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Cannes Film Festival 2019: Lineup includes latest by Xavier Dolan

Today 18:10 GMT

Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan is returning to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest Montreal-shot feature, Matthias & Maxime.

READ MORE: Xavier Dolan reveals trailer for English-language debut after long wait. Dolan has debuted films at Cannes several times before, including It’s Only the End of the World, which won the Grand Prix prize at the 2016 festival. Another Quebec filmmaker, Monia Chokri, will also be at Cannes with La femme de mon frere, which she wrote and directed.

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Source: The Guradian

Cannes film festival 2019: an intriguing lineup, with big-name clout

Today 18:10 GMT

Asian auteurs show exciting new work, Céline Sciamma and Mati Diop bringing verve to the festival, seasoned directors from Almodóvar to Elia Suleiman add class, and it could all kick off with Maradona. This year’s Cannes selection was unveiled under a revered image, almost a tutelary deity.

Pedro Almodóvar reasserts his freehold on Cannes with a competition entry for his new film, Pain & Glory, about the troubled life of a film director.

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Source: Common Domain

Director John Woo Sells Los Angeles Home After Large Price Cut

Today 18:11 GMT

After several price reductions over the last year, Hong Kong-based filmmaker John Woo has finally sold his Los Angeles home—for $5.42 million.

Mr. Rassekhi said that Mr. Woo, bought the property, which is in the exclusive Riviera section of Pacific Palisades, because it “is very private and gated, and it’s on a high knoll that substantially elevates it above its neighbors so it captures views of the ocean and the city.”

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Source: Fox News

‘Law & Order’ director’s wife explains why she stayed after he was convicted of possessing child pornography

Today 09:54 GMT

In 2016, TV director Jace Alexander, best known for his work on “Law & Order,” was sentenced in New York to 10 years’ probation on child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say digital files showing minors engaged in sex acts were found on computers at the director’s Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., home in 2015.

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Source: The Guradian

Cannes 2019: 20 films we hope will be at the film festival

Today 08:58 GMT

Bong Joon-ho’s last film, Okja, was one of the triggers for Cannes’ Netflix row, but since the streaming giant is not involved with this one, there should be no barrier to the festival selecting it.

Belatedly, he’s back, with the Montserrat-set story of a young girl who is kidnapped and taken to a destructive ecosystem where mystical pollen breaks the relationship between ageing and time.

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Source: BBC

Debenhams boss 'expected to step down'

Tuesday 04:14 GMT

Debenhams boss Sergio Bucher is expected to step down following the struggling department store chain's recent takeover by its lenders.

The increasing popularity of online shopping, higher business rates, rising labour costs and the fall in the pound following the Brexit vote - which has increased the cost of imported goods - have been blamed for contributing to retailers' woes.

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Source: DW

Israel backs deportation of Human Rights Watch country director

Wednesday 21:51 GMT

Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of using a 2017 anti-boycott law to silence criticism of the occupation of Palestinian territories.

The Israeli Justice Ministry on Tuesday said Omar Shakir, the director of Human Right Watch's Israel office, must leave the country by May 1 after he lost an appeal against a deportation order. Israeli authorities have accused Shakir, a US citizen, of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and building of illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

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Source: BBC

The taboo-busting women of Chinese film

Wednesday 09:55 GMT

By 2009 Wei had published a book featuring interviews with 27 Chinese and Japanese women directors, as well as several academic journals on the subject of Chinese women in film.

The WeChat conversations, the rising numbers of female students in the film school classrooms, the media interest in Esther Eng – signal a clear trend, an appetite for more information about women in film and a growing acceptance of women as filmmakers.


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