Wes Anderson's films are as formally distinctive as Peter Greenaway's, and sometimes as maddening. They are pictorial things, but less in the way of a film than, say, a graphic novel. Where Greenaway thinks like a painter, Anderson uses the camera like a cartoonist, each frame hyper-composed in colour and composition, an eccentric mini-work of art in itself. What the frames don't have is much sense of physical or emotional movement from one to another. It's the same with the dialogue. People in Wes World don't overlap in their conversation – a character says something, then there's a pause, then another character replies. Again, it's like the thin white lines dividing one box from another in a comic strip. Some find the effect very charming.
While the box office names pose on the red carpet at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, industry experts are eagerly scouting films showing on the Croisette for the stars of tomorrow.
Philippe Falardeau, 95mins. Starring: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse
'Maybe one day we could be the English Matt Damon and Ben Affleck...'
If they are anything like most Oscar winners, the team behind The Artist will have spent the first day of the rest of their lives conforming to the grandest, and most lucrative, of Hollywood traditions.
What was clear last night is that the Oscars are now a surprise-free zone. By the time the statuettes are dished out on a Sunday night in late February, there have been so many other awards ceremonies already that it is already ordained what will win.
Here is the full list of winners for the 84th Academy Awards:
Nostalgia reigned supreme in Hollywood, as the film industry saluted the golden era of its craft by handing a slew of Oscars to The Artist, the black-and-white, largely-silent, independent movie which has completed a trailblazing journey through this awards season.
Silent film The Artist has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France's answer to the Academy Awards.
All film-makers are searching for the secrets of Oscar success. But the formula is pretty straightforward, as Daniel Bettridge explains...
Even the best get overlooked and humiliated at times. So, join the snub club
Fangs away but love still has bite for raunchy R-Pattz
As Mary Nighy, the daughter of two celebrated British actors, makes her directing debut in the West End, she explains why the theatre's a good place for women now
Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a range of classical works inspired by childhood memories in South Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen
The Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a collection of classical works. Many of the pieces are inspired by memories of his childhood in south Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen
Directors, actors and critics hit back at David Cameron's call for film funding to focus on "commercially successful" pictures, arguing it would "dilute the quality of the product and mean "we won't move forward culturally".