EU looks to "master" migration

Cannes, France- Europe should take complete control of migration into and out of the continent, working with the rest of the world to end illegal migration and manage legal flows, EU justice ministers said Monday at the opening of an informal meeting.
"We are not turning Europe into a bunker, but we are steering migrant flows in the world," German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said ahead of talks with EU counterparts in the southern French beach resort of Cannes.
"We cannot leave all these questions of migrant flows in disorder, we have to organize (them)," EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot said.

French classroom docu-drama wins Cannes' Palme d'Or

Cannes, France - French director Laurent Cantet on Sunday won the Palme d'Or for best film of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for his movie The Class (Entre Les Murs) about teacher-pupil relationships in a multicultural school in France.

A total of 22 films were vying for the Palme d'Or, which is one of the most prestigious awards in cinema with the win ending France's long-running losing streak at the world's leading film festival.

Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan awarded best director in Cannes

Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan won Sunday Cannes Film Festival's best director award for his brooding family drama Three Monkeys (Uc Maymum).

Italian directors score top awards in Cannes

Cannes, France - Italian directors scored top awards at the Cannes Film Festival with the nation's two films selected in the main competition winning key prizes.

While Paolo Sorrentino was awarded the jury prize for his political satire about Italy's seven-time prime minister Giulio Andreotti, Matteo Garrone's powerful expose of the Mafia, Gomorrah, emerged from the festival with the Grand Prix, which is the third prize after Palme d'Or.

A total of 22 films were part of the 12-day festival's main competition. (dpa)

PREVIEW: Cannes movie marathon ends as top honours unveiled

Cannes, France - After a hectic 12-day round of glitz, glamour and gritty movie themes, the Cannes Film Festival reaches its climax Sunday with the world's leading movie fest unveiling its top honours for 2008.

But while the countdown to the jury's announcement at a lavish award ceremony gets underway, the festival appeared to have failed to produce a knockout candidate for its major award, the coveted Palme d'Or (Golden Palm).

As a result, a tight race has emerged among the films vying for some of the movie industry's most prestigious prizes, with the main competition for the 61st Cannes festival dominated by films exploring the darker side of life.

Natural disasters grab headlines in Cannes

Natural disasters grab headlines in CannesCannes - The recent series of global natural disasters that have left thousands dead have been playing both onscreen and off-screen roles at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Apart from the festival's opening film about a town ravaged by an outbreak of blindness, leading Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, in town for the screening of two films, has been fielding questions about her response to the devastating typhoon that hit Myanmar and that massive earthquake that engulfed parts of China.

Brangelina brings star power to Cannes

CannesCannes - Cannes' glamour Richter scale edged up a notch Wednesday with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt launching a round of public engagements at the festival.

The star voltage in Cannes might be a little lower this year than in recent years (partly a result of the smaller number of Hollywood films in the running for the festival's top prizes).

But the presence of Brangelina it seems can always set the pulse racing among the paparazzi and the long lines of loyal movie fans who spend days camping outside the fest's main for a glimpse of their favourite stars.

Kung Fu Panda celebrates an unlikely hero

Kung Fu Panda celebrates an unlikely heroCannes - There is a simple message behind Kung Fu Panda, an animated film about an anti hero in the shape of chubby panda, said Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie Wednesday who provides the voice for one of the animal characters in the movie.

"Whatever makes you makes you different," said a heavily pregnant Jolie at a press conference in Cannes marking the movie's launch at

the festival which also stars the voices of Hollywood actors Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black as Po the panda who suddenly finds himself forced to fend off a threat to his community of animal friends.

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