CANNES WATCH: ‘Sicario’ takes muscular look at drug war

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CANNES WATCH: ‘Sicario’ takes muscular look at drug war.

CANNES, France: Here’s a look at what our Associated Press reporters at the Cannes Film Festival found out Monday, as we reach the halfway point of the event: NO FIX-UPS FOR COLIN: In his new sci-fi movie “The Lobster,” Colin Farrell plays a single man desperate to get into a committed relationship or risk being transformed into an animal. America’s covert war against the Mexican drug cartels gets a bracing, brutal working over by the director Denis Villeneuve with the impressive thriller Sicario, in competition at Cannes. In real life, though, he’s unattached – and in no rush to change his status. “In my life I’ve had relationships with women that weren’t in the public eye that have been pulled into the public eye as a result of the nonsense of celebrity and being close to me, and I hate that and I hated that for them,” he said in an interview last week. “And so that would be just another thing that would lead into my reticence to being in a relationship.” Farrell is in Cannes to promote “The Lobster,” which is competing for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. The event is one of several that have happened on the French Riviera during the 68th annual festival that continue an important dialogue on what can be done to reverse the drought of female writers, directors and producers in Hollywood and film industries abroad.

The event — held at a glamorous $50 million estate in the hills above Cannes — honored Rachel Weisz, Isabelle Huppert, Melanie Laurent, Emily Blunt and Sienna Miller, who were all decked out in glam Calvin Klein duds. They mingled with fellow invitees like Jake Gyllenhaal, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls, Natalia Vodianova (the face of the CK’s Euphoria fragrance) and Harvey Weinstein.

In what was meant to be a good year for women at cinema’s top showcase, British trade magazine Screen Daily said that “a handful of women in their 50s were turned away” by Cannes ushers from a Sunday night gala screening. Hot girl group Haim also performed live on the lawn of the villa. “It’s very strong for us as a brand to be associated with such a good organization as IFP to help support women.

Some of those rejected at the showing of “Carol”, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, had “medical conditions”, according to Screen, which called it “a bad PR move for the push for gender equality”. “The rumour that the festival requires high heels for the women on the steps is baseless,” he wrote, referring to the entrance of the main Cannes venue. And from directors, too.” Moretti’s tragicomedy, one of 19 competing for Cannes’ Palme d’Or, centers on a director (Margherita Buy) whose latest project is coming unstuck even as her mother is dying.

Like their 2013 kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” it’s heavy with allusion to the morality of employing violent military tactics for the sake of American safety. It’s a cause very important to us,” Calvin Klein Collection women’s creative director Francisco Costa told THR, which got us thinking of polling others on the red carpet for solutions to the problem. Emily Blunt, star of the drug-war thriller Sicario, called the purported flat-shoe ban “very disappointing” and said she preferred comfortable footwear. Turturro provides much of the film’s humor as Barry Huggins, who propositions his director almost as soon as he steps off the train, struggles with his Italian dialogue and tells self-aggrandizing anecdotes about working with Stanley Kubrick. “I’ve seen all kinds of crazy behavior,” said Turturro, who won Cannes’ best-actor prize in 1991 for “Barton Fink.” That film’s directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, head this year’s Cannes jury. “You can fall madly in love with someone while you’re acting with them, but you don’t really know the person at all.

The Canadian director of Sicario, Denis Villeneuve, joked that he and the film’s co-stars, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, would “walk the stairs in high heels” later on Tuesday in solidarity at the red-carpet premiere. They have a fantastic tap on material and they write better roles for women, and therefore people see better roles for women and they see women in better roles for themselves. The maker of a hit documentary on the late British singer Amy Winehouse, Asif Kapadia, tweeted that his wife had run afoul of an alleged shoe diktat but that she was “eventually let in” to a premiere.

Having frequently been accused of sexism in the past, Cannes responded this year by inviting two women filmmakers (out of 19) to the competition, opening the festival with Emmanuelle Bercot’s French drama Standing Tall and giving a honorary Palme d’Or to auteur Agnes Varda. One of the more fancy events occurred over the weekend, as David Unger, co-CEO of Three Six Zero Entertainment, held a brunch in a swanky home in the mountains outside of Cannes. On Tuesday, the cast of Disney’s “Inside Out,” which also has gotten a glowing response in Cannes, partied until the late night in a lavish bash on the water.By Nekesa Mumbi MoodyWILL KOONS MEAN CASH?Jeff Koons is about to generate some major cash for AIDS charity amfAR: He’s agreed to auction off his massive “Coloring Book” sculpture for the group’s annual gala outside Cannes this week.

This is a rich problem, and other countries have it worse where women can’t even wear what they want or where they are treated as if they don’t exist.” Isabelle Huppert: “I don’t have a solution. It is part of Koons’ “Celebration” series, which also includes “Balloon Dog” – sold for $58 million in 2013 as the most expensive artwork by a living artist. You just have to make sure more and more great films happen and through that, encourage the expression of women.” Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP: “Events like this help and so do giving grants, doing fellowships and encouraging every aspect of the industry. There are other criteria to consider, of course, but the more attention you call to the issue, the more people are going to change and give opportunities to women. “

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