A light-hearted story of gay cruising that morphs into a much darker tale is a surprise hit in Cannes this week. Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake screened in the Un Certain Regard section to audience and critical praise.
Nicolas Winding Refn loaded up the violence in his latest film, Only God Forgives, which will have its debut at Cannes on Wednesday night. At an early screening, the Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas starrer divided a large audience with audible boos and applause.
Check out trailers for this week's Film Society screenings: New releases Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself and We Sell Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, as well as family film Microcosmos and the last of our Burt Lancaster series!
Daily Buzz sat down with Michael Philips of the Chicago Tribune, Logan Hill of the New York Times, and Adam Cook of Mubi for our first Hot Topics roundtable from Cannes. The three critics discussed their overall impressions, favorite films, and most striking movie moments from the first half of the festival.
Steven Soderbergh appeared to soften his declaration that he was leaving filmmaking today in Cannes. The Oscar-winning director will unveil his HBO-produced feature Behind the Candelabra tonight in competition.
In the first of our podcast interviews from the Cannes Film Festival, Amat Escalante discusses his Palme d'Or competitor, being a spokesperson for his native Mexico, and why he thinks the brutal depiction of violence in Heli is more responsible than in American blockbusters.