WBEZ | Cannes Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/cannes-film-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: The latest from the Cannes Film Festival and the future of U.S. foreign policy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-23/worldview-latest-cannes-film-festival-and-future-us-foreign-policy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP141550469518.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F93566251&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-latest-from-the-cannes-film-festival.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-latest-from-the-cannes-film-festival" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The latest from the Cannes Film Festival and the future of U.S. foreign policy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-23/worldview-latest-cannes-film-festival-and-future-us-foreign-policy Worldview: Iranian elections, Cannes Film Festival and Australian theater http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-17/worldview-iranian-elections-cannes-film-festival-and-australian <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/wv_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92676546&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-cannes-film-festival-and-a-theater-troupe-from.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-cannes-film-festival-and-a-theater-troupe-from" target="_blank">View the story "Iranian elections, the Cannes Film Festival and a theater troupe from Australia" on Storify</a>]<h1>Iranian elections, the Cannes Film Festival and a theater troupe from Australia</h1><h2></h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ">WBEZ</a>&middot; Fri, May 17 2013 10:06:49</p><div><b>Iran's opposition candidate to face vetting process in coming days</b></div><div>Iranians will head to the polls on June 14th.&nbsp; The candidates include Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president, who still needs to face the vetting process by the Guardian Council. Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, who has ties to the current president, is also amongst those in the running for president.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/sadri/" class="">Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Sociology at Lake Forest College</a>, tells us about the candidates and shares his predictions.<br></div><div><b>A birds eye view from the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival</b></div><div>Film contributor Milos Stehlik arrived in Cannes last week and has been busy viewing this year's best and worst films. &nbsp;He'll tell us about some of the highlights so far, including <i>Le Joli Mai,</i> <i>Le Pass</i>é<i>&nbsp;</i>by Asghar Farhadi and<i> Heli,</i> a film from Mexican director Amat Escalante.<br></div><div>Festival de Cannes - From 15th to 26th May 2013Jane Campion All the news The Daily Steven Spielberg 65 years in pictures Archives Official Selection Videos Marché du Film All the artic...</div><div>&quot;THE PAST&quot; by Asghar Farhadi - TRAILERMemento Films International</div><div>Flo and @LanaDelRey hit the red carpet at Cannes for last night's Great Gatsby gala opening screening (FloHQ) pic.twitter.com/iXszcFGGQxflorence welch</div><div><b>Weekend Passport: Israeli jazz, Russian ballet, an Ethiopian chef from Sweden, and more</b><br></div><div>Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we’ll tell you where to hear Yiddish traditional folk music and live jazz and where to see a one-of-a-kind theater company from Australia.</div><div><b><p><b></b></p><p><b>Back to Back Theatre presents "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich"</b></p>Part of the Bodies of Work Festival of Disability Arts &amp; Culture&nbsp;<p>When: May 16-19, various times</p>Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.</b></div><div><div><p><a href="http://www.bodiesofworkchicago.org/" class="">The Bodies of Work Festival</a> features cutting-edge disability arts and culture created by professional artists. Enjoy theater, music, art, and other artistic forms at venues including&nbsp;the Museum of Contemporary Art, Victory Gardens Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Raven Theater, the Hyde Park Art Center.&nbsp;These events are both cultural and educational, and promise to illuminate disability experiences.</p></div><div><br></div><div>Come experience <a href="http://backtobacktheatre.com/" class="">Back to Back Theatre</a>, an&nbsp;Australian independent theater company with a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities. "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" is a "cleverly interwoven tale-within-a-tale that begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh traveling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, the sacred Hindu symbol of higher being. The story becomes a second transformative quest as the group of struggling actors rise to take power from an overbearing director, giving rise to issues of cultural appropriation, the responsibilities of those who speak for others, and what constitutes myth, reality or even normalcy."</div></div><div>Ganesh Versus the Third ReichHopkins Center</div><div>Back to Back Theatrehopdartmouth</div><div><b><p>Israeli Jazz Festival</p><p>When: May 19 - 23, 2013</p>Where: Various locations, please click <a href="http://embassies.gov.il/chicago/NewsAndEvents/Pages/Israeli-Jazz-Festival-2013.aspx" class="">here</a> for a full schedule of performances</b></div><div><p>From the foreign to the familiar, from Israel to Chicago, for five days, the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest presents the first Israeli Jazz Festival in Chicago. The festival&nbsp;will highlight the full spectrum of the diverse jazz music scene in Israel. The artists reflect the international and multi-cultural diversity found throughout Israel. Such influences have inspired the music which ranges from Afro –Caribbean to Latin fusion, from Ethio-Jazz to Jewish Klezmer, and from Middle Eastern to smooth,&nbsp; straight-ahead Jazz.</p></div><div>Jazz Articles: The Israeli Jazz Wave: Promised Land to Promised Land - By Andrew Gilbert - Jazz ArticlesIsrael is always in the headlines, and the news is invariably bad. The plight of the Palestinians, apocalyptic threats from Iran's presid...</div><div>The Columbia ChronicleSince the birth of jazz in late 19th century, when southern black communities infused European harmonies with improvisation, swinging not...</div><div><b><p>Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Merchandise Market</p><p>When: Saturday, May 18th, 4pm - 6pm</p>Where: Merchandise Mart (</b><b>Snaidero Showroom)</b><b>, 350 N. Orleans St.&nbsp;</b></div><div>Come get a taste of Chef Marcus Samuelsson's path from an orphanage in Ethiopia to Sweden and New York. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres inspired by some of&nbsp;Chef&nbsp;Samuelsson's most famous dishes and receive your own personally-signed copy of <a href="http://www.marcussamuelsson.com/category/yes-chef-2" class="">"Yes, Chef."</a> &nbsp;Proceeds of this event will&nbsp;help support over 3,000 Chicago students gain culinary and leadership skills through the <a href="http://www.ccapinc.org/" class="">Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.</a></div><div>Chef Marcus SamuelssonBy Joanne Bruno · Black Bean Feta Tacos with Strawberry Salsa Recipe · Roasted Corn Salad, barbecue salad recipe, marcus samuelsson Din...</div><div><b>The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents "Rodin"</b><div><b>When: Friday, May 17th (7:30pm), Saturday, May 18th (8:00pm) &amp; Sunday, May 19th (3:00pm)</b></div><div><b>Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway</b></div></div><div><p>"Choreographed by Boris Eifman,<i> Rodin</i>, is based on the life of French sculptor Auguste Rodin and his turbulent relationship with his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. Set to music by Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Ravel, Rodin is a tale of artistic inspiration and the terrible price of genius.</p>Oleg Gabyshev, Principal Dancer of the Eifman Ballet, received the Golden Mask Russian National Theater Award for the title role in "Rodin.""</div><div>Eifman Ballet finds inspiration in Rodin’s figures - bit.ly/10Tke0R via @suntimesSony Centre </div><div>Eifman Ballet Rodinthchampselysees</div><div><b>Tum Balalaika Klezmer Brunch</b><div><b>When: Sunday, May 19th at 10:30am</b></div><div><b>Where: City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St.</b></div></div><div><p>Add a little bit of Klezmer (Yiddish folk music), Tum Balalaika (known for its&nbsp;repertoire of Russian, Romanian, and gypsy music), an all-you-care-to-eat buffet, and you get magic!&nbsp;</p><div><br></div><a href="http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/" class="">City Winery</a> has been hosting the Klezmer brunch since its opening in 2012. "We bring different Klezmer brand bands in every Sunday. The music starts around 10:30am and goes until 1:00pm. Musicians do two sets and it’s not only a great music experience, but a great brunch deal. There's&nbsp;a dancing area in front of the stage so that people can get up and dance. Plus, there's candy for the kids. They love it."&nbsp;—Rob, City Winery</div><div>Tum Balalaika Yiddish Song by Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band Chicagopetersadkhin</div></noscript><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-17/worldview-iranian-elections-cannes-film-festival-and-australian Worldview: Guantanamo politics, the Cannes Film Festival and Mexican-Franco cuisine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-03/worldview-guantanamo-politics-cannes-film-festival-and-mexican-franco <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP495997532857.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90630333&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-political-cost-of-closing-guantanamo.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-political-cost-of-closing-guantanamo" target="_blank">View the story " Worldview: The politics around Guantanamo, the Cannes Film Festival and Mexican-Franco cuisine" on Storify</a>]<h1> Worldview: The politics around Guantanamo, the Cannes Film Festival and Mexican-Franco cuisine</h1><h2></h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Fri, May 03 2013 07:40:29</p><div><b>The political cost of closing Guantanamo</b><br></div><div>Earlier this week President Obama broke a long silence on Guantanamo, saying it’s “not necessary to keep America safe.It is expensive. It is inefficient. &nbsp;It needs to be closed.” &nbsp;He also promised to re-engage Congress on the issue. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/reporters/JoshGerstein.html" class="">Josh Gerstein</a>, White House Reporter for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/" class="">POLITICO</a>, explains whether Obama has the political capital he needs to convince Congress to close it.</div><div>Senate Votes To Block Funds For Guantanamo ClosureWASHINGTON - In a rare, bipartisan defeat for President Barack Obama, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to keep the prison at Gua...</div><div><b>A preview of the Cannes Film Festival</b></div><div><a href="http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html" class="">The Cannes Film Festival</a> begins May 15th. Film contributor Milos Stehlik will be in attendance. He gives us a rundown of some of the highlights and tells why he thinks the festival is being overrun by Americans.<br></div><div>TV Festival de Cannes 2013tvfestivaldecannes</div><div><b>Italian politics</b><div><b><br></b><div>After weeks without a government Italy finally managed to form a working coalition but it remains unclear whether this group of unlikely alliances can survive. Worldview &nbsp;producer Alexandra Salomon updates us what all the political maneuvering means.</div></div></div><div>Italy Forms New Coalition Government to End Months of Political Stalemate nyti.ms/12QadAKThe New York Times</div><div>BBC News - Italy&amp;#39;s new coalition government targets economy3 days ago ... Italy&amp;#39;s new Prime Minister Enrico Letta says his broad coalition will work to heal the nation&amp;#39;s finances while e...</div><div><b>Weekend passport: Mexican cuisine with a French flair, Polish folklore, and the Children of Siberia<br></b></div><div>Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we’ll tell you where to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and how to join in the festivities for Polish Constitution Day.&nbsp; <br></div><div><p><b>“The French Flipped” Pop-Up Supper</b></p><p><b>Where: Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 West Cermak Road, Unit 1B<br>When: Sunday, May 5th at 6:30PM</b></p></div><div>Enjoy original French-infused Mexican cuisine with live entertainment from the <a href="http://www.mdechicago.org/" class="">Mexican Dance Ensemble of Chicago</a>.<br><br>“A lot of people think Cinco de Mayo is a festival to get drunk and wear crazy colored hats, but the history of the event is the Battle of Puebla in Mexico where they fought off the French army and won the victory. We’re doing a menu based on those two countries, but we're keeping Mexican food at the heart of the menu.”&nbsp;—Mikey Corona, Co-founder of <a href="http://www.yosoychicago.com/" class="">Yo Soy Chicago Underground Suppers</a><br></div><div>Dance Chicago 2010: Mexican Dance Ensembledancechicago2009</div><div><b>4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival</b><p><b>Where: 26th &amp; Kostner<br>When: Friday, May 3rd (6:00pm to 11:00pm); Saturday and Sunday, May 4th &amp; 5th (2pm to 11pm)</b></p><br>Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Little Village, a small community deeply rooted in Mexican-American heritage and tradition. Enjoy authentic cuisine, traditional artwork, and live performances from artists like Grammy Award nominated singer Nadia Lopez and Mexican reality t.v. star Erasmo Catarino.<br></div><div>Erasmo Catarino - Solo por ella - #VideoOficialazteca</div><div><p><b>Polish Fest Chicago</b></p><p><b>Where: Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.<br>When: Saturday, May 4th (12pm to 9:30pm) and Sunday, May 5th (12pm to 9pm)</b></p></div><div>In honor of Polish Constitution Day, the <a href="http://copernicuscenter.org/" class="">Copernicus Center</a> welcomes you to "get your Polish on" after the Polish Constitution Day Parade. Sample Polish staples such as kielbasa and Polish beer, and enter for a chance to win a prize in the pierogi-eating contest. Enjoy a great lineup of traditional folk dancers and world music performers such as <a href="http://muccapazza.com/" class="">Mucca Pazza</a>.<br></div><div>Polish Constitution Day Parade - May 3 Parade ChicagoPolish Constitution Day Parade. This year&amp;#39;s Chicago celebration of the Polish Constitution of 1791 will be held on Saturday, May 4t...</div><div>Mucca Pazza: Boss Taurus (official music video)muccapazzaband</div><div><p><b>Children of Siberia: Memoirs of Lithuanian Exiles</b></p><p><b>Where: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S Pulaski Rd<br>When: Saturday, May 4th at 2pm</b></p></div><div>Come witness the firsthand accounts of the Children of Siberia, survivors of deportations from Lithuania to Siberia during and after World War II. There will be a book presentation of <i>Children of Siberia: Memoirs of Lithuanian Exiles. </i>The presentation will be translated from Lithuanian to English.<br></div><div>Soviet deportations from the Baltic States | Ledo vaikaiOn June 14, 1941, 3a.m. under Moscow&amp;#39;s orders the first mass deportations to Siberia started simultaneously from Lithuania, Latvia ...</div></noscript></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-03/worldview-guantanamo-politics-cannes-film-festival-and-mexican-franco Cannes Diary: Charity auction draws stars, raises $11M http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-charity-auction-draws-stars-raises-11m-99552 <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/cannes%20lagerfeld.jpg" title="Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Diane Kruger during the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit auction. (AP/Joel Ryan)" /></div><p>Last night I attended the Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the exclusive hotel at Cap d&#39;Antibes and one of the most beautiful spots on the Riviera. I went with the wonderful and creative Chaz Ebert, wife of Roger, who was covering the festival for <a href="http://rogerebert.com/">rogerebert.com</a>.</p><p>The benefit brings together three elements of the 1 percent: the film community, fashion designers and billionaires. Each segment has a reciprocal relationship with the other. This 6- to 7-hour-long, extremely noisy event raised $11 million for arts research, fueled largely by a charity auction. This year&#39;s items included art work by Andy Warhol and Damien Hurst, each of which garnered over &euro;600,000 (about $780,000), and a film made by designer Karl Lagerfeld and produced by Harvey Weinstein, with <a href="http://globalgrind.com/style/karl-lagerfeld-harvey-weinstein-auction-movie-role-details">the leading role played by the winning bidder</a>. This item was first sold for &euro;350,000, then sold again for over &euro;500,000.</p><p>Auction presenters included Kirsten Dunst, Janet Jackson, Antonio Banderas, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Diane Kruger, Kylie Minogue, Eva Herzigova and Asia Argento.</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 07:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-charity-auction-draws-stars-raises-11m-99552 Cannes Diary: The home stretch http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-home-stretch-99503 <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/reygadas%20cannes%20AP.jpg" title="From left: Actors Adolfo Jimenez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo and director Carlos Reygadas pose during a photo call for ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ on Thursday. (AP/Francois Mori)" /></div><p>The exhaustion settles in. At 6 a.m. and throughout much of the night, there is yelling and shouting from people coming home from parties. The festival slowly becomes a blur.</p><p>Its descent into grayness is helped by two highly anticipated films: <a href="../../blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-enfant-terrible-french-cinema-returns-99464">Leos Carax&#39;s <em>Holy Motors</em></a> and Carlos Reygadas&rsquo; <em>Post Tenebrum Lux (Light After Darkness)</em>. Ambitious, visually stunning, daring in structure, both films left the audiences confused. What did the filmmaker really mean?</p><p>Both filmmakers are on hand in Cannes, of course, for their moment in the spotlight. They pose for photo sessions, take part in their press conferences and walk up the red carpet with their <em>equipe</em> (team).</p><p>This late in the festival, everyone is hanging onto the last bits of their energy and trying to make it into the home stretch.</p></p> Thu, 24 May 2012 01:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-home-stretch-99503 Cannes Diary: The enfant-terrible of French cinema returns http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-enfant-terrible-french-cinema-returns-99464 <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/brad%20pitt%20cannes%20AP.jpg" title="Actor Brad Pitt greets fans at the screening of ‘Killing Them Softly’ at Cannes on Tuesday. (AP/Loic Venance, Pool)" /></div><p>&ldquo;Partly cloudy,&rdquo; read the forecast for Tuesday morning here in Cannes. It turned out to be more rain. And then, a miracle: The sun came out at about noon, and Cannes was transformed. The Canadians, Germans and Turks sipped cocktails at their seaside tents; the Abu Dhabi tent was serving tea.</p><p>At noon, a full 7 &frac12; hours before the screening, someone had parked their ladder in the street median across from the entrance to the Palais with a hand-lettered sign, &ldquo;We love to Brad.&rdquo; (Pitt, presumably, who was there for the screening of <em>Killing Them Softly</em>.)</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo.JPG" style="height: 400px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="A poster for the film 'Dead Sushi' for sale at the Cannes Market. (WBEZ/Milos Stehlik)" /></div><p>Later in the day, my friend, the film distributor and great film connoisseur Peter Marai, discovered two wonderful film posters for sale at the Cannes market: <em>Dead Sushi</em> promised &ldquo;Hot Wasabi Action&rdquo; and warned that &ldquo;Sushi Bites Back.&rdquo; Another one advertised an even odder Japanese film called <em>ZombieAss</em>, directed by Noboru Iguchi and is subtitled with the line, &ldquo;Toilet of the Dead.&rdquo;&nbsp;It is doubtlessly filled with action since it promises &ldquo;We are going to flush you!&rdquo; (I am not making this up.)</p><p>Speaking of bizarre: The former <em>enfant-terrible</em> of French cinema, Leos Carax, has returned with a new film after a long absence. <em>Holy Motors</em> &ndash; an exquisitely shot film &ndash; starts with someone who looks like a wealthy executive going off to work. He is driven through Paris in a very long stretch limo to nine different appointments. At each &ldquo;appointment&rdquo; he acts out some fantasy &ndash; two murders and an erotic stop-motion action sequence among them. Alternately beautiful, self-indulgent, serious, bizarre and funny, it&rsquo;s impossible to summarize the film, other than to say that Carax is playing with the audience &ndash; though this is &ldquo;being had&rdquo; in a pleasurable way.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-enfant-terrible-french-cinema-returns-99464 Cannes Diary: Rain on the Cannes Parade http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-rain-cannes-parade-99382 <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/AP120521023479.jpg" title="From left: Actors, Ryo Kase, Tadashi Okuno, director Abbas Kiarostami and actress Rin Takanashi pose during a photo call for ‘Like Someone in Love’ at Cannes on Monday. (AP/Lionel Cironneau)" /></div><p>Rain, rain, rain on the Cannes parade is making it a stressful festival for many, especially since everything in Cannes means waiting in line. The rain does not improve efficiency, or comfort: Two screenings in a large tent were canceled because organizers were afraid the tent might collapse. Then, 200 soaked journalists waited in the rain for 45 minutes to get into the screening of Abbas Kiarostami&rsquo;s most recent film, <em>Like Someone in Love</em>. Once inside, they were treated to air conditioning blowing on their feet from underneath the theater seats. A chilly reception, to be sure.</p><p>Lest you think the weather has made us all grumpy, some films have garnered warm reception. Big hits so far: definitely Michael Haneke&rsquo;s <em>Amour</em>. A switch in style from his <em>White Ribbon</em>, the film features Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. An emotional 20-minute standing ovation ended the <em>Amour</em> screening.</p><p>Some other celebrity-watch tidbits:</p><p>The actor Sean Penn is here for a benefit for the victims of Haitian earthquake. In a press conference, Penn said that the &ldquo;whole f------ world abandoned Haiti.&rdquo; At the benefit gala, which raised $1.5 million for the cause, Penn delivered an expletive-ridden monologue, calling politics &ldquo;a f------ smoke screen.&rdquo; Penn later said he might have been under the influence of vodka.</p><p>Jane Fonda, who is here as an ambassador for the beauty company L&rsquo;Oreal, said she didn&rsquo;t even care about make-up and hair before she was 35. &ldquo;Even the <em>Klute</em> shag haircut was more about the demise of my marriage to Roger Vadim than style,&rdquo; she told reporters.</p><p>Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who is serving on the Cannes Festival jury this year, says he chooses movies based on their posters. That&rsquo;s how he discovered <em>My Beautiful Launderette</em>. Gaultier says he particularly likes the films of Trufaut, Godard and Pasolini, Fassbinder, the first <em>Star Wars</em> and <em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em>.</p></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 10:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-rain-cannes-parade-99382 Cannes Diary: Selling films at the Cannes Market http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-selling-films-cannes-market-99316 <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/AP120516012727.jpg" title="Actor Sacha Baron Cohen poses with a camel during a photo call for his film ‘The Dictator’ at Cannes on Wednesday. (AP/Francois Mori)" /></div><p>Image-making is everywhere in Cannes: banks of photographers line the red-carpeted steps to the Grand Theatre Lumiere, locals set up ladders in a thin median between the streets, which they occupy from early morning.</p><p>Every day, there are five festival trade dailies that cover films and deals about films, which may or may not ever get made. Filmmakers and producers descend on Cannes in part with the hope of getting a meeting that may lead to money for a project. In reality, the thousands of films talked about and shown in the Cannes Market (producers, sales agents and distributors rent theatres here for screenings) are films no one&rsquo;s ever heard of and probably never will hear of again. At any one&nbsp;moment, you could check out 20 to 30 films playing. Right now one could see <em>Drift</em> (about Australian surfing moguls), <em>She</em> (a Thai film about a woman dying of cancer who finds love at the end) or <em>Excision,</em> described as &ldquo;life sucks at 17.&rdquo; No kidding.</p><p>Taking advantage of all the press here, Sacha Baron Cohen staged a stunt to &ndash; what else &ndash; promote his new film, <em>The Dictator</em>. Dressed in full character and riding a camel, Baron Cohen headed out on the main street, the Croisette, stopped before the nearest café and ordered drinks &ndash; one for himself and one for the camel. Immediate effect: He caused a traffic jam.&nbsp;</p><p>A local Frenchman walking down the street remarked, &ldquo;Il y a un chameau sur la Croisette,&rdquo; <em>There is a camel on the Croisette</em>.</p><p>Obviously, he&rsquo;d seen stranger things at Cannes than this.</p></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-selling-films-cannes-market-99316 Cannes Diary: Rain, Austrian director bring Cannes a darker tone http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-rain-austrian-director-bring-cannes-darker-tone-99274 <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/AP12051816272.jpg" title="From left, actress Margarethe Tiesl, director Ulrich Seidl, actors Peter Kazungu and Inge Maux arrive for the screening of Paradise: Love at the 65th international Cannes Film Festival on Friday. (AP/Lionel Cironneau)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>For days now, everyone at Cannes has been talking about the coming bad weather. The weekend is turning colder &ndash; cloudy and with rain. The whimsical, fairy-tale atmosphere of opening night film <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em> has quickly worn off for darker colors.</p><p>To wit: Take <em>Paradise: Love</em>, a film by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl. Seidl is that rare filmmaker for whom reality takes no prisoners. His films skewer the complacency and rigidity of Viennese suburban life and its barely-covered perversions. In one of his best known films, <em>Import/Export</em>, Seidl inverts two stories of sexual exploitation in Austria and Russia. <em>Paradise</em> is the first film in a proposed trilogy dealing with women on holiday.</p><p>If this sounds too idyllic, it is. The central, unnamed character is a middle-aged Austrian woman. As the film begins, she leaves her unresponsive daughter with a relative and departs for Kenya.&nbsp;</p><p>The Kenyan ocean-side resort where she vacations is filled with other women like her (read: middle-aged, overweight and obsessed with their fading beauty). Outside the resort&rsquo;s manicured grounds, young African men sell trinkets &ndash; and themselves. With performances that are brave and at times astonishing (lots of frontal nudity), the film takes on themes of interracial sex, sexual exploitation (both ways) and the inherent racism and humiliation at the heart of this situation. What&rsquo;s even more remarkable is that the film makes the audience complicit in its graphically-depicted game, in which the search for love is really a racial and financial transaction.</p><p>Unfortunately for the film&rsquo;s director, many festival attendees didn&rsquo;t bother to show up for the first screening. Knowing something of Seidl&rsquo;s previous work, perhaps, they decided to skip it. Paradise was also scheduled at odd times: 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. These times preclude large-scale evening galas for movie producers and their starlet-assistants. Talking to Ed Lachman, one of the two cinematographers for <em>Paradise</em>, Thursday night, I learned Seidl and the crew just arrived yesterday for dinner.</p><p>I guess the festival knew Seidl isn&rsquo;t everyone&rsquo;s <em>Midnight in Paris</em>.</p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-rain-austrian-director-bring-cannes-darker-tone-99274 Cannes Diary: Star power and a Polanski biopic http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-star-power-and-polanski-biopic-99228 <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/cannes%20jury%20AP.jpg" title="Jury president Nanni Moretti and jury members Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hiam Abbass, Andrea Arnold, Raoul Peck, and Alexander Payne at the opening ceremony at the Cannes opening ceremony Wednesday. (AP/Joel Ryan)" /></div><p>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.</p><p>Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Billy Murray and Tilda Swinton were here for <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em>, as well as actress Jessica Chastain, who stars in <em>Lawless</em>, a new film by John Hillcoat. One also had the chance to spot Alec Baldwin, who&rsquo;s here in Cannes shooting a film with James Toback, and members of the jury, including Alexander Payne, Scottish director Andrea Arnold, designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, actresses Hiam Abbas, Emmanuelle Devos, director Raoul Peck, model Diane Kruger, Italian director and Jury President Nanni Moretti and actor Ewan McGregor.</p><p>Wednesday afternoon the festival premiered the&nbsp;out-of-competition biopic <em>Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir</em>. The film was culled from a 30-hour interview with Polanski&rsquo;s long-time friend, Andrew Braunsberg, while Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland. It&rsquo;s filled with archival footage and clips from Polanski films. Some might argue that the film glosses over Polanski&#39;s infamous arrest and prosecution (he was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977), but the film tries to draw an arc over Polanski&#39;s tragic and dramatic life: He survived the Holocaust as a child, but his mother died in a concentration camp. His second wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered in 1969 by members of the Manson family, when she was 8 &frac12; months pregnant. Polanski is now married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. &nbsp;</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/nadine%20labaki%20AP.jpg" style="height: 201px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Director Nadine Labaki in the role of Layal in her debut movie ‘Caramel,’ which digs into the lives of five Lebanese women. (AP/HO)" /></div><p>In other film news, Thursday on <em>Worldview</em> you can hear my recent conversation with award-winning actor/director Nadine Labaki.</p><p>Labaiki&rsquo;s life in film began during her childhood in war-torn Lebanon, when she was not allowed outside. As a result, she spent much of her time watching television and dreaming.</p><p>Her first feature film, <em>Caramel, </em>was a romantic comedy about five women in a Beirut beauty shop who struggle with love, tradition, sex and aging across the dividing lines of religion. Labaki&rsquo;s film put Lebanese cinema on the map and became a worldwide audience and box office hit.</p><p>Now, five years later, Labaki turns her lens on a remote Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims get along, until men begin to create strife. With humor, music and craftiness worthy of <em>Lysistrata</em>, the village women try and stop the violence by taking matters into their own hands. Using mostly amateur actors and shooting on realistic locations, <em>Where Do We Go Now</em> is a heart-warming and poignant fable.</p><p>Tune in Thursday to hear my conversation with Labaki.</p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/cannes-diary-star-power-and-polanski-biopic-99228