools around the world. First Prize  &nbs...

Directors' Fortnight - Darren Aronofsky presents Eddie Alcazar's THE VANDAL meta-scope stop motion animated + live action

THE VANDAL DIRECTED BY EDDIE ALCAZAR DARREN ARONOFSKY PRESENTS Set in a world not unlike mid-20th century America, The Vandal centers on Harold, whose tormented search for peace from traumatic loss results in an unexpectedly destructive awakening after he undergoes a lobotomy. When the procedure “turns his mind inside out” and his great love is suddenly gone, Harold’s desperate search intensifies. WORLD PREMIERE THIS THURSDAY & FRIDAY – CANNES &ndash...

Aline by Valérie Lemercier enchants the croisette, the biopic inspired from Celine Dion is the talk of the town

GAUMONT, and french director Valérie Lemercier (writer and director and actress interprenting the singer at different ages) hit  a soft spot at the gala screening with an amazing reception and standing ovation. I was impressed by the style, the creativity in the writing and the very moving rendering of the love story between the singer and her producer /husband.  Smart and moving script, brillant performance, the film is out of competition but in the top talks of the town. ...

CANNES DOCS-IEFTA Work-in-Progress 2021 Award Winner announced: Cent’anni received a 10,000€ Prize

The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) In Collaboration With Cannes Docs and The Marché Du Film Is Pleased To Announce For The Third Year The Winner of IEFTA’s 10,000€ Prize For Documentary Works-In-Progress Prize Awarded To:  Cent’anni Directed by Maja Doroteja Prelog — Showcase CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator —   The Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), in the third year of its Docs-In-Prog...

Awards, given by the Jury of the 60th Semaine de la Critique

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The prizes and awards, given by the Jury of the 60th Semaine de la Critique, presided by the director Cristian Mungiu, are Nespresso Grand Prize FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for short film DUO LI&...

Mia Hansen-Løve's "Bergman Island" nostalgic travelog at Cannes

By Moira Sullivan Mia Hansen-Løve's "Bergman Island" in the official competition at Cannes is a rather superficial attempt to get closer to Ingmar Bergman, by walking in the same places where he made some of his films on Fårö , Sweden at his summer residence. How interesting is it to be sleeping in the same bedroom where Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson did their downward marriage spiral in "Scenes from a Marriage", or walking on the sea roc...

Cannes 2021 a Love chemistry Story “Ali and Ava” from producer Tracy O’Riordan

UK Talent talk with Tracy O’Riordan care of We Are UK Film provides a clue on how to set the “Mo” for a modern and british love story. Ali and Ava, a Director’s Fortnight film written and directed by BAFTA nominated Clio Barnard, teases the audience with a new genesis of deprived humanity story tale and film in the changing weathered landscapes of Bradford. We experience the community in a housing estate with all different tastes and infusions of love chemistry over t...

Nesta Sketching: Cannes Mothering Sunday with Eva Husson and Elizabeth Karlsen - one act of Creativity and Love!

Mothering Sunday has shown us there is life out there “au un act” and at Cannes. The production pitch perfect in the safety space of fiction. Eva postures “I liked, but did she like me?” A Question mothers ask themselves no doubt articulating this in particular, and then for emotional response. Mothering Sunday “takes me out of my head”; imagine the unicorn, a symbol to her for the creativity, love and extension of memory back to the 1920’s. Emotion...

Le festival de Cannes se penche sur « Le Cinéma pour le Climat » la conférence

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Conférence de presse  Dimanche 11 juillet à 15h00 Palais des Festivals - salle de conférence de presse - 3e étage   À l’occasion du 74e Festival de Cannes, et de la sélection éphémère « Le Cinéma pour le Climat », Magali Payen, fondatrice du mouvement On Est Prêt et Cyril Dion, auteur et réalisateur, du documentaire Animal, souhaitent appeler le monde du cinéma à agir ...

Mark Cousins The Story of Film and a comedy crazy cut on bits of paper at Cannes

At Cannes 2021 we MULL with director Mark Cousins over The Story of Film he sets in context with a classic title journey from “Love Me Tonight” to “Lover’s Rock”, both sure destinations for film enthusiasts to engage in after their spell of lockdown. Mark asks us to jump from now to then with him and inside ourselves to experience his story of film and the fertility of film. We experience now through his story this new generation of film spanning from 2010 to 2020 ...

En direct de (Live from) la Semaine de la Critique

  Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, réalisateur, director & Omar Abdi, acteur, actor  The Gravedigger's Wife (La Femme du fossoyeur)   Au Miramar At the Miramar ...

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