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.
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.
Ari Folman's followup to his Oscar nominated Waltz With Bashir blends futurism with retro animation to paint a dizzying and bleak portrait of the future of moviemaking. As if that weren't enough, it's based on a Stanisław Lem novel and stars Robin Wright as herself (sort of).
Sofia Coppola returns to Cannes with her latest film, based on the true story of a group of teens whose obsession with celebrity and fashion lead them to rob the homes of Hollywood's young and famous. The Bling Ring opened Cannes' Un Certain Regard section as mobs outside vied for a seat.
Two Tarantino films topped the movie site's survey, which asked users to pick their favorite Palme d'Or competitors. Also: Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac is set for a Christmas debut; Justin Timberlake parties at Cannes; and Scarlett Johansson readies directorial debut.