Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

Film | Wide Angle May 23, 2019

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

by Mark Schilling

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's premier film event, has long been a holy grail for Japanese filmmakers. Selection for the main competition is the ultimate goal for many, though screenings in other sections convey prestige at home that other festivals, in Japan and ...

Cannes makes a killing with the film festival

World May 13, 2019

Cannes makes a killing with the film festival

by Cannes and France

The Cannes film festival is not just about killings made on big-money movie deals sealed over champagne in hotel suites and on luxury yachts. It's a gold mine too for many locals in the French Riviera town. "For my boss the festival is the goose that ...

Quentin Tarantino's new film makes the cut for Cannes

Film May 3, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's new film makes the cut for Cannes

Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" will premiere at the Cannes film festival, organisers said Thursday, after doubts over whether it would be finished in time. The movie, which stars Brad Pitt as a 1970s stuntman alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and ...

World / Crime & Legal Jan 19, 2017

Thief makes €15 million jewelry heist in Cannes

A robber brandishing a pistol and a grenade stole diamonds worth €15 million ($16 million) on Wednesday in the French Riviera town of Cannes and calmly escaped on foot, a regional prosecutor said. The man in his 30s, his face uncovered except for a pair ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Film Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

by Mark Schilling

Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan's ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

Film / Reviews Jul 16, 2014

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

by Mark Schilling

Naomi Kawase was once Japan's best-known female director abroad; now she is one of its most internationally prominent directors, regardless of gender. This change is largely due to her long association with the Cannes film festival, where her first fiction feature, "Moe no Suzaku (Suzaku)," ...