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…

Mal de Pierres (From the land of the Moon) – Nicole Garcia

For her first film in the director’s chair since 2013’s Un Beau Dimanche, Nicole Garcia has adapted Milena Agus’ best selling novel Mal di Pietre and drafted in Academy award winning actress Marion Cotillard and the brooding Louis Garrel in the lead roles.  Beautifully filmed by Christophe Beaucarne who also worked on Coco before Chanel, Mal…

Kristen Stewart reunites with Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper

by Paula Schwartz Kristen Stewart and French director Olivier Assayas joined forces again in Personal Shopper, one of three films starring Stewart screening at the New York Film Festival. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and earned Assayas the Best Director award which he shared with director Cristian Mungui. Stewart and Assays had great success…

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…

Eperdument (Down by Love) – Pierre Godeau

For his second feature, director Pierre Godeau’s has drafted in two of the finest of a younger generation of French actors. Guillaume Gallienne of the prestigious La Comédie Française who drew rave reviews for his directorial debut Les Garcons, et Guillaume, à Table for which he also received the 2014 Best Actor César.  And Adèle Exarchopoulos who…

Arnaud Desplechin wins Best Director César

Arnaud Desplechin beat stiff competition from Emmanuelle Bercot, Maiwenn, Deniz Gamze Erguven, Xavier Giannoli and Jacques Audiard to take home the Best Director César for Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse. Deniz Gamze Erguven did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. She won the César for Best First Film and Best Editing as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best…

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang wins Prix Lumières for Best Film

Nominated for several awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the César for Best Director and Best Film, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang already has the Prix Lumières for Best Film under her belt. The Lumières awards which took place on 8th February are chosen by foreign press correspondants based in France and are considered…

Les Chevaliers Blancs (White Knights) – Joachim Lafosse

Lafosse’s film is based on the true story of Zoé’s Ark, a French NGO whose members were arrested for illegally trying to fly 103 African children from Chad to France in 2007. At the time the story raised questions over whether the affair was simply humanitarian goodwill gone wrong or more worryingly a sinister cover for…