A film that sentimentalizes and softens what was clearly a very difficult situation, turning something that should be effective and honest into something that too…
Ben Kenigsberg is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Variety. He edited the film section of Time Out Chicago from 2011 to 2013 and served as a staff critic for the magazine beginning in 2006. Prior to that, he was a mainstay in the film pages of The Village Voice. He has also written for Slate, The A.V. Club, Vulture, L.A. Weekly, Indiewire, In These Times, and Time Out New York.
Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" won the Palme d'Or at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
We pay a visit to Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Carne y Arena," the first virtual-reality piece to be "screened" in Cannes' official selection.
Ben Kenigsberg makes his predictions for the 2017 Cannes awards.
Bruno Dumont stages a rock opera about Joan of Arc. An Argentine political thriller has a dash of Hitchcock's "Spellbound."
John Cameron Mitchell explains "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." Claude Lanzmann remembers the time he talked to a (Communist) Party girl.
The director of "Tangerine" makes a raucous movie set in and around a seedy motel near Disney World.
Abel Ferrara (with bandmates) and Agnès Varda (with the artist JR) present two very different autobiographical documentaries.
Leon Vitali, a "Barry Lyndon" actor who became one of Stanley Kubrick's closest collaborators, is the subject of a documentary in Cannes Classics.
Claire Denis's "Bright Sunshine In" opened Directors' Fortnight, a parallel festival, which also presented Werner Herzog with an honorary award.
Ken Loach's "I, Daniel Blake" wins the Palme d'Or at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.