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RFI at Cannes



Radio France International is reporting from Cannes on the 61st Cannes Film Festival from 14 to 25 May. Listen daily for interviews with filmmakers and stars. Get the latest festival news bulletins and on-line debates with RFI's David Page and with our on-line journal.

Cannes day-by-day, night-by-night...


Director Laurent Cantet and the actors who starred in award-winning film "The Class."(Photo : AFP)

French film wins Palme d'Or

The French film The Class directed by Laurent Cantet, about life in a tough Parisian classroom, has won top award the Palme d'Or at Cannes. It is the first time in 21 years France has won the coveted prize.

2008-05-27 10:38 TU

Cannes 2008

Harrison Ford is mobbed by photographers (Photo: Elisabeth Bouvet/ RFI)

Indy's back ... and so are ET and Poo

"On the way to the Palais des Festivals, I’m intrigued by a particularly weird-looking group, standing around a giant sign which says 'ET is looking for a producer' ... " Grainne Harrington meets the raelians and various other interesting folk on her last day at Cannes.

2008-05-22 08:34 TU

Mike Tyson & James Toback

Getting chatted up by a man with a big cigar

Squeezed out of a sports premiere, Grainne Harrington encounters humourless Romanians and permatanned Californians-- all in a day's work, as she tries not to trip up on the entrance to the Palais in Cannes.....

2008-05-22 08:29 TU

Cannes 2008

Scarlett Johansson - Sightings of George Lucas and Dustin Hoffman have been notched up, but still no Scarlett...© Warner Bros. France

"The really famous ones are the nicest"...starspotting at the bar and on the beach

Cannes is no longer sunny. In keeping with the sombre choice of films this year (main themes so far: apolcalyptic epidemics, war, imprisonment and death), the sky darkened today and it rained on the party all day. Grainne Harrington reports from somewhere between the beach and the bar

2008-05-17 16:39 TU

Cannes 2008

Blindness by Brazil's Fernando Meirelles - shown yesterday and in with a chance for the Palme Dog © Pathé Distribution

Star dogs and a kung fu panda

Toby’s a little sad this year, as Muttley, his dog, died just five weeks ago. He assures me that Muttley will be at the awards in spirit though ... Grainne Harrington on the Palme Dog and the second day of Cannes

2008-05-17 09:20 TU

(From L) French actor and MC Edouard Baer, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, US actor/director and jury President Sean Penn with jury members at the opening ceremony(Photo: AFP)

Pink badge girl meets the good, the bad and the weird

They play the theme music, and I am nine years old again. I can’t stop myself smiling. Time to go to the movies… Click on the photo to read Grainne Harrington on the first day of the festival

2008-05-22 08:42 TU

David Page's interviews

Cannes 2008

French director Laurent Cantet, with his Palme d'Or award for <em>The Class.</em>(Photo : Reuters)

David Page talks to Palme d'Or winner Laurent Cantet and Best Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Palme d'Or winner Laurent Cantet and Best Director winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan

27/05/2008 by David Page

2008-06-15 11:41 TU

Cannes 2008

© MK2 Diffusion

David Page talks to the stars of Rumba, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel

Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel

23/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-23 15:02 TU

Cannes 2008


David Page meets Kenyan film director Wanjimu Kenyanjul, who has struggled against the odds to practice her craft

Kenyan film director Wanjimu Kenyanjul.

21/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-21 15:55 TU

Cannes 2008


Charles Peter Asiba tells David Page that the Kenya International Film Festival will go ahead despite the violence that shook the country this year

Charles Peter Asiba, promoter of the Kenya International Film Festival

21/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-21 14:45 TU

Cannes 2008

Facing the heat again ... Harrison Ford in the latest Indiana Jones blockbuster

David Page talks to Steven Speilberg about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Steven Spielberg

19/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-19 14:34 TU

David Page talks to Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media

18/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-18 15:15 TU

Blindness - the actors speak

David Page talks about the film Blindness to actress Juliann Moore


David Page talks about Blindness to actor Danny Glover

16/05/2008 by David Page

2008-05-16 14:14 TU

Waltz with Bashir - one of the films shown on the second day of Cannes 2008© New Israeli Foundtion for Cinema et Television

David Page talks to Ari Folman, Israeli director of the film Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman, director of Waltz with Bashir


2008-05-16 14:25 TU

© Paramount Vantage

Sean Penn, President of the Jury

Sean Penn, president of the jury, talks to David Page

David Page talks to Sean Penn at Cannes

16/05/2008 by David Page


2008-05-20 14:13 TU

David Page's Cannes broadcasts

Saturday 24 May


Friday 23 May


Wednesday 21 May


Tuesday 20 May


Monday 19 May


Saturday 17 May


Friday 16 May