Michael Haneke gets sincere, Xavier Dolan clears the air

81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant is shattering in Michael Haneke's strong competition entry "Amour". Meanwhile, on the other end of the age spectrum, 23-year-old "Laurence Anyways" director Xavier Dolan sat down with me for a chat.

Festival director and feminists lock horns as Cannes prepares for take-off

Critics are drooling over screening schedules, star gazers have camped out across from the red carpet, French feminists are fighting with festival organiser Thierry Fremaux...and things haven't even kicked off yet. Welcome to Cannes!

Big names, hip casts, and hot topics outside main Cannes line-up

Big-name directors, hotshot up-and-comers, a hipster duo in period garb, and movies about terrorism, cross-dressers, and the seedy underworld of the Indian film industry....here's a peek at the juiciest-looking movies outside the main competition.

Faces of Cannes: Ten performances to watch

Teen idols striving for artistic cred, a Romanian newcomer, an aging US heartthrob, Hollywood's favorite French actress, a Korean leading man, and more. Here's a sneak peek at ten of the most eagerly awaited performers in competition this year.

A smart, stylish, slightly random jury to preside over Cannes 2012

This year’s Cannes jury is, as always, an international, stylish, somewhat random gallery of cinema professionals - and one outsider. Here’s a breakdown of who’ll be butting heads, bonding, and choosing prizewinners behind closed doors.

Cannes selection: Prize-winners, pretty young things, and tales of sex and violence

Lots of past prize-winners, movies brimming with sex and violence, and pretty young things hoping to graduate to the big leagues....Here's a closer look at what this year's enticing Cannes competition has in store.

St. Patrick's Day - the Desert of the Real?

St. Patrick's Day is not the best place to look for genuine Irish culture but then again it's hard to tell where is...
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Britain after dark: A spotlight on binge drinking

A photo exhibition in Perpignan has hit a nerve with the Brits. Why has a set of photos taken on a night out in Cardiff caused such a stir? Nicola Hebden talks to photographer Maciej Dakowicz.

In France, food says it all

Paris is a city that loves food. In fact, it loves food so much it often crops up as either a topic of conversation or a form of expression. There are a myriad ways of bandying fruit laced idioms or meaty insults to describe people and things...
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A pick-it-yourself farm on the fringes of Paris

After a short hiatus, “Flipside” is back! For Parisians looking to escape plastic-wrapped foodstuffs, the Ferme et cueillette de Gally offers a breath of fresh air and a down-to-earth alternative to the city's monotonous supermarkets.
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