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.
The Cannes Film Festival starts Wednesday with a screening of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. But Tuesday, the famous red carpeted stairs, which have been photographed thousands of times, are still barren concrete – the red carpet is still to come.
The Cannes International Film Festival opens on Wednesday May 16. Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik previews the festival highlights and tells Worldview what he’s most looking forward to seeing. He'll be blogging from the festival when he gets there.
Worldview film commentator Milos Stehlik arrived in post-Sarkozy France this past weekend, along with the rest of the global film world. Before he sits down to a days-long feast of film, he tried a sampling of French TV news.
This Must Be the Place, a very offbeat film by the talented Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) premiered here at Cannes on Friday.It features a knockout performance by Sean Penn as Cheyenne, an aging rock star.