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May 16, 2014

Dragons bring fire and fangs to Cannes film fest

CANNES, France, May 16 (Reuters) – Dragons and Vikings
invaded the Cannes film festival on Friday, with the eagerly
awaited second instalment of “How to Train your Dragon” set to
breathe fire on the French Riviera.

Due to hit screens on July 2, hopes are high for the 3D
“Dragon 2″, written and directed by Canadian animator Dean
DeBlois, given the $495 million in global box office receipts
the first film of the trilogy has grossed.

May 15, 2014

Syria documentary, Mali Jihad feature make Cannes current

CANNES, France, May 15 (Reuters) – An old man’s white hair
suddenly changes to red in “Eau Argentee, Syrie autoportrait”
(Silvered Water, Syria self-portrait) by exiled Syrian filmmaker
Ossama Mohammed, shown at the Cannes film festival on Thursday.

The amateur video may be shaky, grainy and lacking
peripheral view, but the viewer instantly knows the man has just
been shot in the head, another victim of the civil war in Syria
that has already claimed more than 150,000 victims.

May 14, 2014

“Grace of Monaco” opens Cannes to tepid reception, eager fans

CANNES, France, May 14 (Reuters) – The glamour of Cannes and
nearby Monaco are wedded on screen in “Grace of Monaco” that
opened the 67th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, but while
fans cheered Nicole Kidman and other stars on the red carpet,
critics saw no marriage made in heaven.

The glitzy 12-day festival on the palm-lined Cote d’Azur is
a who’s-who of the international film world and its red carpet
one of the most watched, with stars ranging from China’s Zhang
Ziyi to France’s Audrey Tautou mounting its famous steps.

May 14, 2014

Sexism in film industry hinders women: Cannes jury head Campion

CANNES France (Reuters) – The scarcity of female directors in the film industry is “undemocratic”, the head of the Cannes film festival jury Jane Campion said on Wednesday, speaking out against sexism in the business that keeps many women’s films out of view.

The comments by Campion, the only woman to have ever won the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or prize, came on the opening day of the 12-day event on the French Riviera, which in years past has been criticised for not presenting enough films made by women.

May 14, 2014

“Grace of Monaco” opening Cannes film festival to tepid reception

CANNES, France, May 14 (Reuters) – The glamour of Cannes and
nearby Monaco are wedded on screen in “Grace of Monaco” that
opens the 67th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night, but
critics at an advance press screening saw no marriage made in
heaven.

The film starring Nicole Kidman as the American actress
Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier to become Princess Grace
was made by French director Olivier Dahan, one of whose previous
movies, about singer Edith Piaf, was a worldwide hit.

May 12, 2014

Two WW2 soldiers – one French, one German – united in will to remember

OUISTREHAM France (Reuters) – When Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944, as one of the first wave of French commandos to set foot on Normandy soil, the last thing he expected was that 70 years later one of the “Boches” he was fighting against would be a friend and neighbor.

    Today, 91-year-old Gautier and his friend Johannes Boerner, 88, are two of the dwindling number of veterans of the Allied D-Day landings and the ensuing nearly three-month battle of attrition that began to push German forces back from the western front of Nazi-occupied Europe.

May 11, 2014

Cannes to open with glitz, glamour and dash of scandal

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Movers and shakers of the film world are boarding yachts or jets to head for the once sleepy Mediterranean seaside town of Cannes for a 12-day party that also serves as a film festival, with this year’s lineup heavy on drama and light on humor.

The 67th Cannes Film Festival gets under way on Wednesday with 18 films showing in the main competition for the Palme d’Or prize awarded by a majority female jury headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, the only woman ever to receive the top Cannes award for her 1993 film “The Piano”.

May 7, 2014

Artisans sweat for France’s “Best Worker” prize

PARIS (Reuters) – In a country known for a statutory 35-hour work week and a generous work-life balance, the “Best Worker of France” contest may seem an anomaly.

But for the nearly 3,000 French hopefuls currently competing for the prestigious prize bestowed every four years, the coveted medal with its tricolor ribbon is a symbol of artisanal excellence, creativity and typically Gallic professional pride.

Apr 29, 2014

French lawmakers approve multi-year deficit reduction plan

PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers voted on Tuesday for a 50 billion euro ($69 billion) savings plan meant to let the euro zone’s second-largest economy meet deficit-reduction targets, but a high abstention rate betrayed dissent within the Socialist majority.

The 2015-2017 “Stability Program” passed by 265 votes to 232 in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. The program can now be submitted for approval to the European Commission, which has already granted France two extra years to bring its deficit below EU-mandated limits.

Apr 22, 2014

France treads fine line on EU deficit-cutting targets

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist government sets out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday, using optimistic growth forecasts to help persuade European partners it can realistically cut the shortfall to 3 percent of output by the end of 2015.

Europe’s second biggest economy is a laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned. It has already been granted a two-year extension on the original deadline to bring the deficit below the EU’s 3 percent treaty limit.

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