Entertainment News Roundup: Community-led Lakata film 'War Pony' debuts at Cannes; Ukrainian filmmaker Loznitsa plans documentary on Russia invasion and more
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Community-led Lakata film 'War Pony' debuts at Cannes
Set on the Pine Ridge Reservation, "War Pony" began as a project among friends and over seven years grew into a community effort, said directors Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, who presented 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 movie follows the setbacks and triumphs of 12-year old Matho, played by LaDainian Crazy Thunder and Bill, 23, played by Jojo Bapteise Whiting.
Ukrainian filmmaker Loznitsa plans documentary on Russia invasion
Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa plans to make a documentary about the war in his country, he said on Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he showed his film "The Natural History of Destruction." "I haven't yet been back in Ukraine since the war started but of course I intend to go there, and I intend to make a film, about those atrocities that are taking place at the moment," the director, who lives in Lithuania, told Reuters in an interview.
Punk hits red carpet at the premiere of Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols mini-series
The Sex Pistols grabbed the limelight in London 45 years after they first convulsed Britain, as members Steve Jones and Paul Cook joined director Danny Boyle on the red carpet for the premiere of a drama tracking the punk band's rise and fall. The cast of young up-and-coming actors who play the band in the mini-series "Pistol" also posed for pictures at the ritzy event in the capital's Leicester Square on Monday.
Iranian director Ali Abbasi premiered "Holy Spider" at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, the tale of a serial killer in the holy city Mashhad — based on a true story — dubbing the genre "Persian noir". "This is a film noir. This is a Persian noir," Abbasi told Reuters.
Netflix goes to 'Tollywood' and beyond for long-sought Indian growth
In southern India, devoted fans worship film and TV stars like gods, erecting huge statues of actors who are bathed in milk as part of prayer rituals for a movie's success.
This is the market Netflix Inc, a streaming laggard in India, is now eager to tap. It has a range of Indian films across various regions to showcase but for TV series - key to keeping viewers loyal to its platform - it only has a few hit shows in Hindi and no TV shows at all in regional languages.
Romanian director Mungiu explores xenophobia in Cannes entry 'R.M.N'
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu has returned to the Cannes Film Festival competition with a downbeat social drama confronting xenophobia in central Europe. Set in a multi-ethnic village in Transylvania, "R.M.N." begins with factory worker Matthias returning from Germany to his impoverished village. The close-knit village's calm veneer is shaken when residents, among them ethnic Hungarians, oppose the hiring of Sri Lankan workers in a local bread factory.
Heard lawyers will not call Depp back to witness stand -source
Lawyers for "Aquaman" actor Amber Heard decided not to call Johnny Depp back to the witness stand as they wrapped up their defense this week in the former couple's defamation case, a source close to Heard said on Monday afternoon. Depp appeared on a list of potential witnesses as the trial entered its sixth and final week.
'Squid Game' star Lee Jung-Jae steps behind the camera for 'Hunt'
"Squid Game" star Lee Jung-Jae flexes his filmmaking muscles with "Hunt" , a spy thriller he wrote, directed, produced and also acts in. Lee's directorial and screenwriting debut received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is screening out of competition.
Ukraine can win war, Hollywood's Liev Schreiber says 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 out of the news, Hollywood actor Liev Schreiber said on Monday in Davos. "It's overwhelming 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.
The potential overturn in the United States of a ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion is "completely insane", Canadian director David Cronenberg said as he presented his latest film at Cannes, which explores his perennial themes of the human body and control. "I did write it (the movie's script) 20 years ago, but ... even then, you could sort of feel that this was coming, this kind of an oppressive ownership of (body) and control," he told a news conference.
(With inputs from agencies.)