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69th Cannes Film Festival

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by Joanna Orland The Cannes Film Festival is a celebration of cinema on an international level, showcasing innovation and raising the profile of the films it selects for its strands.  The festival is the most famous of its kind, and also considered to be the most prestigious.  It is one of the world’s largest film […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Handmaiden

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In Competition The Handmaiden (Mademoiselle) Directed by Park Chan-wook Starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook and Moon So-ri by Joanna Orland Part one of The Handmaiden may come as a surprise to those familiar with the work of director Park Chan-wook.  The film which is set in 1930’s Korea during […]

Cannes Film Festival: Two Lovers and a Bear

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Director’s Fortnight Two Lovers and a Bear Directed by Kim Nguyen Starring Dane DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany by Joanna Orland Two Lovers and a Bear is not your typical love story, obviously.  Set in the Canadian Arctic, the film tells the story of Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two lovers who find a connection in […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Neon Demon

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In Competition The Neon Demon Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves by Joanna Orland “Beauty isn’t everything – it’s the only thing,” says one of the many vacuous characters in Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest polarizing film The Neon […]

Cannes Film Festival: Dog Eat Dog

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Director’s Fortnight Dog Eat Dog Directed by Paul Schrader Starring Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Matthew Cook by Joanna Orland Once I realized that Dog Eat Dog director Paul Schrader is none other than THE Paul Schrader who directed The Canyons starring Lindsay Lohan, everything about this film made sense. I was drawn to the […]

Cannes Film Festival Women in Motion: Chloë Sevigny

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Chloë Sevigny “The more women in power we have, the better it is for us,” says Chloë Sevigny at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  Sevigny is in Cannes promoting her short film Kitty, her directorial debut which tells the story of a young girl who finds herself transforming into a kitten as she grows up. […]

The Nice Guys press conference

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A Nice Film Made By Nice Guys…. by Laura Patricia Jones It’s been a while since a high quality comedy action flick graced our screens and for some time it’s seemed like the classic buddy cop genre was dead. But yesterday in the tongue-and-cheek setting of Mayfair’s Playboy Club, the makers behind The Nice Guys, […]

Cannes Film Festival: Paterson

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In Competition Paterson Directed by Jim Jarmusch Starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani by Joanna Orland A dry yet slightly surreal character study of a bus driver with an inclination towards reading and writing poetry, Paterson is a minimalist observation of the everyday life of an everyday man.  Adam Driver plays Paterson, a bus driver in […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Nice Guys

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Out of Competition The Nice Guys Directed by Shane Black Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley and Kim Basinger by Joanna Orland In 1970’s Los Angeles, inauspicious private detective Holland March (Gosling) teams up with muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy (Crowe) to solve the case of a missing girl named Amelia.  Amelia […]

Cannes Film Festival: Juste La Fin Du Monde

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In Competition Juste La Fin Du Monde (It’s Only the End of the World) Directed by Xavier Dolan Starring Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel by Joanna Orland Xavier Dolan is a prodigy at age 27, with a more prolific directorial career than most seasoned filmmakers.  His latest film Juste […]