Robin Campillo’s tribute to direct-action group ACT UP, which opens in French cinemas on Wednesday, is a deeply moving drama about gay activists striving to live life to the fullest even as they battle disease and indifference.
President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor’s intransigent stance on the “Butcher of Damascus”.
The French president’s fledgling new party is on course to win a staggering three-quarters of all seats in the National Assembly, effectively stamping out all opposition. And yet only 15% of registered voters cast ballots in its favour on Sunday.
While overshadowed by last month’s presidential contest, the two-round legislative elections held on June 11 and 18 will determine the course of French government and politics for the five years to come.
The Cannes Film Festival takes us on nightmare journeys through Siberia and Queens, NYC, with Sergei Loznitsa’s beautiful but challenging “A Gentle Creature” and the Safdie brothers’ restless “Good Time”.
The Cannes Film Festival continues its exploration of bourgeois guilt and dysfunctional families with deeply disturbing films by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos and two-time Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke.
The race for the Palme d’Or opened Thursday with tales of runaway children by US director Todd Haynes and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev: one enchanting but contrived, the other a kick in the gut.
Monday’s separate May Day rallies in Paris mirrored the divisions within France’s labour movement, where traditional hostility to Marine Le Pen’s far right is struggling to translate into support for her opponent, Emmanuel Macron.
Hailed as a victory for hope, Emmanuel Macron’s strong showing in the first round of France’s presidential election belies the deep frustration and despondency expressed by voters, many of whom vow to shun the decisive run-off against Marine Le Pen.
Hoping to squeeze out foreign workers and reap electoral rewards, a number of French regions have passed a controversial rule obliging workers on building sites to speak the language of Molière.