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  • Cannes Film Fests 2018: Jia Zhang-ke’s Ash Is the Purest White

    Tradition Vs. Modernity has been a consistent theme in the work of the highly acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, a staple presence in all the major world festivals, especially Venice and Cannes. His new work, Ash Is Purest White represents a point of departure in some ways: It is a genre work, jianghu underworld movie, […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Long Day’s

    S YNOPSIS Luo Hongwu revient à Kaili, sa ville natale, après s’être enfui pendant plusieurs années. Il se met à la recherche de la femme qu’il a aimée et jamais effacée de sa mémoire. Elle disait s’appeler Wan Quiwen… Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled several years ago. He begins […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Wildlife–Carey Mulligan on Playing Unfaithful Woman

    Carey Mulligan plays a woman who cheats on her husband in Paul Dano’s feature directing debut, Wildlife, a 1960s-set drama that opened the selective Critics Week sidebar of the 2018 Cannes Film Fest.

    Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood: Size of Blockbuster, Special Effects, Social Media–All Matter

    Variety Reports: In the 1990s, stars likes Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, and Jim Carrey commanded salaries of $20 million for every film they made, plus profit participation  But those days are gone, and the number of actors who get pay packages on that order is dwindling. Superheroes and Star Wars movies are the […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Pawlikowski’s Cold War–Historical and Political Context

    1949-1964: Gaps in the Story Cold War takes place over 15 years, and although it is sequential, there are ellipses. Years at a time are left out, and the audience, guided by intermittent blackouts and titles noting the time and place, must fill in the blanks. Pawlikowski explains that he chose to do it this […]

    Book Club:

    Four lifelong friends have their lives turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club reads the infamous “Fifty Shades of Grey.” From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane […]

    Cannes Film Fest 1989: Spike Lee’s Denied Top Honor for Do the Right Thing

    Spike Lee still feels that he was unfairly denied the top honor of the Cannes Film Fest, the Palme d’Or, for Do the Right Thing in 1989, when the winner was Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape. “Look, me and Steven are cool, have always been cool. But that thing was commandeered by Wim Wenders,” […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman–Preview

        Based on a memoir by Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman centers on an African-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, duped Grand Wizard David Duke and became the head of a local chapter in Colorado. John David Washington, son of Lee’s collaborator Denzel Washington, stars as Stallworth, and Adam Driver plays […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Dear Son (Weldi), Directed by Mohamed Ben Attia

    Weldi (Dear Son), Written and Directed by Mohamed Ben Attia   Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares with his wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy’s repeated migraine attacks are […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs)–Directors Fortnight

    JOUEURS (Treat Me Like Fire), Directed by Maria Monge Written by Marie Monge
Julien Guetta
with the collaboration of Romain Compingt Starring Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin, Karim Leklou, Bruno Wokowitch, Marie Denarnaud, Jean-Michel Correia, Henri-Noël Tabary When she meets Abel, Ella’s life is turned upside down. Irresistibly drawn to this elusive lover, the young woman discovers the […]

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