Cannes Prizewinner Vimukthi Jayasundara Sets France-Sri Lanka Project ‘Turtle’s Gaze on Spying Stars’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sri Lankan auteur Vimukthi Jayasundara, whose “The Forsaken Land” (2005) won the Camera d’Or at Cannes, is readying his next project “Turtle’s Gaze on Spying Stars.” The film is set in a future ravaged by a mysterious pandemic caused by the over dependence of mankind on technology. The protagonist is a refugee from Sri Lanka who returns to the country and is forcibly admitted into a valley resort that has been converted into an isolation facility. Once there, memories from his Sri Lankan past haunt him, but, instead of these producing fear, as is the facility’s intention, it has the...
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Azimut Grande 26M Packs Punch in 86 Feet: Photo Gallery

Like her larger sister, the Azimut Grande Trideck, the Azimut Grande 26M presents big-yacht solutions for so-called small-superyacht buyers. Exterior designer Alberto Mancini even explains, “The project was driven by the enthusiasm to create a compact superyacht.” With five staterooms, a flying bridge the same length as the main deck, and more, the mission succeeds.
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‘Play Dead’ Star Hypes Film, Calls It “Really Horrifying”

You’ll never get out of the morgue alive. Play Dead–a new horror film from Voltage Pictures that premiered earlier this year at Cannes–is still waiting for a wide release date, but one of its stars recently teased the terrors to come. Bailee Madison (The Strangers: Prey at...
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Miguel Gomes’ ‘Selvajaria’ is Ready

Miguel Gomes has completed production on his next film “Selvajaria,” it’ll probably head out to Cannes this May, most likely in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. The Portuguese director has really made a name for himself these last few years with “Tabu” and “Arabian Nights,” but Cannes boss Thierry Fremaux had rejected Gomes appearing in official competition, which irked the filmmaker to no ends. To the point where Gomes called out Fremaux publicly. The Cannes boss wrote about this controversial episode in his 2017 book “Selection Officielle” …

From Mexico to South Korea, International Filmmakers Aim for Oscar Recognition

As the Academy grows into an ever more international body, directors working outside the English language are no longer seen as fringe contenders — among the diverse array of filmmakers in the running for this year’s international feature Oscar are a number of names who could cross over into other categories.

Rachid Bouchareb on Raising the Voice of the Invisible in “Our Brothers”

No scene is all that intimidating for Rachid Bouchareb to take on these days, now five decades into an illustrious career, able to conjure chaos on the screen in his latest film “Our Brothers (Nos Fragins)” when restaging the massive student protests that flooded the streets of France in the winter of 1986 that unfolded before the lens with about as much fuss as a quiet sit-down in a cafe. However, the technical knowhow to achieve such authenticity came with an emotional cost to the director when it meant making memories of the police violence that met the demonstrations so vivid again.

TVF International Renews First Look Deal With Singapore’s Mediacorp – ATF (EXCLUSIVE)

Factual distributor TVF International has renewed its first-look deal with Singapore media giant Mediacorp, extending the distribution partnership for another two years, it was revealed ahead of the Asia Television Forum in Singapore. TVF has already had a four-year partnership with Mediacorp and currently distributes some 350 hours of Mediacorp’s factual programs to broadcasters and streamers across the world. Mediacorp produces a range of factual programming, mostly for international network Channel NewsAsia (CNA), from topical current affairs and history series to high-end wildlife, true crime and lifestyle series. Highlights include international current affairs series “When Titans Clash: A New World...

Cannes Review: Keren Yedaya’s Loathsome Israeli Incest Drama ‘That Lovely Girl’

Sometime after seeing “Grace Of Monaco” (review here) yesterday, I said as an aside to a colleague, “Well, at least it can only get better from here.” Because normally, if a film like that, badly made and ill-conceived on every level, kicks off a festival, the worst is over, and while you might get a few duff movies in the days to come, a low bar of clearance has already been set. How little I knew. Barely 24 hours later, saying as much felt like tempting fate, because while “That Lovely Girl” is certainly more technically accomplished than ‘Grace,’ it’s infinitely more loathsome.

Cannes Review: Why Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner,’ Starring Timothy Spall, is a Masterful Biopic

The first shot of “Mr. Turner” tracks a pair of women walking past a windmill against the backdrop of shiny blue sky before it pauses to find British Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner (a brilliant Timothy Spall) standing in silhouette on top of an adjacent hill, sketching the luscious scene in detail. What follows is a two-and-a-hour portrait that sees the world exclusively through his focused gaze.

France bans short haul flights: Get onboard with these spectacular train trips

France is banning short haul flights between cities that can be reached by train in less than 2.5 hours. The move is great news for the environment and it’s also an opportunity for travellers to discover more of the country’s stunning train routes. With verdant vineyards, rugged mountain...

5 Most Dramatic Outfits From Sonam Kapoor’s Chic Wardrobe

We firmly believe that Sonam Kapoor is the reigning queen of Bollywood and that she does fashion like no one else. With the help of her sister cum stylist, Rhea Kapoor, Sonam manages to put up her love for couture on display and exhibit a distinct side of her wardrobe every single time. Recently, the Raanjhana actress was among the attendees at the Red Sea International Film Festival and as expected, she served us some dramatic looks to ogle at. Sonam Kapoor Birthday: She’s a Fashion Connoisseur With a Penchant for Timeless Fashion.

Cannes Review: Celine Sciamma’s ‘Girlhood’ Shines Bright Like A Diamond

Bursting onto the screen in a blast of buzzing power pop, “Girlhood,” the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight opening movie from Celine Sciamma (“Water Lilies,” “Tomboy”), is significant from the start by its energetic accept of the intricacy and contradictions of impoverished, metropolitan teenage life. An (American) football videogame is in development, however the gamers below the pads are all female, primarily black, and speak a slangy colloquial French: they are, as the French title has it, a “Bande des Filles,” a gang of ladies from the verysame infamous Parisian residentialareas that generated “La Haine.” Choosing to find her story in these dull, socio-economically depressed environments and to inform it through the eyes of a young black lady is not just a departure for Sciamma whose formerly similarly well-observed coming of age tales have played out in mainly white middle class settings, however a threat, and yet it pays off in definitely victorious style. “Girlhood” is a fascinatingly layered, textured movie that handles to be both a lament for sweettaste lost and a event of knowledge and identity acquired, typically at the extremely exactsame minute.