“Les Misérables” by French director Ladj Ly strikes a chord at Cannes

If you believe that fiction has the power to convey more about the complexity of explosive social issues than TV news, then you’re in perfect sync with the film industry folks in Cannes. So...

Jean Dujardin as a jacket-obsessed loopy serial killer in “Deerskin”

It’s a bright crystalline afternoon on the Quinzaine Beach on Cannes’ Croisette but Jean Dujardin, dressed in a beige suede jacket and deerskin boots, has dragged a chair out into the sand to feel...

French Film Reviews: Dans La Brume, Starring Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko

Throwing away the usual tropes and jiggery-pokery – CGI, Inception 'bwong', stilettoed starlets teetering away from tornadoes yet always magically two steps ahead – Dans la brume strips the post-apocalyptic epic back to basics....

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival kicks off with sunshine and zombies

A peaceful town gets turned upside down in the Cannes Fest’s opening night out-of-competition film, The Dead Don’t Die, by American auteur Jim Jarmusch, when a mysterious horde of zombies come back to life...

French Film Reviews: Mon Ket, Directed by François Damiens

“You just can’t script or cast scenes like these, it just wouldn’t work,” mused François Damiens in a recent interview. So when the time came to tackle that all-awaited directorial debut, France’s resident comic...

French Cinema: Profile of Actor and Director Guillaume Canet

Acting may have been his back-up, but the retired showjumper-turned-golden boy of French cinema is riding high... A competitive showjumper derailed in his prime by an injury and part-time circus apprentice to boot, Guillaume Canet...

French Film Reviews: Larguées, Starring Miou-Miou and Camille Cottin

When their mother Françoise is dumped by their father for a younger woman, party girl Rose and desperate housewife Alice whisk her off to La Réunion to pull her out of her funk. Ever...

French Film: My Son (Mon Garçon), Directed by Christian Carion

Mad with anguish and guilt following his son Mathys's abduction, Julien embarks on a vigilante-style mission to track down his child and bring his kidnappers to justice. Spiralling, frustrated by police red tape and...

A Weekend for French Film Buffs in New York

If you fancy a spot of French cinema this weekend, make a beeline for New York’s MoMI (Museum of the Moving Image) for Panorama Europe 2019! Our Struggles (Nos batailles) SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2:00 P.M. at...

High and Dry in Space: Interview with Director Claire Denis

Always thought-provoking, iconic director Claire Denis takes a familiar genre for her latest film and breaks the mould. It’s about what it means to be human, she tells Lanie Goodman When it was first announced...