Highlights of Cannes film festival
Sunday 23 May 2010
Here is a selection of treats, shocks, rows and other highlights from the 63rd Cannes film festival which ran from May 12 to 23.
The prizes are awarded on Sunday evening.
Robin the rich
Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett kicked off the festival with the blockbuster "Robin Hood". Blanchett charmed the red carpet while Crowe's odd accent in the title role brought him some unwanted publicity in Britain.
Bashing the bankers
Oliver Stone's blockbuster "Wall Street" sequel led the charge against bankers blamed for the financial crisis, while Charles Ferguson's documentary "Inside Job" presented the metldown as a conspiracy by banks and US officials.
Spaniard Javier Bardem and British actress Lesley Manville moved audiences with two of the most acclaimed performances of the festival: he in "Biutiful" by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and she in Mike Leigh's "Another Year".
Watts new pussycat
British-born, Australian-raised actress Naomi Watts was judged one of the belles of the festival hall, with two red carpet appearances: for Woody Allen's comedy "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" and political thriller "Fair Game".
Emotion over Iran
The festival and the French government condemned the jailing of Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, prevented from sitting on the festival jury. French actress Juliette Binoche wept to hear that Panahi was on hunger strike.
Beat by Takeshi
Japanese cult film-maker "Beat" Takeshi Kitano turned audiences' stomachs with a brutal scene involving a dentist's drill in his ultra-violent Yakuza gangster saga "Outrage".
Battle of Algeria
France's colonial history spawned two films on Algeria: Xavier Beauvois's "Of Gods And Men" about monks kidnapped by Islamists, and Rachid Bouchareb's controversial Algerian war tale "Outside The Law", which drew street protests.
Asia made a mark at the festival, from the erotic frissons of South Korean film "The Housemaid" to the sheer dottiness of Thailand's "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", featuring humanoid monkeys and an amorous cat fish.
New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard didn't turn up to plug his entry "Film Socialism", cryptically citing "problems of a Greek type". US star Sean Penn also failed to show: he was testifying to the US Senate on Haiti's earthquake.
Is this a Jagger
British rocker Mick Jagger amused fans at the launch of "Stones In Exile", a documentary about the classic Rolling Stones record "Exile on Main Street". Critics pegged it as a marketing move coinciding with the album's re-release.
Grace Dent on TVtv
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction
Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens