While I’ve always had a terrific time covering the festival and am treated respectfully by male colleagues, I’ve learned the need to be especially aware at night. Out on the Boulevard de la Croisette, I’ve had drunken/predatory strangers lunge at me. Less crude approaches at parties have still carried a sense of entitlement or expectation, as if any woman in a dress in Cannes were fair game. Many younger attendees I spoke to had similar experiences – or worse. … [Read more...] about Cannes film festival’s sexual harassment hotline – did it work?
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Asked about his research for the film, Von Trier said he had read a lot of Patricia Highsmith and that it was “a pleasure to write”. While his knowledge of serial killers was sketchy, he added, “I do know a bit about psychopaths. I’ve never killed anyone myself. If I do, it will probably be a journalist.” … [Read more...] about Lars von Trier on Cannes walkouts: ‘I’m not sure they hated my film enough’
But things are tense when he returns, with unspoken reproaches from his parents about being away, and there are murmurings from his home town friends about Zed being a sellout and a “coconut”. And then through a nauseous twist of fate – some terrible, inexplicable judgment from the heavens – Zed is admitted to hospital with a muscle-wasting autoimmune disease that means he may have to abandon his place on the tour and give it to hated rival rapper Majid (Nabhaan Rizwan) – even letting him perform some of his material. … [Read more...] about Mogul Mowgli review – Riz Ahmed tackles British selfhood head on
That’s thanks in large part to a key difference from the 2010 film: the protagonist is a girl, 17-year-old Ida, whose desires and vulnerabilities shift the stakes of this hothouse drama. She’s played with terse, tightly wound intelligence by another newcomer, Sandra Guldberg Kampp, who has something of the young Scarlett Johansson about her; it’s hard to imagine Danish casting directors not making further use of her simmering presence. Still, the star attraction here, and the name that will draw international distributors’ attention to an otherwise low-key Berlinale premiere, is the reliably compelling Sidse Babett Knudsen. As the smilingly ruthless den mother to three variously unhinged male thugs, exuding equal parts soccer mom and brothel madam energy, the “Borgen” star is the one who pulls your gaze in any given scene — even if Ingeborg Topsøe’s brisk but slightly cautious script never quite lets her blaze. … [Read more...] about ‘Wildland’: Film Review
Kicking off its fifth year on Wednesday, Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas strives to showcase a truly diverse slate of films centered on women, filmmakers of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. This year’s competition films include Emily Ting’s Go Back to China, Sara Zandieh’s Simple Wedding, Flavio Alves’ The Garden Left Behind, and documentaries such as Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story and Our Quinceañera. The festival will open with a screening of This Changes Everything, a documentary examining gender disparity in Hollywood on which Davis is an executive producer. … [Read more...] about Geena Davis explains why audience reaction to