I have seen 14 movies that expand the imagination, mirror our society and convince us that cinema is the very best reason to visit Cannes. Twelve days of four of hours sleep a night leaves me in a state of total cinematic euphoria and social exhaustion.
Although he has perhaps destroyed his future at Cannes, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia is one of his best films. Von Trier exposes his inner wounds with wild imagination, and this is why he earns respect, despite his notorious provocative personality.
This movie sounded like a train wreck: an aging rocker goes on a quest to hunt down the Nazi that tormented his father in Auschwitz. Out of this unpromising description comes one of the most eccentric performances of Penn's career.
Roger Corman is a mythic hero in the movie business for his indisputable achievements and generosity. Yesterday his generosity continued: at age 85, he gave a Master Class to young would-be American filmmakers on how to be a success.
"I need three criteria to make a film," de France said with a full smile. "To like the character, to work with great directors, and to love the story. When Dardenne or Eastwood call you, of course you say yes."
While artsy auteur films are the trademark of Cannes, some movies here have a less than lofty goal: to make money. The new Hong Kong 3-D erotic movie, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, is a case in point