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.
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.
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.
After years in front of the camera, she's now crafted a teen romance with a difference. Director Charlotte Le Bon’s haunting "Falcon Lake" conjures up the intensity of first love. She joins us in the studio to talk about building a complex female protagonist, about how visual arts feed into her filmmaking and touches on playing trailblazing artist Niki de Saint Phalle in the future.
22 Sep 2022
We discuss some of the buzz surrounding "Don’t Worry Darling". US director Olivia Wilde's latest film stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, but much of the media coverage has focused on tensions between the cast and crew.
22 Jul 2022
Idris Elba is the genie in a bottle in this tale of tales, starring alongside Tilda Swinton in George Miller’s latest fantastical movie. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why despite its charms, “Three Thousand Years of Longing” failed to grant her cinematic wishes.
15 Jul 2022
Director Ali Abasi paints an unforgiving picture of institutional misogyny, corruption and the power of the court of public opinion in Iran, as he revisits a series of murders in the holy city of Mashhad. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the award for Best Actress for her performance as a journalist trying to uncover the killer.
14 May 2022
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.
24 Apr 2022
Thirty years after his first film "Man Bites Dog" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992, André Bonzel’s poignant, personal documentary "Flickering Ghosts of Loves Gone By" is released on French screens. He joins us to talk about his love of archival footage and how a surprise phone call uncovered half-forgotten family memories and sparked a cinematic journey.
16 Apr 2022
Hot on the heels of the success of "Drive My Car" at the Academy Awards, Ryusuke Hamaguchi returns with a three-part feature that puts his talent for dialogue and visual storytelling in the spotlight. Lisa Nesselson extolls the charms of "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy" and tells us why the prolific Japanese filmmaker should be receiving armfuls of awards in the years to come.
2 Apr 2022
Critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Marjorie Hache about the latest on the big screen and streaming platforms. We begin with the new adaptation of French verse play "Cyrano de Bergerac". British director Joe Wright has made a musical version starring Peter Dinklage as the would-be suitor. We also discuss the new super villain "Morbius", as well as French film "Petite Nature" or "Softie", the story of a 10-year-old boy who has a crush on his teacher.
27 Feb 2022
Prolific actor Gérard Depardieu takes on the role of iconic French inspector Jules Maigret in Patrice Leconte's latest take. FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why she thinks Depardieu was born to play this role.