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Cannes Film Festival 2010

Russia Is a Cruel Place: A Conversation with Directors Nikita Mikhalkov and Sergei Loznitsa

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Sergei Loznitsa offers a bleak depiction of a truck driver lost on a road trip across a hostile Russia, who encounters one brutal individual after another as he attempts to make a delivery.

Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe Wins Audience at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Stephen Frears' new film Tamara Drewe is joyous. From the first witty shot on would-be writers in a writers' colony in a small village in England, ...

Kitano Outdoes Kick-Ass Violence at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The question of pleasure in movie violence is key to how one takes Takesha Kitano's newest film Outrage, which premiered this week at Cannes.

Interview With Winner of Cannes Festival: Thai Director Weerasethakul Speaks About Reincarnation

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I met with Weerasethakul, director of Uncle Boonmee, the #2 prizewinning film at Cannes. A man as peaceful and articulate as the movie, he laughed when I asked him to explain his film.

Tim Burton Announces Palme d'Or Winner at Cannes: Thai Film Uncle Boonmee

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Uncle Boonmee quietly took Cannes by surprise for its evocative story of a dying man who experiences his past lives, including one as a buffalo in a jungle and another as a catfish.

Cannes 2010 Wrapup: The Awards, the Reviews, and So Much More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

OK, the 2010 Cannes Film Festival is over. Here are the awards, then the movies I saw rated on a four star scale and in order of basic preference.

Cannes 2010 Prizes: Thailand (and Monkey Ghosts) Win Palme d'Or!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Thailand won its first Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with critical favorite Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Cannes 2010 Day Ten and Eleven: Not So HaHaHa

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

There you are back in the US watching the Shrek franchise implode and shaking your head as MacGruber, the TENTH attempt in a row to spin off a decent ...

Mick Jagger at Cannes: New Film Promotes "Exile on Mainstreet"

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

If anyone has ever had a fantasy of being a rock star living in the south of France, this new documentary on the Rolling Stones' six month tax-evasion inspired sojourn on the Cote d'Azur will feed this fantasy perfectly. A bit too perfectly.

A Conversation with Juliette Binoche on "Certified Copy"

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I was surprised that Juliette Binoche was even more beautiful in real life than in the movies. She answered each question about Kiarostami's new film Certified Copy (in which she stars) with meditative reflection.

Kiarostami's "Certified Copy": Ambiguous Film at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Abbas Kiarostami's new film Certified Copy is ambiguously subtle--and here-in lies the pleasure. The story of a gallery owner (played charmingly by ...

Gael García Bernal: Revolución in a Bergman-less World

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

At Cannes, Gael García Bernal spoke about his directorial adventure with Revolución, a film intended to "make something out of what we think of what.. happened to Mexico during the last 100 years after the Revolution."

Cannes 2010 Day Eight and Nine: Carlos Is Caught

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Carlos the Jackal loomed over Day Eight. For some, the Olivier Assayas film was a daunting roadblock they detoured around. A 5 1/2 hour miniseries smack dab in the middle of the day?

Cannes 2010 Day Six and Seven: Biutiful is Beautiful and Jia is Beautifuler

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The theme of this year's Cannes? It's not economics, as some suggest. It's "less." Less movie stars. Less parties. Less print journalists. Less frenzy. Less crowds. And especially less interviews.

A Screaming Man at Cannes: Chad Director Speaks About Failed Fathers

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It's the only film from sub-Saharan Africa in the Competition at Cannes: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's deeply sad movie about a father, fired from his job as a pool attendant, who betrays his own son.

Cannes: Hope Dawns Where Art Meets Commerce

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

Not every director makes his first feature film and ends up in Cannes. But if Alistair Banks Griffin's journey is any indication, it doesn't mean we should abandon all hope that movies of the future won't reflect the diversity of the human experience.

Beautiful Dresses, Gang Rape and Flowers: Korean Film Poetry Premieres at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Beautiful actress Yoon Jeong-hee gave me the sweetest most bashful smile at the Cannes press conference for the new Korean film Poetry, as I asked director Lee Changdong what poetry really means.

Cannes Premiere: Javier Bardem Stars in Alejandro Inarritu's Biutiful

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

One feels immediately that Biutiful takes place in a "human" universe -- a good thing given the empty aestheticism of some of the other films featured at Cannes this year.

Cannes: Dollars and Sense

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

It is only Day 7 of the Cannes Film Festival and it is a front-loaded festival at that, meaning most people are getting in and getting out. Offices and studios are sending fewer people for less time.

Cannes 2010 Day Four and Five: Mike Leigh's New Gem and Inside Job Rocks The Fest

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

For director Mike Leigh, a truly inspired film is often followed by a smaller, less ambitious one, a sort of throat-clearing before the next big effort.

Cannes 2010 Day Two and Three: Wall Street 2 Stock Down, The Housemaid Burns Up

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Everyone speaks the language of film at the Cannes Film Festival. But there's still a cultural divide. Take the excellent French actor Mathieu Amalric.

Cannes 2010 Day One: Robin Hood Ho-Hum

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's a prototypical opening night film for Cannes. Robin Hood delivers the star power they want to get the flash bulbs popping. Art can wait until tomorrow.