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May 23, 2013

Graphic sex in applauded lesbian love story gets Cannes buzzing

CANNES (Reuters) – An intimate love story between two young women received rave reviews from critics at the Cannes film festival despite explicit lesbian sex scenes that could limit the film’s distribution.

“La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2″ (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) is a poignant tale of love and sexuality centered on 15-year-old Adele, in a breakout performance by Adele Exarchopoulos, and her lover Emma (Lea Seydoux), set to premiere on Thursday evening.

May 22, 2013

Nerves of steel and hairspray are musts for Cannes red carpet

CANNES, May 22 (Reuters) – Walking the red carpet of the
world’s most famous film showcase is a test of nerves for
celebrities, not helped by wind, rain and the chaos of hundreds
of photographers shouting their names.

From choosing the perfect dress and hairdo, to trying not to
trip on the famous red steps, the pressure is on for movie stars
and glitterati at the 12-day Cannes film festival on the swanky
French Riviera which wraps up on May 26.

May 21, 2013

La Dolce Vita plays out with Italian films at Cannes

CANNES, May 21 (Reuters) – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great
Beauty,” a nostalgic, melancholic ode to the eternal city Rome,
is one of several films that touch on the unraveling of
contemporary Italy in official selection at the Cannes film
festival this year.

Also competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award to be
handed out on May 26 is “Un Chateau en Italie” (“A Castle in
Italy”) by Franco-Italian director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi about
the demise of an aristocratic family.

May 20, 2013

Week two of Cannes film festival gets off to explosive start

CANNES (Reuters) – Japanese director Takashi Miike got the final week of the Cannes film festival off to an explosive start on Monday, with big budget cop thriller “Shield of Straw” a sharp contrast to the more intense, intimate movies screened so far.

Typically for Cannes, where critical passions run high, both exuberant cheers and boos rang out after an advance press screening of “Wara No Tate” (“Shield of Straw”), one of 20 entries vying for the top Palme d’Or prize awarded on Sunday.

May 19, 2013

Down-on-luck singer steals show in Coen brothers Cannes film

CANNES, May 19 (Reuters) – Folk music, Greenwich Village and
a quick-footed cat star in the new Coen brothers movie at the
Cannes film festival on Sunday, kicking off the first of five
U.S. entries with its engaging misadventures of a struggling

“Inside Llewyn Davis” by directing duo Ethan and Joel Coen
is a delightful tale about the early 1960s folk music scene, a
tribute to artists living hand to mouth, and an ode to New York
all at once.

May 18, 2013

Agonising family choice in Japanese film at Cannes festival

CANNES, May 18 (Reuters) – A film about baby-switching by
Japan’s Kore-eda Hirokazu that ponders nature versus nurture
premiered at the Cannes film festival on Saturday, joining an
Iranian challenger as contenders for the top prize.

“Soshite Chichi Ni Naru” (“Like Father, Like Son”) is one of
two Japanese films out of the international roster of 20 vying
to take home the Palme d’Or prize on May 26 from the world’s
largest film festival being held on the French Riviera.

May 17, 2013

Iranian director’s taut family saga rivets critics at Cannes

CANNES, May 17 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning Iranian director
Asghar Farhadi premiered his latest tightly wound family drama
at Cannes on Friday, confirming critics’ advance buzz it would
prove a contender for the film festival’s top prize.

The prestigious festival on the French Riviera – where the
sun finally emerged on day three – is looking to spot its Palme
d’Or winner among the 20 entries in the main competition and
early reviews were enthusiastic for “Le Passe” (“The Past”).

May 16, 2013

Brutal scenes kick off Cannes film contest

PARIS (Reuters) – A man stripped to his underwear, his mouth covered with duct tape, hangs from an overpass – the brutal opening scenes of the movie kick-starting the main competition for the Cannes film festival.

True to the variety on offer at the influential jamboree, the second picture on Thursday began with a shot of a nubile young woman sunbathing topless on a beach, watched by a voyeur.

May 16, 2013
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France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails


(Villepinte prison guard Blaise Gangbazo walks on grounds overlooking the prison facilities in Villepinte, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen )

In France, the path to radical Islam often begins with a minor offence that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

May 7, 2013

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails

VILLEPINTE, France (Reuters) – In France, the path to radical Islam often begins with a minor offence that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

With the country on heightened security alert since January when French troops began fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali, authorities are increasingly worried about home-grown militants emerging from France’s own jails.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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