Kristen Stewart  looks at   Cate Blanchett   ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Photograph: Getty Images

At lunchtime on Sunday, torrential rain swept its way in from the Mediterranean to drench those squabbling in queues outside various bits of the Canne(...)

US director Ryan Coogler: These actresses could easily carry their own movie. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ryan Coogler ponders an all-female Black Panther spin-off Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther, has been enjoying a “rendezvous” (they really do c(...)

Cannes director Thierry Frémaux and president Pierre Lescure announce the selection. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images Images

Official selection Competition Everybody Knows (dir: Asghar Farhadi) – opening film At War (dir: Stéphane Brizé) Dogman (dir: Matteo Garrone)(...)

Cannes film festival director Thierry Frémaux (left) and festival president Pierre Lescure at the presentation of the official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

As controversy concerning the absence of Netflix films from the Cannes film festival bubbled, festival director Thierry Frémaux announced a programme (...)

First Reformed is Paul Schrader’s  latest film: “it harks back  to the first script I wrote. It feels like the end of a 50-year cycle”

There are two things that everybody knows about Paul Schrader. Aged 71, having directed some 21 films and written many more, the filmmaker behind such(...)

God’s Own Country: Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor in Francis Lee’s film

Let us get the awkward question out of the way first. When Francis Lee conceived of God’s Own Country, a beautiful, raw love story set in rural Yorksh(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? I very much enjoyed Mark O’Rowe’s Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, not least because it(...)

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