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Move over Ken Loach: socially conscious cinema has new heroes | Caspar Salmon | Opinion

In Cannes, a new breed of imaginative, poetic directors are making Loach’s approach to sociopolitical drama look old hatThis year’s Cannes film festival staged a clash that might have passed viewers by: namely, a fight between good old-fashioned social realism and a new, politically conscious cinema – one also concerned with probing sociopolitical injustice, but in a looser, more refracted way. Continue reading...

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival | Film

Black-comic thriller from South Korean director of Okja and Snowpiercer takes the top honours at the 72nd edition of the festival•The awards – live!Bong Joon-ho has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for his black comic thriller Parasite.The South Korean director is best known for previous films Okja and Snowpiercer, and earned rave reviews for his new film, which is about a poor family who insinuate themselves as servants into a much richer one. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw describ...

Sorry they missed you, Tarantino – but Cannes was right to celebrate Parasite | Film

Bong Joon-ho’s is a superbly worthy winner of this year’s Palme d’Or – though it’s a real shame there was no recognition for Once Upon a Time … in HollywoodThe Cannes Palme d’Or has been given to a gorgeous film which instantly beguiled everyone who saw it, and it became the talking point at the festival for days. Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is a gripping satirical parable of class, status and injustice — an invasion of the lifestyle snatchers that was widely compared to the Joseph...

Cannes 2019: the winner of the Palme d'Or to be announced – live | Film

Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar are among those competing for the top prize as the film festival draws to a close. Follow all the action as it happensCannes 2019: read Peter Bradshaw’s Palme predictions 5.39pm BST One film that surely won’t win anything tonight is Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo. A sequel to the Blue is the Warmest Colour director’s hedonist opus Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno, Intermezzo has received a critical savaging for essentially being a three-and-a-ha...

Tarantino is back! 10 things we learned from Cannes 2019 | Film

Elle Fanning wins the style stakes, Quentin Tarantino gets movie nostalgia, film stars watch TV just like us, and everyone’s crazy about The LighthouseGood news from Cannes for anyone who went off Quentin Tarantino when he started making westerns and war films: the director has gone back to his Pulp Fiction roots with Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, a terrific 1960s-set drama starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Continue reading...

Sylvester Stallone: next Rocky film should focus on immigration | Film

Actor outlines premise that ‘could work’ for franchise but says his all-American heroes were never intended as political symbolsSylvester Stallone has said he wants to make a new Rocky film in which the boxer encounters an immigrant living illegally in the US.Speaking during a Q&A at the Cannes film festival, the actor said he had no plans to appear in another film in the Creed spin-off series but “had a great idea” for a new Rocky movie. He suggested the film would likely not be made, but “...

Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo review – an arthouse Love Island | Film

Abdellatif Kechiche takes his love story sequel to a nightclub for hot sex, but blows its cinephile credentials in four hours of indulgent sweatThe heterosexual rapture of Abdellatif Kechiche goes on … and on … and on ... and on. His epic female buttock fetish stretches to the far horizon. Kechiche has reaccentuated buttocks. He has doubled down on buttocks. Almost the very first shot is of a woman’s naked bottom, massively filling the screen, like an inflatable by Terry Gilliam.Mektoub My Love:...

Cannes 2019: Peter Bradshaw's picks – and Palme d'Or predictions | Film

Our chief critic’s considered verdict on new movies from big-hitters Almodóvar, Tarantino, Malick and Loach, as well as the buzz around homegrown talent Céline SciammaThis has been an excellent Cannes, despite a middling opener from Jim Jarmusch – a tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy called The Dead Don’t Die, which was moderately amusing when we were hoping for immoderately.It is not merely that great work has been presented by the established old-stagers and silverback gorillas of the festival’s hi...

The reels on the bus: inside Cannes's first creche | Film

Children are the new VIPs, say organisers of a nursery to help festival-goers balance deal-making with childmindingAway from the hustle of the Croisette, some Cannes film festival attendees are busy taking a nap. You might surmise that they are recovering from one of the festival’s many afterparties, but you’d be wrong. Alongside them, other “delegates” are busy singing nursery rhymes, or having their nappies changed.For the first time, a daycare centre has been installed at Cannes, as part of L...

Matthias & Maxime review – Xavier Dolan's heartfelt tale of male longing | Film

Two friends’ playful kiss rekindles suppressed feelings in a film swept along by rattling dialogue and simmering tensionsXavier Dolan’s unstoppably garrulous, sweet-natured new movie is a coming-of-age film, or possibly an approaching-thirtysomethinghood film. Or perhaps it’s a portrait of a bunch of friends for whom things would never be the same again after that summer. It is not exactly a sexual awakening tale because the sexuality in question never really went to sleep. But it is a love stor...

'I reject your hypothesis': Tarantino lashes out at criticism over female actors | Film

Director reacts angrily to questions about limited screen time for Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, and violence against female charactersQuentin Tarantino responded sharply to questions about the portrayal of women in his films and disgraced director Roman Polanski at a press conference in Cannes for his new drama Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.The director, whose latest effort premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday evening, was in no mood to discus...

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood review - Tarantino's dazzling LA redemption song | Film

With Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt playing a TV actor and stuntman who cross paths with the Manson cult, Tarantino has created an outrageous, disorientating entertainmentQuentin Tarantino’s exploitation black-comedy thriller Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare in late-60s California: a B-movie loser’s state of grace.It’s shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colours of sky blue and sunset gold: colours with the...

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits Cannes to red-carpet circus | Film

Los Angeles-set thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt the festival’s hot ticket, with Tarantino imploring audience members not to reveal the plotTwenty five years to the day that Pulp Fiction debuted at the Cannes film festival, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French Riviera with for his much-anticipated film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.A 60s-set drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a floundering western star and Brad Pitt as his long-suffering stuntman, the film premiered to appl...

Lux Æterna review – self-parodic silliness from Gaspar Noé | Film

Noé’s mockumentary about a movie shoot going horribly wrong goes … horribly wrongGaspar Noé has followed up last year’s festival smash Climax with this insufficiently diverting anti-climax, showing in Cannes as a special screening out of competition. It is a 52-minute novella-proportioned sketch, all about a movie shoot going horribly wrong. Commissioned to make a quarter-hour TV ad for Yves Saint Laurent, the director persuaded his sponsors to let him pump it up to something bigger, but not tha...

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