A French movie called "Mignonnes" ("Cuties") that arrived on Netflix this week has been met with controversy. Critics of the film say it sexualizes young women, while many argue that the initial marketing of the film didn't do it justice. In other news, big tech names have announced major changes to their platforms. The efforts by Google, Twitter and Facebook aim to avoid misinformation before the upcoming elections in the US.
The ban on film production in Nigeria has partially eased, but strict guidelines are in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus, meaning big changes to procedures on-set. Producers now work with very limited crew and actors, with the production team for one sitcom scaling down from 70 crew members to 12.
It's the big release we were never quite sure we'd see: Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" has come to European screens, boosting box office figures after a lacklustre summer for cinemas. Our film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her take on Nolan's cerebral, extravagant offering starring John David Washington, Elisabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh. We also take a look at what's coming up on the festival beat as the Lido welcomes a scaled-down selection to this year's Mostra in Venice and Deauville goes ahead with its festival of American film despite the coronavirus pandemic.
In January, the FRANCE 24 culture team went to the French gastronomy capital of Lyon to film a show about the foodie wonders of the city. But before we could broadcast it, the health crisis struck and restaurants in France were closed for three months. Things aren't completely back to normal - but we still want you to discover some of the city's most exciting restaurants. Join us as we make a meal our of our daily culture show in the city where the modern food world was born and where it continues to evolve.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including "Jumbo", an objectophilia film written and directed by first-time Belgian filmmaker Zoé Wittock and based on a true story. They also review former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's political satire "Irresistible", leading Romanian director Cristi Puiu's period drama talkfest "Malmkrog" and the restoration and re-release of David Cronenberg's 1996 adaptation of author J.G. Ballard's 1973 novel "CRASH".
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week’s film news including "Capital in the 21st Century," the La Rochelle Film festival, a tribute to Gone With the Wind actress Olivia de Havilland for her 104th birthday and the re-release of ten 1930s movies from Hollywood’s racy days.
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 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.