CANNES: Documentarist turned fiction director Sergei Loznitsa makes his third venture into fiction film with A Gentle Creature which has scored a competition slot in Cannes.  His two previous feature film outings My Joy and In the Fog both scored major art house and festival successes and A Gentle Creature looks set to continue this trend.

CANNES: Safdie brothers, Benny and Josh, have followed up on their gritty Heaven Knows What that delved into the New York heroin scene with a fast paced street drama Good Time starring Robert Pattinson as a bank robber clearly cut in the mold of Al Pacino and Dog Day Afternoon.

CANNES: Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev follows up on his international art house hit Leviathan which looked at corruption in society with Loveless that looks at the breakdown of family values and love in our contemporary life. While there are no doubt those that will jump to say that this is all about Russia or that “Mr Putin is responsible” as he seems to be accused of just about everything globally these days, Zvyagintsev really is looking at much deeper and more universal values here than just the politics of the moment.

CANNES: Director Todd Haynes scores a slot in the Cannes competition line-up with this seventh feature Wonderstruck based on author Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed 2011 epic fable for children.  Selznick is also known as a children’s book illustrator and the Haynes film follows in this groove with the main fascination of the film being its striking visuals. Selznick also wrote the screenplay for the film.

KRAKOW: The 57th edition of the Krakow Film Festival (28 May – 4 June 2017) wrapped with awards for the best documentary, short and animated films in one of Europe’s top showcases for non-fiction feature films.

CANNES: The 70th Cannes Film Festival held from 17 to 28 May awarded its top prize the Palme d’Or to The Square, a Swedish, German, French, Danish and USA coproduction directed by Ruben Östlund. The jury headed by Pedro Almodóvar also made a surprise special award for the 70th anniversary of Cannes to Nicole Kidman, who appeared in two competition films The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled and two films screening out of competition, the season two of Top of the Lake and special screening How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

CANNES: The 5m EUR German/French TV series Age of Iron is set to shoot in Latvia in October. The six episodes of the series will be produced by Luxfilm of Germany and Slot Machine Films of France. Latvia’s Film Angels Studio will provide services.

CANNES: The representatives of the Polish Film Institute and the Lithuanian Film Centre have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the two national institutions in the field of cinematography and the implementation of joint film projects.

CANNES: Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man of Integrity is screening in Un Certain Regard in Cannes this year. The Iranian/Czech coproduction was shot in Iran with Prague based VFX and post production studio Magiclab providing post-production.

CANNES: The Serbian Film Centre and the French CNC have signed an audiovisual cooperation agreement in Cannes on the exchange of professional experience and know-how. The French will provide specialists on audiovisual legislation, film archives and anti-piracy.

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