L’Amant Double – François Ozon

Ozon’s  L’Amant Double failed to pick up any prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which is not to say his take on Joyce Carole Oate’s Lives of the Twins is without merit. This erotic thriller does the job of keeping the audience guessing and is full of entertaining filmic references and cinematic devices. But…

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…

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…

Top 10 female French directors to watch

With three female French directors in competition for the first time ever for the prestigious Best Director prize at the upcoming César film awards in France, it’s interesting to note Maiwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot and Deniz Gamze Ergüven are not the only woman producing quality films in what is usually a male-dominated industry. Here are ten…

Mon Roi – Maïwenn

Emmanuelle Bercot had a cracking year at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  First off she directed the opening film La Tȇte Haute to generally positive reviews. She then switched hats to take a leading in role in Maïwenn’s Mon Roi opposite the ever-watchable Vincent Cassel for which she took home the Best Actress prize.  Expectations…

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard: Video review

Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard was the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Audiard is considered by many critics to be one of the best French directors currently making films. Dheepan was a controversial choice for the top prize at Cannes. Whether or not it is ‘classic’ Audiard, as…

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard

As Europe struggles to stem the floodtide of refugees crossing its borders, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan is a grim reminder of the conditions faced by many who successfully make the transition to a new country.  It was a controversial choice for this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the announcement was booed by…

Love – Gaspar Noé

After a less than rapturous welcome at the recent Cannes Film Festival, the general public now has the chance to judge whether the latest film from provocative French director Gaspar Noé was worth all the fuss.  Love is Noé’s semi-autobiographical story of a director who wants to make a film about “sentimental sexuality”  Noé certainly…