Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s primal scream after The Square won the Palme d’Or as French actor Juliette Binoche and jury head Pedro Almodóvar look on at the Cannes Film Festival.  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Irish-backed ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ given best screenplay award at festival

‘The Roger Moore you saw in films and in interviews was something of a creation. He was from the last generation of actors who felt they had to talk proper to get along in the theatre.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Being born to the right family is still invaluable when trying to hold the levers of power

Bruno and Dustin Hoffmann’s knees from Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories

Bruno the poodle from Noah Baumbach’s film is top dog of Cannes 2017

It’s not rocket science: Russell Crowe at question 10

Watch out, this week’s quiz has a maths question

Beautiful, tricky, wordless: Michaël Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle

This week's best release is completely wordless, which makes a change

Real crunch: Niamh Hogan as Taryn in Demon Hunter

Director Zoe Kavanagh delivers an enjoyable, unashamedly genre-hugging horror flick

Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow in the Disney movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’

After a string of flops and a ton of bad press, Johnny Depp’s star power looks as wobbly as Jack Sparrow on a plank

Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

Cannes 2017: Colin Farrell squirms with delight under the female gaze in Sofia Coppola’s slice of feminist Southern Gothic

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project

Sean Baker's follow-up to Tangerine is destined to be remembered as one of the great films about childhood

The Red Turtle:  ‘damp washes and elegant story’

Dutchman Michaël Dudok de Wit’s magical film is both visually and emotionally rich

Unearthly: Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in How to talk to Girls at Parties

Cannes 2017: There’s a lot of latex and little sense in this punks and aliens caper

Roger Moore as James Bond, with his weapon of choice – the Walther PPK –  in a publicity still for “Live and Let Die”, in  1972. Photograph: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images

Policeman’s son went from being the UK’s biggest TV star to the country’s greatest spy

Members of the Cannes Film Festival’s staff  observe a minute’s silence to pay homage to the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack on Tuesday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

‘This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness,’ read a festival statement

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable pastiches the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is a Palme d’Or contender. ‘120 Beats per Minute’ is the favourite

Australian actress Nicole Kidman and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos attend a press conference for  The Killing of a Sacred Deer at the 70th  Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  AFP/Laurent Emmanuel/Getty Images

Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ from Element Pictures premieres at the French film festival to great acclaim

Awkward sex remains one of the continuing distractions of the Cannes Film Festival.  Photograph: Getty Images

Thank heavens for ‘120 Beats per Minute’ which communicates affection through sex

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Cannes 2017: The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an unmissable film of unshakeable horror

Photograph: Cannes Film Festival

120 Beats honours the dead and the survivors but it feels like a lost opportunity

Cannes 2017: Noah Baumbach's star-studded latest for Netflix is a welcome addition to his great comic oeuvre

Cannes Film Festival: like the rest of France, Cannes typifies  many of the contradictions that make French culture  confusing  in its sophistication. Photograph: François Durand/Getty Images

So much about French culture is simultaneously magnificent and baffling

Actors Tilda Swinton, Ahn Seo-Hyun, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Bong Joon-Ho at the Okja photocall. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

This time it was for a technical hiccup and not for Bong Joon-ho’s fine film ‘Okja’

Ahn Seo-hyun and Okja in Bong Joon Ho’s Okja

Cannes 2017: Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho’s latest is brasher, madder and more fun than anything he’s done before

Michael Haneke’s Happy End

Cannes 2017: Michael Haneke’s latest carries a defiantly conventional setup followed by the director at his most unconventional a(...)

This week’s quiz comes to you from the beach at Cannes. How well do you know your Un Certain Regards from your Palmes D’Or?

Israeli culture minister Miri Regev wearing a dress featuring the old city of Jerusalem  during the opening ceremony of the  Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Mexican director’s project one of several in the festival to address refugee crisis

Julianne Moore in Wonderstruck

Cannes 2017: Todd Haynes latest has moments to cherish, but doesn’t quite deliver the emotional payoff

Torn between: Matvey Novikov in Loveless

Cannes 2017: Leviathan director Alexey Zvyagintsev tale of a broken marriage and a missing child is brutal in its pessimism

Caoilfhionn Dunne in In View

Caoilfhionn Dunne delivers a terrific central performance as a woman torn to pieces by grief

Jury members Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and president of the jury Pedro Almodovar at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Almodóvar says he will be ‘fighting for the capacity of hypnosis of the large screen for the viewer’ in the Palme D’Or, while Will(...)

Caoilfhionn Dunne has a taut, focused presence that lends itself to intense emotions and high feeling. Photograph: Phillip Massey/FilmMagic

The RTÉ show brought Caoilfhionn Dunne to the attention of the wider world, but not all of it was good. ‘I was disappointed that y(...)

Members of the Cannes Feature Film Jury: Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, US actor Will Smith, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and French music composer Gabriel Yared. Photograph: Loic Venace/AFP/Getty Images

Festival features thousands of producers selling horror, romance and comedy films

The Palais des Festivals ahead of the 70TH Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Show goes on as Michael Haneke tipped for third Palme D’Or, for ‘Happy End’

Going south: Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer  in Snatched. Photograph: 20th Century Fox

This mildly racist, tonally bizarre farce fails miserably to use the talents of its leads

Stone cold: Charlie Humman in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The director has reinvented ‘King Arthur’ as an East End geezer. Watch it, mate

Nicole Kidman, who will top the bill at the festival this month as the world’s flagship movie showcase celebrates its 70th anniversary. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Irish film ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, is one of the favourites for the Palme d’Or

Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja, distributed by Netflix, is in this year’s main competition.

Netflix won’t screen its films in cinemas. Cannes says it will ignore them. Who’ll blink first?

Warren Beatty in  Alan J Pakula’s  1974 thriller ‘The Parallax View’: a reminder of a time  when people could just hop on planes like getting on a bus. Photograph: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

I am Homo Aeronautica. I have opposable thumbs. And I don't check my bags in the hold

Careful now! Knifing out an avocado’s flesh risks seriously wounding the hand. Photograph: Victor De Jesus/UNP/PA Wire

Avocado Hand: An epidemic that afflicts incompetent slicers of trendy fruits is to be welcomed

Pack your bags for question five

This week's quiz has aliens but definitely doesn't pass the Bechdel Test

A drifting Republican or an opportunist? Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain's latest is absurd and intellectually dishonest but also hard to resist

French director François Ozon: “We see Germany from the French perspective and France from the German perspective.” Photograph: Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images

The French director’s new film ‘Frantz’ has much to say about the dangers of nationalism

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy   in The Young Offenders

The BBC/RTÉ co-production to get a six-episode run - and the Cork accents are staying

Amy Seimetz, Benjamin Rigby and  Carmen Ejogo  in Alien: Covenant. Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox

Review: A promising opening and solid cast can’t save Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel

Christopher Nolan’s company Syncopy briefly appeared as a co-producer on Bond 25. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

He made sense of Batman. He is bossing Dunkirk. Is Nolan signed up for Bond 25?

Ha ha. Laughing at catastrophe is even more useful when our own lives are unsatisfactory. Photograph:  Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

We needed the Fyre Festival to fail. We needed Louis XVI to be guillotined

Timothy Spall, director Nick Hamm and  Colm Meaney of ‘The Journey’. Photograph:  Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

The Irish actor discusses Hollywood values, playing Martin McGuinness and what it taught him about 'Dr No' Paisley

This week’s quiz features female superheroes, James Bonds and questions of reality

Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx

Baran bo Odar’s empty entertainment is an attractive, unpretentious catastrophe

All-seeing, aye: Julian Barrett as Richard Thorncroft, aka Mindhorn, in Mindhorn

Julian Barrett is 1980s TV clairvoyant investigator Mindhorn called back ito action to negotiate with real-life maniac the Kestre(...)

 Colm Meaney and  Timothy Spall in The Journey

There is a great movie to be made about the peace process - sadly, The Journey is not that film

Mad Max Fury Road Black and Chrome edition: allow the grey glow to wash out across the wastelands

Both Fury Road and Logan are getting re-releases in monochrome form

Ilie Nastase in  a Davis Cup tournament. “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments,” said Serena Williams. “This world has come so far, but yet we have so much further to go.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The oafish behaviour of Higgins and Nastase was once celebrated. Those days are gone

Bing and Bob: on the road to question nine

This week’s quiz features four Draculas, three Guardians, two road warriors and one Adrian de la Touche

Florence Pugh: “You have to work up from the bottom and fight your way.” Photograph: Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty Images

Florence Pugh was awarded best actress at this year’s ADiff for her steel-eyed performance in the revenge drama Lady Macbeth. And (...)

Disciplined drama: Kool Shen, Gabin Verdet and
Emmanuelle Seigner in Heal the Living

A handsome teen gives up his heart - literally - in Katell Quillévéré’s impressive drama of interconnected tragic stories

Director Jonathan Demme at the “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids” premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Oscar-winning film-maker also directed acclaimed films Philadelphia, Something Wild and the Talking Heads concert documentary (...)

Last chance: Negan and Rick square off in the recent series finale of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead and new Star Trek spin-off Discovery will suffer, and if the strike is lengthy, Game of Thrones could too

Avatars: Jake Sully and Neytiri in, at $2.8 billion, the highest-grossing film of all time

The first Avatar broke records but left no cultural trace. Will its successors sink or soar?

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Photograph:   Film Frame/Marvel

Film review: The sequel has more quips, more kitsch, more spectacle, less plot

Milla Jovovich as Leeloo  “Multi-Pass” in Luc Besson’s ‘The Fifth Element’

Classics such as ‘Barbarella’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ to get big-screen outings

Ed Sheeran. “I know what he looks like, of course. It is scarcely possible to access any medium without catching a glimpse of Ed’s ginger head.” Photograph: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

I listen to his songs for an hour, but still feel as if I’ve never heard a single one of them

If you really loved Baby Groot me, you would stay for the post-credit sequences

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will have no fewer than five post-credit sequences

Alan Devine and Una Kavanagh in The Gift

There are moments of promise in Damian O’Callaghan’s debut, but too often The Gift tends towards melodrama

Bard education: Question eight

This week’s quiz zooms from no place like home to a galaxy far, far away

Gemma Arterton: `We even shot all of the Dunkirk stuff in the oldest studio in Pinewood. It even smelt right.' Photograph: Nicola Dove

She never thought she’d work in film. Now, she’s determined to control her own destiny

Women scorned: Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson in Unforgettable

Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson’s ‘erotic thriller’ is as close to being objectively, verifiably dreadful as it gets

Moe Dunford and Nicholas Galitzine in “Handsome Devil”

With contemporary fashions scored to 1980s musical references – John Butler's Handsome Devil is proudly traditional in its storyte(...)

Jessica Chastain in The Zookeeper’s Wife: Chastain’s Polish accent is perfectly serviceable, but it does nothing to distract from the creakiness of the enterprise

Diane Ackerman's moving Holocaust true story is let down by fluffy bunnies - and Jessica Chastain’s accent

Alden Ehrenreich and Warren Beatty in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Beatty’s off-kilter take on Hollywood’s famous recluse leans towards screwball, but never actually gets there

Sleaford Mods  vocalist Jason Williamson in Bunch of Kunst

Cheeky title for fly-on-the-wall documentary on the Sleaford Mods

Box-office gold: Charlize Theron and Viin Diesel in ‘Fast and Furious 8’

‘Fast & Furious 8’ was number one in more than 60 territories, and made $190m in China alone

Events in Cannes kick off on April 17th (a little later than usual).

Expect VR, immigration, Michael Haneke’s potential record... and lots of Nicole Kidman

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: a bad thing. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Who knows when Sgt Pepper by The Beatles was first declared the greatest LP of all time? It’s not even their best

Her Love Boils Bathwater, about a young woman who, after contracting cancer, brings healing to the people around her, is the critics’ choice for best film

Delicate drama ‘Her Love Boils Bathwater’ is critics’ choice for best film

A screengrab of the trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.

The first trailer for The Last Jedi was revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2017

Colin Farrell: stars with Nicole Kidman in  Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, an Irish production to be featured in the 70th Cannes Film Festival.   Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

‘Twin Peaks’ reprise to be screened as Cannes film festival embraces television premieres

Michael O’Shea: “It was like filling in a lottery ticket”

Two decades after graduating from film school, Michael O’Shea found himself selected for Cannes with his debut feature ‘The Transf(...)

Could Song of the Sea (above) have beat out The Lego Movie for a nomination if  every  Academy member were eligible to vote?

Rule changes in the Oscars could make it tough for independent animated films such as Song of the Sea to secure nominations

Naomi Watts  and Laura Elena Harring

The first great US film of the century still has us guessing 15 years later

Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent

Julian Barnes’s dryly comic Booker winner is nimbly adapted to suit the demands of mainstream cinema

Get to the car: Dwayne Johnson ploughs through the opposition in Fast and Furious 8

Less may be more, but much more is much, much more - and no stunt is too crazy or extravagant for this barmy franchise

Amy Huberman and Jason O’Mara  on the red carpet at the IFTAs 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Just out of shot is Donald Clarke’s seething rage.  Photograph: Michael Chester

Deep in the trenches of the red carpet press area at the Iftas, a ‘colleague’ nearly caused me to commit one of the great linguis(...)

Amy Huberman and Jason O’Mara arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Michael Chester

Statuettes also handed out for ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ and ‘The Young Offenders’

Should we be surprised that Barry Manilow felt pressure not to speak about his sexuality? Photograph: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The dictum that a male romantic lead should be potentially “available” to heterosexual female fans has barely relaxed since the da(...)

Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine have had some pension troubles.

Another film pretending to show older people respect while treating them as jokes

Garance Marillier joins her classmates for some lunch in Raw

This week, you can expand your political consciousness, shred your nerves or turn your stomach. Your choice

Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball (1967)

The Intimate Lighting season focuses on one the great movements in post-war cinema

 Gael García Bernal, who plays officer Oscar Peluchonneau.

Pablo Larraín’s take on Pablo Neruda’s life mixes the real and the surreal, but unfortunately loses touch with its characters

Catherine Walker starring in the horror film A Dark Song

Catherine Walker overcame inevitable trials to construct one of the most intriguing CVs in Irish entertainment – and now she’s add(...)

Impressively desperate: Garance Marillier in Raw

This might be the most revolting film you’ll ever see, but there is a method to the madness of director Julia Ducournau

Anna Kendrick in Table 19

Anna Kendrick and Stephen Merchant make this Duplass brothers joint worthwhile

Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim character to have her own comic book

The claim that comic-book fans don't like ‘diverse characters’ is hearsay dressed up as evidence

‘It’s hard to tell who has more of a lion’s heart and soul, Philip Marlowe or Liam Neeson.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At 64, is the Ballymena actor too old to play Ramond Chandler’s much acted detective?

Ruth Negga and John Lynch in Isolation (2005)

Liam Gavin's A Dark Song is just the latest in a series of domestic shockers that illustrate the genre's varied possibilities

Irish television in the 1960s and 1970s: turn it on late in the day and you would get monochrome images of loaf-faced newsreaders detailing economic mayhem. Photograph:  Steven Taylor/Photonica/Getty

Donald Clarke: Many Irish teenagers view little but YouTube videos. Is that television?

Cynthia Nixon: Sex and the City “was this idea that women are going about their lives and careers, having a great time of it and not sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring”. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Cynthia Nixon on the legacy of the iconic TV show, playing poet Emily Dickinson in ‘A Quiet Passion’, and why Ireland's Marriage E(...)

Scared Stiff: Brian Cox, Olwen Kelly and Emile Hirsch in The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox are father-and-son coroners having a very weird night at the morgue

You’re fired! Boss Baby

Alec Baldwin recorded his lines for this long before he began doing Trump on SNL. But the serendipity is delicious

Seventies flair: Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy in Free Fire

Ben Wheatley’s latest - which pitches Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Jack Reynor into an hour-long gunfight - struggles un(...)

Vlad Ivanov (far left) conducts a police line up for assault victim  Maria Dragus in Graduation

Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu returns to the theme of moral compromise, as a good doctor’s tries to help his daughter win a co(...)

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