Speaking to a group of producers and film-makers at the just ended 69th Cannes Film Festival at the French Riviera, one of Ghana Movie Industry’s strongest stakeholders and founder of Ghana Movie Awards-Mr. Fred Nuamah described all the Anglophone West Africa movie industries as Nollywood.
According to Mr. Fred Nuamah, the only robust way forward for the West African Movie Industry is to be camped under one well established umbrella, and Nollywood is undeniably the befitting name.
Fred Nuamah explained that, dividing the various countries’ industry into small units with different names does not loudly place West African movies out there—and that unless a film-maker or movie star makes it into Nollywood, he or she remains unknown, just as you can only attract global attention on the back of being prominent in Hollywood.
The 69th Cannes Film Festival ended last night with a glamorous and exciting ceremony—where Hollywood star-Mel Gibson and his girlfriend Rosalind Ross took the audience on a PDA journey.
The two who became the highlights of the red carpet arrived the Palais des Festivals hand-in-hand—Gibson, 60 and Ross, 25, couldn’t keep their hands to themselves, kissing and canoodling.
Mel Gibson later had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 21 films in Competition.
The French actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud, received an honorary Palme d’or for his collected works from Arnaud Desplechin.
I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach, Palme d’or, was screened at the end of the Awards Ceremony to close the 2016 edition of the Festival.
Check out the photos from the closing ceremony below…
The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes, presided by George Miller, has revealed the names of the 2016 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony.
Laurent Lafitte welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, to the sound of music playing.
The American actor, Mel Gibson, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 21 films in Competition.
The French actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud, received an honorary Palme d’or for his collected works from Arnaud Desplechin.
I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach, Palme d’or, was screened at the end of the Awards Ceremony to close this 2016 edition of the Festival.
Un Certain Regard 2016 presented in competition 18 films hailing from 20 different countries. Seven of the works were first films. The Opening film was ESHTEBAK (Clash) by Mohamed Diab.
Under the presidency of Marthe Keller (actress – Switzerland), the Jury was comprised of Jessica Hausner (director, producer – Austria), Diego Luna (actor, director, producer – Mexico), Ruben Östlund (director – Sweden) and Céline Sallette (actress – France).
“The jury was honored and delighted to have been charged with a delicate task, given the level of work in the Selection 2016. Every film turned out to be rich in cinematic discoveries and insights into our world, addressing themes of family, politics and cultural differences.”- The Jury
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Naomi Kawase and including Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Marie Larrieu, Radu Muntean and Santiago Loza, has awarded the 2016 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 2 350 entries coming from 548 film schools around the world.
If you’ve ever considered supernatural stories a little lame and passé in contemporary cinema direction, then perhaps you are yet to see South Korean director-Na Hong-jin’s ‘The Wailing’—an incredibly brilliant mystery thriller which succeeds in lacing horror with comedy and strikes deep emotional cords on the back of a seemingly over exploited theme.
Beyond the fact that the film ends on a vague note and lacks any sort of logical consistency, Na Hong-jin’s brilliance in storytelling takes charge of what would fairly be a predictable narrative, and cleverly box it in an unending suspense, twist and nerve-racking gore which doesn’t just keep the audience boldly shaking, but intensely glued.
Per modern expectations, a dive into the world of demons mostly would come off as an attack but Na Hong-jin steers far away from an assault, and rather explores the spiritual world, clashing the strength of opposing and not so well defined mystical units with a small village and a household serving as the unfortunate battle ground.
It’s mainly over two and half-hours of blood oozing from the nose and mouths of characters, subtly balanced with effortless comedy from the film’s lead- Sgt. Jeon Jong-gu (played by Kwak Do-won) and sometimes, his beloved and adorable daughter-Hyo-jin ( played by Kim Hwan-hee).
The horror takes off when Sgt. Jeon Jong-gu and his unit were called to a village house, where a man had brutishly stabbed his wife and children to death with blood all over the floor as much as on him—his creepy bloodshot eyes could not be missed, and his body was decorated with strange boils.
The obviously shocking family massacre soon became a rampant occurrence, with series of similar cruel killings turning the village into not just a wailing yard, but a screaming and a dangerous locale—with widespread panic on the back of rumours that a middle-aged Japanese man (played by Jun Kunimura) was the person spiritually behind the killings.
In fact, the suspicion wasn’t just rumour-based, a young woman-Moo-myeong (played by Chun Woo-hee) predicted an imminent doom to befall the village and linked it to him—and a yokel was adamant he also saw him strangely eating raw blooded meat.
Actress- Sonia Braga has aged gracefully and playing a woman around her real age in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s latest film-‘Aquarius’ must have demanded a little to no effort—her flawless performance suggests nothing more than a woman at ease with herself and her role.
‘Aquarius’ isn’t only a strong plus for Sonia Braga, Kleber Mendonça Filho may have taken chances with his running time and slow pace but the brilliance of the two is such that, you wouldn’t realize the film runs for over two hours.
It’s a typical Brazilian movie; and it captures the breath of the sea as much as the neighborhood activities—the awful Brazilian class system entrenched on the back of skin color was touched on and the widespread case of nepotism; where almost every business is filled with close friends and family was also not left out of reach.
But the above were not the focus of Filho’s exploration or attack—the film is heavily seated on the connection between an individual and her home, a situation where every item surrounding her has a unique story to tell about her life’s journey.
Divided into three parts; the film starts with a beach scene featuring a far younger Clara (played by Bárbara Colen) in a car, blasting out “Another One Bites the Dust” in 1980. At this stage, Clara’s love and probable obsession with good music is being laid out.
Last night, ‘Hands of Stone’ starring Robert De Niro, Usher Raymond and others was premiered at the on-going Cannes Film Festival—and the two stars made a grand appearance at the French Riviera festival. Robert Ne Niro walked the red carpet with his beautiful wife-Grace Hightower by his side. Usher who stars as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard … Read more
Written by Park Chan-Wook and Seo-Kyung Chung, ‘Mademoiselle’ which translate as ‘The Handmaiden’ in English is a brilliant piece of art—yet it’s extensively confusing until the puzzle is pieced together at the end of the film. As a rework of Sarah Waters’ brilliant best-selling novel Fingersmith, ‘Mademoiselle’ is set in the 1930s—with two women playing … Read more
A new film has been added to the list of amazing films being screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival—and it’s Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy. This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. With just a small team in tow, the director travelled 1,000 km along the Iraqi … Read more
Most recent comedies we’ve seen have been funny in chops but Berlin-based filmmaker-Maren Ade’s latest work-Toni Erdmann, which she presented at the 69th Cannes Film Festival is nothing like the others—it’s a full blown comedy, straight from the start to the end. And it’s not just for the laughs, the emotionally explosive comedy has a … Read more
Before receiving over two minutes of applause and standing ovation for his entry and another over 4 minutes of claps when the credits of his movie-The BFG started rolling inside the Grand Lumiere Theatre last night at Cannes, the most famous film director in the world-Steven Spielberg alongside the cast and other celebrities made a fabulous red carpet appearance—and the master director was looking dapper.
The women on the red carpet; Blake Lively rocked an Atelier Versace with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and Thylane Blondeau kept it simple but elegant in a black Delphine Manivet dress.
It’s Cannes and the red carpet appearance meant a lot to the stars—the floor was swept by some gowns and fine legs were put on global display as usual.
Carrie Fisher popular for her role in Star Wars came to the red carpet with her beautiful bull dog…
Check out the photos below
It’s a clash between religious fanaticism and science, the former backed by many scriptural quotations and the latter supported by arguments of reason and evidence—but at the end of it all, it’s the beauty and vigorous intelligence from both camps which leaves the viewer thrilled by this Russian film. Kirill Serebrennikov’s film “The Student” successfully and … Read more
Kering and Cannes Film Festival hosted the second edition of ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: a series of open discussions about the role of women in cinema, with a particular focus on ways of improving the representation of women in the industry—and the opening talk was given by actress, director and producer Jodie Foster, whose long and rich career is universally acclaimed.
Foster, who was spotted as a young girl by film industry professionals, and enjoyed her first major success aged just 12 in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is at 69th Festival de Cannes, to present her latest work Money Monster, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks (English) was hosted by Variety.
Check out the below photos of Jodie Foster from the talks…
The 69th Cannes Film Festival opened last night (May 11) with the premiere of Woody Allen’s Cafe Society—and stars including Justin Timberlake, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon and Kristen Stewart joined jury members George Miller and Kirsten Dunst for the screening. Woody Allen also made his 12th Cannes Film Festival appearance and as usual he was calm and in good … Read more
‘Money Monster’ has brought George Clooney to the 69th Cannes Film Festival—the movie will be premiered tonight (May 22). During the press conference of the movie which is currently on-going, George Clooney confidently said; “there’s not going to be President Trump”—this came following a question a journalist from Chicago Sun Times asked, that sort of tried … Read more
Monday, May, 16th, the Festival de Cannes will welcome Robert De Niro in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals for a unique and special screening in Official Selection of Hands of Stone by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz.
The movie is about the common history of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez) and manager and coach Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) who is going to take him to the highest worldwide successes of the ring in the ’70s and ’80s, including legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Cannes especially with this movie Hands of Stone that I’m so proud of, said Robert De Niro. This movie is uplifting, triumphant and a good time for audiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing my friends from across the world of cinema in joining us for this fun event.”
Dear Reader, GhanaCelebrities.Com will as usual be covering this year’s Cannes Film Festival—and as always, we promise to bring you first hand exclusives, reviews of the biggest films, photos and videos of the various celebrities who will make it to the biggest film festival in the world. Last year, GhanaCelebrities.Com’s Cannes trip was partially financed by individual … Read more
American director William Friedkin will give the Cinema Masterclass of the 69th Festival de Cannes. Following in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino, Marco Bellocchio, Philip Kaufman and Jacques Audiard, he will be on the stage of the Palais des Festivals at Buñuel Theatre to talk with the audience. The Masterclass will be hosted by film critic Michel Ciment.
William Friedkin is one of the leading figures of American cinema and recently published the book “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir” in which he portrays himself with passion and sincerity. He played a large part in the renewal of American cinema at the beginning of the Seventies with The French Connection (1971) or The Exorcist (1973). They were also popular hits. He won one Academy Award as Best Director in 1972 and multiple awards around the world.
The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition title.
It’s a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened the Festival twice, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending, and again in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.
The film tells the story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Café Society features two rising stars from Hollywood’s up-and-coming generation, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg alongside a stellar cast of acclaimed actors including Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell.
The official poster for the 69th Festival de Cannes, taking place from 11 to 22 May and presided over by Australian director George Miller, was designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt.
It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote by Michel Mourlet used at the beginning of Contempt: “Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires”.
And so it is Michel Piccoli who in 2016, from the roof of the famous villa designed by the writer Curzio Malaparte, will open the red carpet for the 69th Festival de Cannes. It’s a symbolic choice, since this film about the making of a film – regarded by many as one of the finest ever made in CinemaScope (the Piccoli/Bardot pairing along with Fritz Lang, Raoul Coutard’s cinematography, Georges Delerue’s music, and so on and so forth) – had such a considerable impact on the history of film and cinephilia.
In 2015, Un Certain Regard opened in poetic fashion with Sweet Bean (An) by Naomi Kawase. The Festival de Cannes is honoured to announce that the Japanese director will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury for its 69th edition.
There are some directors whose careers are constantly intertwined with the Festival, much to its delight. The story with Naomi Kawase began back in 1997 when aged 27, she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d’or for her film Suzaku (Moe no Suzaku). The promise of this early discovery has since been reaffirmed time and again – as borne out by the selection in Competition of a whole series of her feature films: Shara (Sharasojyu) in 2003, The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori) in 2007, Hanezu (Hanezu no tsuki) in 2011 and Still the Water (Futatsume no mado) in 2014. In 2013, as a member of the Feature Film Jury, Naomi Kawase played a key role on the Croisette alongside Steven Spielberg.
In her films Naomi Kawase uses limited budgets and prefers non-professional actors – a sign of the director’s beginnings in the documentary genre, which first brought her to prominence after she graduated from the Photography School of Osaka. Her 1992 documentary Embracing (Ni tsutsumarete), in which she charts her search for the father who abandoned her, and Genpin in 2010, in which she explores the subject of women who have opted for natural childbirth, are two outstanding examples.
On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the actor Laurent Lafitte has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies throughout the 69th Festival, to be held from 11th to 22nd May under the presidency of Australian director George Miller.
The actor and comedian will host the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 11th May and the prize giving during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 22nd May.
A pensionnaire of the Comédie-Française since 2012, Laurent Lafitte began his career in the 1990s. After a triumphant one-man-show entitled “Laurent Lafitte, comme son nom l’indique”, he embarked on a career in film and theatre. In 2011, he was Master of Ceremony for the 25th Nuit des Molières.