Tag: Cannes Film Festival

  • Stocking up at the Toronto Film Festival

    It’s customary by now to introduce any report on the Toronto International Film Festival with ritual acknowledgment of its ever-escalating significance. This year, Canada’s new National Post trumped everyone by fabricating a quote from Roger Ebert that Toronto was now “more useful, more important than Cannes.” Ebert actually wrote that Toronto was second only to […]

  • Northern Exposure

    It’s customary by now to introduce any report on the Toronto International Film Festival with ritual acknowledgment of its ever-escalating significance. This year, Canada’s new National Post trumped everyone by fabricating a quote from Roger Ebert that Toronto was now “more useful, more important than Cannes.” Ebert actually wrote that Toronto was second only to […]

  • Fest Forward

    The future of cinema as we know it was not to be found at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Most of the press agreed that this was a particularly disappointing festival—an assessment based not on the complete absence of satisfying films but on the presence of so many tired and pointless ones. Even the cheery […]

  • Mixed Blessings

    Here are the two things I most regret not seeing with my own eyes at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. First, the Yugoslav booth in the huge, bustling film market—”empty,” a friend told me, “except for a handwritten sign, ‘See you after the war.”‘ Second, Rosetta by the Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, which […]

  • Artists in Love

    The Cannes Film Festival climaxed last week amid ritual hand-wringing over the decline of European art cinema. As if on cue, the home front’s being treated to two recent examples of the mode by two vastly overrated, supremely solipsistic maestros. To judge from Theo Angelopoulos’s Eternity and a Day and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Besieged, the Euro […]

  • The Apple of Her Eye

    In Iran, cameras and film stock are scarce commodities, usually provided after a lengthy wait, so it was no small amount of fatherly devotion and daughterly charms that went into making The Apple, Samira Makhmalbaf’s deft and moving debut. In the summer of 1997, Makhmalbaf, then 17, became intrigued by a newscast about twin 12-year-old […]

  • A French Connection

    An airy loft in a busy, workaday neighborhood of Paris, the offices of Why Not productions are humming. For a bit of quiet, Pascal Caucheteux goes across the street to his apartment, where beside a billiard table and a heap of baby toys, he explains the genesis of his maverick film production company. “We came […]

  • Northern Lights

    They used to call it the “Festival of Festivals,” and one great thing about the 300-movie Toronto Film Festival is that you get to survey all the others—sample Cannes, second-guess New York, see what just won (and what didn’t) at Venice—while previewing Hollywood’s fall slate, checking local discoveries, and catching an increasing number of world […]