TV series show: A Chilean football drama and the first Saudi thriller on Netflix
TV critic Dheepthika Laurent and Eve Jackson take us through a rich month in foreign TV dramas. They chat about "El Presidente", a Chilean satire on football corruption from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Birdman", Armando Bo. They also review the first Saudi series out on Netflix – a family drama that offers a fascinating look into Saudi society – plus the acclaimed British dark comedy "I May Destroy You" from Michaela Coel, which takes on sexual trauma. Also, don't forget our top three shows not to miss this month!
The Annecy Animation Film Festival goes online
The Annecy Animation Film Festival in south-eastern France has one of the best settings of any cultural event in the world. The biggest gathering of cartoon lovers on the planet was due to celebrate its 60th birthday this year with prestigious guests, premieres and a spectacular programme that paid tribute to African animation. The party may be postponed because of Covid-19, but the festival has found an alternative way to exist online.
'Batman and Robin' director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80
Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, who made two Batman films after rising to fame with hits including St Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, has died aged 80. A representative for the flamboyant US filmmaker said he died in New York on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer.
A glimpse of France's fables and legends
France is full of different beliefs, but it's also packed with legends. In the southern Hérault region, the miraculous fountain of Lunas is believed to have a healing effect on the eyes. Those who come regularly, equipped with handkerchiefs, make a ritual of it. Meanwhile, at the highest point of Brittany, at an altitude of 385 metres, the Arrée Mountains are populated by strange-looking creatures: the Korrigans. FRANCE 24 takes you on a journey of discovery from south to northwest.
Growing a 'Green Wall' against climate change: Singer Inna Modja turns to film
It’s a far-reaching, pan-African project, brought to our screens by musician, actress and activist Inna Modja. The Malian singer has lent her talents to the documentary "The Great Green Wall"; she spoke to FRANCE 24 about her participation in the film and the environmental initiative it focuses on.
TV series show: Paris jazz drama from 'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle in 'The Eddy'
TV critic Dheepthika Laurent gives FRANCE 24's viewers a list of escapist TV dramas to watch this May. They chat about the much-awaited jazz drama "The Eddy" from the director of "Whiplash" and "La La Land", Damien Chazelle, and review HBO's indie show about female skateboarders trying to smash the patriarchy in their sport: "Betty" from director Crystal Moselle. It's a spinoff of her film "Skate Kitchen", featuring the same young actresses and avid skateboarders whom she discovered on the subway in New York.
The top five designer brands at the Cannes Film Festival through the years
Unsurprisingly, classic French label Chanel is the most popular designer brand on the red carpet at Cannes. France's premiere film festival is also where we can expect to see masterful new designs from fashion houses including Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, and Georges Hobeika.
Film show: How is Covid-19 impacting the French cinema industry?
With 6,000 cinemas closed, 200 film shoots stopped in March, more than €150 million already lost and more than half of the population signed up to a streaming service, film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the effect of the coronavirus on the French film industry. They also talk about the revival of the drive-in in these social distancing times and the release of Terrence Mallick's "A Hidden Life" on VOD.