cinema

The glitzy Cannes festival, through the eyes of a small-town cinema owner

 
Despite the rain, this year’s Cannes Film Festival is shaping up to be a magical event. Steven Spielberg, Leonardo Di Caprio, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes… all are in attendance. Among these world-famous Hollywood stars, a small-town cinema owner from southwestern France tells us about his festival experience. Read more...
Contributors

And the Observers’ Best Movie Award goes to…

 
We asked our Observers from all over the world, from Chile and China to Senegal and Lebanon, to select the five movies that most impacted their lives. Read more...

How China transforms a propaganda film into a summer blockbuster

According to the blogger who posted these images, these cinema tickets tell a lot about the Chinese government’s propaganda tactics. Read more...
Contributors

Is Tunisian culture under threat from Islamists?

 
On April 26, the main cinema in Tunisia’s capital Tunis was vandalised by a group of armed religious fundamentalists, who threatened audience members at the screening. Our Observers on the ground tell us that Tunisia’s cultural scene is increasingly coming under attack. Read more...

Videos show ‘Water for Elephants’ star abused during 2005 training

 
A video released by animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) shows the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants being beaten and given electric shocks during a 2005 training session. Read more...
Contributors

Russian director says tsunami sent to punish "Godless" people

 
After the tragedy of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, most Russians rushed to express their sympathy and offer the Japanese people their help. Most, but not all. Read more…
 

Still no movie theatre for Saudi cinema buffs

 
The news was greeted with enthusiasm by Saudi cinema buffs: the opening of the country's first new cinema in thirty years in Dammam, a town east of Riyadh. Read more...
 
Contributors
Close