Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens

By Natasha Howitt CANNES, France, May 16 : “The Spy Gone North”, the tale of a South Korean who infiltrated North Korea in the 1990s, is full of plot twists, but the movie might be outdone by the news, as efforts to resolve the nuclear stand-off face a real-life cliffhanger. The spy thriller was shot […]

Wenders film shows “emotional giant” Pope Francis

By Hanna Rantala CANNES, France, May 14 : Viewers hoping Wim Wenders’ documentary about Pope Francis will be a critical portrait of the head of the Catholic Church will be disappointed. The German director makes no excuses for the fact this is a work of love for a man he respects. Wenders, who won the […]

Feminist war movie captures zeitgeist at Cannes

By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France, May 13 : “When they hear our female voices, they tremble with fear,” says the heroine of “Girls of the Sun”, a feminist war movie that captured the zeitgeist at a Cannes Film Festival dominated by the issue of women’s rights. Based on the true story of Iraqi women who […]

On the poster, but not the carpet, Godard fails to show up in Cannes

By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France, May 11 : Jean-Luc Godard is everywhere at Cannes this year, with an image from his 1965 New Wave classic “Pierrot le Fou” gracing the film festival’s poster. But the man himself was nowhere to be seen when his latest movie premiered on Friday. The 87-year-old French-Swiss director, revered as […]

Bardem and Cruz walk the red carpet to open Cannes Film Festival

By Robin Pomeroy CANNES, France, May 8 : Spanish film royalty, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, walked the red carpet to open the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday with their film “Everybody Knows”, written and directed by Iranian double-Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi. Farhadi strode up the red carpet arm in arm with Bardem and Cruz, […]