Jul 102022
Godard Does FaceTime

The late, great Jean-Luc Godard re-invented the Cannes press conference during the 2108 Festival, by speaking with journalists via a smartphone using FaceTime. This post offers some of the highlights. +++ Godard’s Guernica FaceTime with Godard 1. Thinking with Your Hands 2. Editing Comes First 3. An Editing Equation 4. Separating Image & Sound 5. [...]

Jul 132021
Carne y Arena - Amazing VR by Iñarritu & Lubezki

I have written a post of my impressions of the amazing Virtual Reality istallation by director Alejandro G. Iñarritu with cinematographer Emmanuel (“Chivo”) Lubezki, that I saw at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Alejandro and Chivo have previously collaborated on Birdman and The Revenant. Carne y Arena is presently showing in Los Angeles and Milan. [...]

May 302015
Palme d'or winner Jacques Audiard

— “What interested me in this was the Other. How do we see him and perceive him, how does he perceive us? How do we perceive the people who sell us roses at a café terrace, and who we send away without looking at them? They come from some place. That was what interested me.” [...]

May 182014
Teaser for WILD TALES by Damián Szifrón

— Presented in the Main Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This portmanteau of shorts on the theme of vengeance by Argentine director Damián Szifrón looks promising. watch on YouTube “Todos podos perder el control” +++

May 102014
Ferrara's "Welcome to New York" trailer

I admit that I’m intrigued to see Abel Ferrara’s take on the DSK scandal (the French head of the IMF who was accused of forcing himself on a hotel maid). In a thinly-veiled reference to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gérard Depardieu plays a dissolute businessman, and Jacqueline Bisset his rich wife. The trailer is in French, but [...]

May 252013

Abdelatif Kechiche’s 3-hour film of a lesbian love story is astounding, heart-breaking, intimate, erotic, beautiful. Pure cinema. Blue is the Warmest Color deserves the Cannes Palme d’Or from Steven Spielberg’s jury. Adèle Exarchopoulos is extraordinary in the title role, wonderfully supported by Lea Seydoux. They deserve to win best actress together, but Cannes rules forbid [...]

May 182013
2013 Cannes Festival Deciders

The nine jurors for the 2013 Cannes Festival make for an impressive line-up: Cristian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, jury president Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Lynne Ramsay What a diverse and talented group, including world-class directors Mungiu, Spielberg & Lee.