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May 21, 2012

Antiviral brings Cronenberg father-son act to Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Syringes of infected blood, festering sores and sterile white labs are the images of “Antiviral”, as young film maker Brandon Cronenberg borrows themes of disease and bodily transformation that have made his father David king of the body horror genre.

“Pass the sick bag, there’s another Cronenberg on the block” read the headline of the Hollywood Reporter’s review after the film debuted at the Cannes film festival, part of the “Un Certain Regard” competition for emerging directors.

May 20, 2012

Cannes director Haneke faces death in moving “Love”

CANNES, France (Reuters) – It is a subject rarely tackled in cinema, but Austria’s Michael Haneke forces us to confront the reality that will befall us all – the end of life – in “Love”, his beautiful and devastating film at Cannes.

The French-language feature “Amour” follows an elderly married couple, former music teachers, who are enjoying a comfortable retirement in Paris before Anne, played by Emmanuelle Riva, suffers a stroke.

May 19, 2012

Sean Penn opens wallets for Haiti at Cannes gala

CANNES (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival took time out from the movies to raise money for Haiti on Friday night, with Sean Penn at the helm pleading the humanitarian cause at a celebrity gala.

“Okay, room. Haiti is watching us tonight like you cannot believe,” Penn told the black-tie crowd who had paid up to $100,000 for a table at the “Carnival in Cannes”, just steps from the famous red carpet.

May 18, 2012

Exploitation, loneliness in sex tourism film at Cannes

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Just who exploits and who is exploited in the sex tourism industry is the question asked in director Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise Love”, a powerful and unsettling exploration of female loneliness and economic imbalance in Africa.

Called “Paradies: Liebe”, the German-language movie is in competition at the Cannes film festival and had its world premiere on Friday.

May 18, 2012

Reality TV, celebrity obsession hit Cannes screens

CANNES (Reuters) – Obsession with celebrity is the focus of Italian director Matteo Garrone’s new movie “Reality” at the Cannes film festival, one of two pictures in the lineup exploring the corrosive power of instant fame and the desire to be watched.

Garrone is best known for his last film, the gritty “Gomorrah” about a Naples crime syndicate. But with “Reality” he switches gears, creating a modern day fairy tale whose protagonist’s soul is slowly and inexorably eroded by the lure of fame.

May 16, 2012

Cannes festival opens with quirky comedy and a camel

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The Cannes film festival kicked off on Wednesday with quirky U.S. comedy “Moonrise Kingdom”, Wes Anderson’s exploration of childhood and young love centered around two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away together.

The touching tale, set in 1965 on an island off the coast of New England, was a popular opening movie in the French Riviera resort, drawing laughs and warm applause at a press screening ahead of the official evening world premiere.

May 16, 2012

Baron Cohen’s Dictator storms Cannes, camel in tow

CANNES, France (Reuters) – It took no less than a live camel strolling the promenade in Cannes to steal the show on the film festival’s opening day, a feat that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off with chutzpah on Wednesday.

The British satirist, star of “Borat” and “Bruno,” used the novel public relations stunt to draw attention to the U.S. opening of his new film “The Dictator,” in which he plays fictitious despot General Aladeen of the made-up North African country Wadiya.

May 7, 2012

Short party for Hollande after French election win

PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande’s honeymoon after his election as France’s first centre-left president in 17 years was cut short on Monday by jittery financial markets eager for signals on his policies and how hard he will push back against German-led austerity.

The Socialist beat conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with 51.7 percent of Sunday’s runoff vote after a bruising campaign dominated by the same anger over economic crisis that has felled 10 other European leaders since late 2009.

May 3, 2012

Strong appetite for euro zone debt, but Spanish costs rise

MADRID/PARIS, May 3 (Reuters) – I nvestors kept up their
a ppetite for Spanish and French government de bt at auctions on
Thursday though em battled Sp ain was forced to pay a much higher
price than in previous sales.

France’s 10-year borrowing costs stayed relatively stable at
the country’s last debt auction before a presidential election
on Sunday while Spain met strong demand in its first auction
after Stan dard and Poor’s cut the country’s cre dit rating by two
notches to BBB+ last week.

May 1, 2012

Le Pen wounds Sarkozy by refusing to endorse

PARIS, May 1 (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le
Pen delivered a further blow on Tuesday to President Nicolas
Sarkozy’s re-election hopes by refusing to endorse him and
telling her six million supporters to make their own choice in
Sunday’s ballot.

Conservative Sarkozy, who faces off with Socialist Francois
Hollande on May 6, needs most of the 18 percent of voters who
backed National Front leader Le Pen last week to support him in
the runoff if he is to overtake first-round winner Hollande.

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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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