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News from Cannes

Cannes film festival hits halfway short on buzz

Crowds crammed to see the stars walk the red carpet, champagne flowed, fireworks filled the sky and screenings were packed, yet the Cannes film festival hit halfway on Monday lacking one key ingredient – buzz. The world’s largest annual cinema showcase opened on May 12 and closes on May 23, when one of 19 movies in the main competition will be named winner of the coveted Palme d’Or.

Woody Allen ushers
“Tall Dark Stranger”

For anyone thinking age has its benefits – wisdom, maturity, etc. – veteran film director Woody Allen has a message: you’re wrong. The Oscar winner’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” – a witty tale of marriage gone awry – features one particular romance that makes audiences look closely at ageing. Launching his new film at the Cannes festival on Saturday, and Allen told reporters that with 74 years behind him, he has had plenty of time to dwell on getting older and he hates it. “I find it a lousy deal,” he said. “You don’t get smarter, you don’t get wiser, you don’t get more mellow, you don’t get more kindly. Nothing really happens. Your back hurts more, you get more indigestion, your eyesight isn’t as good, you need a hearing aid. It’s a bad business getting older, and I would advise you not to do it.”

Mike Leigh shows “Another Year”

A happy couple with unhappy friends form the basis of “Another Year”, British director Mike Leigh’s characteristically wry exploration of flawed humanity showing at the Cannes film festival. Tom and his wife Gerri, played by Leigh regulars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen have been together for 40 years, raising their son Joe, working on their garden and playing occasional host to friends like Gerri’s scatty colleague Mary. As in many of Leigh’s films, drama comes in small doses, usually accompanied by a melancholy comedy that underlines the everyday humanity of life in the London suburb where Tom and Gerri have their semi-detached house.

Stone back
on Wall Street
with bank crisis drama

Rumours, insider deals and rampant speculation drive markets down and companies to bankruptcy in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, which weaves fiction with the fact of the global financial crisis. Oliver Stone returns to the scene of his 1987 hit “Wall Street”, and Michael Douglas is back as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in a film where big banks have replaced the greedy individual as the bad guys. Part morality tale, part revenge thriller and part analysis of where the financial markets and regulatory authorities went wrong, the movie had its world premiere at the Cannes film festival on Friday ahead of a theatrical release in September.

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