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Festival De Cannes

'Not Charity, Just Work': An Interview with the Ethical Fashion Initiative's Simone Cipriani

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time.

Weapon of Peace: A Talk With Odessa International Film Festival's Julia Sinkevych

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Putting a film festival together is never an easy task. There are flight and hotel arrangements to be made, films to secure from their sales agents, celebrities to invite and locations to be booked.

It's All About Zeina Nabulsi, Beirut's Hidden Glamour Gem

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.23.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I wanted to meet Zeina Nabulsi while she was in Cannes, not only because her Zeynah collections are dreamy and gorgeously made but also because of something beloved Elie Saab wrote about this talented designer, based in Beirut.

Basil Khalil's Ave Maria: Questioning the Rules

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Khalil's film doesn't deal with the Netanyahu and Hamas of the conflict, instead choosing the human side of the struggle. When a very small group of Palestinian Carmelite nuns and a family of Jewish settlers "collide" together through a car crash outside the convent, they then need each others' cooperation to get away from one another as soon as possible.

Nadine Labaki on Life, Freedom and Cinema's True Power, in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If there is one film that changed my life, it's Nadine Labaki's Caramel. It is the kind of movie I can watch again and again, and still find hidden within it new gems of wisdom and insights.

Requiem for a Cinematic Heavyweight: Adieu Abu Dhabi Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just a few days before this year's Festival de Cannes, those of us who watch, love and write about Arab cinema received a press release from Abu Dhabi that seemed like just another announcement.

Uncovering The True Cost of Fast Fashion With Livia Firth in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I discovered in Cannes the impact that a new business model of fast fashion produces; this 52-seasons a year retail frenzy that affects the poorer parts of our world in such a horrific way.

Top 5 Tips for Your Next Cannes Film Festival

Sonia Laszlo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Sonia Laszlo

The glamorous Cannes Filmfestival is much more than just a film festival where the French welcome world cinema. Apart from one of the most prestigious festivals, it is also a marketplace for many things.

Jonas Carpignano's Mediterranea in Cannes: The Humanity Beneath the Headlines

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

What drives an issue home each and every time is when it is made personal, when the headlines become faces, or in this case when the refugees of war, hunger, religion or politics, turn into human beings -- just like you and me.

'Chronic' at Cannes: Tim Roth As a Depressed Male Hospice Nurse

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Tim Roth gives an outstanding performance in Michel Franco's new film Chronic, which just premiered at Cannes, as a male nurse who bizarrely goes beyond the call of duty to care for his dying patients.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Aishwarya, Hitchcock, Heelgate and Wajib

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Still a bit to go until the Palme d'Or and Un Certain Regard prizes are announced in Cannes, and speculations are aplenty regarding the winners. Some say the festival was devoid of great works of art, others complained about the Festival de Cannes typical bureaucracy.

'Valley of Love' at Cannes: Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu Summoned to Californian Desert by Dead Son

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

What is most enjoyable in the movie is the Americana kitsch and the setting, filmed from a foreigner's perspective: the Corkscrew Saloon where the couple speak together, the bright supermarket, the hotel pool area and -- especially -- the landscapes of Death Valley.

Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Launches New Program to Help Arab Women Filmmakers

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Karin Badt

Once a restauranteur of high end restaurants and clubs, currently a prominent film producer, Farsi is also the founder of the philanthropic Mohammed S. Farsi Foundation, named after his father, which helps support education, health development and the arts all over the world -- and now this new program at UCLA.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: The DPA Gifting Lounge Top 10 Must Haves

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Usually visiting the DPA Gifting Lounge in Cannes is a treat and a welcomed oasis of treats and beautiful things to behold for this overstretched writer in need of some serious rest. But this year, Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko provided so much more than that.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Stalking Jake Gyllenhaal and the Rebirth of Arab Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Once in Cannes, I hit the ground running. Picked up my credentials, again a flirt fest of pat-downs, s'il vows plaît madame and merci's, and went to visit the United Arab Emirates pavilion, which has seen some changes.

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Ten Reasons I'm Looking Forward to the Croisette

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

When a filmmaker knows how to say the right thing, I'm hooked before I even watch a film. Funny thing is, instinctually I almost always get it right, as far as my personal taste is concerned. The Other Side is a must-watch documentary by fellow Italian Roberto Minervini,

Winter Sleep, Winner of the Palme d'Or, Tipped for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

Winter Sleep, winner of the Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prizes at this year's Cannes Festival, is a film centered on brilliant dialogue where the subtleties of the relationships are slowly unveiled through conversations of what's said and not said.

We Need a Hero: Bill O'Dowd of Dolphin Films Talks Mattel's Max Steel

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

All we really need to do is watch a teenager playing a video game -- trance-like and oblivious to the world around them -- to know that entertainment, in every way shape or form, can change the way we think and act. Personally, I found the deepest meaning of this concept last summer, while visiting a filmmaker for a piece I was writing on him.

Discovering Azerbaijan in Cannes: A Talk with the Torn Cast and Crew

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

While a cacophony of media and breaking news buzz around us in our daily lives, I personally need the human touch to help me understand a country or a situation. And for that human touch I turn to art, music or even better, cinema to get me to the heart of the matter.

My Love Affair With the Cannes Film Festival

Amancay Tapia | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Amancay Tapia

Many of the films that are shown in the Cannes competition and parallel sections are difficult and challenging to watch. This is a festival that encourages artistic freedom and there is always that one movie that will blow everyone away.

These Final Hours: A Chat With Zak Hilditch, Nathan Phillips and Angourie Rice in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

For the first 20-odd minutes, Zak Hilditch's These Final Hours appeared to me like a really well shot, fantastically acted B movie. But then a little girl took over the screen, Rose, an intricately written, important, wise girl who changed everything.

The Titli Interviews: Yash Raj Films' Avtar Panesar in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

When you put together two Indian cinema heavyweights like Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, you can't help but have a winning film.

Reinventing Reality: An Interview With The 'Party Girl' Filmmakers In Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.26.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The film Party Girl, which opened the 'Un Certain Regard' section this year in Cannes, had a very special, personal meaning for me, an extra reason to watch it...

The Titli Interviews: Filmmaker Kanu Behl in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

For me, there is always a film within a festival that defies all expectations. Of course, to even choose a film from a catalogue of hundreds, it has to be on my radar for a few reasons (some truly mundane) which include favorite actor or actress, filmmaker, writer or producer.

The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cannes was full of unusual discussions and strange happenings.