At tonight’s Opening Night Gala ceremonies, the veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will receive an Honorary Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but who never received a Palme D’Or in regular competition. While many of his films had their premieres at the Festival, Bertolucci himself never did win a prize. This is to be rectified tonight with a celebration of the director of such monumental frescoes as BEFORE THE REVOLUTION (1964), THE CONFORMIST (1970), NOVECENTO (1976) and THE LAST EMPEROR (1987). “The quality of his work, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind him to Cannes, make Bernaldo Bertolucci a legitimate recipient of this honor” declared longtime Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob.
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The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 true-crime nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Scorsese’s latest sprawling mob epic, … Continue reading
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), is a film with, and about, many layers. A parable about the wages of capitalist sins masquerading as a story of a long … Continue reading