Film show: Stars flock to Venice as film industry aims to return to normal
05 September 2021 | 1:13 pm
From the Venice Film Festival, critic Emma Jones speaks to Eve Jackson about the event’s most anticipated movies, including Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in "Spencer" and Pedro Almodovar's "Parallel Mothers", starring Penelope Cruz. In the studio, critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about two new movies out in French cinemas: "France" with Léa Seydoux and the erotic and mysterious Japanese film "Drive My Car".
4 Apr 2021
The Italian government has given the go-ahead for cruise liners to be banned from the area close to Venice's city center. The issue has been an ongoing one, and the large vessels were banned once before.
10 Apr 2021
Our guest is Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, whose latest movie has been nominated for best international feature at the Oscars at the end of the month. The powerful film is a very different take on the plight of refugees and immigration. Starring Monica Bellucci and Yahya Mahayn, "The Man Who Sold His Skin" tells the story of a Syrian refugee who agrees to become a living piece of art so he can travel to Europe. The director tells us more about what inspired her to make the film.
24 Apr 2021
We look at the major contenders for this year's Academy Awards, as film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her assessment of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", which is nominated for five Oscars. The screen adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play stars Chadwick Boseman as a talented young horn player in the actor's last movie performance before his death last year.
25 Apr 2021
The Italian government has announced a ban on giant cruise ships entering the centre of Venice. Accused of being dangerous, polluting and unsightly, the vessels will soon have to dock at a nearby port on the mainland. Italian ministers said the decision was made to "protect a historical and cultural heritage not only of Italy but of the whole world". Although the move has been welcomed by most Venice residents, hoteliers and shop owners are nevertheless worried about the impact it may have on the local economy, already hit hard by Covid-19. Our correspondents report.
29 May 2021
Before the pandemic, the Italian city of Venice was overrun with tourists and was looking for ways to restrict numbers. Now that Italy’s lockdown restrictions are easing, the city is looking forward to the much-needed tourist revenue.
5 Jun 2021
In 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday', director Lee Daniels focuses on a period of Holiday's life that was marred by government persecution. The blues singer persisted in performing protest song "Strange Fruit", a wrenching description of the racist and murderous practice of lynching. Her act of resistance attracted unwanted attention from the authorities. FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us how the biopic argues for Holiday's rightful place as a civil rights activist as well as a gifted entertainer.
11 Jun 2021
FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson shares her thoughts on "Nomadland" and why it wouldn't have been one of her top choices for the Academy Awards. Frances McDormand plays the lead role in Chloé Zhao's feature film. It won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Female Lead gongs at the 2021 Oscars. McDormand portrays a widow who leaves a now-desolate former company town in Nevada and takes up life as a modern-day nomad.
26 Jun 2021
Critic Lisa Nesselson joins us to discuss modern French horror flick "The Swarm" and reveals just how unsettling a choreographed collective of grasshoppers can be. We also talk about Samir Guesmi's first foray behind the camera after three decades as a memorable face on screen here in France. His debut feature, "Ibrahim", renders a real-life dilemma credible and touching. The film has picked up awards at various French film festivals.
4 Jul 2021
Venice Beach in California: synonymous with sun, surf, palm trees and, now, homeless people. As many as 200 tents inhabited by them line the oceanfront in this Los Angeles-area town that for decades has been a lure for surfers and tourists.
3 Jul 2021
Critic Lisa Nesselson joins us to discuss the importance of France's annual "Fête du Cinéma". We also talk about "Charlatan", the latest feature from Polish director Agnieszka Holland. In her fact-inspired drama, a Czech man who has devoted his life to diagnosing and healing people with plants faces the wrath of the Czech government.
14 Jul 2021
The restriction will come into effect at the beginning of August, the Italian government has confirmed. Campaigners say the liners cause damage to Venice's ecosystem.
23 Jul 2021
Gero von Boehm's documentary on fashion photographer Helmut Newton is out in French cinemas. It features interviews from his famous muses including Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Charlotte Rampling, but also delves into some of the controversies surrounding his provocative style.
3 hours ago
The war in Ukraine has forced a major rethink of European security, with further enlargement of both NATO and the EU now on the table. Kyiv has asked for a fast-track procedure for EU membership. Moldova and Georgia have also applied. The EU has made it clear that Ukraine belongs to the European family. However, admitting several more nations would be highly challenging. And even before the war, the EU was already negotiating with candidate countries Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. We discuss how far the EU should grow, and how fast that process should be, with two MEPs.
3 hours ago
As Berlin seeks to ween itself off Russian energy sources, Chancellor Scholz has said Qatar "plays an important role" in energy policy. The visiting Emir of Qatar has confirmed could start LNG deliveries by 2024.
3 hours ago
Germany's defense minister has said the anti-aircraft tank will be used to protect "critical infrastructure" in Ukraine from Russian attacks.
4 hours ago
On day two of the Cannes Film Festival, FRANCE 24's Olivia Salazar-Winspear tells us why the première of "Top Gun: Maverick" has movie fans jostling to catch a glimpse of US actor Tom Cruise on the red carpet. We also take a look at the first films competing for the Palme d'Or, as Kirill Serebrennikov returns to Cannes to present "Tchaikovsky's Wife". The Russian director was unable to attend the screenings of his last two films, "Petrov's Flu" and "Leto", due to living under virtual house arrest in Moscow in recent years.
4 hours ago
Taipei has introduced a "new Taiwan model" to shift away from its "zero-COVID" strategy. But public health experts warn of an increase in COVID-19 fatalities if the island can't streamline policies.
4 hours ago
In France, coming out of the closet and living openly as a member of the LGBTI+ community can be a significant psychological, emotional and social challenge. Until just 40 years ago, it was also a legal one. In 1982, the age of consent was lowered from 21 to 18 for homosexuals in France, making it the same for everyone. This landmark law paved the way for important civil liberties, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013. But there are still obstacles to be overcome. To find out more about the ongoing fight for equality, we speak to Sébastien Tüller, LGBTI+ legal advisor for Amnesty International France.