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Cannes Film Festival

Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

Loach’s anti-austerity film wins him a 2nd Palme d’Or

The British director Ken Loach has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the second time. Ten years after winning the Palme d’Or for his story of Irish nationalism, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the jury – this year led by the Mad Max director George Miller – chose I...

Cannes 2015 ends with Palme d’Or for Audiard

Cannes 2015 ends with Palme d’Or for Audiard

A Cannes Film Festival that opened with one French director has ended with another taking the top prize; at the fourth time of asking, Jacques Audiard, who most recently impressed at Cannes with A Prophet and Rust and Bone, has finally won the Palme d’Or for Dheepan, a gritty drama about Sri L...

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...

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