Film festivals

Director Spike Lee, from right, actors Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and John David Washington pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
May 14, 2018 - 6:10 pm
CANNES, France (AP) — Spike Lee's Ku Klux Klan crime drama "BlacKkKlansman" received a rousing, lengthy standing ovation at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Lee's film tells true-life tale of a black police detective in Colorado who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. It was among the...
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Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Fremaux signs the 50/50 2020 Gender Equality Pledge during the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
May 14, 2018 - 8:25 am
CANNES, France (AP) — The leaders of the Cannes Film Festival have signed a gender equality pledge promising to make their selection process more transparent and to push their executive boards toward gender parity. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux signed the pledge Monday in a packed tent on the...
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Actress Irina Starshenbaum, centre, holds a sign with the name of the banned director, Kirill Serebrennikov, as she poses with producer Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff, from left, actors Roma Zver, Teo Yoo, director of photography Vladislav Opelyants and producer Ilya Stewart upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Leto' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
May 13, 2018 - 4:39 pm
CANNES, France (AP) — Twice the Cannes Film Festival has risen to given standing ovations to empty seats. Chairs were left poignantly vacant for two absent filmmakers whose films are in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Both Iran's Jafar Panahi and Russia's Kirill Serebrennikov were unable...
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Director director Paweł Pawlikowski poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Cold War' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
May 13, 2018 - 12:59 pm
CANNES, France (AP) — While the rest of the world, and the Academy Awards, were celebrating Pawel Pawlikowski's film "Ida" as one of the best films of 2013, the quiet, black-and-white film was swept up into political debate back in Poland, Pawlikowski's home country. It still mystifies the...
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Actresses Fan Bingbing, from left, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o pose for photographers during a photo call for the film '355' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
May 12, 2018 - 1:14 pm
CANNES, France (AP) — In one of the biggest sales of the Cannes Film Festival, Universal Pictures has acquired the female-led spy thriller "355," which Jessica Chastain has promoted as an antidote to male-centered action films. Universal on Saturday closed the sale of the highly touted project...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, May 15, 2001, Swiss director Jean Luc Godard waves during a photo call at the festival palace in Cannes, France. The 87-year-old reclusive iconoclast director Jean-Luc Godard attended his Cannes Film Festival press conference Saturday May 12, 2018, via FaceTime, answering questions over the screen of a mobile phone.(AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, FILE)
May 12, 2018 - 10:26 am
CANNES, France (AP) — In one of the oddest but most fitting of press conferences, reclusive and iconoclastic director Jean-Luc Godard spoke to reporters Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival via FaceTime, answering questions over a mobile phone screen. The unusual sight and rare audience with the 87...
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De izquierda a derecha, Kristen Stewart, Ava Duvernay, Cate Blanchett, Lea Seydoux y Khadja Nin posan durante una sesión de fotos del jurado del Festival de Cine de Cannes, en su 71ra edición, el martes 8 de mayo del 2018 en Cannes, Francia. (Foto por Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
May 12, 2018 - 7:03 am
CANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women will walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to highlight the limited number of female filmmakers who have been selected for the festival's competition lineup over its 71 years. Among those expected Saturday are Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, "Wonder Woman"...
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Director Paul Dano poses for portrait photographs for the film 'Wildlife', at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
May 11, 2018 - 10:56 am
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival can validate an aspiring filmmaker like few other places. In a year light on American directors at Cannes, one of the few trumpeted by the festival is Paul Dano, whose filmmaking debut "Wildlife" opened Cannes' Critics Week sidebar. "Wildlife," which...
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Ahmad Al-Mezyed, chief executive of the General Culture Authority, speaks during a press conference for the Saudi Arabia Film Council at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 11, 2018. Saudi Arabia recently lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas and has erected its first pavilion at this year's Cannes film festival. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
May 11, 2018 - 7:46 am
CANNES, France (AP) — Saudi Arabia came to the world's largest film market to declare its newly launched film industry "open for business, but largely avoided questions about gender equality. Saudi Arabia established its first pavilion at this year's Cannes Film Festival, signaling its debut on the...
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Director Ryan Coogler, left, and Zinzi Evans pose for photographers during a photo call at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
May 10, 2018 - 12:50 pm
CANNES, France (AP) — Film director Ryan Coogler says "The Godfather" was a major influence on "Black Panther," but he was apprehensive about making that public. In a talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, Coogler said he realized the story of "Black Panther" — about a young man ascending to...
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