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Cannes 2015 – The Second Thursday

Cannes 2015 – The Second Thursday

With the market beginning to close down, the by the second Thursday of Cannes, attention is turning almost exclusively to the festival and its various sidebars. In a year full of non-native English speakers directing films in English, Rachel Weisz turns up in her second of the festival – after...

Cannes 2015 – The Second Wednesday

Cannes 2015 – The Second Wednesday

Having spent last night partying Hollywood-style with the stars of Sicario, today started with an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. In the lead role, as an FBI kidnap expert seconded to work with the CIA on bringing down a Mexican drug cartel, Emily Blunt could not have looked more dif...

Cannes 2015 – The Only Tuesday

Cannes 2015 – The Only Tuesday

It’s not unusual for a film reviewer to spend the day in darkened rooms, watching film after film after film, but spent most of this day was spent in the same darkened room, watching three films back to back, the only inconvenience being that at the end of each film, everyone had to leave, wal...

Cannes 2015 – The Only Monday

Cannes 2015 – The Only Monday

As well as writing about films, I also write films, so for me, the Cannes market that runs alongside the festival very much comes into its own. One of the events put on at the UK Film Centre as part of the market is a “meet an expert” session, which pairs film-makers with industry inside...

Cannes 2015 – The First Sunday

Cannes 2015 – The First Sunday

Cannes is not just about the screening of films. Like many festivals, it also provides opportunities for aspiring film-makers to network and attend panel discussions by those they aspire to emulate, and it was at one of those events that my day began. The UK Film Centre, one of a couple of dozen nat...

Cannes 2015 – The First Saturday

Cannes 2015 – The First Saturday

It was straight down to business this year. No messing about by the beach. Within two hours of getting off the plane at Nice Airport, I was sitting in the rooftop Salle de Soixantieme cinema, first built to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. With Cannes now marking its 68th e...

Environmental documentary to close Cannes

Environmental documentary to close Cannes

A documentary about one of the first scientist to raise concerns about global warming will bring this year’s Cannes Film Festival to an end, at a closing ceremony that includes the awarding of prizes including the Palme d’Or. Ice and the Sky, by Luc Jacquet – the director of the O...

Rachel Weisz flies the flag for Britain in Cannes

Rachel Weisz flies the flag for Britain in Cannes

The British actress Rachel Weisz will star in two of the films in competition for the Palme d’Or in Cannes next month, but neither of them is British. In fact, of the seventeen competition films so far announced, there’s not a British director among them. Weisz will be seen alongside Col...

Cannes opts for lower profile opening

Cannes opts for lower profile opening

In a departure from recent years, rather than picking an English-language film bursting with high-profile stars, the Cannes Film Festival 2015 has selected a French comedy-drama starring few big names as it’s opening night film. The 68th festival will be opened by La Tête Haute, written and d...

Mel Brooks honoured by BFI

Mel Brooks honoured by BFI

One of America’s best loved comedians, Mel Brooks, has been honoured by the BFI with a Fellowship. The eighty-eight year old director, producer, actor, writer and stand-up received the BFI’s highest award at an event in London, ahead of his one-man show at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Br...

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