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A short produced by trainees from the jobcentre queue in collaboration with industry professionals will have its premiere at the ICA in London

Film: Mulberries and the meaning of life

THE BIG PICTURE: A Taste of Cherry Abbas Kiarostami (PG)

Actors had real sex for Cannes movie

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Gunnell plagued by uncertainties

Two athletes left Oslo yesterday in very different states of mind. Neither may be at the World Championships.

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One OF the more curious Cannes phenomena of recent years is the series of "living sculptures" which line the Croisette. How strange that, at an event supposedly devoted to the moving image, these desperate individuals - spray-painted bronze or silver and locked for hours on end in ludicrous poses - expect to be rewarded for the sole accomplishment of being able to stand completely still. Or perhaps not: this festival, generally judged disappointing, shows an art form in a state of temporary stasis.

Life's a beach for Labour's new minister for the movies

Perhaps it was the sight of all those yachts and designer swim wear. But it took the Cannes Film Festival to provoke a New Labour minister to talk about his socialist youth.

Festival salutes 'shy' Bergman

Ingmar Bergman lived up to his reclusive image when he failed to appear to receive his prestigious "Palm of Palms" award at the 50th Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival Diary: Planet Cannes - the next big thing?

At 50, Cannes still can't quite make up its mind whether it wants to be a grande dame or a media tart. Tonight a glittering assembly of as many former Golden Palm winners who are able and care to attend will celebrate the Festival's official half-century (Ingmar Bergman obstinately declined to budge from his island retreat to receive an honorary gong). But, with nearly 4,000 accredited journalists in town - nearly double last year's figure - for the humbler among us, the main business of the day consists of fighting our way along the narrow pavements and even, with a good deal of luck, into the screenings.

REELING BACK THE YEARS

When the 50th Cannes Film Festival takes place next month the winner of the Palme d'Or will be joining such undisputed classics as 'Apocalyps e Now', 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg', 'Kagemusha' and 'Taxi Driver'. But then there was 'The Birds, The Bees and The Italians' ...

Film: 50th Cannes Film Festival

Back in 1946, when Cannes staged its first film festival, Britain was represented by David Lean's Brief Encounter. The sight of Home Counties heroine Celia Johnson sobbing into her hanky to the accompaniment of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto clearly didn't much impress that year's jury, who awarded the main prizes elsewhere.

That Turturro feeling...

From 'Miller's Crossing' to 'Barton Fink', John Turturro has given some memorable performances. His latest, Al in the 'Box of Moonlight', is more haunting and intriguing than ever. He talks (guardedly) to Ryan Gilbey

Golden girl, producer, mother, babe

To the gossips, she's the wife of the film whizzkid Stephen Woolley. But her formidable list of screen credits and her young family show Elizabeth Karlsen to be something else. By Ruth Picardie Standy stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand stand

Why the prime minister had to see La Haine

Alain Juppe set up a compulsory screening for his cabinet. The press pounced on it. Sheila Johnston talks to the director about why his film fuelled French political passion

LETTER : Quintessential 20th-century artist

From Mr Michael Holroyd

AND WHAT'S MORE . . .

From 10 May, Internet users will be able to access the Cannes Film Festival. A daily journal of news, views and film clips (including Ken Loach's Land and Freedom, above) will be available on a web server called Golden Palm Server. To access:
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