Entertainment News Roundup: Lakata Community Film ‘War Pony’ Debuts at Cannes; Ukrainian filmmaker Loznitsa is preparing a documentary about the invasion of Russia and more
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Lakata’s community-driven film ‘War Pony’ debuts at Cannes
Set on the Pine Ridge Reservation, “War Pony” started as a project among friends and over seven years has grown into a community effort, said directors Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, who pitched their directorial debut at the Cannes film festival. Cast entirely with first-time actors and set in the sovereign lands of the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota, the film follows the setbacks and triumphs of 12-year-old Matho, played by LaDainian Crazy Thunder, and 23-year-old Bill. , played by Jojo Christen Whiting.
Ukrainian filmmaker Loznitsa is preparing a documentary about the invasion of Russia
Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa plans to make a documentary about the war in his country, he said Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he presented his film “The Natural History of Destruction”. “I haven’t been back to Ukraine yet since the war started but of course I intend to go, and I intend to make a film, about these atrocities that are taking place right now. moment,” the director, who lives in Lithuania, told Reuters in an interview.
Punk on the red carpet at the premiere of Danny Boyle’s miniseries Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols grabbed attention in London 45 years after first rocking Britain, as members Steve Jones and Paul Cook joined director Danny Boyle on the red carpet for the premiere of a drama retracing the rise and fall of the punk band. The cast of up-and-coming young actors who play the band in the ‘Pistol’ miniseries also posed for photos at the chic event in the capital’s Leicester Square on Monday.
Ali Abbasi presents ‘Persian Noir’ at Cannes with ‘Holy Spider’
Iranian director Ali Abbasi premiered “Holy Spider” at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, the story of a serial killer in the holy city of Mashhad – based on a true story – dubbing the genre “Black Persian”. “It’s film noir. It’s Persian noir,” Abbasi told Reuters.
A Ukrainian director denounces the Russian presence in Cannes
Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk has slammed the Cannes Film Festival for including a Russian director in its lineup, as the first filmmaker’s “Pamfir” was screened at Cannes’ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs on Saturday. The festival has banned official Russian delegations from attending, but Russian dissident Kirill Serebrennikov, who has spoken out against invading Ukraine, presented his competition film “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” at the festival on Wednesday.
Romanian director Mungiu explores xenophobia in “RMN” at Cannes
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is back in competition at the Cannes Film Festival with a pessimistic social drama in the face of xenophobia in central Europe. Set in a multi-ethnic village in Transylvania, “RMN” begins with factory worker Matthias returning from Germany to his impoverished village. The calm veneer of the close-knit village is shaken when residents, including ethnic Hungarians, oppose the hiring of Sri Lankan workers at a local bread factory.
Lawyers heard will not recall Depp to the witness stand – source
Lawyers for ‘Aquaman’ actor Amber Heard have decided not to call Johnny Depp back to the witness stand as they complete their defense this week in the former couple’s defamation case, a source close to says de Heard on Monday afternoon. Depp was on a list of potential witnesses as the trial entered its sixth and final week.
Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey 2’ starts strong with $16 million as ‘Doctor Strange’ reigns again
The Crawley family always has the royal touch at the box office. “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” a sequel to the big-screen sequel to the beloved British TV show, captured $16 million from 3,815 North American cinemas on its domestic debut. Although down slightly from initial plans, these returns mark an encouraging start at a time when older audiences have chosen to go to the cinema. There had been understandable concerns about the second “Downton Abbey” in terms of its commercial prospects, and not because longtime fans of the show were tired of devouring the palace plot on screen and the drama of the class system. Besides “House of Gucci” and the James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” many adult-oriented pandemic-era movies (like the remake of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and the sports drama Will Smith “King Richard”) have struggled to sell tickets despite positive reviews, so it’s no small feat that nearly 50% of ticket buyers for “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” a story of wellness set in a familiar franchise, were 55 and older.
‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-Jae Goes Behind The Camera For ‘Hunt’
“Squid Game” star Lee Jung-Jae is flexing his movie muscles with “Hunt,” a spy thriller he wrote, directed, produced and also stars in. Lee’s debut film as a director and screenwriter had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is being screened out of competition.
Ukraine can win the war, says Hollywood’s Liev Schreiber in Davos
Ukraine can win the war against Russia, but it will be a long fight and the conflict must not be allowed to fade into the news, Hollywood actor Liev Schreiber said Monday in Davos. “It’s amazing how resilient the Ukrainian people are,” Schreiber, whose grandfather was of Ukrainian and Polish descent, told Reuters TV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.
(With agency contributions.)