CATEGORIES 'Fone Finds
- The Cannes Film Festival was temporarily hijacked Friday by the market premiere for 'Unlawful Killing,' Keith Allen's "inquest into the inquest" of Princess Diana's death. Dana Harris reported on the screening of the controversial project.
- Eric Kohn caught the French procedural 'Poliss,' the third feature directed by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco, which recounts several real-life cases of the Child Protection Unit. "Maïwenn uses a shaky-cam style to give the movie a quasi-documentary feel, while drawing the established ingredients of conventional police drama," wrote Kohn in his review. "However, with its densely episodic structure, it's almost too busy with good ideas." The film earned a B.
- Kohn was harsher on the buzz title 'Habemus Papam,' from Nanni Moretti, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2001 for 'The Son's Room.' "Intermittently amusing, the movie never digs deep enough to justify its philosophical connotations, and lacks enough comic inspiration to sustain its lighter ingredients," he said of the the Vatican set tale.
- Moretti addressed the press following the first official screening. "This time last year, the Church was in crisis with all the scandals and there were terrible stories written about the Church," Moretti noted. "Even in Poland, John Paul II was being questioned and people asked me to perhaps change the screenplay. But I already had my screenplay, my Pope and I wanted to go with my story."
- News hit today that the Spike Jonze-Simon Cahn animated short 'Mourir Aupres de Toi' (To Die Next to You) -- a stop-motion film entirely handmade from felt -- will premiere May 18 in the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week, immediately preceding Jonathan Caouette's new documentary, 'Walk Away Renee.'
- The Weinstein Co. continued to get purchase happy with the acquisition of the U.S. rights to 'The Iron Lady,"' starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband. Thompson on Hollywood reported on the ins and outs of the Weinsteins' latest business deal.