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French Riviera Film Festival Wraps Up Inaugural Year With Special Awards Ceremony

The inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) https://youtu.be/V0IjgNE4pF4, celebrating short film and short-form content, is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. FRFF, produced by Cloud21 International (www.cloud21.com) and Kultura PR International (www.kulturapr.com), was held on May 18 and 19, 2019 in Cannes, France at Eden Hôtel & Spa (www.eden-hotel-cannes.com). Winners were announced at on May 19 at a gala awards ceremony that featured a sp...

Chicuarotes: Gael García Bernal Cheered on by Jury President Alejandro González Iñárritu

(Chicuarotes World Premiere, Gael García Bernal and cast, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Cannes 2019 Jury President Alejandro González Iñárritu joined a packed house to cheer on Gael García Bernal at the world premiere of his film Chicuarotes. Bernal and his team were thrilled to introduce their film to the world at the Salle du Soixantième on Monday evening. Bernal was in very high spirits befor...

Fatih Akin Sighting at Salle du Soixantième for Chicuarotes Premiere

  (Chicuarotes World Premiere, Fatih Akin © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER I had the pleasure of chatting with Fatih Akin for a moment after the glorious world premiere of Gael García Bernal's film Chicuarotes, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section.  Although I wasn't fortunate enough to snag an interview with Akin at Berlinale 2019 to discuss his film Der Goldenen Handschuhe (The Golden Glove)...

VIDEO: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - hottest red carpet and 7 minutes standing ovation

Leonardo DiCaprio, left, Quentin Tarantino, Daniela Pick, David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt      Not everyone got lucky, those who did gave the film a 7 minutes standing ovation. Reminder: QT received the Palme d'Or once already for Pulp Fiction... ...

Photos from "The Young Ahmed" Press Conference

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Premiere of Midi Z's Film Nina Wu and Quentin Tarantino as Surprise Audience Member

(Midi Z, cast and crew before the world premiere of Nina Wu, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Nina Wu is an interesting film that hits a hard punch, and it's clear that Midi Z has enjoyed his share of Quentin Tarantino films in addition to other filmmaking greats. It made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section today. It's no surprise to this film journalist that QT showed up for this screening. This is the kind of film that o...

"Frankie," a Spectacle on Love and the End of Love

Last night, spectators filed into the palais eagerly to see the premiere of Ira Sachs' new film "Frankie" featuring longtime French film star Isabelle Huppert. Huppert plays a role similar to her own life; an experienced French actress who takes some time off from the silver screen. But, unlike in real life, Huppert's character is dying from terminal cancer and decides to spend some of her final moments on a family vacation in the Portuguese countryside. From critics and othe...

First press reactions for THE WILD GOOSE LAKE by Diao Yinan -in competition

THE WILD GOOSE LAKE by Diao Yinan In Competition - Cannes Film Festival Official Selection   MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL SCREEN "Hyper-stylish manhunt drama laces slow-burn atmospherics with abrupt outbursts of staccato action" "A significant crossover with serious export potential"   (The Wild Goose Lake' l...

Producer of A Hidden Life in town

Elisabeth Bentley (producer of A Hidden Life by Terrence Malik) and her husband were in town in Cannes with many projects and a busy schedule launching her new company Marginalia. We sat down at Better World Forum to discuss .   Elisabeth Bentley began working to bring the story of Franz Jagerstatter to the screen in 2006 and started collaborating directly with Franziska Jagerstatter, Franz Jagerstatter’s widow, in 2010. Bentley’s previous films include BEAUTIFUL D...

A Hidden Life Press Conference with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner

(Cannes Film Festival Press conference room, 20 May 2019, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   When August Diehl was asked how he thinks that this Terrence Malick film can uplift society he had this to say: "This is something that I will know better once I see the film more and more...Being someone who says no and not really judging others, if there were more people like this especially in Europe with all of the political developments maybe ...

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Do not hesitate to ask for a quote if you need a video crew, Editorial Booster for your film screening, event, or trade advertising... Promotion in our dailies and newsletter reaching 197 000 film professionals. Details of our crew.   The team in Cannes   Cannes Festival News and Dailies I Cannes Market Dailies  Les Dailies du Festival I Les News du Marché I Editor Bruno Chatelin +33 6 80 99 57 34 bruno@filmfestivals.com ...

Photos and Quotes from the Press Conference for Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    "I wanted to depict a love story and make the audience feel in love. I wanted to talk about women artists and women painters specifically... We think about how we look at things and how someone looks at someone else, it's a range of things, that is it's a whole palette of things." -Céline Sciamma     "Celine suggest that I played the part of an artist who discovers her own identity and I thought she had a very powerful role as a wom...

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE / First Press Reactions

  PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE by Céline Sciamma “GRADE A. A Masterpiece. A devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory. As perfect a film as any to have premiered this year. Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic. A profoundly tender story about the process of self-discovery and becoming. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a period romance that’s traditional in some ways, progressive in others, and a...

THE WHISTLERS / First Press Reactions

THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu “An oversized, deliciously twisted ride that run...

ATLANTICS Press Reactions and reviews

ATLANTICS by  Mati Diop "This shape-shifting Senegalese drama is pure cinematic poetry. Slipping in and out of modes with a magician’s confidence, Atlantics is mysterious and mythic, with a wizardly use of sound and some unforgettable images." ★★★★★ The Telegraph - Tim Robey "An intriguingly poetic movie with a seductive mystery, Atlantics is a voodoo-realist drama that has much to say about the contemporary developing world. It’s a winter&r...

Images from the FIDLab cocktail in Cannes yesterday

Good things all around at the FIDLab cocktail in Cannes yesterday. Association co-directors introduced the upcoming projects featured in the next FIDMarseille event.         Photos by Nicholas Leffel ...

Princess Ubolratana of Thailand Makes an Appearance at the Thai Night in Cannes

Some images from Princess Ubolratana appearance yesterday at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.             Photos by Nicholas Leffel ...

Director of "The Wild Goose Lake" Gives Some Passionate Responses on his Film

    Some of director Dao Yinan's responses:     When asked about character building:   "Yes relationship is very tricky. They are under a lot of pressure so the characters feel alone. I didn't want it (the film) to be conveyed in words but in actions and these delicate feelings (of the characters) are expressed in actions not words so that it would match the style of the film."     When asked about why he chose the cast:   &...

VIDEO: Lelouch The best years of a life Trailer

English subtitled trailer for legendary director Claude Lelouch’s film, THE BEST YEARS OF A LIFE. His film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the out-of-competition section this evening, May 18th.   We’d love for you to share this with your readers.   LINK TO TRAILER: THE BEST YEARS OF A LIFE       The film reunites France’s iconic actors Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the follow-up to Lelouch’s ...

Jessica Hausner’s New Sci-fi Film Brings Excellent Visual and Audible Representation in Cannes

  A lot of enthusiasm today coming from the Austrian/British panel of the film Little Joe which premiered yesterday on the Red Carpet. The film follows characters who live in a futuristic society that is heavily invested in bioengineering. Scientists discover a new flower that causes those who smell it to feel happy, but much darker things lie underneath the flowers positive effects.   It seemed this morning that the press was really intrigued by how the film represented its theme...

"Rocketman" Makes a Huge Impression at the Cannes Film Fest

  There was great appreciation all along the panel today at the press conference for Dexter Fletcher's new Elton John biopic titled Rocketman. The film features upcoming stars Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Richard Madden. Before the release of the film, many people made various assumptions about comparing its theme to that of Bohemian Rhapsody from last year. But today, director Dexter Fletcher and lead actor Taron Egerton praised the efforts and the production of the 2018 ...

"Atlantique" is Breaking Barriers with the First Black Woman Filmmaker in Cannes History

  French Senegalese director and actress Mati Diop made it very clear that we have a lot of work to do as an industry for she is the first Black female director in competition in the history of the film festival. When asked how she feels about this, she responded by stating that it feels very late to be having this achievement and this should have been something done long before the year of 2019.    Her film, Atlantique, follows a group construction workers from Dakar looking...

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