Cannes Film Festival

VIFF 2013: 'Ilo Ilo' Reviewed

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

A recent winner of the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, Ilo Ilo quickly sold out its first screening at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival. This subtle yet detailed film about family life in Singapore shows the skilled editing and directorial abilities of Anthony Chen in his feature film debut.

Cannes Diary: "It Can Make A Girl Feel Rich"

Marie Clements | Posted 07.25.2013 | Canada
Marie Clements

Here you are squeezed into a street of moving beautiful people who constantly bump against you -- it is like being sandwiched by Vanity Fair. Women in heels so high stand tilted against the wind and the weight of their hair and dresses. It feels like being in a movie...except you are not the star.

Cannes Diary: The End Is Near

Jacquelyn Mills | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
Jacquelyn Mills

This was an experience not to be forgotten. Hearing "you look tired" often, and forcing an "I feel great" before you've had your complimentary café au lait. Abandoning the hopes for any kind of balance, exercise, sleep or even one piece of fruit or vegetable. The countless 5 à 7's and glasses of rosé.

Jessica Chastain Channels Jessica Rabbit

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Style

Jessica Chastain's Cannes 2013 gown has hearts racing! The stunning "Zero Dark Thirty" actress channeled another famous redhead, "Who Killed Roger ...

Cannes Diary: Jane Campion Says, "Ladies, Make Your Movies"

Jacquelyn Mills | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada
Jacquelyn Mills

The first thing we eye in the program is a conversation with Jane Campion, my absolute favourite director. Campion addresses the audience, specifically female directors, with some advice: "If you're a female director in this room, put all your energy into making a good piece of work."

Sharon Stone Brings Razzle Dazzles To Cannes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Style

Sharon Stone brought a bit of Las Vegas to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Sporting a dress that has the two Gs (glitz and glamour), the "Basic Inst...

Cannes Diary: What To Watch (and Wear) at Cannes

Kyle Thomas | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada
Kyle Thomas

I was filled with an incredible energy as I stepped onto the red carpet. This is the top of the mountain in the narrative film world, and walking up those steps provided a powerful reminder of my love for this craft. Once you've had a taste of the red carpet, you simply want more!

Cannes Diary: Soaked, Starving, and No Spielberg Sightings

Moira Sauer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada
Moira Sauer

I gather my umbrella, for the light rain has turned into a downpour, and I leave the Panini man who has no paninis and make my way back to the apartment (via many wrong turns) where I eat the three dry crackers I have left over from the 25 hour journey to France.

Carey Mulligan's Unusual Cannes Outfit

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Style

Carey Mulligan is officially the belle of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival ball. The gamine Brit posed for a "The Great Gatsby" photo call in the idyl...

Nicole Kidman Dazzles At Cannes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Style

The Cannes 2013 red carpet hasn't even been rolled out yet but "Eyes Wide Shut" actress Nicole Kidman is already all dolled up. Kidman, who is a ju...

If You Couldn't Stand "The Tree of Life," Here's Another Flick to Avoid

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

2012-09-06-tiffreal.jpg Terrance Malick's To The Wonder has just played the Venice Film Festival and is headed our way for the Toronto International Film Festival. It's not that I want to influence people not to see To The Wonder. It's just that time is precious. I watched Malick's The Tree of Life, and that's 140 minutes I'll never get back.

Slummin' it in New York: My Post-Cannes High

Ashley Peoples | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada Living
Ashley Peoples

The post-Cannes depression has finally worn off and I am ready to report with enthusiasm about this Canadian actor's New York adventures. I know, I can hear you saying "Boo Hoo," but how would you like you to go from drinking free champagne and watching world-class movies back to sweeping muffin crumbs and spraying yourself with hot milk, when you hate milk? In Brooklyn, I work at a cafe.

Slummin' it at the Cannes Film Festival: And The Winner is..?

Ashley Peoples | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada
Ashley Peoples

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgWaiting at airport, I miss my trailer. This morning, I discovered a goat lives on the campground premise -- just when I thought it couldn't get better. Instead of befriending "la chevre," I swept the floors, scrubbed the dishes and said "Goodbye." Now, an eight-hour plane ride seems best spent reflecting on the last two surreal weeks.

Slummin' it in Cannes: Even My Trailer Has a Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"

Ashley Peoples | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada
Ashley Peoples

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgMy trailer was a celebrated destination during the storms by campground friends staying in tents. Unlike rainy and cold-to-the-bone camping days in Canada, I could take, and not just dream about, a hot shower. Slummin' it in Cannes means I put plastic bags around my heels to walk through muddied trails, but if it means I walk from that mud to the red carpet, that's all right with me.

Cannes Day 6: Making My Pitch

Matt Sadowski | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada
Matt Sadowski

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgI was up early to head down to the short film corner, where a special initiative called "Le Pitch" was being held. I made sure to engage the camera, speak from the heart and appeal to whoever was watching like I was a motivational speaker. After all, that's what I needed to do. Motivate them to pick my project.

Cannes Day 5: Cronenberg's Son, and Getting Money for My Dance Moves

Matt Sadowski | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Matt Sadowski

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgWhen discussing what was the first film that terrified David as a child, David responded by saying Bambi. He went onto say the best advice he could give to neophyte directors is to actually go out and direct something. Nothing teaches what it's like to make a film better than actually making one.

Dispatches From Cannes: Trying Not to Hurl Before My Screening

Rodrigo Gudino | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Rodrigo Gudino

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgToday is an even more special screening day because it's the premiere of my debut feature. I think about the words of advice given to me a few days ago by an unnamed executive: Try not to throw up if there are any walk outs. In a few minutes, everyone is inside and the presentation begins.

Day 4: Speed Dating at the Cannes Film Festival

Matt Sadowski | Posted 07.21.2012 | Canada
Matt Sadowski

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpg I woke up early to meet international short film buyers at a special breakfast held by the festival. It's sort of like filmmaker speed dating. You grab a coffee, and rotate tables every ten minutes or so, pitching your film and handing out materials. A lot of people were excited by my film...

Day 3: There's No Raining on My Cannes Parade

Matt Sadowski | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada
Matt Sadowski

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgToday's adventure started with some pretty intense thunderstorms, which I have to say, literally dampened my mood for a long stretch of the day, even after the sun had come out. But I wasn't going to let a silly little grey cloud get in my way, so I myself "stormed" out of my little villa and proceeded to walk down to the Palais to catch Brandon Cronenberg's first screening of Antiviral.

Dispatches from Cannes: Rhythm, Meetings and Infinite Lines

Rodrigo Gudino | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada
Rodrigo Gudino

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgNow, two days into the festival, I notice the rhythm caused by the restless bodies in endless line-ups, the stomach churn of too much wine and not enough food. I open the bay windows, not to sun and sea, but to an empty beach, and the sound of rain. But it doesn't matter, I have a meeting with Coffin Joe, and an interested distributor.

The Red Square Makes It To Cannes

Le Huffington Post Quebec | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada

Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan wore the red square, which has become the symbol of the Quebec student movement, on the red carpet for the premiere o...

Dispatches From Cannes: Sharks, Models and Zombies Oh My!

Rodrigo Gudino | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Rodrigo Gudino

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgCannes! The Riviera. The croissette. The sun, the sand, the celebrities...the movies. It's the 65th annual Festival de Cannes, a meeting place of filmmakers great and not-so-great. For an independent filmmaker like me, it's as close to a real life Mount Olympus as I have ever set foot on.

Inside Out Film Festival: Coming Out of the Gay Film Stereotype

Andrew Murphy | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Murphy

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival has just begun and this year marks a significant shift in queer filmmaking: a movement away from the simple "coming out" story, and away from films that play up gay stereotypes because it really is no longer "fine" if we do it ourselves. Films with LGBT content are becoming just that: films with LGBT content, versus "gay movies."

Slummin' it at the Cannes Film Festival Day 2: Meeting my Movie "Trailer"

Ashley Peoples | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Ashley Peoples

2012-05-17-cannesDanielle.jpgEveryone who walks by my trailer looks calm and friendly and not like trailer park axe murderers. This is reassuring because unlike canoe trips, I cannot sleep with my axe and bear spray. Now it is time to take on the Festival. There is no full-length mirror, so let's just hope I look good and feel confident enough to meet that French producer. A bientôt.

Slummin' it at the Cannes Film Festival

Ashley Peoples | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Ashley Peoples

2012-05-16-cannes2.jpg When I received the invitation to Cannes, I knew I had to make the most of it. I could go for the few days and sleep in a nice hotel, OR, I could stay at the elegant-sounding Parc Bellevue -- a mobile home trailer park 6km from the Palais des Festivals. I am staying at "Le Camping" -- as the Festival organizers call it -- because I have to, and lucky for me, I kinda want to.