Pedro Almodóvar to head Cannes Festival jury

The flamboyant icon of Spanish cinema and world-famous director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar is to be the next President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes, which begins on 17th May and will be celebrating its 70th edition. Five of his  films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best…

Cannes Film Festival – Ma Loute (Slack Bay) – Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont’s Ma Loute, in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is an irritating mix of slap-stick comedy, outrageous overacting and surreal imagery underpinned with a dash of social realism. Described as one of France’s most important contemporary film makers, Dumont’s art-house, radical style is certainly not to everyone’s taste. Ma Loute bombards the…

Cannes reveals 20 festival films

The organisers of the 69th Cannes Film Festival have announced the 20 films in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or awarded by a jury led by Mad Max director George Miller. Four French directors have films in competition – Olivier Assayas, Bruno Dumont, Alain Guiraudie and Nicole Garcia.  Garcia is also one of three female directors presenting a film at…

Stars line up for Cannes Film Festival 2016

  With two months still to go before the start of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, news is beginning to trickle in as to who will grace this year’s Croisette and climb the famous red-carpet outside the Grand Palais. Jodie Foster will be there accompanied by lead actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts for her…

Cannes 2015: La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man) – Stéphane Brizé

Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi du Marché, one of four French films in the official competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, is social realism at its grittiest and most unforgiving.  Mostly set in one of the featureless out-of-town shopping centres much loved by French directors of late (Louis-Julien Petit’s Discount, Marianne Tardieu’s Qui Vive),  Brizé’s film takes…

Cannes film festival 2015 v Oscars

Just three days to go before the stars hit the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. Jaqcues Audiard, actor/director Maïwenn, newcomer Stéphane Brizé and Valérie Donzelli are among the French directors competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or while Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall…