Cannes film festival has a track record of jaw-dropping watch-through-your-fingers screen moments. Here are some of the highlights from the glitzy and glamorous mornings, noons and nights

  • 26 May - 01 Jun, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
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Eye-watering tale of budding transgender ballerina is Cannes hit
Based on the true story of a 15-year-old girl trapped in a boy’s body who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, Lukas Dhont’s Girl, has drawn rave reviews, with 16-year-old Victor Polster hailed for his stand-out cinematic debut.

Spike Lee rages against Trump
Spike Lee launched a searing broadside at Donald Trump after premiering his new movie BlacKkKlansman, an indictment of global white nationalism, to a standing ovation in Cannes.
Shaking with rage, Lee said Trump's refusal to condemn the deadly far-right protests in Charlottesville last August would be his “defining moment” as US president.

Romancing the maid: Indian film tackles taboo
In a country where millions of servants sleep on the floor of the homes they work in, the idea that a master might fall for the meek low-caste woman who is there to cook and scrub for him seemed ‘inconceivable’, said Rohena Gera whose new film, Sir, an upstairs-downstairs love story of a kind, she says, has never been seen in an Indian movie.

Arab cinema back with a bang, lepers, lust and class conflict
A boy who takes his parents to court for having him is one of a wave of Arab films that made people take notice.
Lebanese film-maker Nadine Labaki’s highly-anticipated third film Capernaum - about a 12-year-old boy with an axe to grind about being born into a miserable, loveless existence - has racked up a string of distribution deals ahead of its premiere.

Black actresses brave downpour to protest at Cannes
Sixteen black and mixed race actresses staged a glamorous red carpet protest at the Cannes film festival to denounce everyday racism in the French industry.
Led by Bamako star Aissa Maiga, they also launched their new book Being Black Is Not My Job, denouncing the prejudice they have suffered from directors and casting agents.
But the heavens opened as they stepped out onto the red carpet from their cars wearing spectacular gowns by Balmain´s mixed-race designer Olivier Rousteing.
Their march followed hot on the heels of an historic red carpet demonstration by 82 Hollywood stars, women directors, producers and scriptwriters, led by Cate Blanchett, demanding equal pay and status.

Middle-aged women are real action heroes, says Cannes director
Forget The Rock and Bruce Willis. Middle-aged women are the real action heroes, according to the maker of a fast-paced feminist film pleasing crowds at the Cannes film festival.
"If you look at any environmental movement, or any activist group, you will find it is middle-aged women who really change the world," he said. "They are the committed ones. They get things done."