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Andrea Arnold’s American Honey wins Jury Prize at Cannes 69

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By Moira Sullivan




It’s hard to believe that 11 days of the 69th Cannes Film Festival have come to an end. The event is a whirlwind of activity from the moment I entered the Palais des Festivals on the first day. I can assure you that journalists are taken well care of – the accreditation badge is a door opener to all the facilities on the grounds and even in town the badge is met with respect. It’s impossible to do everything so the object is to dive in and make a splash. There are excellent media facilities on the premises and each accredited journalist has their own login that is kept separate from others. 
For the past three years, Movie Magazine International  has been a blue card journalist with a mailbox - meaning I get in to all of the screenings except for the red carpet events which require an invitation –which I could ask for - and the press conferences. There are only 50 seats at these and the daily press has first priority.
First of all, the Palme d’or announced by George …

CANNES REPORT 2016 - "Hollywood is scared to give women directing roles" - Jodie Foster

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By Moira Sullivan

The Cannes Film Festival this year features a poster of a man walking up the steps of a building facing the Mediterranean. It is based on stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classicContempt, starring Jack Palance, a Hollywood producer who hires Fritz Lang to direct an adaptation ofThe Odyssey. He also hires a screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) to rework the script, but Piccoli’s wife his (Brigitte Bardot) sporting a black wig evoking Godard’s wife Anna Karina starts picking fights with him. The poster although basking in yellow light lacks the 'personality' of previous festival icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman. The quotidian—daily schedules - are color schemed in red and gold unlike those of last year that each had a still from one of Bergman’s films. There are as usual only two women in the official lineup this year—and one of them is Andrea Arnold whose film "American Honey" is the most stunning film I have seen to date at this festival. A c…