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A QUIET PROTEST ACCOMPANIES BRAZIL’S “MAGNIFICENT” CANNES ENTRY

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

These days, the only thing in Brazil that is more abundant than coffee is chaos — economic and political. A week after the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached by the legislature, a screening of Brazil’s entry in the Cannes Film Festival’s official competition, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, was accompanied by an anti-government […]

NOT MUCH BUZZ AT CANNES, BUT A LOT OF HO-HUMS

May 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Several past favorites of Cannes’ selection committee have returned this year, but their films, while earning respectable and respectful notices have failed to generate the kind of acclaim that many of their previous works had earned. Jeff Nichols, whose 2012 film Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, was cheered when it debuted at Cannes in 2012, was […]

WILL IT BE A “TONI” AWARD AT CANNES?

May 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Going into the homestretch at the Cannes Film Festival, which ends on Saturday, the clear leader for the top Palme d’Or award, at least among the critics here, is Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann. All the more remarkable is the fact that it is a German comedy, more or less a rarity in the land of […]

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD MOVIE DEBUTS AT CANNES

May 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to many pop-culture historians, the cultural revolution of the ’60s began when writer Ken Keasey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) set off on a transcontinental trip with his band of Merry Pranksters on a school bus covered with psychedelic patterns from La Honda, California, near San Francisco, to the 1964 World’s Fair in […]

A GIANT QUESTION IN ROOM AT SPIELBERG’S CANNES NEWS CONFERENCE

May 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Only days after reporters covering the Cannes Film Festival were taken to task for failing to ask Woody Allen about the latest accusations by his son Dylan Farrow that he sexually abused his sister when she was seven years old, those reporters were still reluctant to put any controversial questions to Steven Spielberg. Both Allen […]

GEORGE CLOONEY, JULIA ROBERTS AND JODIE FOSTER GRACE CANNES’ RED CARPET

May 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to reviews of Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, which was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night, you pays your money and you takes your choice. Although the festival audience gave the film a four-minute ovation following the screening, U.S. critics, for the most part, held their applause. Joe […]

SHOULD CANNES REPORTERS HAVE CHALLENGED WOODY ABOUT ABUSE CHARGE?

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Press conferences at the Cannes Film Festival often drown in the gushes of celebrity journalists who are likely to preface their questions with some fawning remark about how they loved the celebrity’s latest film. This year, however, they are being criticized for not challenging Woody Allen about ancient allegations that he sexually abused his daughter […]

REFUGEE DOCUMENTARY WINS TOP PRIZE AT BERLIN FILM FEST

February 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in its 66-year history, the Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — has awarded its top prize, the Golden Bear, to a feature documentary. The Italian film Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), from director Gianfranco Rosi, concerns the predicament of the masses of refugees fleeing Islamist terror in the Middle East who […]

SPIKE LEE BLASTS INTO THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

February 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Spike Lee’s “rap musical” Chi-Raq, based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, opened to solid reviews but dismal domestic ticket sales last December. In its opening weekend, it earned just $1.2 million in 305 theaters. Two weeks later, it expanded to 1,576 theaters and grossed just $120,019 or an average of just $76 per theater — indicating that […]

MICHAEL MOORE BOWS OUT OF BERLINALE SCREENING

February 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A day before Michael Moore’s latest theatrical documentary, Where to Invade Next was to have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Moore’s company released a statement saying that it would premiere without him. Moore, who had been rushed to the hospital and placed in the ICU after contracting pneumonia earlier this month, was […]

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