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.
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 5 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
In defence of liberal democracy
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The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
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General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
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