It’s finally time to break out the fans, air conditioning window units and anything else that helps cool off sweltering New Yorkers. Memorial Day weekend brought some wonderful weather, though not as nice as the view coming in from Cannes.
Letter from Cannes
CANNES, FRANCE, MAY 19— Love is in the air here at Cannes, and so is at least one Oscar prospect. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard is first out of the gate this year with a riveting performance as a double amputee in Jacques Audiard’s tough, achingly beautiful drama Rust and Bone. Crippled by a freak killer whale accident in the south of France (yeah, I just wrote that), Orca trainer Cotillard mends a shattered life by finding mutual redemption in the arms of a stoic single father and amateur kickboxer (played with muscular intensity by human bicep Matthias Schoenaerts).
Letter from Cannes
CANNES, FRANCE– Last year’s Cannes Film Festival was a bizarre anomaly by any measure. The art-house powerhouse debuted Oscar’s best picture (The Artist); Woody Allen’s highest-grossing film ever (Midnight in Paris); Terrence Malick’s mystical, masturbatory tone poem (The Tree of Life); and Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic melodrama (Melancholia), which prompted the Danish provocateur to announce himself a Nazi, get officially labeled “persona non grata,” and be told he physically can’t come within 100 yards of the festivities. That’s a hard act to follow, even for the French.
It’s official: Europeans don’t have a sense of humor. The Cannes Film Festival announced today that Lars von Trier is “persona non grata” and will not be allowed to return, ever, after he wrapped up a press conference by saying he was a Nazi, was sympathetic to Hitler and wanted to make a movie about the Final Solution “but Read More
Eva! Georgina! Angelina! Inglorious glamour in the south of France Read More
French film Entre les Murs (The Class) won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, according to The New York Times. Directed by Laurent Cantet, this documentary-like drama follows a year in the life of a French schoolteacher working in a tough multicultural section of Paris. (Cue "Gangsta’s Paradise"?) Benicio Read More
While we’re frolicking with Baby Mammas here in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes announced its contenders for the Palme d’Or award this year. Three American directors, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh, and Charlie Kaufman will be among the big 19, according to Bloomberg. A 20th film from France will be Read More
Sean Penn has been named the jury president for this year’s Cannes fest, being held from May 14-25. He directed critically acclaimed drama Into the Wild this year and won an Oscar for his role as a revenge-seeking father in Mystic River. Mr. Penn also won the best male performance prize at Cannes in 1997 Read More