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  • The Death of Louis XIV – first look

    Six decades after The 400 Blows, Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the dying Sun King in a stately, majestic study of flesh and emblems from Albert Serra – surely the most beautiful film at Cannes 2016.

    Jonathan Romney
    Sunday 22 May 2016

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  • Cannes 2016: all the awards, and reaction

    Ken Loach wins his second Palme d’Or, Andrea Arnold wins her third Jury Prize and Iran’s Asghar Farhadi wins two awards for best actor and screenplay – but Maren Ade’s widely admired Toni Erdmann leaves empty-handed. Do juries shun comedies? Do actors always lean to theatre stories, wonders Nick James?

    Nick James
    Sunday 22 May 2016

    Festivals

  • Elle – first look

    A typically inimitable Isabelle Huppert takes no prisoners in Paul Verhoeven’s typically black-comic provocation, a rape-reaction art melodrama that’s his first film in ten years, writes Geoff Andrew.

    Geoff Andrew
    Sunday 22 May 2016

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  • Cannes 2016 roundup: what should win?

    With the latter half of this year’s competition as discouraging as the first week was inspiring, Germany’s Maren Ade seems as deserving an awards candidate as the likes of Olivier Assayas, Jim Jarmusch, Kleber Mendoça Filho and Cristian Mungiu, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Saturday 21 May 2016

    Festivals

  • Raw – first look

    Chloe Roddick hails a fresh feminine (and sororal) horror from French first feature director Julia Ducournau, set in the blank spaces of a veterinary college.

    Chloe Roddick
    Saturday 21 May 2016

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  • Aquarius – first look

    Neighbouring Sounds’ Kleber Mendonça Filho switches from Recife’s gated highrises to its smalltime beachfront with this eloquent saga of Sonia Braga’s proudly autonomous, economically besieged widower, writes Jordan Cronk.

    Jordan Cronk
    Friday 20 May 2016

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  • Graduation – first look

    Nick James on a winning web of everyday Romanian secrets and compromises from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days.

    Nick James
    Friday 20 May 2016

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  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Heart of a Dog

    Laurie Anderson circles death in this paean to her late dog, and other lost loves, that’s less free-associative than it initially seems, says Nick Pinkerton.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Friday 20 May 2016

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  • My Life as a Courgette – first look

    A big film in a small package: Claude Barras’s children’s animation, written by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma, broaches downbeat themes with charm, heart and smarts, says Wendy Ide.

    Wendy Ide
    Friday 20 May 2016

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  • The Red Turtle – first look

    Studio Ghibli’s first international coproduction is a ravishing castaway fable by animator Michael Dudok de Wit that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak – with not a word spoken, says Isabel Stevens.

    Isabel Stevens
    Friday 20 May 2016

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