Sunday, 26 May 2013

IN THE MIX: Landmark lesbian film wins Palm D'Or + More local acts confirmed for Sumfest + Sizzla drops album #70

CANNES 2013: Encompassing films from France, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States, the 66th Cannes Film Festival presented its most prestigious award, the Palm D'Or, to Blue is the Warmest Colour: The Life of Adele, a tender lesbian romance from France. The award was collected by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche and leading ladies Adele Exarchopoulous and Lea Seydoux. Among the other award winners: The Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis earned the Grand Prix, the festival's second highest honour; Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for Alexander Payne's father-son road-trip movie, Nebraska; Best Actress went to Berenice Bejo for Asghar Farhadi's The Past. Best Director honours went to Mexican filmmaker Arnat Escalante for his gripping drug-war saga Heli. This year Steven Spielberg chaired the festival jury, which also included Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman, and Christoph Waltz

REGGAE SUMFEST: With more announcements to follow, the latest confirmed acts for this summer's hottest concert ticket include Beres Hammond (above), Barrington Levy, Romain Virgo, RDX and Lady Saw. They join a roster that already includes the likes of Damian Marley, Beenie Man, Popcaan, Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, and R&B sensation Miguel

NEW ALBUMS: Now available, Soca Gold 2013 (VP Records) features award-winning Caribbean carnival anthems like Bunji Garlin's "Differentology'; soca monarch and road-march king Super Blue's "Fantastic Friday"; Iwer George's "Bubble" and Kes' "Thief a Wine." The 18-track package also contains a DVD filled with electrifying highlights from this year's Trinidad & Tobago carnival. Out this week: Sizzla Kalonji's 70th album, The Messiah (Kalonji Music/VP Records), a vibrant 15-track collection scheduled to hit stores and online outlets May 28.

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