Sunday , September 23 2018


Spielberg’s ‘BFG’ stomps into Cannes – Director Ade takes Berlin cool to fest

CANNES, France, May 14, (Agencies): Steven Spielberg’s eagerly-awaited family blockbuster, “The BFG”, is premiered at the Cannes film festival Saturday, with the Hollywood director on the Croisette himself to launch it. The film is the first that the Hollywood legend — who has had a string of children-orientated hits since “E.T.” …

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K-culture rides high at Cannes – Blockbuster mix

SEOUL, May 14, (AFP): With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival also shows the country’s growing cinematic clout. Leading the pack is director Park Chan-Wook, whose period drama “The Handmaiden” …

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Saudi actress Ahd Kamel shoots her first feature film – With ‘Bilal’ animated fare newly abloom in Mideast region

LOS ANGELES, May 14, (RTRS): New York-trained Saudi actress-helmer Ahd Kamel is most recognized for her role as the teacher in “Wadjda.” As a director, she received attention with her 2013 short “Sanctity,” which premiered at the Berlinale. She’s shooting her first feature, in her home city of Jeddah. Question: …

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Arab directors seek wider audiences – Sabbagh talks challenges facing Saudi filmmakers

LOS ANGELES, May 14, (RTRS): After being largely confined to auteur ghettos and fest circuits, Arab directors are increasingly shifting toward making more accessible pics that can connect with larger audiences, both at home and abroad. A desire to appeal to a wide audience is nothing new, since historically there …

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Egypt’s Diab ups the ante in ‘Clash’ – Clemency call for Iranian filmmaker facing 223 lashes

LOS ANGELES, May 13, (Agencies): Riots are scary enough, but being locked in a police van in the midst of a riot ups the ante. So Mohamed Diab was asking a lot when he put his cast through the harrowing sequences of “Clash”, the director’s much-anticipated follow-up to “Cairo 678,” …

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‘Eurovision’ well-oiled diplomatic machine – Preventing politics from spilling into the annual glitz fest

STOCKHOLM, May 13, (AFP): In an ideal world, the Eurovision Song Contest would be all about music and cross-border camaraderie. In reality, delicate diplomacy is essential to prevent politics from spilling into the annual glitz fest. A cast of hopeful artists from 26 countries will compete in this year’s final …

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Jamala, Crimean Tatar with harrowing family tale – ‘We’re not guilty … not guilty’

KIEV, May 13, (AFP): “When strangers are coming, they come to your house, they kill you all and say, ‘we’re not guilty, not guilty’.” Those are the harrowing opening words of war-scarred Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision song contest — an occasion that is typically flamboyant and festive and more associated …

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Messy as it is, ‘Slack Bay’ looks great – LeToya Luckett, Lady Gaga to star in Warwick flick

LOS ANGELES, May 13, (Agencies): Set two years before “Downton Abbey” on a wind-blown inlet along the northern coast of France, Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” adds a surreal twist to the peculiar clash of classes witnessed in Europe during the nineteen-tens. For Dumont, who has spent his entire career wallowing …

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Biting Turkish satire scores at Cannes – Allen’s golden-age H’wood love story kicks off

CANNES, France, May 12, (AFP): There is an almost unbearable moment early in the biting Turkish black comedy “Album” — which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday — when a childless couple visit an orphanage to choose a baby to adopt. As they look the child over, it’s clear …

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Clooney gets a conscience in ‘Monster’ – Women directors seen as ‘too risky’

CANNES, France, May 12, (Agencies): George Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-like television personality who’s forced to grow a conscience when a disgruntled viewer holds him hostage on live TV in “Money Monster”, a serviceable, if slight, real time thriller from director Jodie Foster. Clooney’s character Lee Gates is one of …

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