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Cannes Interview: Jean-Michel Blais scored Xavier Dolan's Matthias et Maxime (Competition)

(Still from Matthias et Maxime, Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas and Xavier Dolan)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Franco-Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan (writer, director, producer, actor, editor, costume designer) is no stranger to the glamour of the film festival circuit, particularly the Cannes Film Festival. Some even refer to Dolan as a Cannes' darling. His films It’s Only the End of the World and Mommy did quite well, both receiving prizes, at previous incarnation...

Cannes: A chat with Midi Z and screenwriter/actress Ke-Xi Wu about Nina Wu

(Still from Nina Wu, © Luxbox Films)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   If only the films in Competition and those films in other sections such as Un Certain Regard, where Midi Z's ambitious and somewhat disorienting film Nina Wu premiered could also be up for the best actor  awards. If that were the case, then Ke-Xi Wu's dynamic turn as Nina Wu would have hands-down gotten the best actress award, especially since I watched the winning actress's performance and wa...

Parasite Deserves All the Awards: Press Conference for Bong Joon Ho and his Flawless Cast

(Parasite Press Conference, Bong Joonho, Song Kangho and cast, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Parasite, the new exceptional film from Korean auteur Bong Joonho, is a strong contender for the coveted Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Audiences were brought to laughter, silence, shock, contemplation and back around again by this remarkable piece of cinema. The cast clearly enjoyed the time they spent with Bong Joonho an...

Personal Cannes Favorite: Italian Filmmaker Lina Wertmüller at age 90 Presented Seven Beauties

(Lina Wertmüller, Cannes Classics, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller made movie history in 1977 when she became the first woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for her 1975 film Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties). It starts off making you laugh and then progresses through an array of emotions before finally hitting you so hard that if the tears aren't flowing I really think th...

Scottish Film A Life in August presented in Cannes

First time director Haston McLaren writes and directs A Life In August, is a low-budget unconventional love story set in Scotland. McLaren states: 'A life in Augustis my directorial debut. In fact, prior to embarking upon this film, I had no experience whatsoever of the film industry. My camera experience was nothing more than pointing the lens at objects of interest on my travels. My background is in Music and Engineering. Both of which I have found to be invaluable in the maki...

Robert Rodriguez: Masterclass and Screening of Red 11

(Robert Rodriguez and the cast of Red 11, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Athough I waited in line for three hours to try to get into one of the two press screenings for Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood and didn't make it in either screening the day definitely wasn't a total bust. Instead, I rushed over to Director's Fortnight to join the Masterclass that Mr. Robert Rodriguez was so genero...

Fatih Akin Sighting at Salle du Soixantième for Chicuarotes Premiere

(Chicuarotes World Premiere, Fatih Akin © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER I had the pleasure of chatting with Fatih Akin for a moment after the glorious world premiere of Gael García Bernal's film Chicuarotes, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section.  Although I wasn't fortunate enough to snag an interview with Akin at Berlinale 2019 to discuss his film Der Goldenen Handschuhe (The Golden Glove) I did let him know...

Premiere of Midi Z's Film Nina Wu and Quentin Tarantino as Surprise Audience Member

(Midi Z, cast and crew before the world premiere of Nina Wu, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Nina Wu is an interesting film that hits a hard punch, and it's clear that Midi Z has enjoyed his share of Quentin Tarantino films in addition to other filmmaking greats. It made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section today. It's no surprise to this film journalist that QT showed up for this screening. This is the kind of film that one might thin...

A Hidden Life Press Conference with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner

(Cannes Film Festival Press conference room, 20 May 2019, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   When August Diehl was asked how he thinks that this Terrence Malick film can uplift society he had this to say: "This is something that I will know better once I see the film more and more...Being someone who says no and not really judging others, if there were more people like this especially in Europe with all of the political developments maybe that is t...

Meet the Filmmaker: Rupam Sarmah with 'One Little Finger' in Cannes 2019

One Little Finger is a Narrative Feature film (English) in order to bring awareness about disability and human rights, and to promote inclusion and diversity. Over 80 children and adults with disabilities have acted in this film. Some of them have genetic disorder, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, mental retardation, autism, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, dementia, etc. Over a billion people live with some form of disability. One child in twenty is disabled, but physical ...

Nina: Director Bojana Sutic explains the script

This is not a war story. This is a story of a family that , like many others , had to abandon their homeland, not only because of the war itself, but because someone, somewhere and for obscure reasons, decided that was sinful for the blood of different faiths to mix.    This is Nina’s story, a daughter of these sins. Young Nina passes her carefree childhood in Bosnia, together with brother Damir, loved and cared by their parents, father Jusuf, a Muslim and mother, Vera, a Ser...

Paul Dano on Wildlife

Paul Dano is an American actor, known for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine, There will be blood, Prisoners, Youth. Wildlife starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal is his directorial debut, based on the novel by Richard Ford.  What really spoke to you in this script?    I really wanted to do a film for a long time. And I’m glad it was this book that fell in my hands at the right time. I had read some short stories form the same writer before and I really love...

Pierre Deladonchamps & Vincent Lacoste on Sorry Angel (Cannes 2018 Competition)

Pierre Deladonchamps is a French actor and filmmaker, known for Stranger by the lake, Golden Years & House of Time. In Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite) by Christophe Honoré portrays a 90s Parisian gay writer who develops a relationship with a young student, Vincent Lacoste, who is also one of France's youngest talents, known for Amanda and The French Kissers.  Bodies are very important in Christophe’s films. How did you get comfortable with that?  &nb...

Christophe Honoré on his new film Sorry Angel (Cannes Competition)

  Christophe Honoré is one of the most iconic contemporary French writers and directors, mostly known for Beloved, Metamorphoses & Les Chansons d'amour. Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite), which tells the story of two gay men from different backgrounds who meet in the turbulent Paris of the 90s, premieres in Competition at the 71st Festival De Cannes.    Did the idea come from a very personal place?    It’s a mixture of very personal e...

Queer Palm to Lukas Dhont's "Girl"

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An event that Cannes has still not acknowledged as an official parallel event even if it at Berlin and Venice is the “Queer Palm Award”. This is important in the struggle for inclusion of LGBTQI representation. This year the award went to "Girl" - Lukas Dhont, a bold narrative on a trans teen ballerina (Victor Polster). Selected for “Un Certain Regard” the film won best artistic interpretation (Victor Polster) - non-gender specific for the first time. It is also...

Asia Argento speaks out at Cannes

Tonight at Cannes at the closing ceremony, a bold audacious declaration. Wincing words and truths even for Cate Blanchett. Equality for women in Cannes and the film industry is unfortunately predicated on this raw reality. Asia Argento..... "I was raped by Harvey Weinstein in Cannes in 1997. I was 21-years-old. This festival was his hunting ground. I’m going to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here again. He will never disgrace the community that on...

2018 OFF CANNES FESTIVAL - The results of the GREAT INTERNATIONAL CONTEST ON WEB

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Now'Day Sunday 13 May, Alain Zirah and Anne Gomis have the pleasure to receive at 4pm at the bookstore - tea lounge AUTOUR D'UN LIVRE, 11 rue Bivouac Napoleon 06400 Cannes the preselected artists of the Great International Contest on Web for 2018 OFF Cannes Festival. After the signature of Alain Zirah's book "Cannes Festival backstage" the guests will meet at Le Bivouac bar 1 DAY 1 EVENT where the media will be there, for a presentation of the artists. Till 2005 t...

2018 OFF CANNES FESTIVAL - The results of the GREAT INTERNATIONAL CONTEST ON WEB

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  Now'Day Sunday 13 May, Alain Zirah and Anne Gomis have the pleasure to receive at 4pm at the bookstore - tea lounge AUTOUR D'UN LIVRE, 11 rue Bivouac Napoleon 06400 Cannes the preselected artists of the Great International Contest on Web for 2018 OFF Cannes Festival. After the signature of Alain Zirah's book "Cannes Festival backstage" the guests will meet at Le Bivouac bar 1 DAY 1 EVENT where the media will be there, for a presentation of the artists. Till ...

Sally Griffith to present Anim18 initiative at Animation Day May 16th

Anim18, a celebration of British Animation, will be presented at the 4th Animation Day in Cannes networking event on May 16th.  Sally Griffith is the Director of Cinema at Chapter (Cardiff) and BFI Film Hub Wales.  She is also leading on Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation which is taking place across the UK between April – November 2018 supported by the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and British Council.  Anim18 (#Anim18, @Anim18UK) aims to celebra...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI Three Marathi films are the focus of today’s post: Nati Khel, Nadi Vahate and Copy. They were shown as part of a package at that consisted of as many as eight films, the maximum in any language from any Indian language. TEAFF is organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. It is supported by Department of Culture, Gover...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: IV Screenings continued on Day 4, 5 and 6, and two films were memorable. One was a blast from 1956, made by an all-time great, and the other a laudable 2011 effort, shot in his home country, guerrilla style, by a returning prodigy, without permission I managed to attend nine shows out of the 15, which is a reasonable score. But here I will speak of just two films, since there is much to say. Return to Burma, 2011, 84 min So now we know that Ice Poison ...

Screen your animated film at Animation Day in Cannes - 15% discount code until December 7!

  Screen your animation film at Animaze Daze in Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes in 2018!   Submit your  animated film or script at the must attend animation event where film animation film professionals gather from around the world. Animaze Daze at Cannes is celebrating its 4th successful year at Animation Day in Cannes produced in collaboration with filmfestivals.com and The Montreal International Animation Film Festival  Entries are still open for a happy and...

The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes

The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes Very little is known about Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Punjab with his capital at Lahore, who is said to have gifted the invaluable Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, while a young boy. Time and again, a lobby is raised in India to try and get it back from Britain, only to fizzle out. Dalip Singh remains an enigmatic figure, a missing chapter from India’s colonial history. All that is set to change with oncoming rel...

Women in Motion: Diane Kruger

Women in Motion by Kering concluded today their third edition, conversing with Women in the film business about their experience and their contribution to equal rights for women in the industry. The guest of today's talk was actress Diane Kruger, who spoke about being an actress in the US and Europe, the differences and the fight women are giving to get equal pay and equal treatment within the competitive industry.  Here's a video excerpt from the talk:  About Diane Kruge...

Hot from the trades - Unabomb

  Unabomb is a thriller starring Viggo Mortensen and has been sold to multiple countries, especially in Europe. IM Global was able to make deals all across Europe, selling to Germany (Tobis), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Eagle), Spain (TriPictures), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Splendid), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and the Middle East (Salim Ramia). The film is directed by Robert Lorenz.    - Manette Asta SaveSave ...
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