Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

Such is the nature of the news cycle that some editions of the Cannes film festival come to be identified with satellite scandals only obliquely relat(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Actors Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot at a photocall for  La Tête Haute (Standing Tall), the opening film of this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The 68th Cannes Film Festival began last night in marginally more low-key fashion than usual. Following criticism of last year’s opening film, Grace o(...)

John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrell in The Lobster.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, an Irish co-production, is to play in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Produced by Element(...)

Actor, stand-up comedian and writer Robin Williams was found dead in his California home last night. Photograph: PA

Robin Williams, the actor, stand-up comic and writer, was found dead in his home on Monday. He was 63. The coroner’s office in Tiburon, California rep(...)

Titanic: the notorious Best Picture winner from 1998

There is, of course, no such thing as the “best picture of the year”. We have yet to devise a machine that can objectively assess the quality of an(...)

It is often said that Aidan Gillen is among the shyest of actors; that he’s the Artist Least Likely to Talk Guff; that between transatlantic jobs, he (...)

Promised Land

Gus Van Sant is, it seems, still in a mainstream mood. It’s been quite a while since he made a film in which nothing much happens to nob(...)