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Jacques Audiard hopes Dheepan's Cannes win will help Europe's migrants

24 May 2015 2:56 PM, PDT

After his Palme d’Or win for the story of a former Tamil Tiger seeking a new life in France, Audiard said that it is ‘important to reflect’ on the current situation

Jacques Audiard has said he hopes the Palme d’Or win at Cannes for his seventh feature, Dheepan, will “help the situation” for migrant workers in Europe.

Audiard’s film is the tale of a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war who seeks asylum in France by means of a fake family. Speaking after the ceremony, Audiard said that it was “important to reflect” on the current situation, although he wrote the script five years ago, “when it wasn’t so critical”.

Related: Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or - as it happened

Related: Dheepan review - Tamil Tiger loose in the urban jungle makes powerful thriller

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- Catherine Shoard

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Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or - as it happened

24 May 2015 12:46 PM, PDT

All the awards announced at the 68th Cannes film festival, where the French director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone won the Cannes film festival’s biggest prize for a drama about a group of former Tamil Tigers pretending to be a family in order to gain French asylum

Dheepan: Andrew Pulver’s reviewPeter Bradshaw’s Cannes awards predictionsThe Guardian film show: What will win the Palme d’Or? Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes

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Natalie Portman on Israel, Hollywood sexism and ‘being the boss’

24 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

The Black Swan star’s directoral debut – based on Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness – explores the ‘mythology’ surrounding the birth of the Jewish state. Is she ready for the inevitable backlash?

Natalie Portman is lugging a giant, heavy-looking sofa across the floor, to get away from what she mutters is the “brutal” heat of the sunlight beating down on the corner of a private beach club in Cannes. I feel I should help – I’m standing a few feet away, awaiting the signal to step forward – but the presence of one or two burly security staff nearby suggests I should stay damn well where I am. She’s dragging it while clad in the same fantastically flimsy Rodarte drapery and teetering high heels she wore for the film festival’s traditional photocall, a smidgeon of moxie underneath the carapace of glamour.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Cannes 2015, week two report: perfect Pixar but Gus goes gooey

24 May 2015 9:09 AM, PDT

The world’s top film showcase, which closes today, really could have been better this year. But highlights of week two included Todd Haynes’s superb Carol, Sorrentino’s intoxicating Youth and mindblowing animation in Inside Out

Ask any critic to assess the health of Cannes, and their answer will entirely depend on which day you happen to approach them. As events draw to a close and the Coen brothers and their fellow jurors prepare to bite the bullet and name their winners, critics have been walking around with half-smiles on their faces, saying that all things considered, 2015 hasn’t been so bad after all.

But if you’d asked a few days ago, many of us would have called this the worst Cannes in ages. Even with all the local rosé blunting our perceptions, you have to admit it’s been some way below par.

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- Jonathan Romney

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Cannes concludes with call-to-arms on climate change: ‘To not tackle the issue through film would be criminal’

23 May 2015 6:04 AM, PDT

The director and star of a film about one of the scientists who proved the contribution of greenhouse gases to global warming have urged audiences and movie-makers to recognise the urgency of action required – a message which has found echoes throughout the festival

The Cannes film festival has ended with a question: “Now you know, what are you going to do about it?” Such are the final words of the closing night film, Ice and the Sky, which implores its audience to recognise the urgency of action required on climate change.

Related: Ice and the Sky review - powerful eco doc fronts up to climate change deniers

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- Catherine Shoard

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The Little Prince review – adaptation of Saint-Exupéry just about gets off the ground

22 May 2015 10:29 AM, PDT

The much-loved children’s classic is given an animated overhaul by the co-director of Kung Fu Panda, but overelaboration means it almost goes down in flames

One advantage of animation is that you can record a whole new language dialogue track, and no one will know the difference. (It’s like the silent era, when switching out title cards meant it didn’t matter whether the film came from Berlin or Bognor.) So we have the new adaptation of the popular Saint-Exupéry children’s tale, simultaneously presented in two different cinemas at Cannes, in French and English, with entirely different voice casts involved. It was the English one for me, with Jeff Bridges and Rachel McAdams, rather than André Dussollier and Florence Foresti; however, with Kung Fu Panda’s Mark Osborne on board as director, the artistic balance is definitively tilted in the direction of the Anglo-American crowdpleaser.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Yakuza Apocalypse review - berserk mess of a gangster-vampire hybrid

22 May 2015 8:20 AM, PDT

Japanese genre master Takashi Miike comes to Cannes with a yakuza-meets-vampires-meets-monsters movie; no wonder, perhaps, that it’s just a mish-mash

For all its berserk energy, you will need a very particular sense of humour not to lose patience with the prolific Takashi Miike’s latest, which goes under the highly encouraging title Yakuza Apocalypse. Miike, of course, is known for churning out an average of three films a year since the early 90s; and was unable to attend this Cannes screening due to having started work on the next one. However, he did send over an amusing short video message apologising for his absence, in which he appeared in full geisha drag, saying that he had switched professions and would never make violent films again.

That, in truth, was the evening’s high point. When the film itself got underway, it began promisingly enough: Miike whipped up a series »

- Andrew Pulver

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Hirokazu Kore-eda: ‘They compare me to Ozu. But I’m more like Ken Loach’

21 May 2015 11:09 AM, PDT

The Japanese auteur talks about his Cannes-competition drama Our Little Sister, absences in families, and his TV-movie and fast-food childhood

When I meet the Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore–eda, it is in a shady and pleasant Cannes garden, where he sits next to his interpreter, through whom questions and answers must be channelled: a set-up that creates an unmistakably courtly atmosphere of reverence – not inappropriate.

Related: Our Little Sister review – Hirokazu Kore-eda's mature siblingmance manga

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow

21 May 2015 11:03 AM, PDT

Disneyland is celebrating its 60th birthday with a movie version of one of its most famous attractions. But do we still need the theme park now that the rest of the world has been Disneyfied?

Welcome to the future. Or is it the past? In Tomorrowland, Disney’s new adventure movie, George Clooney and friends risk life and limb to reach the utopian realm of the title, and it looks pretty much like we expected the future to look, at least back in the 1960s: a pristine, shopping-mall sort of place with soaring glass spires and flying trains and happy people of all nations wearing coloured boiler suits. But here in the real world (a relative term, admittedly) you can visit Tomorrowland today. As many millions of visitors know, it is already an area of Disney’s theme parks, devoted to the same type of optimistic techno-futurism Tomorrowland the movie espouses. »

- Steve Rose

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Jane Fonda: ‘Plastic surgery bought me a decade’

21 May 2015 10:06 AM, PDT

The 77-year-old Youth star on her Hollywood comeback, bionic body, sex and casting

“I like helping younger women be less afraid of getting closer to death,” beams Jane Fonda. “I’m 77 but I’m very youthful. I have passion. I have curiosity. I’ve always had a lot of energy.” She waggles a hand heavy with statement jewellery. “I have a fake hip, knee, thumb; more metal in me than a bionic woman, but I can still do Pilates.”

Fonda leans forward, channelling gran as styled by Cartier. “Looking at age from the outside is so scary. But when you’re inside age – and I’m very much inside age – it isn’t scary at all. You need maturity to learn this, but it’s important to figure out what you need to do for yourself every day to decompress. I meditate. And I always get eight hours’ sleep.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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Jason Statham: our last action hero (50 million Facebook fans can't be wrong)

20 May 2015 1:14 PM, PDT

The Rock is too big, Sly Stallone is too old and Steven Seagal looks too much like a sea lion. When you need a man who can chop off a gunman’s hand and use it to shoot someone else in the face, there’s only one person who fits the bill

In Homefront, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising DEA agent. In Crank, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising hit man. In Hummingbird, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising homeless man. In In the Name of the King, Jason Statham is a tough, uncompromising farmer.

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Consistent and tough and uncompromising. But that consistency has won him legions of fans – almost 50 million on Facebook alone. You know what you’re getting with a Jason Statham film. He will beat people up. He will crash cars. He will do an unconvincing American accent. And »

- Adam Gabbatt

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Son of Saul: a tense thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 – video trailer

20 May 2015 3:28 AM, PDT

Watch a promotional trailer for Son of Saul, an ambitious drama that plunges its viewer directly into the heart of a concentration camp. The film, directed by László Nemes, follows Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando - the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. The trailer is in Hungarian, with French subtitles for promotion at Cannes film festival

• Read Peter Bradshaw's five-star review of Son of Saul Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Son of Saul star: ‘God was holding the hand of every Jew in the gas chamber’

19 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT

He is the talk of Cannes thanks to his stunning performance in the unflinching Auschwitz drama Son of Saul – his first film ever. We meet teacher, poet and now movie star Géza Röhrig as he laments the ‘shallowness’ of the festival

“I think it’s fair to say,” says Géza Röhrig softly, “that we haven’t learned anything from Auschwitz. The cruelty exhibited there exists today against the Kurds and elsewhere. You have a feeling of insecurity about tomorrow. There’s a level of chaos because global powers do not agree on the most minimal consensus.”

Röhrig is the star of Son of Saul, a tense, almost unbearable thriller set in Auschwitz in 1944 among the Sonderkommando – prisoners given a stay of execution to work in the gas chambers. It’s so frank and unflinching, it makes even the finest of previous Holocaust films look crass. “With movies like Schindler’s List, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Emily Blunt 'disappointed' at Cannes high heel reports– video

19 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Speaking at the press conference of her new film Sicaro, Emily Blunt is critical of the Cannes Film Festival's apparent dress code after staff allegedly refused a group of women wearing flat shoes entry to a red carpet screening. She said: 'That's very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.' Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Carol: 'People are fascinated by sex in general' – video interviews

19 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

The stars of romantic drama Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as director Todd Haynes, talk to Benjamin Lee in Cannes about lesbianism in mainstream film; the fetishisation of female nudity; and how they made Juliet and Juliet. The film, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt is tipped for the Palme d'Or Continue reading »

- Benjamin Lee and Richard Sprenger

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Eddie Izzard in Cannes: 'I wasn’t channelling cat, per se'

18 May 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

The actor and comedian on his feline alter-ego in new animation Rock Dog and what happens to the human soul when you start sending out for Polo mints

Yesterday in Cannes, Eddie Izzard bought some prosciutto. Such shopping is a point of principle, home and abroad.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to go into any corner shop in the world and say: ‘Packet of crisps, please.’ If you lose that, if you’re sending out for Polos, it’s not good. Some of your soul has gone and some of your creativity. That essential spark and hunger. You’ve got to feel joined up with people.”

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- Catherine Shoard

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