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  • post Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund's The Square wins the Palme d'Or ? live! - 28 May
  • All the awards from the 70th Cannes film festival, including the winner of the coveted Palme d?OrPeter Bradshaw?s Cannes predictions 7.17pm BST Here?s what Peter Bradshaw made of The Square:Östlund may have been inspired by Roy Andersson or maybe Lars Von Trier. There is a drop of Buńuel there too ? but Östlund?s own signature is plain. This is high wire cinema. Related: The Square review ? Ruben Östlund turns art world satire into performance-art cinema 7.13pm BST Ruben Ostlund?s acerbic satire of the art world wins the big prize. It?s a gloriously odd and very funny film, but I must admit I didn?t see it winning the Palme. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 day 11: Eva Green and Joaquin Phoenix on the red carpet ? in pictures - 27 May
  • Cannes is nearly at an end: it?s the last two big premieres, Based on a True Story, directed by Roman Polanski, and Lynne Ramsay?s You Were Never Really Here Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 ? the best of week two - 27 May
  • Festival spirits were boosted by an outrageous horror starring Nicole Kidman, a brilliant art world satire, and a brutal contender for the Palme d?OrNo visit to Cannes is complete without a trip to the market at the back of the Palais. Hidden from view, like a demented old aunt, sits the realm of zombie rabbits and ?erotical thrillers?, a teeming tide pool of B-movie cinema. Except that this year I?ve left the visit too late. When I wander down, early evening on the second Wednesday, the circus is already pulling out of town. It leaves behind a mess of abandoned stalls and plastic crates and myriad screens broadcasting a film called No Signal. It?s lonesome in the market after the sales staff have gone, like walking past a row of off-season beach shops, the dinghies and balls trapped behind wire mesh. Creepy, too, because on retracing my steps I find that the main exit is closed, which means taking a circuitous route through a maze of underground walkways. Someone should shoot a horror flick set down in the Cannes market at the festival?s end.Cannes grows old. The punters are tired. It?s all they can do to keep themselves vertical. The whispers, meanwhile, are that this has been an uneasy edition, revealing a festival in a fascinating state of flux. The independent film sector is in decline, subscription TV is on the rise and the Netflix row suggests that Cannes is still finding the best way of riding both sides of the seesaw. Even its lavish 70th birthday celebrations (guests included Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Charlize Theron and Claudia Cardinale) seemed a valiant attempt to enshrine the festival?s past, perhaps as a means of safeguarding its future. Cannes will endure; it?s too glorious not to. Right now, though, it remains a big analogue beast, toiling to adapt to a digital planet. Continue reading...
  • post Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower review ? a Hong Kong schoolboy takes the fight to China - 27 May
  • A rousing documentary profiles Joshua Wong, the adolescent activist who found fame with his protests against the Chinese government Related: Joshua Wong, the student who risked the wrath of Beijing: ?It?s about turning the impossible into the possible? The Joshua of the title is Joshua Wong, an unassuming Hong Kong schoolboy who decided to pick a fight with the next global superpower, and won, at least initially. In 2011 14-year-old Wong and his Scholarism movement managed to defeat an effort to make China?s communist National Education curriculum mandatory in Hong Kong schools through the power of peaceful protest. It was the first victory an activist group managed in the territory since it came under Chinese rule in 1997, when Wong was a year old. Continue reading...
  • post You Were Never Really Here review - Joaquin Phoenix turns Travis Bickle in brutal thriller - 26 May
  • Lynne Ramsay?s portrait of a damaged private contractor is both daring and sickening, bringing to mind Taxi Driver and its notorious antihero Related: In the Fade review ? ninja heroine Diane Kruger marooned in feeble revenge drama The ghost of Travis Bickle haunts this nightmarish and humidly absorbing psychological drama from Lynne Ramsay, featuring an eerie, jangling musical score by Jonny Greenwood and starring a slab-like and bearded Joaquin Phoenix; it is adapted by Ramsay from the 2013 story from American author Jonathan Ames. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 day 10: Diane Kruger and Juliette Binoche on the red carpet ? in pictures - 26 May
  • Cannes has reached its tenth day, and the main competition films premiering today are Fatih Akin?s In the Fade and François Ozon?s L?Amant Double Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017: full list of winners - 28 May
  • All the awards from the Cannes film festival, as they are announcedJeune Femme (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (dir: Léonor Serraille) Continue reading...
  • post The Red Turtle review ? rapturous minimalism from Studio Ghibli - 28 May
  • This wordless animated fable follows the fortunes of a shipwrecked man on an island ? and it?s a masterpieceIn the wake of Hayao Miyazaki?s The Wind Rises, Isao Takahata?s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Hiromasa Yonebayashi?s When Marnie Was There, there were reports that Japan?s celebrated Studio Ghibli had run its creative course. But at the Cannes film festival last year, a new pearl was unveiled proudly bearing the world?s most respected animation imprimatur.Directed by UK-based Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, who won an Oscar for his 2000 short, Father and Daughter, The Red Turtle is an ambitious east-meets-west endeavour that had been gestating for a decade; a Japanese-French-Belgian co-production (a first for Ghibli) made at Prima Linea studios in Paris and Angoulęme, under the long-distance supervision of Ghibli mainstays Takahata and Toshio Suzuki. Continue reading...
  • post Based on a True Story review - Roman Polanski's tall tale falls flat - 27 May
  • Polanski?s thriller about a writer who falls under the spell of Eva Green?s parasitic admirer is confident and stylish but can?t avoid its own gaping plot holes Related: You Were Never Really Here review - Joaquin Phoenix turns Travis Bickle in brutal thriller Roman Polanski?s Based on a True Story is a fan-obsession suspense thriller, adapted by Polanski and Olivier Assayas from the award-winning French novel by Delphine de Vigan. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 verdict and awards predictions: a festival of sorrow, strength and middle-class woes | Peter Bradshaw - 27 May
  • This year?s event took in the migrant crisis, Russian authoritarianism, sulky sculptors ? and even introduced us to a loveable pig. There was plenty to enjoyThis year?s Cannes had its overriding theme imposed from without: terrorism. The festival was widely and solidly shocked by the news from Manchester, and the director Thierry Frémaux made an affecting speech from the Palais stage about the need to stand firm with that city and asked for a minute?s silence. Delegates were coming up to Brits all the time and expressing their sympathy. Cannes had had its own scare earlier in the week: a stray bag spotted in an empty auditorium. In went security staff with dogs, a reminder of how convulsed France has been by terrorist outrage ? particularly up the coast, in Nice.But otherwise, the themes of Cannes revolved around the three Rs: refugees, Russia and the ruin of the middle class. Of these, the refugee situation was most important. Michael Haneke?s film Happy End (which also tackles the third theme) is set in Calais, where a haute-bourgeois family luxuriates in wealth and self-pity while refugees trudge the streets, waiting for a chance to get through the tunnel to the UK. Vanessa Redgrave?s Sea Sorrow was a heartfelt if clumsily constructed campaign video on the subject, which is strongest when meditating on the compassion and openness in Shakespeare. Alejandro González Ińárritu?s extraordinary immersive VR installation Carne y Arena allowed the viewer to be plunged into a terrifying situation on the US-Mexico border with illegal immigrants detained by gun-wielding cops. And there was Kornél Mundruczó?s bizarre, ambitious Jupiter?s Moon, a quasi-superhero origin myth about a Syrian refugee who gets shot attempting to enter Hungary from Serbia and finds that the trauma now means he can fly. That film was disliked in some quarters for its bad taste, but the director said he was looking for something neither politically correct nor politically incorrect, and I found his attempt to find a new tonal register for the subject refreshing. Continue reading...

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