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74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival opens tonight at the French Riviera

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Flag Day, directed by Sean Penn, is competing for a Palm D’Or in Cannes this year | Photo: Alen Fraser

Featuring films from Leos Carax to Wes Anderson and Spike Lee, who is also the Jury President of its 74th edition, the Cannes Film Festival opens at the Palais des Festivals tonight with 24 films in competition.

Over 2,500 films, from around the world, were submitted for consideration in 2021 after last year’s physical edition of event was cancelled and then postponed from May to July.

As a result of a global pandemic, many filmmakers decided to hold back their work last year making the lineup of films of the latest edition a strong one. Over the next two weeks, film premieres include directors Paul Verhoeven, Joanna Hogg, Todd Haynes and Gaspar Noé.

Here are the 24 films selected for the Cannes Film Festival 2021.

 

A Hero

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran. IMDB >

 

Ahed’s Knee

Directed by Nadav Lapid
France, Israel. IMDB >

 

Annette

Directed by Leos Carax
France, Mexico, United States. IMDB >

 

Benedetta

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
France, Netherlands. IMDB >

 

Bergman Island

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Sweden, Germany. IMDB >

 

Casablanca Beats

Directed by Nabil Ayouch
Morocco. IMDB >

 

Compartment Number 6

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen
Finland, Estonia, Germany, Russia. IMDB >

 

Drive My Car

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Japan. IMDB >

 

Everything Went Fine

Directed by François Ozon
France. IMDB >

 

Flag Day

Directed by Sean Penn
United States. IMDB >

 

La fracture

Directed by Catherine Corsini
France. IMDB >

 

Lingui

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
France, Germany, Belgium. IMDB >

 

Memoria

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Colombia, Mexico, France, United Kingdom. IMDB >

 

Nitram

Directed by Justin Kurzel
Australia. IMDB >

 

On a Half Clear Morning

Directed by Bruno Dumont
France. IMDB >

 

Paris, 13th District

Directed by Jacques Audiard
France. IMDB >

 

Petrov’s Flu

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov
Switzerland, France, Russia, Germany. IMDB >

 

Red Rocket

Directed by Sean Baker
United States. IMDB >

 

The French Dispatch

Directed by Wes Anderson
United States. IMDB >

 

The Restless

Directed by Joachim Lafosse
Belgium. IMDB >

 

The Story of My Wife

Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
Germany, Hungary, Italy. IMDB >

 

The Worst Person in the World

Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway, France, Sweden. IMDB >

 

Three floors

Directed by Nanni Moretti
Italy, France. IMDB >

 

Titane

Directed by Julia Ducournau
France,Belgium. IMDB >

 

The festival will host in-person events and screenings this year from July 6 – 17th, at the French Riviera.

 

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London exhibition portraying unfairly censored communities is open until Friday

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Female body and race are amongst the content being censored on social media platforms

An exhibition in the United Kingdom is showcasing images of 13 communities censored and silenced on social media platforms.

Unseen’, part of an online community project aiming to open the discussion around digital censorship, is now a public exhibition featuring posts and several stories submitted by people and small businesses who experienced their content and social media accounts being removed or shadow banned. Created by British photographer Rankin, the initiative is on display at Quantus Gallery in Shoreditch, East London.

“Censorship is a necessary tool to prevent fake news, protect children, and more. But it is often used inadvertently to silence marginalised voices,” says creative founder, Rankin. “We have had an incredible response so far, and we’re just getting started. This is an important issue, and those affected deserve to have a voice in the policies that affect them on the platforms they love and build their businesses on.” – defends the photographer known for his portraits of a variety of celebrities, from Kate Moss, Madonna and David Bowie to Queen Elizabeth II and Britney Spears.

Brands, content creators, and body-positive activists and artists have been clashing with social media networks over overly restrictive publishing guidelines for a while, with platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok regularly banning content posted worldwide.

“It is a continuous, frustrating game of whack-a-mole with platforms, so much so that I have ended up blending my Ph.D. in the moderation of online abuse with my experiences of censorship,” – Says Dr. Carolina Are, a visiting lecturer at the City University of London whom recent work focused on finding frameworks to effectively moderate social media without affecting freedom of expression, and on platforms’ moderation and censorship of nudity and sexuality.

The exhibition ‘Unseen’ will run until June 24th at Quantus Gallery 11-29 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX.

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One in five UK adults has started a ‘side hustle’ since March 2020

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38% of people surveyed used the money they earnt from a side hustle to pay for rent, clothes and even food | Photo: Jonathan Borba

One in five (19%) adults in the UK have started a ‘side hustle’ since March 2020 and, almost one in six (16%) claim to earn upwards of £1,000 a month from their new venture, according to new research from insurance provider, Aviva, conducted by Censuswide over 10 days in May, 2022.

However, only two thirds of those who started a side hustle over the past two years are still pursuing them today. 37% have returned to their day jobs being their main source of income now that lockdowns are over, and some companies expect employees to return to the office or work from home only partially.

The most popular ‘side hustle’ people chose to pursue was to ‘sell handcrafted products’ (23%), a phenomenon that saw online marketplaces for crafts and vintage items such as Etsy growing exponentially in 2020 and 2021. One in nine (11%) looking for an extra income turned to art, 9% to photography, while a similar number (10%) tried their hand at being a social media influencer – a popular choice with those aged 16-24 (13%). Other income boosters included becoming a courier (6%), driving a taxi (4%), and offering nutritional advice (4%).

When asked what their original motivation was to start a side hustle in addition to their normal, full-time job during the pandemic, most say it was financially motivated. Two in five (39%) people said they did it because they saw an opportunity to turn a hobby into an income; others to ‘make ends meet’ (30%); become financially independent (21%) or to pay off debts (18%).  Over a quarter (27%) started their new vocation to empower themselves/ gain confidence and improve their mental health, while 16% just wanted to practice the skills they had attained (i.e. photography, counseling, etc.).

“The pandemic has transformed how we relate to work. Aviva’s research reveals two sides to this story. For some, the pandemic has brought greater work-life flexibility. This appears to have fuelled a boom in ‘side hustles’. For others, the pandemic has brought greater financial strain, and this appears to have fuelled a need to look elsewhere to make ends meet.” – says Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings & Retirement at Aviva.

On average, side hustlers make around £497 a month from their secondary income, with more than one in four (28%) earning more than £500 a month.

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Young people increasingly struggling to get on the UK property ladder

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Feeling the pinch: 19% of young people living in Cardiff needed to find additional employment to pay their bills, a survey has revealed | Photo: Karolina Grabowska

Despite a property market boom across the UK in recent years, the average age of a first-time buyer is up by almost two years, meaning the average Briton, now, will be 34 years old by the time they purchase their first home. 20 years ago, the average age of a first-time buyer was 31, while in the 1990s it was approximately 29, according to market analysis by Which.

And a recent survey released by independent finance broker KIS Finance has found that over 22% of 18 to 35-year-olds have been forced to take on an additional job as the cost of living crisis deepens, making home ownership out of reach for an increasing number of people.

Last week the Government’s announced a range of steps to try to help more people onto the property ladder. However, exactly how the proposed schemes will work in practice remains to be seen.

The proposal to extend the existing Right to Buy Scheme to include housing association properties could help large numbers onto the property ladder, who thought that home ownership was beyond their reach. This amendment to the original scheme, which was introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980 and allowed people to buy their council house at a discounted rate, could see up to 3 million low paid workers buy their own homes.

“Whilst the announcement of measures to help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder will be welcomed, it remains to be seen how the proposals will work in practice. Accepting housing benefit payments toward a mortgage will be a significant change for mortgage providers and it may take some time for the details to be worked through. However, any steps to help support young people to escape from the trap of rented accommodation will be positive and the industry needs to be ready to adapt to support the proposed changes” – says Holly Andrews, MD at KIS Finance.

Key statistics from KIS Finance’s survey also found that 22% of those aged 18 to 35 have taken on an additional job to help them afford basic items such as rent, heating, and food, and a staggering 57% of young British workers reported they are already struggling financially and expect things to get significantly worse in the near future.

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