The former enfant-terrible of French cinema, Leos Carax, is back with a new film. Holy Motors depicts a wealthy executive shuttling between a series of appointments. At each “appointment” he acts out some fantasy – two murders and an erotic stop-motion action sequence among them.
Woldview film commentator Milos Stehlik checks in from the film festival, where rain on the Cannes parade is making it a stressful festival for many – especially since everything in Cannes means waiting in line.
Filmmakers and producers descend on Cannes with the hopes of getting money for a project. In reality, the thousands of films talked about and shown in the Cannes Market are films no one’s ever heard of and probably never will hear of again.
The whimsical, fairy-tale atmosphere of opening night has quickly worn off for darker colors. Take Paradise, for example, a film by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl about sexual tourism in the Horn of Africa.
Despite the star power, and the usual autograph-seekers and star-gazers who park themselves in the median facing the red carpeted stairs from the early morning, it was a quieter, gentler opening night for Cannes.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival opened to controversy Wednesday, raised by a provocative letter from a French feminist group. The group points out that this year's festival has not a single female filmmaker in the competition.