Jonathan Melville: Three good reasons to enjoy Cannes

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STEVEN Soderbergh’s final film, the return of the Coen brothers and a look at how children are portrayed on screen are just some of the reasons critics are celebrating at this year’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Opening in the UK in a few weeks’ time, Behind the Candelabra is, if rumours are to be believed, the last film from one of this generation’s finest directors.

Soderbergh takes audiences back to the 1970s and the final years of legendary US entertainer, Liberace (Michael Douglas).

Matt Damon plays Liberace’s partner, Scott Thorson, as the film goes behind the scenes of their relationship which was kept secret from the press and his fans.

Douglas takes to Liberace’s famous piano to sing some of the songs, while donning some of the performer’s extravagant costumes.

The Coen brothers will return to UK cinemas this year with Inside Llewyn Davis, a 1960s-set drama starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

Oscar Isaac stars as the fictional folk singer of the title, who is trying to find success. Instead, he finds a cast of quirky characters in what is being described as the best film of the festival.

Elsewhere on the Croisette, Edinburgh-based Northern Irish director and cineaste Mark Cousins, has received rave reviews for his new ‘cine-essay’, A Story of Children And Film, which does what it says on the tin.

Using clips from dozens of films, Cousins examines the role of children in cinema, offering his own unique take along the way.

I also like the sound of Nebraska, Alexander Payne’s (The Descendants) latest film about a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte) who travel across America to claim their lottery winnings.

Shot in black and white, it will be good to see the great Dern back on screen alongside another old timer, Stacy Keach.

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