WBEZ | Cannes http://www.wbez.org/tags/cannes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cannes Diary: Awards wrap-up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/cannes-diary-awards-wrap-99596 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120527039065.jpg" title="Director Carlos Reygadas smiles as he is presented with the Best Director award for Post Tenebras Lux, flanked by actors Leila Bekhti, left, and Tim Roth, right, during the awards ceremony at the 65th international Cannes film festival, May 27, 2012. (AP/Lionel Cironneau) " /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Amid a downpour, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke&#39;s film <em>Amour</em> won the prized Palme d&#39;Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The mostly French-produced, French-language film features three great stars of French cinema: Emanuele Riva, best known for her role in <em>Hiroshima mon Amour</em>, Jean-Louis Trintignant of the films <em>A Man and a Woman</em> and <em>Z</em>, and Isabelle Huppert. Almost everyone at Cannes predicted the win. <em>Amour</em> is emotionally wrenching: It deals with the difficult subject of how an elderly couple copes when one partner becomes ill.</p><p>This year, surprises came from other categories. The theoretical second prize, known as the Grand Prix, went to Matteo Garrone&#39;s <em>Reality. </em>It&#39;s about a Neapolitan fishmonger, whose obsession is to find a way onto the <em>Big Brother</em> reality show. The Prix du Jury, considered honorable mention, went to Ken Loach&#39;s <em>The Angel&#39;s Share</em>. Though, conventional and predictable, it is truly a wonderful film. Another surprise at the other extreme was the Best Director prize that went to Carlos Reygadas for<em> Post Tenebras Lux</em>. This Reygadas work was unquestionably the most daring and formally experimental film at Cannes this year. This chance-taking venture is mystical and beautiful, though one could argue that ultimately, it doesn&#39;t &quot;hang together.&quot;</p><p>Deliberations at Cannes are secret, though Jury President Nanni Moretti devulged a great divergence of opinion this year. To understand the Cannes awards process, you&#39;d need Rosetta Stone-type skill to decipher the games of compromise played during jury discussions. Of course, this is all speculation, but one could interpret the win for <em>Reality</em>, a film most critics wrote off as losing its focus, as a win for Italy (read: Moretti). One might also see the influence of jury members Andrea Arnold and Jean-Paul Gaultier in the prize that went&nbsp;to Reygadas -- and Ewan McGregor&#39;s and Raoul Peck&#39;s touch in Ken Loach&#39;s prize.</p><p>Ultimately, it&#39;s part of what makes the Cannes Film Festival so much fun. You will just never know the final &quot;truth.&quot;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/cannes-diary-awards-wrap-99596 Worldview 6.1.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-31/worldview-61201-99725 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120524161672.jpg" title="President Barack Obama speaks at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, California, May of 2012. (AP/Jeff Chiu)" /></p></div><p style="text-align: left;">A recent <em>New York Times</em> article detailed President Obama&rsquo;s counterterrorism program. Dozens of current and former advisors in the process help place terrorist suspects on the President&rsquo;s &ldquo;kill list.&rdquo;&nbsp; Doug Cassel, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, dissects the legal and ethical aspects of the policy.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Then, global citizen Narimon Safavi helps listeners travel overseas without actually buying a ticket. Our <em>Weekend Passport</em> segment heads to Spain.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, Film Contributor Milos Stehlik &ldquo;survived&rdquo; (his words) this year&rsquo;s Cannes Film Festival. He&rsquo;s back to tell us about the winners, losers and must-see films.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-31/worldview-61201-99725 Worldview 5.24.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52412-99515 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/worldview%20542.jpg" title="Lt. Col. Kibibi Mutware Daniel -- third from the left -- is charged with crimes against humanity for leading the mass rape of women in Fizi, South Kivu. (Photo by Galya Ruffer)" /></div><p>Thursday on <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>After two decades of economic growth, people in China aren&rsquo;t necessarily happier than they were 20 years ago &ndash; at least, that&rsquo;s what a recent economic study found. Better economic conditions haven&rsquo;t really affected middle-income earners and the poor have become significantly more unhappy. Shanghai-based <em>Worldview</em> contributor Robert Price and economist <a href="http://bpp.wharton.upenn.edu/betseys/index.asp?referrer=http%3A//www.google.com/url%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dbetsey%2520stephenson%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D3%26ved%3D0CGAQFjAC%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.betseystevenson.com%252F%26ei%3DxEq-T7PkG6b2sQLl5_mLBw%26usg%3DAFQjCNHp5XOEGjNTofG8znt1ky50NlBs0w" target="_blank">Betsey Stevenson</a> explain why income and material wealth don&rsquo;t necessarily correlate with a sense of well-being.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Then,<a href="http://voicesandfaces.org/" target="_blank"> the Voices and Faces Project</a> is a documentary initiative created to help survivors of sexual violence. On our Global Activism segment we hear about their latest project, which addresses sexual violence in the Congo.</p><p style="text-align: left;">And, <em>Worldview</em> film contributor Milos Stehlik checks in from the Cannes Film Festival.</p></p> Thu, 24 May 2012 09:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52412-99515 Cannes Film Festival 2011: Senn Penn is a knockout at Cannes http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-21/cannes-film-festival-2011-senn-penn-knockout-cannes-86869 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-21/Cannes Sean Penn_Getty_Ian Gavan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-21/Cannes Sean Penn_Getty_Ian Gavan.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 328px;" title="(Getty/Ian Gavan)"></p><p><em>This Must Be the Place</em>, a very offbeat film by the talented Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (<em>Il Divo</em>) premiered here at Cannes on Friday.</p><p>It features a knockout performance by Sean Penn as Cheyenne, an aging rock star. He lives in a castle in Ireland and has not performed in decades. Although he has not spoken with his father in over 30 years, his father’s death brings him to America and onto a cross-country journey.</p><p>With a wonderful cast which also includes Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Harry Dean Stanton and David Byrne (as himself), it’s Penn’s performance as the vulnerable, high-pitch-voiced, long-haired Goth-looking rock idol which makes the film funny, touching and memorable.</p><p>But the high point of the last two days was a screening of the Iranian film by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, titled <em>This Is Not a Film</em>.</p><p>Panahi, whose 6-year jail sentence and 20-year ban from filmmaking, travel or giving interviews, is the oblique subject of this film which is more like an essay, or letter, with Panahi sitting at home, talking of his situation, and daringly reading parts of a script which was forbidden by the Iranian censor.</p><p>The film itself, made unofficially and without permission, was smuggled out of Iran to the Cannes Film Festival. It is moving, courageous, funny – a 75-minute reflection of the brilliance of Iranian cinema, now suffering under severe censorship and being pressured into silence.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 21 May 2011 12:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-21/cannes-film-festival-2011-senn-penn-knockout-cannes-86869 Lars von Trier kicked out of Cannes Film Festival for Nazi comments http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-19/lars-von-trier-kicked-out-cannes-film-festival-nazi-comments-86766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/Cannes Lars von Trier fist_Getty_Vittorio Zunino Celotto.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-19/Cannes Lars von Trier_Getty_George DeKeerle.jpg" style="width: 298px; height: 394px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title="(Getty/Vittorio Zunino Celotto)">Lars von Trier, whose film <em>Melancholia</em> had its world premiere here at the Cannes Film Festival, was just made “persona non grata”&nbsp; at the Festival for incendiary comments he made Wednesday at the press conference following the first press screening of the film.</p><p>At the press conference, von Trier called himself “a Nazi,” claimed that he understood something about Hitler hiding in the bunker, and made other comments which could well be considered to be anti-Semitic.</p><p>The Board of Governors of the Cannes Festival held an extraordinary meeting Thursday morning, and condemned von Trier's remarks, saying that he had used the press conference as a forum for comments which the Festival finds unacceptable.&nbsp; As a result, the board decided to kick him out of the Festival, effective immediately.</p><p>Whether this only applies to von Trier personally, and what will happen to his film <em>Melancholia</em>, remains uncertain.</p><p><em>Melancholia</em> is in competition and might have well been in running to receive some kind of prize. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-18/cannes-film-festival-2011-lars-von-trier-and-nicholas-sarkozy-86707">As I wrote in my post yesterday</a>, the film was generally well-received and generated considerable buzz in Cannes on Wednesday, where a madhouse atmosphere enveloped the crowd as it made its way into the theater for the screening.&nbsp;</p><p>No doubt that this is not the end of the story for von Trier. Some years ago, when he was given a special prize for technical achievement for his film “Zentropa” – a kind of consolation prize – he said that he had thrown it into the gutter.</p></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 16:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-19/lars-von-trier-kicked-out-cannes-film-festival-nazi-comments-86766 Cannes Film Festival 2011: Lars von Trier and Nicholas Sarkozy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-18/cannes-film-festival-2011-lars-von-trier-and-nicholas-sarkozy-86707 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/Cannes Lars von Trier_Getty_Vittorio Zunino Celotto.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/Cannes Lars von Trier_Getty_Vittorio Zunino Celotto.jpg" style="width: 496px; height: 336px;" title="(Getty/Vittorio Zunino Celotto)"></p><p><em>Melancholia</em>, the new 2 hour and 18 minute feature by Lars von Trier (<em>Dancer in the Dark</em>, <em>The Anti-Christ</em>) who often delights in shocking his audiences, had its world premiere here in Cannes Wednesday. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as two sisters, the film is a kind of a diptych, each focusing on one of the sisters.</p><p>In the first episode, the Dunst is the newlywed who arrives at her sister’s beautiful chateau for her wedding reception only to have the marriage itself quickly unravel.</p><p>In the second episode, it is Gainsbourg who falls apart as a planet that’s been hidden behind the sun emerges on a trajectory with the Earth.</p><p>Shot in English, <em>Melancholia</em> features von Trier’s usual jagged handheld digital camera-work; it’s his vision of the apocalypse - though what all this exactly means remains obscure. Yet it’s a much toned-down and accepting von Trier who is on display here – none of the in-your-face cruelty or audience manipulation that’s on display in films like <em>The Anti-Christ</em>.</p><p>The madhouse of crowds of people pushing into the various entrances to the Grand Theatre Lumiere (according to their badge or ticket, which determines the highly-stratified pecking order) was equaled only by the crowds clamoring to get into a special screening Xavier Durringer’s new film, <em>The Conquest</em>.</p><p>Largely made for French audiences, <em>The Conques</em>t is a dramatic film takes on the ruthless rise-to-power of current French president Nicolas Sarkozy.</p><p>Sarkozy is wonderfully portrayed by veteran actor Denis Podalydes, who picks up on all of Sarkozy’s quirky mannerisms as he schemes his way against the ruling oligarchy of then-French President Jacques Chirac. He does it while being humiliated by Chirac for his short stature, and as Sarkozy’s marriage to Cecilia, also his advisor, comes apart.</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 16:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-18/cannes-film-festival-2011-lars-von-trier-and-nicholas-sarkozy-86707 Cannes Film Festival lays a masterpiece http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-17/cannes-film-festival-lays-masterpiece-86658 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/Brad Pitt, &amp; Sean Penn_ Tree of life_ Andreas Rentz_getty Images.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/Brad%20Pitt%2C%20%26%20Sean%20Penn_%20Tree%20of%20life_%20Andreas%20Rentz_getty%20Images_0.JPG" style="width: 498px; height: 419px;" title="(Getty/Andreas Rentz)"></p><p>The “big guns” have come out at Cannes with the Festival reaching its mid-point.</p><p>Today was the well-received Dardennes’ brothers <em>Kid With a Bike</em>, and the American film by maverick Terrence Malick, <em>The Tree of Life</em>, a film that’s been gestating for several decades.</p><p>Toplining Sean Penn and Brad Pitt (who co-produced), <em>The Tree of Life</em> is a major work of art, film that’s a whole new way of seeing.</p><p>The film is framed by a majestic montage that serves as a kind of “overture” or preamble at the beginning of the film and a coda at the end. This represents the birth of the universe, introduced by a quote from The Book of Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”</p><p>Its central core is a choppy and edgy coming-of-age-story with Brad Pitt the stern ex-marine father who tries to shape his kids and family with unrelenting authority.</p><p>Posing deep questions, many of them delivered in a narrated half-whisper, it is a challenging, demanding, and overwhelming beautiful film.</p><p>Whether or not it succeeds at the box-office is irrelevant. Here at Cannes its first screening was greeted with a mixture of boos and applause. It will stand the test of time.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 18:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-17/cannes-film-festival-lays-masterpiece-86658 Cannes Film Festival lays a masterpiece http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-17/cannes-film-festival-lays-masterpiece-86653 <p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 12:06:07 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-17/cannes-film-festival-lays-masterpiece-86653 Milos Stehlik checks in from the Cannes Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-13/milos-stehlik-checks-cannes-film-festival-86515 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-13/Cannes-Film-Festival-2011-10.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik">Milos Stehlik</a>, has made yet another trip to the French Riviera for the <a href="http://www.festival-cannes.com/">Cannes Film Festival</a>. As WBEZ’s unofficial Cannes blogger, he’s allowed us to experience the spectacle vicariously. Milos takes a brief respite from the pomp and circumstance to give Jerome a taste of this year’s good, bad and totally outrageous – a sexually charged and drug-fueled version of <em>Sleeping Beauty</em> – films.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="209" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xiltx0?theme=none&amp;wmode=transparent" width="480"></iframe><br> <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiltx0_we-need-to-talk-about-kevin-clip-3_shortfilms" target="_blank">We Need to Talk About Kevin clip 3</a> <i>by <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/Flixgr" target="_blank">Flixgr</a></i><iframe frameborder="0" height="267" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xikoq8?theme=none&amp;wmode=transparent" width="480"></iframe><br> <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xikoq8_midnight-in-paris-clip_shortfilms" target="_blank">Midnight in Paris Clip</a> <i>by <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/teasertrailer" target="_blank">teasertrailer</a></i><iframe frameborder="0" height="269" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xinm7x?theme=none&amp;wmode=transparent" width="480"></iframe><br> <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xinm7x_toomelah-ivan-sen-cannes-2011_shortfilms" target="_blank">Toomelah (Ivan Sen, Cannes 2011)</a> <i>by <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/cinemaddict" target="_blank">cinemaddict</a></i></p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 16:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-13/milos-stehlik-checks-cannes-film-festival-86515