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‘No Blood Was Shed’: Jury Head Cate Blanchett On Gender, Race And Choosing The ‘Right’ Palme D’Or  

With three films by female directors in the mix this year, speculation was rife that the Palme D'Or might finally go to a woman for the first time since Jane Campion made history 25 years ago with The Piano. Eva Husson's Les Filles Du Soleil took an early bath last week after a disastrous press screening; but Italy's Alice Rohrwach and Lebanon's Nadine Labaki – with Happy As Lazarus and Capernaum, respectively – both sustained buzz until awards night. As it was, both went… Read


Jury Prize Winner Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Captures The Reality Of A Life in Hell For Lebanon’s Invisible Generation – Cannes Studio

Nadine Labaki's Capernaum premiered in Cannes on the final Thursday of the festival, the last of just three female filmmakers in a competition of 21 films. Though her previous two films, Caramel and Where Do We Go Now?, are both social dramas that deal directly with some of the issues facing her homeland, the Lebanese director's latest reaches a whole new level. Set on the streets in the country's poorest areas, it tells the story of Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a little boy… Read


Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Returns To Exploring Family Dynamics In Surprise Palme D’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’ – Cannes Studio

After flirting with genre in courtroom drama The Third Murder, which bowed at Venice last year, Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda—a regular face at Cannes since the early 2000s—made a return to familiar ground, not to mention a quick turnaround, with his new film Shoplifters. Having said that, Shoplifters isn't quite what it appears at first glance: dealing with a family of petty criminals who live on the breadline, it slowly reveals its secrets, gradually building to a… Read


Asia Argento Tells Cannes That Festival Was Harvey Weinstein’s “Hunting Ground,” Warns Those Complicit

Joining jury member Ava DuVernay to present the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony this evening, Asia Argento sounded a warning to the audience. She began, “I was raped by Harvey Weinstein in Cannes in 1997. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. I’m going to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here again. He will never disgrace the community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.” She… Read


Jaime Rosales Brings Greek Tragedy To Modern Cinema In Directors’ Fortnight Thriller ‘Petra’ – Cannes Studio

An early hit with festivalgoers who prefer to look outside the Official Selection, Jaime Rosales's Directors’ Fortnight entry Petra proved the Spanish director to be a fluid and unpredictable talent. Arguably most famous—or perhaps infamous—for the almost entirely dialogue-free 2008 Basque terrorist drama Bullet in the Head, Rosales this time presents a very subtle mystery-thriller. Sharing DNA with the work of his compatriot Pedro Almodóvar—not least because it features… Read


Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List

UPDATE: Jane Campion is still the only woman to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Although Nadine Labaki’s lauded Capernaum was a strong contender and scooped the Jury Prize tonight, it was Japanese veteran Hirokazu Kore-Eda who took the top honor with his family story Shoplifters. The Grand Prize went to Spike Lee’s triumphant return, BlacKkKlansman. In a ceremony that included a passionate Asia Argento calling out Harvey Weinstein, the proceedings finished… Read


Debra Granik On Bringing Sundance Hit ‘Leave No Trace’ To The Screen After An Eight-Year Hiatus – Cannes Studio

Making its international premiere in Directors’ Fortnight, Debra Granik's acclaimed Sundance title Leave No Trace left many veteran festivalgoers wondering why so many inferior films had managed to leapfrog it into the Official Selection. Told with great narrative economy, and featuring two sublime performances, the film charts the experiences of a teenage girl (talented newcomer Thomasin McKenzie), who grows tired of the peripatetic lifestyle she leads with her… Read


Deadline Studio at Cannes 2018 – Part 1 – Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Mads Mikkelsen & More (PHOTOS)

Deadline's portrait and video studio at the Cannes Film Festival kicked off eight talent-filled days on the Croisette with visits by Arctic director Joe Penna and actors Mads Mikkelsen and Maria Thelma Smaradottir; Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella from HBO’s Fahrenheit 451; and Tahar Rahim from Treat Me Like Fire. Also stopping by the studio for our series of photo sessions and video interviews taking place at VILLA AH were Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics; Pope Fra… Read


Cannes 1968: The Year Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut Led Protests That Shut Down The Festival

Saturday May 18. The 1968 Cannes Film Festival was about to enter its second week when a press conference was called for 10AM in the Jean Cocteau Theater at the old Palais Croisette. Just a few yards down the road, a budding starlet was preparing to hold court on the beach, imagining she would make headlines with her saucy topless photo-call. No one came. Instead, on a bright, sunny day, the world's media was crammed into a small, stuffy screening room, watching the… Read


‘Border’ Takes Top Un Certain Regard Prize; ‘Girl’s Victor Polster Tapped Best Performance – Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival’s companion competition section, Un Certain Regard, has unveiled its picks for best in show with the top prize going to Border (Grans) from Iranian-Danish director Ali Abbasi. The fantasy thriller is based on a novella written by Let The Right One In‘s John Ajvide Lindqvist. Neon acquired domestic early in the festival. The film centers on a customs officer with an uncanny knack for sniffing out guilt. But when she develops a strange attraction… Read


Royal Wedding Watch: Cannes’ American Pavilion To Livestream Nuptials

Royal Wedding watchers still here in Cannes on Saturday and looking for a communal celebration need not fret — if you’re an American Pavilion member, that is. On the final day of the festival, and before the closing night awards ceremony begins, AmPav is offering a chance to watch May 19’s other big event. The org, celebrating its 30th anniversary here, will be livestreaming the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. Beginning at 11:30AM local time and heading through… Read


Saudi Arabia’s GCA Chief On Building An Industry, Avoiding China’s Pitfalls & Changing Perceptions – Cannes Studio

Amid the opening of Saudi Arabia's movie theaters and a push to send an overall message that the Kingdom is open for business, representatives of the General Culture Authority and the Saudi Film Council had a huge first-time presence at the Cannes Film Festival this year. GCA CEO Ahmad Al-Maziad came by Deadline's Cannes Studio to discuss how the Kingdom is developing guidelines for content, its ongoing discussions with Hollywood and lessons learned from China as well as… Read