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CANNES, France, May 16, (Agencies): Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson star in Cannes contender “The Captive”, a Canadian thriller about a powerful, technologically savvy paedophile ring which divided critics at the world’s top film festival Friday.
A keenly awaited press screening of the picture by Atom Egoyan ahead of the red-carpet premiere drew the first boos of the competition for what one critic called an “asinine, risible plot”, but also a solid round of applause.
“The Captive” stars Reynolds, best known for comic book hero roles in “Green Lantern”, “X-Men: Wolverine” and “Blade: Trinity”, as a father whose young daughter is abducted and vanishes for eight years.
The film, set in the frigid expanses of rural Ontario, takes a page from the real-life ordeals of kidnap victims such as Natasha Kampusch and Jaycee Lee Dugard held for years against their will by sexual predators.
Cassandra, now seen in her teens, is held in a locked, windowless cellar decorated as a little girl’s bedroom and forced by her captor to appear in videos to lure fresh prey.

The paedophile network not only posts videos of the children’s abuse online, but also installs hidden cameras to capture the suffering of their parents at home, leading one cop to call them “a whole new class of freaks”.
Dawson, who starred in “Sin City” and “Men in Black II”, plays the head of a police child victims unit trying to rescue Cassandra who long suspects her father may have been involved in her abduction.
But she herself becomes a target of the ring of well-connected sexual deviants, who want to stop the investigation and exploit her own memories of childhood trauma.
Egoyan, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1997 drama “The Sweet Hereafter” about the impact of a tragic bus accident, also wrote the screenplay for “The Captive”.
He said the abduction of a boy in his own hometown in Canada and the questions of responsibility it raised for everyone in the community had given rise to the project
“I put the viewer into a place where you’re not sure how far this goes, like how deep this goes, and how implicated you are watching it as well,” he said.
“It’s a territory that I find really powerful.”
Reynolds said his own brother works in a similar unit to the one Dawson leads in the film and was drawn to the script’s examination of the pressures on those trying not to despair while confronting horrific crimes.
“I had never really seen a story that examined it in this way, and that really followed these people trying to cope with what was happening,” he said.
Dawson said the film underscored her own experience working with troubled kids in New York, in which abusers are often those most trusted by both children and their parents.
“I think a lot of time paedophiles are shown to be outcasts of society,” she said.
“Actually it could be the person sitting right next to you right now.”
US critic Jordan Hoffman called the film “more fascinating than awful” with “some decent scenes”, despite an “asinine plot”, while Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian blasted it as “so misjudged from start to finish it feels like a terrible dream”.
Industry magazine Variety dismissed the story as “a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into previously unentered realms of self-parody”.
But French daily “20 minutes” hailed it as “absolutely suspenseful” and a “great genre film”.
“The Captive” is one of three Canadian films in competition in Cannes this year, along with new movies by David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, out of 18 vying for the festival’s Palme d’Or top prize.

CANNES, France:
The stars of the Turkish film “Winter’s Sleep” are showing their solidarity for those affected by the mining tragedy in that country as they promote the film in Cannes.
The actors and director held up signs with the hashtag Soma during their photo call Friday for the movie.
Soma is the Turkish city where at least 284 people were killed in a fire in a coal mine, the country’s worst mining accident. There has been an outcry of anger and protests from the public, some of whom blame the government for not taking action to correct alleged safety problems in Turkey’s mines.
“Winter’s Sleep,” by director Nuri Blige Ceylan, is a family drama starring Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Melisa Sozen. All four held the signs for photographers on Friday.

It’s not a Hollywood production, but a movie about the Malaysian plane tragedy is in the works and should be in theaters by fall.
Rupesh Paul Productions is promoting “The Vanishing Act” among buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. A poster for it promises to tell “the untold story” of the missing plane, but in an interview Friday, the associate director of the movie, Sritama Dutta, said the only similarities between the thriller and the real-life disaster is that a plane is missing.
“It has got no similarities,” said Dutta, adding there have been so many developments with the actual case that it wouldn’t be practical to try to mirror it. “We cannot keep up with the true facts, it’s changing every day.”

CANNES, France: Oscar-nominated Naomi Watts says she’s had enough with female directors constantly being sized up to their male counterparts.
Speaking to The Associated Press, the “Impossible” star said that “female directors and actresses have a different voice, different stories. It’s not helpful to be compared to men.”
Watts, who wore a pink strapless dress and long Bulgari white gold and diamond necklace, was in Cannes on Thursday night to attend Calvin Klein’s “Women in Film” alongside Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Rooney Mara.
The underrepresentation of women in directorial roles has been a hot topic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with Jane Campion — the first female filmmaker to have ever won the Palme d’Or — sitting as jury president.
“Jane Campion is right to say that there’s an inherent sexism in the film industry. But there’s also a lack of women putting themselves forward,” Watts added.


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