Cannes 2023: Celebrating women, from Jennifer Lawrence to Indian actress Shruti Haasan
From the record number of seven female directors in the competition to Jennifer Lawrence’s documentary on Afghan women, today we are celebrating the ladies of the Cannes Film festival! In our special programme from the Croisette, we hear from this year’s best actress Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh & actress and women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek.
We meet Australian actress and 'Alice in Wonderland' star Mia Wasikowska, who stars in Jessica Hausner’s dystopian drama 'Club Zero' as a cult like teacher who instructs her students that eating less is healthier for the environment. She talks to us about how the idealism of youth can be challenged and exploited.
We also meet Indian actress and musician Shruti Haasan who is in Cannes to promote “The Eye”, a psychological thriller directed by Daphne Schmon. She talks to us about female empowerment and India’s “misunderstood” cinema.
‘I don't protect myself when I act’: Virginie Efira shines a light on coercive control at Cannes
Virginie Efira is back at the Cannes Film Festival to present Valérie Donzelli's psychological thriller "Love and Forests”, about the vertigo of love and control. Speaking to FRANCE 24, the award-winning actress talks about what went on behind the scenes and her relationship with acting.
Climate activists take centre stage as French films warn of eco-catastrophe
The Cannes Film Festival has always showcased politically engaged films and this year is no different, with a particular focus on the climate crisis. Two French films have won plaudits for their exploration of the issue – “Acid”, portraying a world racked by toxic rain, and “The Animal Kingdom”, in which a mysterious epidemic transforms people into animals. Amid the film screenings and red carpets, activists have been carrying out direct action to denounce the use of private planes and mega-yachts during the festival.
Cannes 2023: Tom Hanks & Scarlett Johansson on red carpet for new Wes Anderson movie
This Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, the spotlight is on a filmmaker with a very recognisable cinematic style: Wes Anderson. His new movie "Asteroid City" includes an all-star cast, with Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton and many more. It's his third film to be presented in Cannes after "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The French Dispatch". We catch up with the stars on the red carpet.
‘Indian cinema is misunderstood,’ actress Shruti Haasan tells FRANCE 24 in Cannes
Indian actress and musician Shruti Haasan is in Cannes to promote “The Eye”, a psychological thriller directed by Daphne Schmon. The actress is also the guest of honour at a roundtable discussion about gender parity called “Activating Change” hosted by Breaking Through The Lens. She speaks to FRANCE 24’s Juliette Montilly about women empowerment and India’s “misunderstood” cinema.
Cannes 2023: 'Four Daughters' looks at reasons why two sisters joined Islamic State group
In today's Cannes Film Festival round-up, actors and real people re-enact the past to understand why two young sisters left Tunisia and their family to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria. "Four Daughters" comes from Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, who is one of the seven female directors in competition. Also on the programme with Eve Jackson: a round-up of the competition so far including films with Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Jude Law and Alicia Vikander, and more on Lily Rose Depp's TV series premiere of '"The Idol", with musician The Weeknd.
‘In the Rearview’: Polish filmmaker brings Ukrainian refugees' plight to Cannes
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has effectively knocked out the country’s film industry, resulting in a starkly diminished presence at the Cannes Film Festival this year – though the war is still very much part of the Cannes conversation. Maciek Hamela’s documentary “In the Rearview”, about the evacuation of Ukrainian refugees, has ensured that Ukraine's plight is represented on the big screen too. FRANCE 24 spoke to the Polish director about filming in a warzone and giving a voice to those displaced by war.
‘Four Daughters’: Cannes moved by true story exploring girls' decision to join IS group
How do two girls go from being typical teenagers, kissing boys, dying their hair blue… to joining the Islamic State (IS) group? "Four Daughters", which premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, explores the true story of how a mother comes to terms with the decision by two of her children to flee to Libya and join the extremist organisation. Oscar-nominated Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania speaks to FRANCE 24 about the extraordinary film mechanism she set up to unveil the story of Olfa and her daughters.
DiCaprio declares his admiration for Scorsese at Cannes
Leonardo DiCaprio gushed over Martin Scorsese's filmmaking "ferocity" on Sunday as they basked in rave reviews at Cannes for their Native American crime epic "Killers of the Flower Moon". Scorsese's latest opus, about a wave of murders among oil-rich Osage Indians in the 1920s, was hailed as a "masterpiece".
Cannes movie explores roots of Sudan bloodshed, making festival history
Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania joined early frontrunners for the Palme d’Or in Cannes with her haunting “Four Daughters”, about the decision by a group of teenage girls to join the jihad in Syria. Meanwhile, Africa’s “Cannes moment” continued with the timely screening of Sudanese drama “Goodbye Julia”, whose director spoke to FRANCE 24 about the bittersweet experience of attending the world’s premier film festival while his home country is at war.
Cannes 2023: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on the red carpet
Eve Jackson brings us the hottest ticket at the festival: Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone. Based on the book of the same name, it follows the mysterious murders of members of the Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s. Also on the programme, we meet the Cannes Competition jury and the fans collecting the autographs of the stars.
Martin Amis, British novelist famed for dazzling prose style, dies at 73
British novelist Martin Amis, who brought a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to his stories and lifestyle, has died. He was 73.
Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon', starring De Niro and DiCaprio, premieres at Cannes
Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," one of the most anticipated premieres of this year's Cannes Film Festival, had the red carpet abuzz on Saturday evening as its star-studded cast attracted throngs of fans to the Croisette boulevard.
Malaysian tweens earn their ‘Tiger Stripes’ in Cannes coming-of-age body horror
A young girl’s experience of puberty gets the body-horror treatment in Amanda Nell Eu’s playfully rebellious “Tiger Stripes”, the first feature by a Malaysian female director to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. FRANCE 24 spoke to Eu about the making of the movie and its universal message.
‘Pope of trash’ John Waters remembers Pulp Fiction screening for the first time at Cannes
American pop culture icon, director and actor John Waters just published his first novel “Liarmouth”. A regular at the Cannes Film Festival, the “pope of trash” speaks to FRANCE 24 about his trashiest memories of the French Riviera and the trashiest films he has seen there.