ANNETTE – Review by Martha K Baker

Annette is not wholly successful, but that’s all right because it’s wholly mesmerizing. It begins with the cast and crew introducing themselves and the film to follow in procession. The film is a collaboration between scriptwriters Ron and Russell Mael (the band Sparks) and director Leon Carax. This opening number is meant to throw you off. It’s a bumpy ride. Annette is also unforgettable as journey more than destination.

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ANNETTE – Review by Susan Granger

Annette is an eccentric, hallucinatory rock opera about love, passion and celebrity, set in Los Angeles. It begins as a voiceover cautions viewers not to “sing, laugh, clap, cry, yawn, boo or fart,” adding “breathing will not be tolerated during the show so, please, take a deep last breath right now.”

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ANNETTE – Review by Barbara Goslawski

Part fantasy, part cheeky treatise on modern life, Annette is very much a film of extremes, one that struggles to reconcile its differences. Director Leos Carax deservedly won the Director’s prize at Cannes– this is certainly an athletic effort on his part – but Annette remains a frustrating experiment in form and content.

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ANNETTE – Review by Leslie Combemale

From the first moments of the ambitious, sometimes stubbornly weird, sometimes magical film Annette, from director Leos Carax and writer/composers Ron and Russell Mael, known together as Sparks, you already know you’re in for something different and original. Carax talks directly to the audience, breaking the fourth wall, then the entire cast and crew get together and walk through the night streets singing ‘So May We Start?’.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Andrea Arnold Reunites with IFC for COW – Brandy McDonnell reports

IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to Cow, a new documentary directed by Academy Award-winning English filmmaker Andrea Arnold. Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Julianne Moore Advocates for Gender Parity at Cannes FF – Brandy McDonnell reports

Julianne Moore advocated for greater efforts for the movie industry to reach gender parity, including quotas, last week at France’s Cannes Film Festival. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gong Li to Play Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gong Li, who was to receive the Kering Group’s annual Women in Motion award Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival in France, has signed on to star in a biopic directed by Peter Chan about Chinese volleyball legend Lang Ping. The film, produced by Chan’s We Pictures and Beijing-based JQ Pictures, is targeting a major China theatrical release timed to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Wanuri Kahiu’s RAFIKI Takes Cannes Despite Nairobi Ban – Nadia Neophytou reports

When the credits rolled and the lights came up at the end of her film’s premiere in the Palais des Festival, director Wanuri Kahiu stood next to her lead actresses Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, all dressed in off-white outfits, taking in the acclaim of a standing ovation. Someone in the audience shouted, ‘Thank you!’ and Kahiu put her hand over her heart.

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