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Film about UK miners’ strike during Thatcher era wins gay cinema award at Cannes

A film set in Margaret Thatcher's Britain at the time of the devastating miners' strike has won this year's unofficial Queer Palm award for gay-themed cinema at the Cannes Film Festival. "Pride", a film by British director Matthew Warchus, tells the……

Director says Indian men ‘confused’ as patriarchy challenged

Some Indian men are confused and struggle to understand changes to their patriarchal society, amid growing opportunities for women and awareness of sexual violence, film-maker Kanu Behl told AFP in an interview in Cannes. “The times that we live in create a really confused state for the Indian man because…

Cannes Film Festival rocked as $1 million worth of red carpet ‘loaner’ jewels are stolen

Jewellery worth more than $1 million due to be loaned to stars treading the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival was stolen in a pre-dawn heist on Friday but the coveted Palme d’Or trophy was safe, officials said. In a scenario itself worthy of a movie, thieves broke into…

Michael Moore demands Georgia boycott after Troy Davis execution

WASHINGTON — Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore called Thursday for a total boycott of Georgia after the southern US state, defying global protests, executed convicted police killer Troy Davis. On his website, the director of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Bowling for Columbine” and “Sicko” also demanded that his just-released memoirs “Here Comes Trouble”…

Chinese filmmakers still face restrictions

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — Chinese filmmakers still face restrictions despite big strides towards artistic freedom since the Cultural Revolution, director Wang Xiaoshuai said Wednesday. Chinese society had made progress, Wang said, at a showing in San Sebastian of his latest film “11 Flowers”, set during the 1966-76 movement to transform…

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