- The various lineups for Cannes 2019 have been announced: the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and the separate but simultaneous events, the Directors' Fortnight, Critics' Week, and ACID.
- Stephen Chow has confirmed that he will be directing the follow-up to his 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle, in which he also starred as the lead character.
- A tense and harrowing trailer for Ava Duvernay's When They See Us, a miniseries that follows the plight of the Central Park Five, five boys falsely accused of brutally raping a jogger. The series, which spans from 1989 to 2014, also marks another collaboration between Duvernay and cinematographer Bradford Young.
- Flying Lotus and David Lynch come together for the song "Fire is Coming," off of Flying Lotus's new album Flamagra. The music video, which resembles David Lynch's own Rabbits (2004), stars Lynch as a talking spirit inside the body of a stuffed wolf.
- Ang Lee's follow-up to his 2016 film, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, is Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith as an assassin targeted by an elusive killer who turns out to be a younger version of himself.
- Metrograph Pictures has released its trailer for Djibril Diop Mambéty's newly-restored, bitingly satirical film Hyenas.
- "[...] Far from heading for retirement, he is boldly reimagining the spaces and structure of cinema altogether." Elena Gorfinkel considers Tsai Ming-liang's foray into digital formats, an artistic era that is referred to as his late digital period.
- The Courtisane Film Festival has published an expansive "scrapbook" of translated writings, interviews, and quotes discussing the works of Ogawa Shinsuke and Tsuchimoto Noriaki, “the filmmaker of the soil” and “the filmmaker of the sea."
- The BBC speaks with film director Louisa Wei on the previously forgotten legacy of pioneering Chinese women filmmakers, and her many efforts to challenge the male-centric canon.
- From the Film Comment archives, a 1974 interview with Robert Altman about The Long Goodbye: "We demand such rigid things from drama, and in our own lives we accept anything."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum reviews Patrick Wang's two-part film A Bread Factory, "an epic anthology of performance art, filmed both inside and outside a Hudson art center housed in a former bread factory."
- Peter Labuza of The Cinephiliacs interviews Professor Katherine Groo regarding her new book on early ethnographic film, Bad Film Histories, and her highly-discussed op-ed on the demise of FilmStruck.
- The latest episode of A24's podcast Shooting Stars joins Claire Denis and Rian Johnson, who meet to discuss Los Angeles, digital filmmaking, and Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.
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- American filmmaker Alex Ross Perry discusses his ambitious Her Smell, a portrait of a self-destructive 1990s rock star played by Elisabeth Moss, with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.
- A close-up on Sylvia Chang's Love Education, an engrossing drama of love between three generations of women. Love Education is now playing on MUBI.
- From Edgar Allen Poe to Edgar G. Ulmer, cats often play key figures in cinema. Katherine Connell charts their unique role in the horror genre.
- Above: The poster for Takashi Miike's new, Cannes-bound film.
- Courtesy of Twitter, new levels of horror have been added to one of the most terrifying scenes in cinema.
Star Wars Reaction Guy watches Lost Highway pic.twitter.com/nVrDAr8Ln6— John Frankensteiner (@JFrankensteiner) April 18, 2019
- On a different note, thank you to Twitter user @Sarah_Bakewell for bringing this childhood picture of Agnès Varda to our attention.
Baby Agnes Varda pic.twitter.com/Ff8Pe81GuY— Sarah Bakewell (@Sarah_Bakewell) April 24, 2019