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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Closing ceremony
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Closing ceremony – Cannes, France, May 25, 2019. Director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d’Or award winner for his film “Parasite” (Gisaengchung), reacts. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

May 25, 2019

CANNES, France (Reuters) – “Parasite”, a dark comedy by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, won the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

The Cannes film festival also shone a light on newcomers.

“Atlantics”, a haunting ghost story about migrants directed by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop, won the runner-up Grand Prix award.

The movie, based on her 2009 short documentary, was Diop’s first ever feature length film.

(Reporting by Sarah White, Editing by Inti Landauro)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Photocall for the film
FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film “Pain and Glory” (Dolor y Gloria) in competition – Cannes, France, May 18, 2019. Director Pedro Almodovar poses. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

May 25, 2019

By Sarah White

CANNES, France (Reuters) – An introspective turn by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar with a movie about an filmmaker, and a darkly humorous South Korean thriller are among the movies sparking awards buzz at Cannes in an unusually crowded field of runners and riders this year.

The film festival’s top Palme d’Or prize will be announced on Saturday evening after the jury headed up by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu hash out their picks from the movies vying in the main selection.

“It’s been quite a strong year in all the competitions at Cannes,” said Meredith Taylor, editor of arthouse film site Filmuforia, adding that she had handed out more four-star reviews than usual.

Cannes juries have been known to stump critics, however.

“Quite often an outsider comes in,” Taylor said.

French director Celine Sciamma has also earned glowing praise for period love story “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire”, while first time director Ladj Ly of France impressed with the politically charged “Les Miserables”, a tale of police violence.

And as well as Almodovar’s “Pain And Glory”, the festival was not short of other strong entries from Cannes darlings, including two-time Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach with a searing swipe at Britain’s gig economy in “I’m Sorry We Missed You.”

Almodovar’s return with his loosely biographical film starring Antonio Banderas, on top form as a tormented filmmaker looking back at his life, has nonetheless sparked talk of long overdue recognition at Cannes.

The “All About My Mother” director has never won the top prize at the French cinema festival, where he headed up the jury two years ago.

His latest entry has him vying against another Cannes heavy-hitter in the field of filmmakers delving into the world of cinema for inspiration – Quentin Tarantino presented “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, his ode to a bygone era in tinseltown.

Its star-studded premiere this week marked one of the high points of the festival, as Tarantino walked the red carpet with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in tow, though despite critical acclaim few have billed it as the one to watch.

Instead, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”, a suspenseful, wickedly funny satire about class struggles has sparked buzz of awards glory for the South Korean director.

Few films out of the 21 selected for Cannes’ main competition hit a bum note with critics – bar one-time award-winner Abdellatif Kechiche, whose three-and-half hour movie with extensive close-ups of a young girls twerking in a nightclub, “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo”, was panned by reviewers.

(Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard prize
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard prize – Cannes, France, May 24, 2019. Director Karim Ainouz celebrates winning the Grand Prix Un Certain Regard Award for the film “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” (A Vida Invisivel de Euridice Gusmao). REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

May 24, 2019

By Johnny Cotton

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A Brazilian victory in Cannes has sent a message of hope at a difficult time for the country’s movie industry, director Karim Ainouz said on Friday after winning an award at one of the film festival’s prestigious side competitions.

“The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao”, a tale of two sisters and their struggles in a male-dominated society 

in 1950s-era Brazil, won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, which aims to shine a light on more unusual movies.

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has talked of waging war on “cultural Marxism” and has reduced the remit of the country’s culture ministry, leaving many filmmakers fearing it will become more difficult to get their movies made.

“I think it sends a message of hope,” Ainouz told Reuters after the ceremony in the south of France.

“I think it’s a brilliant year for Brazilian cinema at the festival and I think, I hope, that this is not in any way challenged by what we’re going through in the country,” he said.

“Bacurau” by Brazil’s Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles is also in contention for this year’s top Palme d’Or prize at Cannes, which will be announced on Saturday.

“The Invisible Life” centers on two loving sisters whose dreams are frustrated by some of the men in their lives, and was inspired by a book by Martha Batalha.

Variety said the film was “a gorgeous melodrama about women whose independence of mind remains undiminished”, rendered in “lustrous textures, boldly saturated colors and lush sounds.”

Lebanese director and actor Nadine Labaki, whose film “Capernaum” won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes’ main competition last year, headed up the Un Certain jury.

She said that although politics did not play a part in this year’s choice, an award from Cannes sent a strong signal.

“Every kind of recognition on such huge platforms is making everything resonate so much louder,” she told Reuters.

Chiara Mastroianni – the daughter of actors Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve – won the Un Certain Regard acting prize for her role as a woman trying to decide if she did the right thing by leaving her husband, in “On A Magical Night”.

(Reporting by Johnny Cotton in Cannes; Editing by Sarah White and Matthew Lewis)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Screening of the film “Pain and Glory” (Dolor y gloria) in competition – Red Carpet Arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2019. Bella Hadid poses. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

May 24, 2019

By Johnny Cotton

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Enormous bouffant dresses decked out in lace or feathers ruled the red carpet at this year’s Cannes film festival, one of the of the world’s most glamorous stages for actors as well as fashion designers.

As well as oversized gowns, more classic monochrome looks also scored design points for some fashion critics amid the spangles, patterns and fringes that were certainly not lacking at parties and premieres on the French Riviera.

“I felt like on the carpet this year it was either go big or a little bit more iconic, understated looks and I loved that,” New York-based stylist Elizabeth Sulcer said.

The festival is due to draw to a close with an awards ceremony on May 25, one of the swankiest nights of the calendar.

In the classic corner, U.S. actress Selena Gomez walked the red carpet for her zombie movie “The Dead Don’t Die” wearing a white silk bra top and skirt with a high slit by Louis Vuitton.

“I think sometimes less is more and I really loved it in the white — it was bright and very beautiful,” Sulcer said of the outfit.

Others followed suit. Model Bella Hadid also kept it simple in a red cutout Roberto Cavalli gown at the premiere of “Pain and Glory” by Cannes veteran Pedro Almodovar.

But down the coast at Thursday’s exclusive amfAR charity gala many stars chose to pump up the volume including singer Dua Lipa, in a bombastic, red feathery Valentino number.

For Sulcer, sparkling pantsuits were one trend that hit more of an off note.

Margot Robbie, who stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, wore black sequinned Chanel trousers paired with an off-the-shoulder white top to the premiere.

(Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Masterclass Sylvester Stallone
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Masterclass Sylvester Stallone – Cannes, France, May 24, 2019. Sylvester Stallone reacts. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

May 24, 2019

By Hanna Rantala

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone told cinemagoers in Cannes on Friday that he never expected to make it in the film industry due to an accident at birth that caused him to slur his words – now one of his more celebrated trademarks.

The U.S. actor, 72, rocketed to fame in 1976 with his Oscar-winning boxing movie “Rocky” and went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars through the “Rocky” and “Rambo” and film franchises.

But Stallone said that when he was starting out, his speech impediment had stumped filmmakers and fellow actors like “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I didn’t think I was going to (have a career in film),” Stallone said during the Cannes Film Festival, where he was invited to speak in a celebration of his career.

“When I would try to get jobs in commercials, the director would go, ‘What are you saying, what language is that?’

“I knew it was bad when Arnold Schwarzenegger said, ‘You have an accent’,” Stallone added. “I go, ‘I have an accent? Excuse me, what?’ It’s true. Arnold and I should open up a school for speech lessons. It would be perfect.”

Stallone’s snarl and slurred speech are now among his widely recognized signatures. He is also known for his muscular physique.

The actor and filmmaker was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived for Friday’s event, and greeted crowds with “Yo.”

He also reflected on his most famous roles.

“Rambo deals with the very dark side of nature that unfortunately a lot of people live with because they feel isolated,” Stallone said of the character, a Vietnam War veteran who struggles to readjust to civilian life.

“Rocky is different, he’s the more optimistic, he realizes he is not a special man but he tries to be special,” the actor added. Rocky Balboa is an Italian-American boxer from a working class background who makes it big.

Stallone’s performance in “Rocky”, the first film in the franchise, earned him Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs – though he has never won the awards.

Audiences at Cannes were set to be shown early clips for “Rambo V: Last Blood” on Friday. The latest film from that series is set for release in the United States in September.

(Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Masterclass Sylvester Stallone
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Masterclass Sylvester Stallone – Cannes, France, May 24, 2019. Sylvester Stallone reacts. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

May 24, 2019

By Hanna Rantala

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone told cinemagoers in Cannes on Friday that he never expected to make it in the film industry due to an accident at birth that caused him to slur his words – now one of his more celebrated trademarks.

The U.S. actor, 72, rocketed to fame in 1976 with his Oscar-winning boxing movie “Rocky” and went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars through the “Rocky” and “Rambo” and film franchises.

But Stallone said that when he was starting out, his speech impediment had stumped filmmakers and fellow actors like “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I didn’t think I was going to (have a career in film),” Stallone said during the Cannes Film Festival, where he was invited to speak in a celebration of his career.

“When I would try to get jobs in commercials, the director would go, ‘What are you saying, what language is that?’

“I knew it was bad when Arnold Schwarzenegger said, ‘You have an accent’,” Stallone added. “I go, ‘I have an accent? Excuse me, what?’ It’s true. Arnold and I should open up a school for speech lessons. It would be perfect.”

Stallone’s snarl and slurred speech are now among his widely recognized signatures. He is also known for his muscular physique.

The actor and filmmaker was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived for Friday’s event, and greeted crowds with “Yo.”

He also reflected on his most famous roles.

“Rambo deals with the very dark side of nature that unfortunately a lot of people live with because they feel isolated,” Stallone said of the character, a Vietnam War veteran who struggles to readjust to civilian life.

“Rocky is different, he’s the more optimistic, he realizes he is not a special man but he tries to be special,” the actor added. Rocky Balboa is an Italian-American boxer from a working class background who makes it big.

Stallone’s performance in “Rocky”, the first film in the franchise, earned him Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs – though he has never won the awards.

Audiences at Cannes were set to be shown early clips for “Rambo V: Last Blood” on Friday. The latest film from that series is set for release in the United States in September.

(Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - News conference for the film
FILE PHOTO: 72nd Cannes Film Festival – News conference for the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in competition – Cannes, France, May 22, 2019. Director Quentin Tarantino attends the news conference. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

May 24, 2019

By Phyllis Xu and Fedja Grulovic

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Twenty-five years after taking the festival by storm with “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie has already clinched an award at Cannes – thanks to a dog in a show-stealing fight scene.

“Brandy”, which was actually played by three different pitbulls, won the unofficial “Palm Dog” prize at the cinema showcase on Friday.

“I have to say I am so honored to have this,” Tarantino told the light-hearted ceremony to pick up the collar handed out to winners.

“I would like to dedicate this to my wonderful actress Brandy,” he added, drawing laughs from the crowd at the award that is made every year at the festival.

Tarantino said one of the dogs that took part in the fight scene was initially his favorite among the canine cast, but he said he had later been drawn to the expressive face of another of the pitbulls during the editing process.

The U.S. filmmaker said he would keep the award even though he does not have a dog, adding that he might get one some day but it would likely come from a rescue center if he did.

Tarantino said of the Palm Dog: “It will go on my mantelpiece, alright, my mantelpiece of honor.”

Set in the late 1960s, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, an actor struggling to come to terms with his fading career, and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, his stunt double.

Booth keeps a pitbull, with which he has one-on-one scenes, including comedy moments that include preparing an unappetising-looking dinner for his pet and training the dog to respond to commands.

The dog makes a comeback in the film’s final sequence. Tarantino has pleaded with critics who viewed the movie at Cannes not to reveal any major spoilers.

Tarantino won the top Palme d’Or film award at Cannes in 1994. He is vying against veteran directors including Ken Loach and Pedro Almodovar for this year’s prize, set to be announced on May 25.

(Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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File photograph shows Spice Girls members arriving for the premiere of the musical
FILE PHOTO: Spice Girl members Melanie Brown (L-R), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm are seen arriving for the premiere of the musical “Viva Forever!”, based on the music of the Spice Girls, in central London in this December 11, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Toby Melville

May 24, 2019

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Nineties girl band the Spice Girls return to the stage as a foursome on Friday, kicking off a reunion tour in Dublin with happy wishes from their absent band mate Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham.

The British pop group, which shot to global fame with their bouncy debut single “Wannabe” in 1996, announced last year they would perform together again. Beckham, now a successful fashion designer and part of a global celebrity family brand with soccer-player husband David, did not join them.

Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Geri Horner (Ginger Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) will play 13 dates over the next few weeks, starting with Dublin on Friday before performing in cities around Britain.

“TODAY IS THE DAY!” the band wrote on their Twitter page, with a poster for the “Spice World” tour showing most gigs, including Friday’s and the last three in London, as sold-out.

On Instagram, Beckham shared an old picture of the group, which formed in 1994, with the message: “Good luck to the girls today as they start their tour!”

The 13-date tour is the latest reunion for one of the world’s biggest girl bands which sold tens of millions of records, and is known for hits like “Say You’ll Be There”, “2 Become 1” and “Spice Up Your Life”.

Horner left the Spice Girls in 1998, while the group’s remaining members went their separate ways in 2000. The band got back together for a tour in 2007-2008 and also performed at the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.

Earlier this week, Brown told fans she had suffered a recent health scare of inflammations in both her eyes. Sharing a picture of a bandaged eye, she said she now had to get “a very cool Scary eye patch”.

The group have posted pictures this week of rehearsals, also giving fans a glimpse of their stage adorned with a huge globe-like structure and colorful lights.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about getting this tour on the road!” Bunton wrote on Instagram on Thursday beside a picture of herself at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian in London; Editing by Peter Graff)

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72nd Cannes Film Festival - Photocall for the film
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Photocall for the film “Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo” in competition – Cannes, France, May 24, 2019. Cast members Marie Bernard, Lou Luttiau, Hafsia Herzi, Salim Kechiouche and Shain Boumedine pose. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

May 24, 2019

By Sarah White

CANNES, France (Reuters) – A three-and-a-half hour largely plotless movie set in a nightclub, featuring girls twerking from every angle and a 13-minute explicit sex scene in the toilet, claimed the dubious honor as the most universally panned film at Cannes on Friday.

Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche is no stranger to controversy, with his previous outings – including “Blue Is The Warmest Color”, which won the cinema festival’s top Palme d’Or prize in 2013 – also featuring long, graphic sex scenes.

But his latest movie “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo”, where the action unfolds almost in real time, left viewers up in arms after its late night premiere on Thursday. Some attendees tweeted that they had left the screening early and posted pictures of a thinned out cinema as the lights came on.

Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang said the movie was “the work of an embattled, controversy-seeking filmmaker who has decided to troll his audience”.

“The movie is playing in the main competition, which suggests the festival might be trolling us too,” Chang wrote.

A follow-up to 2017’s “Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno” – which got a more mixed reception though reviewers had already questioned its voyeurism – the film follows a group of young friends in the south of France hanging out and partying.

The camera lingers on the bikini-clad women and their bottoms as they frolic in the sea and lounge around in the opening sequence, before the action moves to the nightclub for most of the rest of the film.

To a thumping ABBA-laden soundtrack, the women’s dancing takes center stage in almost hypnotic fashion as they gyrate, make out, and shake their backsides in tiny shorts.

The twerking is only broken by a few asides as the friends buy each other drinks and a long cunnilingus scene.

“What happens here is nothing more than gratuitous porn,” the Hollywood Reporter’s Boyd van Hoeij wrote, adding that in Kechiche’s other films, the explicit sex moments did not jar as much, building on a much more developed rapport between some of the characters.

Others also went to town on the movie and let rip at Kechiche for testing his audience’s patience.

“Even when the audience is induced into fits of uncontrollable laughter, they’re still unmistakably the butt of his big joke,” IndieWire’s David Ehrlich said.

(Editor’s note: graphic language in paragraph 9).

(Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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FILE PHOTO: Film producer Harvey Weinstein departs from a court hearing in New York
FILE PHOTO: Film producer Harvey Weinstein departs from a court hearing in New York, New York, U.S., April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

May 24, 2019

(Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.

The deal, if finalized, would resolve a civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office last year that accuses Weinstein Co’s executives and board of failing to protect employees from a hostile work environment and Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, the Journal said.

A representative for Harvey Weinstein and Weinstein Co did not immediately respond to request for comment. Weinstein has previously denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

(Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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