Cannes Film Festival

NAIROBI, Kenya | ‘Huge win’ as banned Kenyan film is allowed limited showings

NAIROBI, Kenya — The first Kenyan feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival has received overwhelming audience support since a court temporarily lifted a ban imposed by censors over the film’s gay content, a lawyer said Friday. “Rafiki” went from being screened once a day in one theater in Nairobi on Sept. 22 … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | ‘Huge win’ as banned Kenyan film is allowed limited showings

NAIROBI, Kenya | Ban on film depicting women’s love story to resume in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — A lawyer says the first Kenyan feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival has gotten overwhelming audience support since a court temporarily lifted a ban imposed by censors over the film’s gay content. Sofia Leteipan says “Rafiki” went from being screened once a day in one theater in Nairobi on … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Ban on film depicting women’s love story to resume in Kenya

Japanese drama ‘Shoplifters’ wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Japanese director Hizokazu Kore-eda’s tender portrait of a poor, improvised family “Shoplifters” has won the Palme d’Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. At the closing ceremony Saturday for the 71st Cannes, the Cate Blanchett-led jury selected one of the festival’s most acclaimed entries, one hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran … Continue reading Japanese drama ‘Shoplifters’ wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

PARIS | Filmmaker Luc Besson targeted in Paris rape complaint

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating a rape accusation against “Valerian” filmmaker Luc Besson, who denies wrongdoing. A judicial official told The Associated Press on Saturday that a 27-year-old woman filed a complaint Friday accusing the 59-year-old director of drugging and penetrating her at the hotel Bristol in Paris. The official was not authorized … Continue reading PARIS | Filmmaker Luc Besson targeted in Paris rape complaint

PARIS | The Latest: Stars arrive for Cannes awards ceremony

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the awards ceremony for the 71st Cannes Film Festival being presented Saturday night (all times local): 7 p.m. Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is among the first contenders for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or to hit the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals in a fitted one shoulders … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Stars arrive for Cannes awards ceremony

CANNES, France | Tragedy hits and Spike Lee rewrites ‘BlacKkKlansman’

CANNES, France (AP) — Spike Lee says white supremacist marchers at Charlottesville and President Donald Trump “wrote themselves” into his new film “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee this week premiered the film at the Cannes Film Festival, where he blasted Trump’s response last August to the violent Virginia clash between white nationalists and anti-racism counter-protesters. “BlacKkKlansman” is about … Continue reading CANNES, France | Tragedy hits and Spike Lee rewrites ‘BlacKkKlansman’

CANNES, France | 2 directors, barred at home, still speak loudly at Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Twice the Cannes Film Festival has risen to given standing ovations to empty seats. Chairs were left poignantly vacant for two absent filmmakers whose films are in competition for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Both Iran’s Jafar Panahi and Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov were unable to attend their red carpet premieres because … Continue reading CANNES, France | 2 directors, barred at home, still speak loudly at Cannes

CANNES, France | Cannes: Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz promote female-led spy film

CANNES, France— At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain noticed the paucity of female-led action films at the movie marketplace. This year, she brought a corrective. Chastain and her co-stars on Thursday promoted plans for “355,” a James Bond-like spy thriller led by female stars. Along with Chastain, the film is to star Marion … Continue reading CANNES, France | Cannes: Chastain, Nyong’o, Cruz promote female-led spy film