Asia Argento delivers a speech next to jury member Ava DuVernay at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The 2018 Cannes film festival, an edition characterised by controversy and transition, has ended with the awarding of the Palme d’Or to the Japanese f(...)

Italian Sr Cristina Scuccia smiles with  her prize after winning the Italian State RAI TV programme final  of The Voice of Italy in Milan, Italy, last night. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Did the Sicilian “singing nun”, Suor Cristina, win a TV talent contest because of the quality of her singing voice or the novelty effect of her Ursuli(...)