THE FILMMAKERS VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: BY COLE SMITHEY

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INGRID BERGMAN: THE LEGENDARY ROMANTIC

AGNES VARDA: VOYAGER OF LIGHT

FEDERICO FELLINI: MAESTRO

CATHERINE DENEUVE: CINEMA'S GRANDE DAME

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER: THE MASTERBUILDER

DARREN ARONOFSKY: ASTRONOMER OF SENSES

WIM WENDERS: THE SEEKER

JACQUELINE BISSET: SEX SYMBOL

JOSEPH LOSEY: ENIGMA

LINA WERTMÜLLER: THE SOCIALIST AUTEUR

DAVID LYNCH: NEO-GOTHIC SLEEPWALKER

YASUJURO OZU : THE HUMAN PERSPECTIVE 

ISABELLE HUPPERT: LIBERTINE

STEVEN SPIELBERG: POPULIST

AKIRA KUROSAWA: PIONEER

TAKESHI KITANO: RENAISSANCE MAN

SOFIA COPPOLA: AUTEUR

 ROBERT ALTMAN: SATIRIST

 JIM JARMUSCH: OUTLIER

 SAM PECKINPAH: LIBERATOR

 KEN LOACH: SOCIAL REALIST

 JOE CARNAHAN: THE BEST-KEPT SECRET

 CATHERINE BREILLAT: TRANSGRESSOR

 WERNER HERZOG: MENSCH

DAVID FINCHER: MODERNIST

WILLIAM FRIEDKIN: THE MUSCLE

JOHN CASSAVETES: INDIE ICON

PAUL VERHOEVEN: REBEL

LARS VON TRIER: PROVOCATEUR

QUENTIN TARANTINO: MAVERICK

 ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF SUSPENSE

 LUIS BUNUEL: FETISHIST

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June 15, 2021

SPOTLIGHT ON CANNES 2021: NITRAM —Justin Kurzel

IN COMPETITION 

NITRAM

“Nitram” elucidates events leading to the 1996 massacre in Tasmania’s Port Arthur in which a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 others.

The mass murder led Australia to changs its gun laws in significant ways that have prevented an increase in gun violence since the horror of April 28 and 29 of 1996.

“The Port Arthur massacre remains the worst massacre in modern Australia committed by a single person.”

Stan to release film about Port Arthur gunman Martin Bryant - nine.com.au

Justin Kurzel's next project, Nitram, begins shooting – Film Stories

Justin Kurzel

The Beach in Cannes

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SPOTLIGHT ON CANNES 2021: MEMORIA —APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

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MEMORIA

A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance.

MEMORIA

Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns to Cannes with another metaphysical psychological journey into the history that surrounds us in every spot of earth. The past haunts as it informs. 

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Biography, Movies, & Facts | Britannica

Cannes Beach

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June 14, 2021

SPOTLIGHT ON CANNES 2021: LANGUI —Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

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LANGUI

Thirty-year-old Amina, a practicing Muslim, lives alone with her only child, the fifteen-year-old Maria. When Amina learns Maria is not only pregnant but wishes to abort the child, the two women face an impossible situation in a country where abortion is legally and morally condemned.

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: 'Tragedy needs a strong storyteller, otherwise it  doesn't exist' | BFI

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun brings his unique narrative vision to Cannes for what promises to be an auspicious premiere.

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