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Cannes71 Lineup

Shocks and surprises abound in today’s Cannes lineup announcement, an annual event traditionally characterized by a comforting, almost numbing sense of familiarity. Oh the Dardennes again, of course. Almodóvar? Sure. Haneke – évidemment!…

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Besides the Oscars, the Cannes lineup announcement probably most feels like Christmastime for cinephiles everywhere. When festival director Thierry Frémaux finally reveals (usually at a painfully deliberate pace) the names of his guests at…

Berlin Dispatch – That’s a Wrap

All right, so I was WAY off with my predictions this year, nailing exactly zero of all awards presented at the 68th Berlinale. It’s never easy to tell how these things will go down with a small number of jurors coming from an eclectic mix…

Berlin Dispatch – Highlights So Far

Day 4 of the 68th Berlinale. Nine competition films have already screened with ten more to go. For an edition that opened so strong, it’s somewhat disappointing that masterpieces haven’t been landing left and right as hoped. Which is…

Berlin Dispatch – Isle of Dogs

As part of the European A-list film fest trifecta, the Berlin Film Festival – or Berlinale – can’t claim the kind of all-star roster of its counterpart in Cannes nor the sheer old-time glamor of Venice. It also typically bears the least…

Venice Dispatch – mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! serves up an infernal feast of imagination and a sly exploration of the creative process itself. It lifts us to mounting plateaus of tension and just as we think we've got our bearings, it leaps to jaw-dropping…

Venice Dispatch – Downsizing

Happy to report: Alexander Payne has still got it. I would be first to admit that, while I fell in love with Payne after the one-two punch of make the foreign relatable CITIZEN RUTH and ELECTION, the more recent, hugely acclaimed double…

Cannes Dispatch: And That’s a Wrap

With the presentation of the competition awards, the 70th Cannes Film Festival officially closed last night. I called some of the winners in my predictions but failed to place even one of them in the correct category. While it’s always…

Cannes: Who Will Win? Who Should Win?

After 12 days of cinema-worship and excessive partying, the 70th Cannes Film Festival will draw to a close on Sunday. Most journalists here seem to find it a lesser year by Cannes standards - which happens just about every year by the way.…

Cannes 2017: State of Our World

by Zhuo-Ning Su Art inevitable imitates life and at a place like Cannes, where films from every corner of the world are shown, we don’t just get to be wowed by the fine storytelling, but to sample cross-culturally the hopes and fears of…