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'Adam': Cannes Review
A deceptively slender story marks an accomplished debut from Maryan TouzaniDir: Maryam Touzani. Morocco/France/Belgium. 2019. 100mins.Adam is a deceptively small story about elemental themes, most specifically the beauty and mystery of motherhood. First-time...
'An Easy Girl': Cannes Review
Rebecca Zlotowski explores the power of sexuality in this sultry South of France dramaDir: Rebecca Zlotowski. France. 2019. 91minsThe fourth film from Rebecca Zlotowski is a breezy amorality tale, set against a sun-kissed summer in Cannes. Naima (Mina...
BBC Films, Film4 Chiefs Reveal Their Approach to Commissioning
Rose Garnett and Daniel Battsek explained how they balance being discerning but accessible.BBC Films and Film4 heads Rose Garnett and Daniel Battsek provided an intriguing insight into the inner workings of their organisations at the ’Behind the Scenes...
'Diego Maradona': Cannes Review
Asif Kapadia’s documentary should extend the footballer’s ‘hand of God’ to the box officeDir. Asif Kapadia. UK. 2019. 130 mins.It’s impossible to conceive that the accomplished documentarian Asif Kapadia would deliver anything less than a rigorous, multifaceted...
Female-Focused Financing Event Breaking through the Lens Marks Second Edition at Cannes
The initiative is spearheaded by filmmakers Daphne Schmon, Emily Carlton and Elpida Stathatou.Canadian director Shelley Thompson, Philippines filmmaker Maritte Go and UK-based documentarian Emily James were among the participants at the second edition...
Hard Brexit Could See Six Million Cinema Admissions Fall
mustNew research from Europa Cinemas was unveiled at Cannes.A ‘hard’ Brexit, in which the UK leaves the European Union on October 31 with no transition period, could see cinema-going for UK films in Europe and for European films in the UK fall by six...
'Lillian': Cannes Review
Lillian, a Russian emigrant in New York whose visa has expired, decides to walk the long way homeDir/scr: Andreas Horvath. Austria. 2019. 128minsWho hasn’t entertained the thought of heading towards a far horizon and just walking ever onwards until nothing...
New Database Launches to Promote Female Film Experts (Exclusive)
Actor Victoria Emslie has founded Primetime to showcase women working above and below the line.A new international database, Primetime, is being launched today in Cannes to showcase women working above the line and below the line.The site can be found...
New Lucrecia Martel Title among 14 Projects Selected for Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund
12 titles for script and development; two titles on the co-production scheme.International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has selected 14 projects for its 2019 spring funding round, which will receive a total of [Euro]208,000...
New Research Shows Film Criticism Gender Bias
France’s Collectif 50/50, the body which spear-headed the festival gender parity charter has launched a new initiative to investigate the gender split of cinema critics with the EU’s MEDIA programme.France’s Collectif 50/50, the body which spear-headed...
New York Asian Film Festival Unveils 2019 Screen International Rising Star Asia Recipients (Exclusive)
Nana Komatsu, Ryu Jun-yeol to receive honours.Japan’s Nana Komatsu and Ryu Jun-yeol from South Korea will receive this year Screen International Rising Star Asia Award at the 18th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which runs from June 28-July 14.Komatsu...
'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' Just Holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK Box Office
‘Avengers: Endgame’ drops to third spot.Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.27.Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (May 17-19) Total gross to date Week1 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £2.7m £8.9m 22 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum...
Screen's 2019 Future Leaders Debate the Future of Film Festivals
Screen International’s 2019 Future Leaders in programming and curation were joined by current festival leaders to debate the shifting landscape, in a round table co-hosted by the Marché du FilmAt Salon Croisette in the Palais des Festivals on Saturday...
Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu Films Receive Matching Scores on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid
Both titles recorded an average of 2.5.Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life are the latest titles to bed down on Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid, with both films receiving the same average of 2.5.Porumboiu recorded consistent...
'The Bare Necessity': Cannes Review
Two lonely individuals find each other in a rural French townDir/scr: Erwan Le Duc. France. 2019. 102minsA family broken by tragedy learns how to fix itself in The Bare Necessity (Perdrix), a droll little comedy with surprisingly deep wellsprings of...
'The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao': Cannes Review
Two sisters are forced to live apart in 1950s Rio de JanieroDir: Karim Aïnouz. Brazil. 2019. 139mins Melodrama is a neglected genre, often delivered with a post-modern twist these days. Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz proves in this stirring, heart-wrenching...
'To Live to Sing': Cannes Review
Johnny Ma’s colourful film is centred around a Chengdu Opera troupe on the verge of collapseDir/scr: Johnny Ma. China. 2019. 104 minsA touching but dramatically undernourished tribute to one of China’s dying traditional artforms Canadian/Chinese director...
Why the Irish Film Industry Is in an Upbeat Mood
How are Ireland’s producers, talent and filmmakers placed to take advantage of the insatiable global demand for content?The Irish film industry is in buoyant mood thanks to the international success of a slew of locally produced titles and increased...
'Young Ahmed': Cannes Review
The Dardenne Brothers’ latest is a taut study of a devout 13-year-old MuslimDirs/Scr: Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Belgium, France. 2019. 84minsThe sentimentality that has stolen into the Dardenne brothers recent films is swept aside in Young Ahmed...
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