He set the French Riviera alight in 2017 when the "The Florida Project" screened in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar. Sean Baker is back in Cannes with his latest film "Red Rocket" in competition. Simon Rex plays Mikey, a washed-up porn star who charms, cheats and hustles his way to success. Once again, the filmmaker's eye and ear for small-town America make for a touching and wry portrait of the margins of society.
Two filmmakers escape to Ingmar Bergman's island home, in search of inspiration and a quiet place to write. Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth play the creative couple at the centre of Mia Hansen-Løve's "Bergman Island". And then, another film starts. This Russian doll of a drama explores the very nature of art, life and creative relationships. We hear more from the French filmmaker and her leading man about the sacred monsters of cinema. We also discuss different approaches to the creative process.
He has described himself as "accidentally Algerian". Karim Aïnouz was born and raised in Brazil, but his father hails from the mountains of Kabylia, in Algeria. In early 2019, the filmmaker travelled to the region for the very first time, a trip that he documents in his latest film "Mariner of the Mountains".
British filmmaker Joanna Hogg and her alter ego, played by Honor Swinton Byrne, talk about the challenges of revisiting 1980s London for their semi-autobiographical film. "The Souvenir Part II" is a follow-up to the 2019 drama, "The Souvenir", which recounted the emotional and artistic awakening of film student Julie.
The Israeli filmmaker is back on the French Riviera after 2008's groundbreaking animated documentary, "Waltz with Bashir". This time, he's exploring the identity and legacy of the world's most famous diarist: Anne Frank. His animated feature "Where is Anne Frank" transports the young woman's alter ego, Kitty, to present-day Amsterdam.