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Cannes Day 11: ‘Macbeth’ closes the competition

8:13 am May. 23, 2015

Director Justin Kurzel has a way with visceral action, as was seen in 2011’s “The Snowtown Murders.” That same verve is keenly present in his new adaptation of “Macbeth.”

Unlike the play, the movie opens with

CANNES DAY 10: U.S. woman wins top shorts competition prize

3:06 pm May. 22, 2015

For the second year in a row, a U.S. woman has won the top prize in the Cinefondation shorts competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pippa Blanco, representing the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, won the student shorts competition for “Share.”

Last year, Annie Silverstein of the University of Texas won for her short, “Skunk.”

“Share” focuses on a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her.


CANNES DAY 10: Good things happening for Texas filmmakers, including ‘Krisha’ director Trey Shults

2:57 pm May. 22, 2015

After starting with the rather gloomy (but powerful) “Chronic,” my day at Cannes got brighter.

After “Chronic,” I met with Trey Edward Shults, the director of “Krisha,” which won the narrative feature competition at South by Southwest and was picked up for the Critics Week sidebar in Cannes.

Shults, 26, grew up in Houston, and still lives with his mom in Montgomery, Texas. A lifelong film fan, he started studying business

Cannes Day 7: ‘Sicario’ takes on the drug wars

10:18 am May. 19, 2015

The race for the Palme d’Or heated up Tuesday with the première of Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” a violent drama about the efforts to take out the leader of a Mexican drug cartel.

“Sicario” joins

Cannes Day 6: The horse race for the Palme

9:34 am May. 18, 2015

It’s never easy to peer into the minds of the Cannes jury and predict which film will win the Palme d’Or. But at the festival’s midpoint, it’s fun to debate how the votes might play