This week’s movie news echoes the mystery, beauty and latent horror of the season.
Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier is negotiating his return to Cannes for his new film“The House That Jack Built” after being banned from the festival in 2011 for comments about the Nazis.
Last year, the Holocaust film “Son of Saul” made a major impact at Cannes. This year, the Jewish flavor is harder to discern — though films by Olivier Assayas, Woody Allen and Ken Loach have caught our critic’s eye.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival has what it takes to be a vintage edition, with Woody Allen leading a pack of celebrated filmmakers presenting their movies to the French Riviera crowds.
Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’ will open the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, setting a record for Allen as the only director with three opening-night films to premier at the prestigious festival.
Natalie Portman said she had lots of support while directing her first film, about the childhood of Israeli intellectual Amos Oz, shown in Cannes.
Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has updated the classic Holocaust melodrama ‘The Search.’ Yet he gives the film a haunting new setting: Chechnya.
‘Wild Tales,’ the latest film by Argentinean Damian Szifron includes of surreal, violent vignettes about losing control. Our critic loves the one in which a Jewish wedding gets ruined.
Of the themes to emerge during this year’s Cannes Film Festival — incest, dogs, neglected children — uncommonly strong women have been the most pervasive. This seems appropriate in a year where the jury is presided over by Jane Campion, the only woman to win a Palme d’Or in the history of the festival. As the festival opened, Campion accused the film industry of “inherent sexism.” Thierry Fremeux, who runs the festival, has by way of a rebuttal pointed out that one-fifth of the films in the official selection are by female directors, including two in competition.