It was a dismal year for the red carpet photographers, but the 71st Cannes Film Festival gave us strength in depth on the big screen – and a wide-open race for the Palme d’Or.
Vincent Lindon leads the battle in Stéphane Brizé’s shoutfest “At War”, about a French factory strike, while Andrew Garfield goes down the rabbit hole in surreal Los Angeles film noir, “Under the Silver Lake”.
Spike Lee holds no punches in a satirical comedy about the KKK (and Donald Trump), while Danish bad boy Lars von Trier returns from his “Hitler ban” with a gruesome thriller about foolish women getting butchered.
Godard-mania is in full swing 50 years after his May 68 antics in Cannes, while a Ronaldo lookalike tackles a pack of fluffy pink poodles in gonzo political satire “Diamantino”.
China’s Jia Zhangke and Iran’s Jafar Panahi deliver powerful tales of female defiance and resilience, but Eva Husson’s take on Kurdish women’s epic fight against the Islamic State (IS) group is a wasted opportunity.
The mood in Cannes turns bittersweet with tales of lovers who can live neither apart nor together in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” and Christophe Honoré’s “Sorry Angel”.
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov was barred from attending, but his nostalgic ode to the budding years of Soviet underground rock, “Leto”, has given the Cannes Film Festival a welcome jolt.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, on Wednesday said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival.
Eighty-nine-year-old Belgian-born cinema great Agnès Varda on Saturday received one of Hollywood’s highest awards, an honorary Oscar, for her role as the sole female filmmaker who was part of the historic New Wave in France.
The French writer and actress Anne Wiazemsky, who famously wrote a best-selling account of her short marriage to New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, died of cancer in Paris on Thursday, her family said.