Three years after he was imprisoned for alleged anti-regime propaganda, the director is bringing a new secretly filmed feature to the festival called Manuscripts Don't Burn
Steven Spielberg will serve as jury president of the 66th Cannes Festival this May.
Ken Loach is the latest director to complain about censorship, says Tim Walker. The rules on swearing are so arbitrary, it's no wonder he's effing and blinding
'The Dictator' knows how to make a scene.
He directed some of the most memorable films of recent times, but he has had enough. He explains why to Tom Teodorczuk
The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or is a trophy any self-respecting director would want to see alongside an Academy Award on the mantlepiece.
A rambling Turkish philosophical thriller led the field, says Jonathan Romney
The Cannes Film Festival, long-heralded for its libertarian attitude to the work and lives of its many auteurs, has finally drawn a line in the sun-scorched sand. Its organisers have banned Danish director Lars von Trier from the festival for telling the world's media he was "a Nazi" and could "understand Hitler".
To celebrate the kick off of this year's Cannes Film Festival we've rummaged through the archives to bring you a selection of photographs which epitomise the festival's 'old Hollywood' era.
A new film adaptation of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist which sees the orphan scale buildings and hop across the rooftops of London's most famous museums is sure to raise a few eyebrows among purists.
The British director Lynne Ramsay is leading an unprecedented charge by female directors at this year's Cannes Film Festival. This year's competition for the Palme d'Or prize features four women directors, the highest in the festival's64-year history.
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Tim Burton, appearing for the first time in his formal role as president of this year's Cannes Film Festival, cut a kooky figure on stage when he was asked which previous Palme d'Or winning films he thought to be memorable. Staring into space for a minute, he said "I can't remember any", while the nine fellow jurors, including Kate Beckinsale, mumbled titles such as Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver. "I always blank out," Burton added. Quizzed about the dearth of female jurors this year – only two against eight male counterparts – he said that in his experience at least half of the movie executives that have green-lit his films have been female. He also bemoaned the absence of the director Roman Polanski, currently detained in Switzerland, from the festival, as well as that of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was to sit on the Cannes jury of the Cannes before he was imprisoned by Tehran's authorities. "Yes, of course, there's an issue about political and freedom of expression. I would like them to be released," he said.
Bows and arrows epic falls short of cinematic bull's-eye
This year's focus on high-minded fare, including Jean-Luc Godard's comeback, will at least appeal to serious cinephiles
British director Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is in the running for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize the Palme d'Or, it was announced today.