IT MAY be tens of thousands of miles away, but Hollywood yesterday took centre-stage at the Cannes Film Festival as the stars of the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film rolled into town.
We Need to Talk About Kevin *****
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Starring: John C Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller
SCOTTISH director Lynne Ramsay has staked her claim to top honours in Cannes as critics lined up to shower praise on her latest film, We Need to Talk about Kevin.
Midnight in Paris ***
Directed by Woody Allen starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni
THE world of film makes its annual pilgrimage to the south of France today when the 64th Cannes Film Festival gets under way.
SCOTTISH director Lynne Ramsay's new film is in the running for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize.
WOODY Allen confessed yesterday that he stopped acting in the films he directs because it was "no fun" growing too old to play the romantic lead.
FEWER billboards and people on the Croisette, and parties where you sometimes had to pay at the bar (if you could afford the prices), were some of the signs that the 62nd Cannes Film Festival has been taking place amid a global financial downturn – or le crise, as they call it in France.
ERIC Cantona said today that working with Ken Loach on his latest film was like being coached by Sir Alex Ferguson.
ACTORS: Scores of brave thespians and Maria Carey have accompanied their films to Cannes this year, but even if they don't make it to the Riviera's edge in person, some actors can still dominate the festival. British bare-knuckle action man Jason Statham is on such a disproportionate number of posters advertising films along the beachfront, that the uninformed might think this is the Jason Statham Film Festival.
A FAMILY drama starring a first-time actress cast after being spotted arguing on a railway platform begins the British campaign at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.
ONE look at the front of the Carlton Hotel is all it takes to realise that the 62nd Cannes Film Festival is going to be a year of extremes. High up on its façade, huge banners for Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds cheerfully proclaim that "Brad Pitt is a Basterd", "Eli Roth is a Basterd", "Diane Kruger is a basterd", "Michael Fassbender…" you get the picture.
THE Scottish team that have helped director Ken Loach notch up a series of successes at the Cannes Film Festival were back in the running yesterday.
IT WAS a statement that demonstrated both classic Hollywood vapidity and a lack of karmic understanding.
A FRENCH film, The Class, about life in a tough Paris school, won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last night.
THE film world has had its first glimpse of the £11 million movie being made by an award-winning French animator in Edinburgh.