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'After the War': Cannes Review
A former terrorist hides out in France with is teenage daugher in Annarita Zambrano's debutDir Annarita Zambrano. Fr/It/Bel. 2017. 91mins.The anni di piombo or 'Years of Lead' ­­is the name given to the period in the 1970s and early 1980s when Italy...
'Baywatch': Review
The Rock and Zac Efron bellyflop in this attempted comedic reboot from director Seth GordonDir: Seth Gordon. US. 2017. 116minsThe listless, witless Baywatch belly-flops while trying to emulate the irreverent action-comedy template popularised by the...
Cannes Classic Doc Explores Cary Grant's LSD Habit
A documentary about the late actor examines a little-known aspect of his life.Mark Kidel's Becoming Cary Grant, which screens in Cannes Classics today, foregrounds an aspect of the Hollywood star's life that few of his fans knew about -- his extensive...
Cannes Critics' Week Title 'Ava' Clocks Deals for Bac
EXCLUSIVE: French outfit also scores sales on The Teacher and The Third Wave.French sales company Bac Films is reporting strong interest for French director Léa Mysius's debut feature Ava [pictured], which premiered to packed theatres in Critics' Week...
Cannes Interview: 'The Square' Actor Claes Bang
Screen talks to Danish actor in Cannes.So far there have been two breakout stars of Cannes 2017 - one is the six-year-old girl, Brooklynn Prince, in Sean Baker's The Florida Project, and at the other end of the age spectrum is Claes Bang - a Dane who...
Cannes Reacts to Manchester Terror Attack
Film festival to hold minute's silence, cancels fireworks.There was a minute's silence today (23 May) at the Cannes Film Festival in tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.Twenty-two people were killed in a suicide attack at Manchester...
Edinburgh to Host 'Okja', 'Daphne', Sean Connery Movies, Michael Powell Classic
EXCLUSIVE: Movies with a Scottish flavour include Daphne, The Last Photograph, The Marker, while Okja will also screen.The Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed a host of movies with Scottish connections set to play at its 70th anniversary...
eOne to Merge Film & TV Divisions
The company is "evolving to underpin future growth", as revenues hit £1bn.Peppa Pig producer-distributor Entertainment One (eOne) is to merge its film and television divisions into a single studio operation within the next 12 months (reports Broadcast).In...
Focus Picks Up Lenny Abrahamson, Domhnall Gleeson Ghost Story 'The Little Stranger'
Production scheduled for this summer in the UK.Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson's upcoming The Little Stranger, starring Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter.The deal excludes the UK, France...
'Frost': Cannes Review
Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas journeys into the Ukrainian conflictDir: Sharunas Bartas. Lithuania/France/Poland/Ukraine. 2017. 130 minsWar is hell - but a little murky and not really that interesting in Frost, a conflict-themed road movie from...
'Game of Thrones' Star Kristofer Hivju Readies 'Twin' Series
TrustNordisk, Nordisk Film launch Norwegian TV project.TrustNordisk, Nordisk Film Production and Nordisk Film Distribution are teaming on Norwegian TV-series Twin, created by Kristofer Hivju from Game Of Thrones and Kristoffer Metcalfe.TrustNordisk will...
'Golden Years': Cannes Review
Andre Techine's latest sees a World War I deserter reinvent himself as a woman named SuzanneDir André Téchiné. France, 2017. 103minsCannes may be celebrating André Téchiné for his fifty year career but the filmmaker shows little sign of resting on his...
India's Drishyam Films Launches $20M Production Fund
EXCLUSIVE: Up to 10 features to be produced through new fund.Mumbai-based Drishyam Films is launching a $20m fund to produce eight-10 independent Indian films over the next two years."Our aim is to take Indian cinema to the next level, in terms of script...
Jim Sturgess Joins Kristen Stewart in JT Leroy Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude closes deals on Justin Kelly project.UK actor Jim Sturgess has joined Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger and Laura Dern in Justin Kelly's upcoming JT Leroy biopic, which is shooting preliminary footage here in Cannes. Fortitude International...
'La Familia': Cannes Review
Gustavo Rondón Córdova makes his feature debut with an unconventional chase movie set in CaracasDir/scr. Gustavo Rondón Córdova. Venezuela/Chile/Norway. 2017. 82minsThe unspoken tension between a father and son fuels La Familia, an unconventional chase...
Lat Am Buzz Movie 'The Desert Bride' Scores Key Deals in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Road-movie drama stars Gloria actress Paulina Garcia.Raphael Berdugo's Cité Films has closed key deals on buzzed-about Cannes Un Certain Regard drama The Desert Bride.Deals have closed in Spain (Golem), following interest from multiple parties,...
'Montparnasse Bienvenue' (Jeune Femme): Cannes Review
Laetitia Dosch dominates this Paris-set story of a woman in emotional freefall after a break-upDir/scr. Léona Serraille. Fr-Belgium. 2016. 97minsA fearless, powerhouse performance by Laetitia Dosch infuses every frame of Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune...
Moviehouse Boards UK War Movie 'Boots on the Ground'
EXCLUSIVE: Louis Melville directs story of British soldiers in Afghanistan.Moviehouse Entertainment has boarded world sales on writer-director Louis Melville's completed UK war film Boots On The Ground.Melville previously wrote and directed horror mystery...
'Radiance': Cannes Review
Dir/scr: Naomi Kawase. Jap/Fr. 2017. 101 mins.Naomi Kawase uses the tentative connection between a partially-sighted photographer and a woman who writes film audio descriptions in this finespun exploration of beauty, impermanence and loss. Typically...
Recreation Media Scores Sales on Family Animations in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Two Tales, which sells to Italy among other territories.Los Angeles-based Recreation Media has struck a number of deals here on its family animations Two Tails and Princess In Wonderland led by a deal with Eagle Pictures in Italy.Both...
Safdies on Robert Pattinson's 'De Niro-Like' Performance
Josh and Benny Safdie discuss their new Cannes competition film, the Netflix row and A24.Benny and Josh Safdie are in Cannes Competition this year for the first time with Good Time, having previously featured in directors' fortnight with The Pleasure...
'The Leopard' TV Show in the Works
English-language version of story that was adapted into 1963 Luchino Visconti film announced.Italy's Indiana Production has acquired rights to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's acclaimed novel The Leopard and is lining up an English-language TV adaptation.Fabrizio...
The Story Behind Environment Doc 'An Inconvenient Sequel'
An Inconvenient Sequel directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk reveal why their film has a surprising message of hope.When Participant Film's founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and producer Diane Weyermann were considering the idea of a follow-up to the company's...
'The Workshop (L'atelier)': Cannes Review
Dir. Laurent Cantet. France, 2017. 113minsTackling once again the burning topics of the day - in this case France at political and demographic crossroads - with subtle intelligence and a profoundly humanistic touch, Laurent Cantet (The Class) delivers...
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