He's probably the most awaited director at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Dissident filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov is the only Russian with a film in the official selection. In previous years, Russia banned him from going to Cannes. Now in exile in Berlin, his film "Tchaikovsky’s Wife" is competing for the top prize. Eve Jackson speaks to him about what it means to be there in person, why his film is not about Tchaikovsky's homosexuality and why it's important to defend Russian culture.
Brooklyn-based duo Bottler (aka producers Pat Butler and Phil Shore) have created a unique soundscape blending a myriad of styles including pop, indie rock, trip-hop and club music. In 2020, they released a double bill of EPs, "Clementine" and "Grow". Now the childhood friends are back with their debut album "Journey Work", in which they’re on a mission to explore and express the full spectrum of human experience. They joined us on Encore! to tell us more.
Director Philippe Azoulay joins us in the studio to talk about following Claude Lelouch, an adventure that resulted in a documentary portrait of the energetic French filmmaker entitled "Shoot or Die". Azoulay gives us an insight into the techniques Lelouch uses to elicit spontaneous and authentic performances, as the maker of "A Man and a Woman" racks up six decades in cinema.
We look at reactions in France to a possible alliance between the socialists and the far left in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Also, the sports pages are buzzing after Real Madrid's thrilling victory brings the team into the Champions League final. Also, Basic Instinct was released here in France almost 30 years ago to the day. We look at how the film changed cinema. Finally, is this the future - an artificial intelligence wine critic?
It's Europe's most accessible, edgy and – often – political film festival. The Berlinale has kicked off in the German capital with François Ozon's "Peter von Kant", a gender-swapped reimagining of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1972 feature "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant".
It’s been 26 years since the original film was released. Now, after three sequels, the ultimate horror pastiche "Scream" returns for a fifth instalment. We hear from cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette about coming back to the format following the death of director Wes Craven.
27 Nov 2021
Dwayne Johnson, the action star whose films pull in big bucks at global box offices, is aiming to entertain viewers in their living rooms with his next movie spectacle, the globe-trotting Netflix heist caper "Red Notice." Johnson stars in the movie with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds about a race to locate and steal three valuable artifacts. The movie will stream on Netflix starting Friday after playing for a week in a limited number of movie theaters. The film ranks among the most expensive ever made by Netflix with a pricetag of roughly $200 million.
27 Nov 2021
With the contract killing of a fashion magnate by his ex-wife, amid the sort of squabbles and underhand dealing that could easily feature in a soap opera storyline, the Gucci saga was irresistible to director Ridley Scott. As "House of Gucci" premieres in London, we check out its stars Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Adam Driver on the red carpet.
22 Nov 2021
After two years of filming in secrecy, "The Wheel of Time" fantasy series is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on Friday.
14 Nov 2021
In a new documentary titled The Making of Rocky vs. Drago, Stallone described being flown to an intensive care unit after filming with Dolph Lundgren for the 1985 sports drama.
12 Nov 2021
He was a legend both on and off the pitch. Diego Maradona's life has now been dramatised by Amazon, a year after the footballer's death. Alison Sargent tells us why the socio-political context in Argentina provides a compelling backdrop to the highs and lows of Maradona's eventful life.
24 Oct 2021
Taking aim at the press and those who peddle it, “Lost Illusions” sees Honoré de Balzac settling scores within his sprawling multi-volume epic Comédie Humaine.Director Xavier Giannoli has brought 19th century Paris to life for his film adaptation of the novels, with celebrity, advertising and journalism in the crosshairs. Critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why the movie is as topical as it is entertaining.
23 Oct 2021
As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to ease, Africa's premier film festival has returned for the 27th year in Burkina Faso. It's theater halls are crowded with masked attendees keen to see their countries represented on the silver screen. Burkinabe director Boubakar Diallo hopes to take home the festival's top prize.