Film show: Carnival of love as woman falls for a fairground ride in ‘Jumbo’
09 July 2020 | 11:00 am
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including "Jumbo", an objectophilia film written and directed by first-time Belgian filmmaker Zoé Wittock and based on a true story. They also review former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's political satire "Irresistible", leading Romanian director Cristi Puiu's period drama talkfest "Malmkrog" and the restoration and re-release of David Cronenberg's 1996 adaptation of author J.G. Ballard's 1973 novel "CRASH".
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The film stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as Twohey and Kantor, respectively, and follows their New York Times investigation that exposed Harvey Weinstein's history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women.
From Ben Affleck starring alongside Matt Damon and Viola Davis in Nike's Air Jordan origin story "Air", to French favourite Leila Bekhti's new film "Loving Memories" and the 50th screen adaptation of French author Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel "The Three Musketeers" with Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris and Eva Green, Eve Jackson brings you the latest movie news.
From the big family fantasy blockbuster "Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Amongst Thieves" to this week's big French-language release, "Les Âmes sœurs" or "Soul Mates" by André Téchiné, which stars Benjamin Voisin and Noémie Merlant as siblings with a secret in their past, critic Emma Jones speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news.
Lights, camera, action! A viral video of soldiers falling to the ground from explosions – with cameras present – has fuelled accusations the war in Ukraine is staged. But it’s simply behind-the-scenes footage of a Ukrainian short film. We spoke exclusively to the producer and director in this edition of Truth or Fake with Vedika Bahl.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson flags up some of the headliners at this year's cinematic feast at Cannes, as new features from Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Glazer, Todd Haynes and Wes Anderson are set to premiere at the festival. We take a closer look at last year's winner of the Camera d'Or – the prize for best début at Cannes – as "War Pony" hits French cinemas.
The Teachers' Lounge, a story of a teacher who gets caught between her own ideals and that of the school where she teaches, while trying to solve a case of theft, won the best film at the German Film Awards.
South Africa plans to head up a peace mission with African nations set on mediating the war in Ukraine. Also, African and European innovators meet in Marseille to talk sustainability and the importance of re-imagining Africa's cities of the future. Finally, we celebrate African films at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Movies from Senegal and Tunisia are in the running for the prestigious Palme d'Or award.
Egyptians are furious: In a new Netflix documentary, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra is being played by Black British actress. They say this distorts Egypt's identity. But does a black Cleopatra really steal Egyptian history?
The movie measures of men spotlights the first genocide of the 20th century in which tens of thousands of indigenous Nama and Herero were slaughtered by german soldiers. The film bids to confront viewers with the harsh realities of colonial violence.
More than 40 years after "Raiders of the Lost Ark" introduced the world to adventure-seeking archaeologist Indiana Jones, an 80-year-old Harrison Ford returns to the iconic role for a fifth and final instalment. For FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson, it's an "exemplary popcorn flick", complete with action, suspense, exotic locations and one of the most recognisable music scores around.
The upcoming "Barbie" movie will not appear in Vietnamese cinemas because it depicts a map showing China's claims to the South China Sea, state media reported. It had been scheduled for release later this month.
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