January 12, 2007 |
British film director Stephen Frears will lead the jury at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May. Frears -- whose latest movie is "The Queen," starring Helen Mirren -- first came to public attention in 1985 with the offbeat film "My Beautiful Laundrette," which was followed three years later by "Dangerous Liaisons." "Of course, it's an honor, but it's also a treat to be able to watch terrific films from all over the world in such heady surroundings," Frears said in a statement.
July 26, 1997 |
Brian Glover, the robust English character actor who liked to joke about his hefty size, died Thursday of complications from a brain tumor, his agent said. He was 63. Born in the Yorkshire town of Barnsley in the north of England, Glover began his career as a teacher and professional wrestler, turning to acting in his 30s.
December 21, 1990 |
The British director Ken Loach is a filmmaker equally at home with the documentary and the drama. His fictional films are often based on ripped-from-the-headlines political skirmishes, and that gives them a verity that sometimes makes them seem more "important" than they really are. His new movie, "Hidden Agenda," which won the 1990 Special Jury Prize at Cannes, is a taut, straightforward example of Loach's craftsmanship.
May 19, 2009 |
With the world's economy in an unprecedented slump, attendance at this year's Cannes Film Festival is down as much as 30% by some estimates. And so far the buying by prominent U.S. distributors is down almost 100%. But as the weather turned sunny over the weekend, there were signs that some domestic buyers were starting to circle a couple of acclaimed titles.
December 26, 2013 |
On the heels of her remarkable documentary "The Arbor," writer-director Clio Barnard returns to the Bradford area in northern England for a contemporary fable inspired by an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. In this version, "The Selfish Giant" is Kitten (Sean Gilder), the proprietor of a scrap yard, but the story centers on a character named Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend, Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two misfit teenagers who skip school to scavenge metal for Kitten. Arbor's on meds for what's probably ADHD, his prescription routinely nicked by his older brother to sell on the street.
December 8, 2013 |
"Metro Manila," a thriller about a poor farmer who moves his family from the rice fields of the northern Philippines to Manila in hopes of a better life, was the big winner Sunday evening in London at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, earning honors for best film, director for Sean Ellis and achievement in production. James McAvoy was named lead actor for the crime comedy "Filth," and Lindsay Duncan won lead actress for the comedy-drama "Le Week-end. " Supporting actor honors went to Ben Mendelsohn for "Starred Up," and Imogene Poots won supporting actress for "The Look of Love.
February 18, 2011 |
Considering how ambitious it is, how many different narrative strands it employs, the Spanish film "Even the Rain" does a remarkably good job keeping its disparate elements involving and in harmony. A behind-the-scenes look at the trials of movie-making, a commentary on both recent historic events and those 500 years in the past, as well as a film political enough to be dedicated to the memory of radical historian Howard Zinn, "Even the Rain" is a lot for Spanish director Icíar Bollaín to attempt.
September 19, 2009 |
Left, right or center, there's two things nearly everybody in Hollywood agrees on: There's no disease that can't be cured by raising enough money and the state of Israel deserves unabashed support. These days, sympathy for Israel puts the American entertainment industry at odds with much of the European film and academic communities. In those circles, vehement criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and boycotts of Israeli scholars and artists have become almost fashionable.