Selected news this week...

02 May 2010

Cannes 2010
Julie Bertucelli's The Tree, starring last year's Best Actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg (for Antichrist), has been announced as the closing film of this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The opening moments of Certified Copy, Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami's new feature, can be viewed on The film is in contention for this year's Palme d'Or; Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry won the prize in 1997. also reports that Certified Copy star Juliette Binoche is set to star in Polish film-maker Malgorzata Szumowska's fourth film, Sponsoring.

Meanwhile, a petition has been signed by industry professionals - including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro - protesting the continual imprisonment and interrogation of Abbas Kiarostami's fellow film-maker and compatriot, Jafar Panahi. Panahi was arrested March 1 and charged with making anti-government material; this came after he openly supported opposition leaders prior to last year's Iranian election. The Cannes Film Festival committee announced last month that Panahi is a jury member this year.

Twilight Saga
Summit Entertainment have confirmed that Bill Condon will direct the fourth Twilight Saga film, Breaking Dawn. Condon's previous films include Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Gods and Monsters, for which he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Condon himself reported on the project on the film's official Facebook page.

David Cronenberg production
David Cronenberg's next film, A Dangerous Method, is about to begin filming. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud respectively, who are both drawn to Sabina Spielrein, played by Keira Knightley. Christopher Hampton scripted the film, adapting from his own play The Talking Cure.

Mogwai concert film
Finally, have posted two teaser clips from Vincent Moon and Nathanael le Scouarnec's Burning, the concert film of Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai. You can read more about various details on the band's own site,