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Cannes Film Festival

A flowering of Asian cinema

Asian movies fared so well at this year's Cannes International Film Festival that it is tempting to say the region's cinema has come of age. Chinese director Jia Zhangke headed the list with the best screenwriting prize for A Touch of Sin, followed by awards for entries from Japan, Singapore and Cambodia.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

Director Jia Zhangke scoops Cannes screenplay prize for A Touch of Sin

Mainland director Jia Zhangke won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival for A Touch of Sin, a shocking look at rampant corruption and exploitation in his home country.

28 May 2013 - 8:34am

Cannes honours bold crop of Asian films

A clutch of awards at the Cannes Film Festival has given global prominence to what insiders say is a bold era in Asian filmmaking, where China is emerging as a creative power.

28 May 2013 - 4:05am

Lesbian love epic 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' wins Cannes top prize

An audacious lesbian love story featuring hardcore sex, Blue is the Warmest Colour by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, won the top prize on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in a watershed year for gay rights.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

No front runner for Palme d’Or top award at Cannes film fest

An epic lesbian love story with graphic sex, a Coen brothers musical comedy and a blood-stained critique of Chinese society rocked the 66th Cannes Film Festival, but critics said no hands-down favourite had emerged ahead of Sunday’s prizes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Psy imposter fools celebrities at Cannes Film Festival

A man from rural France impersonated South Korean "Gangnam Style" entertainer Psy at the Cannes Film Festival, eating, drinking and partying with the stars in Cannes for two days, press reports said yesterday.

24 May 2013 - 2:18am

'Unstable' suspect attacks Cannes studio with blanks and fake grenade

A man was arrested at the Cannes Film Festival after he attacked a TV studio with a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade, police and witnesses said. There were no casualties in the incident, and the TV channel, France's Canal+, resumed broadcasts after a break of several minutes.

19 May 2013 - 8:27am

Iran’s Farhadi and China’s Jia make Cannes splash

Two directors from countries with tough film censorship brought bold and probing movies to the Cannes Film Festival on Friday — one exploring China’s social problems, the other delving into the mysteries of the human heart.

18 May 2013 - 10:59am

‘Gatsby’ stars grace Cannes ahead of grand opening

Stars of The Great Gatsby rolled into Cannes for the European premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s controversial 3D epic, which was to kick off the world’s most prestigious film festival late Wednesday.

15 May 2013 - 8:45pm

Film Postcard: Cannes

"I like large parties," says Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. "They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy." This may be true, but it's doubtful whether the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday to May 26, will provide much intimacy

12 May 2013 - 1:39pm

Beyond the boulevard

The 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival officially draws to a close tonight (Hong Kong time) as its jury president for the year, Italian director Nanni Moretti, hands out the Palme d'Or and other awards at the closing ceremony.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am


Imagine having your first work selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and then spending most of the trip facing questions about your father. That was how Brandon Cronenberg's stay at the French Riviera last week shaped up - somewhat ironically considering the nature of his debut feature.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Champion of the past

Among her filmmaking peers, Naomi Kawase is a walking paradox. While the 42-year-old's films have remained steadfastly rooted in the local - most of her fictional features and documentaries are set in and around Nara, Kawase's sleepy hometown which once served as Japan's imperial capital during the 8th century - her work has been much better received abroad than at home.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sorry, it's no Cannes do

While the eyes of the cinematic world focus on the Cannes Film Festival, Hong Kong is just a bit part player.

This year, Japan has two films at the festival's main competition and one in its more alternative-driven parallel showcase, the Directors' Fortnight.

Meanwhile, South Korea has three films in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cannes entry may get US release in autumn

Peter Chan Ho-sun's Cannes Film Festival entry Wu Xia could be released in the US in the autumn, the director said after the film's premiere at Cannes over the weekend.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am