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Film director Spike Lee reconfirmed as Cannes 2021 jury president

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The Cannes Festival will take place from July 6 to 17 in France | Photo credit: © V. Hache / AFP

Film director Spike Lee is set to preside over the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from July 6 to 17th, becoming the first Black president of the festival’s jury.

Prevented last year due to the health crisis, the Festival de Cannes inaugurates this new decade with an outstanding President of the Jury, one of the greatest directors of his generation, as well as a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer. For 30 years, Spike Lee has been an astute chronicler of the questionings of his time, with a contemporary approach that is never without a dash of levity and entertainment.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us. This support is finally coming to fruition and we could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times”, says Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival.

“His enthusiasm and passion for cinema has given us a huge boost of energy to prepare the great Festival that everybody has been awaiting for. The party will be great, we simply can’t wait! “says Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate.

From July 6 to 17, 2021 on the Croisette, these 12 summer days will be a celebration of art and creativity, and full of long-awaited reunions. Preparations are in full swing with a large numbers of films being viewed by the selection committee.

The Official Selection and the composition of the Jury will be unveiled in early June and the Palme d’Or will be awarded to outstanding productions and professionals at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, July 17.

 

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Cannes Film Festival is screening classics and new releases at the beach

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10 films will be screened free of charge Cinéma de la plage 2022 | Photo: © Joachim Tournebize / FDC

Featuring a variety of worldwide productions, the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinema de la Plage is screening daily a mix of restored classics, cult films and premieres.

Open to all audiences, the Cinema de la Plage takes place on the beach every evening, from 9:30 pm and remains free of charge. The program, which runs alongside the Official Selection, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather,” the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.,” as well as Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” featuring Golden Globe Award winner Jim Carrey.

Other movies on the Cinema de la Plage lineup include “Spinal Tap”, a mocumentary classic of the 1980’s directed by Rob Reiner about a fictional English heavy metal band. A sequel to the film, with the original director and cast, will be released in 2024. Henri Verneuil’s French cinema classic “A Monkey in Winter” with the late Jean-Paul Belmondo, as well as Christian-Jaque’s “Fanfan la tulipe” which had world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in the 50s, are also part of this year’s lineup.

Cinema de la Plage 2022 lineup until May 28th:

Wednesday, May 18
Spinal Tap (1984, 1h22, United States) directed by Rob Reiner

The cult classic mockumentary of the 80s about a fictional heavy metal will be showcased at the Cinema de la Plage on Wednesday, May 18th, and a sequel to the film is in the works with the original director and cast.

Reiner will direct ‘Spinal Tap II’, expected to hit the screens in 2024, and return as filmmaker Marty DiBergi. Also back are David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), the nucleus of England’s loudest and sauciest heavy metal band.

 

Thursday, May 19
Le Pacte des loups / Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001, 2h22, France) directed by Christophe Gans

In the Cannes Classics’ selection, a stand-out restoration for an explosive movie! A vibrant story and cast to be rediscovered on the Cannes beach, thanks to Metropolitan.
For the 20th anniversary of Christophe Gans’ Le Pacte des loups, rediscover the unabridged version of this movie in restored 4K Dolby Atmos – with 4K post-production work being supervised by the original film team was put in place and unedited original negatives used to reconstitute the original movie.

 

Est-Ouest (1999) directed by Régis Wargnier

Friday, May 20
Est-Ouest (1999, 2h01, Russia / Ukraine ) directed by Régis Wargnier

A great adventure movie, from one of the genre’s French masters. It was subject to a riveting production diary, and partially filmed in Kiev, Ukraine. This movie was nominated for Best Picture at the César awards and for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars in 2000. Screening this movie is also a way for us to show our support for the Ukrainian people and their hardships. Director Régis Wargnier will be in attendance.

 

Saturday, May 21
The Godfather (1972, 2h55, United States) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

For this monument film’s 50th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of the MPA (Motion Picture Association), rediscover Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece and the Corleone family’s odyssey. Career-defining performances for a legendary saga.

Sunday, May 22
Un Singe en hiver / A Monkey in Winter (1962, 1h43, France) directed by Henri Verneuil

A French Cinema classic and hommage to the stars of stars, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Gabin through the story of one night’s drunken shenanigans and memorable dialogue penned by Michel Audiard.

 

La Cour des miracles (Save Our School) directed by Carine May and Hakim Zouhani 

La Cour des miracles (2022) directed by Carine May and Hakim Zouhani

Monday, May 23
La Cour des miracles (Save Our School) directed by Carine May and Hakim Zouhani

Two world premieres will take place on the beach in Cannes as part of the 2022 Cinema de la Plage lineup : Carine May and Hakim Zouhani’s Save Our School, a French comedy about two teachers’ attempts to establish Paris’ first suburban ‘green school’. The screening will be attended by the filmmakers and cast members Anaïde Rozam, Sérigne M’Baye, Gilbert Melki, Sébastien Chassagne and Mourad Boudaoud.

 

Tuesday, May 24
Strictly Ballroom (1992, 1h34, Australia) directed by Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann’s first film, who is also present this year at Cannes with Elvis in the Official Selection, the visionary director behind Romeo + Juliette, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.

All the ingredients are there to awe you: dance, music, glitz and glamour! A stylized and enchanting romantic comedy. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, M&A Films, Baz Luhrmann and Spectrum Films have collaborated to digitally preserve and restore Baz Luhrmann’s first feature, Strictly Ballroom in the Cannes Classics’ selection. This 4K restoration utilized original materials held in the NFSA’s collection staying true to the film’s original presentation in 1992.

 

Wednesday, May 25 
Christophe… Definitely(2022, 1h26, France) directed by Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzales-Foerster

Christophe… définitivement (Christophe… Definitely) a musical documentary directed by Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzales-Foerster and featuring the story of the unforgettable and nocturnal musician, author of the legendary song Aline (most recently featured in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch), is also amongst the new films scheduled to premiere for the public at the French Riviera.

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), directed by Steven Spielberg

Thursday, May 26
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 1h55, United-States) directed by Steven Spielberg

Spielberg, E.T. and Cannes. Still to this day, those names put together elicit excitement and enthusiasm from the world and festival-goers, the same excitement and enthusiasm already there in 1982 as this film from Steven Spielberg still enchants generations. This movie, which was shown at the Closing Ceremony of the 35th Festival de Cannes the 26th of May 1982, will have a comeback on the same day this year. It was the last movie shown at the old Palais des Festivals and holds a special place for its director and the Festival. Let us all together celebrate this legendary movie’s 40th anniversary and communal history this coming Thursday May the 26th, on the Cannes beach!

 

Friday, May 27
Fanfan la tulipe (1952, 1h42, France) directed by Christian-Jaque

For Cannes native Gérard Philipe’s 100th birthday anniversary, one of his most iconic movies which was in Competition in 1952 and won the Best Director Award. An opportunity to rediscover this iconic actor, hand in hand with Gérard Philipe, le dernier hiver du Cid, a documentary on the actor screening in the Cannes Classics’ selection.

 

Saturday, May 28
The Last Picture Show (1971, 1h58, United States) directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Wrapping up the screenings of the Cinéma de la plage 2022 and a last hommage to one the great cinephile film directors, Peter Bogdanovich!  The bittersweet story of two friends growing up in rural America through hardship, military enlistment, heartbreak and alcohol-fueled road trips.

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BAFTA TV Awards 2022 reveals winners at London ceremony

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Jodie Comer receives the Leading Actress award for Covid care home drama Help
Jodie Comer won the Leading Actress award for Covid care home drama Help

BAFTA has announced the winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards for the best TV shows and performances of 2021.

Hosted by British actor Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), the event took place at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, and featured a red carpet performance by singer George Ezra.

Sean Bean (Snowpiercer) won the Leading Actor award for his performance in Time, which also won for best Mini-Series. Matthew Macfadyen, a first-time nominee, won for his performance in Succession in the Supporting Actor category, and Coronation Street was awarded the BAFTA for Soap and Continuing Drama.

News Coverage was awarded to ITV News at Ten Storming of the Capital, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure).

Besides the celebration of talents within the British TV industry, the UK government’s plan to sell off Channel 4 was often brought up on the stage at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards, as stars pledged to fight to keep the broadcaster, founded in 1993, in public hands.

Jodie Comer, who previously won a BAFTA for her performance as Villanelle in Killing Eve in 2019, said:

“I want to say a huge thank you to Channel 4 for believing in the script from the very beginning.” – highlighted the actress who scooped a Leading Actress award for her performance in Help, playing a young carer at a Liverpool home who forms a bond with a patient struggling with early Alzheimer’s disease and that are further affected when the COVID-19 pandemic strikes.

Channel 4 won five BAFTA awards, but its future remains unclear.

In April, the government issued a landmark Broadcasting White Paper confirming that it will push on with the sale of Channel 4. The commercial transaction is expected to make the government around £1 Billion.

“The BBC and Channel 4 are things we have to hold on tight to and fight every inch for.” – said director Steve McQueen, who won a Factual Series award for his documentary Uprising.

Other winners of the night include Sophie Willan, who won in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing the titular character in Alma’s Not Normal, and rapper Big Zuu, winner for Entertainment Performance and Big Zuu’s Big Eats cooking show won for Features. The Underground Railroad, the US series about escape from slavery in the Deep South, won in the International category. This is Barry Jenkins’ third BAFTA nomination and first win.

This year the event celebrated its 75th anniversary. The occasion was also the first in-person BAFTA TV Awards since 2019.

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A new TV show tries to catch up with the ever changing political affairs in the UK

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Journalist Sophy Ridge presenting The Take
Double bill: Sophy Ridge also presents the political talk show ‘Sophy Ridge On Sunday’

A new weekly political show has landed in the UK on Sky News, this week, and the internet is already divided on the need for another TV segment highlighting what British politicians have been up to – and if a show aired midweek can realist encapsulate the always complex political arena of the week.

The Take with Sophy Ridge premiered last night on Sky News with an audience panel giving live reactions to the breaking news of the day and Ridge, in turn, using their feedback to inform her interviews with the politicians in the studio.

It is a timely launch for Sky, Sky is Europe’s largest media company and pay-TV broadcaster by revenue, as MPs return from Easter recess and pressure on the Prime Minister and Chancellor following partygate fines, a new immigration policy, and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine continues to be hot topics to discuss on live TV.

“It feels like a generation’s worth of tumult has been squeezed into a couple of years – as though someone has accidentally hit the fast forward button and we are living through the consequences.” – acknowledges London-born Ridge, who will continue to host Sky News’ flagship Sophy Ridge on Sunday show over the weekends – “What I’m interested in is the impact that these huge global events are having on the individual. It feels inevitable to me that people’s attitudes will be dramatically shifted. If the fast forward button has been hit, public opinion will also be changing at double or triple speed.”

Some viewers, however, weren’t sure if the speed of British political news updates justifies, yet, another weekly political show, with one Twitter user saying: “No no no Sunday is and always has been the time to reflect on the Week. A day is a long time in Politics.”

 

Motorsport journalist Leigh Gorman was also far from impressed, sharing online: “As much as they try, Sky News have not quite mastered the audience-interactive political panel talk show.”

Sophy Ridge managed to keep questions and discussions interesting throughout the show, trying to get answers from politicians with balanced points, which included calmingly quizzing Labour MP for Wigan, Lisa Nandy, on whether Keir Stamer, leader of the Labour Party,  should spend more time setting out a positive vision for his party – rather than focusing on being angry towards the current government.


“I’m excited to be launching a new Wednesday evening programme on Sky News at 9pm to take the political temperature in these increasingly heated times. My Sunday morning interview programme, Sophy Ridge on Sunday, has always tried to get out of London to speak to voices from across the country – an important check on any Westminster bias – which we will continue to do. – says the broadcast journalist who has been fronting the Sophy Ridge on Sunday since 2017.

 

The Take is broadcast live from Westminster on Wednesdays, 9pm and available on Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233, and YouTube.

 

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