Trump documentary stirs up start of Cannes film festival

Trump documentary stirs up start of Cannes film festival

This year marks the 70th birthday of the world's biggest film festival, with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith set to grace the glitzy French resort amid "unprecedented" tight security.

Arnaud Desplechin's "Ismael's Ghosts", with Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cotillard, was the opening-night film.

Eagerly awaited screenings include Happy End, the latest offering by two-time Palme d'Or victor Michael Haneke.

"Those rules make France number one in admissions in Europe, those rules make the French cinema more present in film festivals around the world than the English, Spanish, German etc". However, the actor is quick to point out that his directors also deserve equal credit.

Filmmakers are also dealing with terrorism, civil wars and climate change.

Fatih Akin's "In the Fade", part of the competition section, tells the story of a woman whose life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack.

Sri Lankan Jude Ratnam's "Demons in Paradise", in the special screenings section, is about the civil war and its aftermath while former United States vice-president Al Gore continues with his climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in a new work, "An Inconvenient Truth Sequel: Truth to Power" directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

Google I/O Roundup: Assistant Comes to iPhone, Photos and Gmail Receive Improvements
For instance, Photos will notice when you take a shot of a friend and nudge you to send it to her, so you don't forget. Wednesday's keynote takes place at an outdoor theater near the company's Mountain View, California, headquarters.

"Okja", South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's follow-up to smash-hit "Snowpiercer", will be released in Korean theaters on June 29 for an open run, its American investor and local distributor said on Monday. "Time to Go" is his diploma work.

Competition screenings usually begin with the films least likely to court Palme attention, but this year they're front-loaded with the likes of Wonderstruck, which is already generating Oscar buzz, and Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless, a missing- child drama from the Russian director whose previous film Leviathan energized the 2014 Cannes fest with its scathing critique of life under Vladimir Putin's rule.

However, since neither film was originally slated for French cinema release after first being shown online, the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF) complained strongly to festival organisers.

Cannes welcomes the Mistress of Ceremonies of the upcoming Films Festival.

A year ago too, India had no feature films in the official selection. But Netflix and the festival have recently crossed swords over Netflix's refusal to have a proper theatrical release in France for Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, as the online entity stubbornly sticks to its business plan of releasing films only on TV and computer screens, with rare exceptions.

French filmmaker Agnes Varda join hands with compatriot and photographer JR, known only by his pseudonym to create open-air photographic galleries in their venture, "Faces Places". This new measure will apply from the 2018 edition of the Festival International du Film de Cannes onwards.

The festival will run up to May 28.

Related News:

  • Several Democratic Lawmakers Raise Trump Impeachment After Comey Memo

    It must be a body that is fully independent of any political considerations including those that may emanate from the White House. Officials have also denied that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

    Kansas lawmakers wrestle with tax, school funding issues

    Like the budgets proposed by the governor and the House, the Senate plan includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue. Business owners predicted layoffs and lost customers if a bill eliminating some sales tax exemptions becomes law.

    WH: Trump's Tweet on Comey Taping Their Conversation 'Not a Threat'

    Former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says the country's institutions are under internal and external threat. Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked .
  • Glenn Loovens: Wednesday ready for the Premier League

    Back Sheffield Wednesday to come out on top against a team they've already seen off twice this campaign at 6/5 (2 .20). Town controlled the first-half and almost took the lead when Izzy Brown's miscued effort grazed the crossbar.
    Russian Federation  probe gets special prosecutor

    Russian Federation probe gets special prosecutor

    Mueller's investigation would be separate from the ongoing investigations by the FBI and several Congressional committees. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.
    X-ray services at Basingstoke hit by cyber attack

    X-ray services at Basingstoke hit by cyber attack

    The UK government called a meeting of its crisis response committee, known as Cobra, to discuss how to handle the situation. After concerns were reported about three hospitals, cyber security analysts said an older virus had been found .
  • Reese Witherspoon's 4-Year-Old Is On To Her Wine Habits

    Reese Witherspoon's 4-Year-Old Is On To Her Wine Habits

    The blonde beauty also assured fans she is doing all she can do to get a second season of Big Little Lies . On Tuesday Nicole told Variety that she wants a second season but it must be the right story to tell.
    Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton

    Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton

    I don't lose time (requesting a switch I don't believe they would grant). When I know the battle is lost, I don't fight the battle. They showed me they want to be an option for the final".

    Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes

    Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that "we are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time ". I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • Concerns persist over China's 'Silk Road' initiative

    The editorial said, "The worldwide community has shown a very positive response to the infrastructure-building initiative". Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta are among the leaders in attendance.
    Lady Antebellum's Anthem Performance At Predators Game Goes Online

    Lady Antebellum's Anthem Performance At Predators Game Goes Online

    They are 4-0 on home ice in the playoffs, including 3-1 and 2-1 wins in Games 3 and 4 against the Blues . Jaden Schwartz provided it mere seconds into the third period, and the Blues held on from there.
    Warriors Win Running Away in Game 2 vs. the Spurs

    Warriors Win Running Away in Game 2 vs. the Spurs

    Pick a shot, any shot. "I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done". The Warriors and Spurs will head back to San Antonio for Game 3 on Saturday, May 20 at the AT&T Center.


Most liked

Trump aides knew Flynn was being investigated before he became NSA
That investigation included hundreds of interviews and a restaging of the final hours of the 51-day standoff with federal agents. White House and campaign records may be subpoenaed, and Trump's presidential privilege to keep West Wing conversations privat.

EU lawmakers seek action over rights, rule of law in Hungary
But Orban's party, Fidesz, did not budge. "Not a single illegal immigrant will be allowed to set foot in Hungary", he added. The European Commission has so far ruled out that there is be a systematic threat to the rule of law in Hungary.

Winners and losers in the National Basketball Association lottery
CBS mocked Duke forward Jayson Tatum-not Washington's Markelle Fultz or UCLA's Lonzo Ball-to the Celtics at No. 1 in June's draft. They could trade one or both of the picks before or during the draft in a package to acquire a veteran from another team.

Arsenal must not underestimate Europa League, says Cech
BT has announced plans to distribute this season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals to a wide audience. The Champions League final will be shown in ultra HD, or 4K, on YouTube and in ultra HD with Dolby Atmos sound on BT TV.

White House refuses to give more details on Comey meeting
But even as Democrats continue to attack the Trump White House, the party is not yet ready to put impeachment on the table. Darrell Issa of Vista and Steve Knight of Palmdale - joined McClintock in calling for an independent investigation.

U.S. hopeful China will sanction North Korea
Hoi made it clear, "We are talking about a possibility, not that this was done by North Korea". She told reporters that "no one is immune to the threat of North Korea".

US should take some blame for cyber attack: Chinese state media
FireEye Inc., another large cyber security firm, said it was also investigating but cautious about drawing a link to North Korea. The ransomware has hit hospitals in the United Kingdom and Telefonica in Spain, according to the Internet Storm Center.

Party leaders won't rule out or commit to a coalition
Doc Currie held a homemade protest sign as he followed Clark, yelling that she was the worst premier the province has ever had. New Democrat Leader John Horgan won his seat in Langford-Juan de Fuca, while Liberal Leader Christy Clark won in Kelowna West.

Profits down at Burberry as Christopher Bailey hands over top job
In what the British business called a year of "transition" the group said it had hit cost savings of £20m over the past 12 months. It said this effect would reverse in the current year, with an adverse impact of about 30 million pounds ($38.9 million).

Senate Intelligence Committee asks for all memos of Trump interactions with Comey
House Speaker Paul Ryan supported the request , however neither have asked for a hearing with Mr Comey or McCabe as yet. Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court.

Bill English reveals likely North Korea cyber attacks on New Zealand
Washington , she said, would consider talks with Pyongyang only if the country halted all nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Researchers might find some additional clues in the bitcoin accounts accepting the ransom payments.

Google to rival voice assistant Siri on iPhones
And if you dont want to talk to Google Assistant, youll be able to type out your commands or questions to Google Assistant. Google teased the new tool as a good way for candidates to find jobs, but also for companies to find the right people.

Ralph Lauren Finds New CEO...Where? P&G
The two clashed over creative control, though Lauren said the decision to part was mutual. Lauren himself stepped down as CEO in 2015 but maintains the title of Executive Chairman.

Reality Series Shows Kylie Jenner's Other Side, Premieres July 6
Kim teased that fans will get a front row seat to their little sister's life, including her dating and work lives. So, she wants her rapper boyfriend to move in and keep her company.

Putin dismisses Trump intel-sharing furor
It came as officials tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and concerns from global allies. Trump said in a pair of tweets Tuesday he had the "absolute right" to share "facts" with the Russians.