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Cannes Film Festival: Top 10 & Predictions

by Joanna Orland My week in Cannes has come to an end, and while I didn’t see all of the films In Competition, I did manage my fair share.  Here is my personal top 10 of the films I did see, and my hopes / predictions for the film festival’s Competition prizes! — 10.  Valley […]

Cannes Film Festival: Dheepan

Directed by Jacques Audiard Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby and Vincent Rottiers by Joanna Orland Jacques Audiard’s latest film Dheepan is a powerful drama about three strangers who are brought together through the hardship of war.  To escape war torn Sri Lanka, refugee Yalini finds nine year-old Illayaal to pose as her daughter […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Assassin

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien Starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun and Tsumabuki Satoshi by Joanna Orland While I can certainly appreciate The Assassin‘s elegance, I sadly cannot enjoy it.  The film excels in its beauty and grace, but completely neglects to engage its audience in this slow-burning but beautiful work by Taiwanese director Hou […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux and Ben Whishaw by Joanna Orland The Lobster is a most cynical commentary on both romance and single life in modern society.  No film can make you feel as brilliantly awful […]

Cannes Film Festival: Youth


Youth Directed by Paolo Sorrentino Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda by Joanna Orland Stunning, nostalgic, powerful and divisive, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has created a dazzling piece of cinema with his latest English language film Youth – a film difficult to review as it must be experienced, not […]

Cannes Film Festival: The Sea of Trees

Directed by Gus Van Sant Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts by Joanna Orland The McConaissance Era has come to an abrupt halt with the latest dramatic Matthew McConaughey vehicle The Sea of Trees. Directed by former Palme d’Or winner Gus Van Sant, The Sea of Trees is a melodramatically dull piece of […]

68th Cannes Film Festival Photo Gallery

Cannes Film Festival May 15-22, 2015

Variety UN Women HeForShe Panel

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Variety by Joanna Orland Entertainment journal Variety partnered with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign to host a momentous event at Cannes Film Festival on May 16th, 2015.  Speaking on the subject of gender equality within the film industry, the HeForShe panel included actresses Salma Hayek, Parker Posey and Aishwarya Rai […]

Mad Max: Fury Road

In Cinemas May 14th, 2015 Directed by George Miller Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult by Joanna Orland Is Mad Max: Fury Road perhaps the best action film ever made? Thirty years or so after George Miller’s original post-apocalyptic film series hit the big screen, the director has rebooted the franchise with a […]

Festival de Cannes 2015 Preview

The 68th Festival de Cannes is less than one month away, and exciting details have emerged regarding what the festival-going audience can expect. The biggest news is the Cannes 2015 jury lineup which sees seven key figures of world cinema joining the two Jury Presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.  The jury’s task will be to […]