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French director Ozon plays with psycho-sexual thriller genre at Cannes

May 27, 2017 By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France (Reuters) – Critics at the Cannes Film Festival had a field day on Friday with “L’Amant Double” (The Double Lover), the latest movie from prolific French director Francois Ozon. The story of a young woman who has an affair with her psychiatrist and then his twin brother delivers lots of sex and even more Freudian symbolism in a film that Ozon said borrowed some of the styles of Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and David Cronenberg. Far from the intellectual fare that…

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Cannes Film Festival observes minute’s silence for Manchester

May 23, 2017 By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France (Reuters) – Filmmakers and fans at Cannes held a minute’s silence on Tuesday for the victims of the bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, condemned by the film festival’s organizers as an “attack on culture, youth and joyfulness”. French actress Isabelle Huppert joined Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Fremaux and his staff on the red-carpeted steps that usually host smiling movie stars heading to premieres. “The people who were there last night at that music concert were doing exactly what we…

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Eastwood recalls childhood dream to “pack a gun and ride a horse”

May 22, 2017 By Christian Levaux CANNES, France (Reuters) – Clint Eastwood was just like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the 1930s and 40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival, where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed director. “Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse,” Eastwood, 86, told admirers at a masterclass he gave on the fringes of the festival. “So as a kid I liked…

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Inarritu puts a border guard’s gun to your head in VR film at Cannes

May 22, 2017 By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France (Reuters) – There’s sand under your bare feet and a breeze on your face, but as a family rushes toward you through the desert gloom, you are suddenly a world away from the nearby beaches of Cannes. This is “Carne y Arena”, a virtual reality film that Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu has brought to the Cannes Film Festival, immersing the viewer in the fear, chaos and violence experienced by migrants trying to cross to the United States from Mexico. For the viewer…

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Will Smith brings fresh air of West Philly to Cannes jury

May 18, 2017 By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France (Reuters) – Whooping with excitement and high-fiving reporters, Will Smith looked like he was ready to have fun as a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury that assembled in this French Riviera resort on Wednesday. “West Philadelphia is a long way from Cannes,” said Smith, referring to the scrappy neighborhood in the northeastern U.S. city where he grew up. “The Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate prestige in cinema. “So I am excited to be here, more than anything to learn,”…

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Cannes to open with feast for art-house movie buffs

May 16, 2017 By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France (Reuters) – No Hollywood blockbusters this year, but the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, has a rich line-up of art-house movies that one critic has called the most appealing in a decade. While a fight between American streaming giant Netflix and French movie theaters has overshadowed the opening, fans of auteur cinema are excited to see the latest works by the likes of Noah Baumbach, Francois Ozon and Lynne Ramsay. Todd Haynes, director of acclaimed lesbian drama “Carol”, has…

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Nicole Kidman fans get a treat as Cannes festival lineup unveiled

April 13, 2017 PARIS (Reuters) – Nicole Kidman will supply multiple doses of Hollywood glamour at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, appearing in four productions during the two-week movie showcase, the organizers said on Thursday as they announced the full line-up. The Australian Oscar winner stars alongside Colin Farrell in two movies in competition: “The Beguiled”, an American Civil War-era story directed by Sofia Coppola, and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, best known for 2015’s critically acclaimed “The Lobster”. Kidman also stars in two…

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