Zaytoun is a film about a most improbable and remarkable friendship between Fahed, a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee, and Yoni, a 30-year-old Israeli combat pilot. The film explores a liminal space between make-believe and reality, between a boy and a man, between Arab and Israeli.
It's got to be tough being actor Michael Cera these days. Cera, the male lead in the critically acclaimed teen pregnancy movie, Juno, has the same general look, feel, and demeanor as Jesse Eisenberg, but because Eisenberg is the "bigger name."
I've experienced my share of interesting subjects, but there is an added layer to Stephen Dorff -- a wonderful truthfulness and inherent kindness that, coupled with his undeniable talent, made this one of my favorite interviews.
Eran Riklis' beautifully crafted, touching films create within their audience a need to do better. His latest, Zaytoun, was named as a runner up for the Audience Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. I caught up with Riklis in Toronto.
LA's Chateau Marmont commands center stage in much of the coverage of Sofia Coppola's new movie Somewhere, but taking a cue from the title, the subject is anywhere but that famed hotel, where in a bygone era John Belushi died of a drug overdose.
Cannes is set to kick-off this evening with the premiere of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Ridley's movie is not in competition, but the premiere is destined to bring the stars out in droves.