The Fort Worth Press - 'Top Gun' and Russian dissident fire up Cannes

USD -
AED 3.673029
AFN 71.000265
ALL 92.649577
AMD 388.369638
ANG 1.803234
AOA 850.498008
ARS 890.024802
AUD 1.51159
AWG 1.8025
AZN 1.69797
BAM 1.805659
BBD 2.020191
BDT 117.212059
BGN 1.806935
BHD 0.376813
BIF 2879
BMD 1
BND 1.349398
BOB 6.914157
BRL 5.152501
BSD 1.000586
BTN 83.303836
BWP 13.52075
BYN 3.274431
BYR 19600
BZD 2.016821
CAD 1.36943
CDF 2799.999624
CHF 0.915173
CLF 0.032569
CLP 898.690102
CNY 7.241303
CNH 7.25508
COP 3829.75
CRC 513.03818
CUC 1
CUP 26.5
CVE 102.149905
CZK 22.8413
DJF 177.720172
DKK 6.8932
DOP 58.749724
DZD 134.622974
EGP 46.785601
ERN 15
ETB 57.124983
EUR 0.923802
FJD 2.260017
FKP 0.796099
GBP 0.786301
GEL 2.719871
GGP 0.796099
GHS 14.550293
GIP 0.796099
GMD 67.749965
GNF 8600.99987
GTQ 7.774439
GYD 209.330988
HKD 7.80675
HNL 24.760301
HRK 6.979956
HTG 133.324101
HUF 357.719792
IDR 16037.8
ILS 3.67392
IMP 0.796099
INR 83.28915
IQD 1310
IRR 42062.49576
ISK 138.680454
JEP 0.796099
JMD 156.100263
JOD 0.708901
JPY 156.747994
KES 132.000093
KGS 88.020946
KHR 4076.999925
KMF 454.850131
KPW 899.999697
KRW 1366.825047
KWD 0.30699
KYD 0.833856
KZT 443.007298
LAK 21374.999912
LBP 89549.99983
LKR 300.106172
LRD 193.574992
LSL 18.289639
LTL 2.95274
LVL 0.60489
LYD 4.83499
MAD 9.91625
MDL 17.679798
MGA 4444.000299
MKD 56.874469
MMK 2101.166956
MNT 3449.999773
MOP 8.044887
MRU 39.729828
MUR 46.159969
MVR 15.450208
MWK 1732.507189
MXN 16.65357
MYR 4.692503
MZN 63.498111
NAD 18.289678
NGN 1432.501353
NIO 36.750194
NOK 10.708403
NPR 133.288095
NZD 1.641015
OMR 0.384794
PAB 1.000609
PEN 3.734033
PGK 3.8415
PHP 58.034942
PKR 278.549802
PLN 3.944686
PYG 7528.043207
QAR 3.64125
RON 4.5963
RSD 108.222031
RUB 90.201968
RWF 1296
SAR 3.750445
SBD 8.500231
SCR 13.806018
SDG 601.000008
SEK 10.736898
SGD 1.349896
SHP 1.26345
SLE 22.847303
SLL 20969.50094
SOS 570.999926
SRD 32.510249
STD 20697.981008
SVC 8.754899
SYP 2512.529855
SZL 18.29016
THB 36.439908
TJS 10.790969
TMT 3.5
TND 3.121503
TOP 2.36205
TRY 32.196201
TTD 6.790443
TWD 32.274503
TZS 2595.000564
UAH 39.809905
UGX 3813.823379
UYU 38.443429
UZS 12739.999865
VEF 3622552.534434
VES 36.500742
VND 25465
VUV 118.72199
WST 2.803093
XAF 605.601256
XAG 0.032485
XAU 0.00042
XCD 2.70255
XDR 0.755851
XOF 603.496475
XPF 110.624981
YER 250.4053
ZAR 18.277499
ZMK 9001.206495
ZMW 26.089887
ZWL 321.999592
  • RBGPF

    -2.2200

    56.28

    -3.94%

  • RYCEF

    -0.0950

    5.42

    -1.75%

  • SCS

    -0.0800

    13.21

    -0.61%

  • RELX

    0.1300

    44.36

    +0.29%

  • CMSC

    0.0100

    24.5

    +0.04%

  • GSK

    1.3200

    45.78

    +2.88%

  • NGG

    -0.7300

    71.99

    -1.01%

  • BTI

    -0.1100

    31.36

    -0.35%

  • RIO

    -1.2600

    72.22

    -1.74%

  • VOD

    -0.0200

    9.52

    -0.21%

  • BCC

    -1.4800

    136.85

    -1.08%

  • JRI

    -0.1300

    11.51

    -1.13%

  • BCE

    0.3000

    34.15

    +0.88%

  • AZN

    -0.3800

    78.8

    -0.48%

  • CMSD

    -0.0500

    24.26

    -0.21%

  • BP

    -0.5000

    36.56

    -1.37%

'Top Gun' and Russian dissident fire up Cannes
'Top Gun' and Russian dissident fire up Cannes / Photo: © AFP/File

'Top Gun' and Russian dissident fire up Cannes

Tom Cruise was set to jet into Cannes on Wednesday with "Top Gun: Maverick" as a Russian dissident in the main competition showcases an alternative side to the world's top film festival.

Text size:

Cruise, last at Cannes 30 years ago, is tipped to make a spectacular entrance accompanied by a French Air Force aerobatic display team dazzling with a fly-past over the red carpet.

Critics have treated the sequel to his superstar-making 1986 blockbuster to giddy reviews, with hopes the film will boost movie theatres still struggling to recover from the pandemic.

"In the history of cinema... (Cruise) has one of the highest success rates," festival director Thierry Fremaux said this week.

"This is someone that we haven't seen on streaming platforms, TV series, or doing adverts... He is someone who is devoted to cinema."

Before that, in the main competition for the top prize Palme d'Or, Cannes was set to welcome Russian dissident Kirill Serebrennikov with a very different offering: "Tchaikovsky's Wife" about the legendary composer's brief and tragic marriage.

The director was unable to attend the festival for two previous nominations due to a controversial court case that barred him from leaving Russia.

Now in exile following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, his new film is unlikely to improve his standing with the Kremlin given that it shines a light on the composer's homosexuality -- a story that remains taboo for Russian conservatives.

- 'Speak up' -

The war has already been a major theme at the festival, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky making a surprise appearance via video at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

"Will cinema keep quiet, or will it speak up? If there is a dictator, if there is a war for freedom, once again, everything depends on our unity. Can cinema stay outside of this unity?" Zelensky said.

There will be a special screening of "Mariupolis 2", a documentary about the conflict by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed in Ukraine last month -- reportedly by Russian forces.

Ukraine's beleaguered filmmakers will get a special day at the festival and one of its most promising directors, Sergei Loznitsa, will show "The Natural History of Destruction", about the bombing of German cities in World War II.

The head of the jury charged with selecting the winners this year, French actor Vincent Lindon, said the invasion of Ukraine had penetrated even the glamorous bubble that is Cannes, which was founded in 1946, he noted as a response to fascism.

"The torments of the world, which is bleeding, suffering, burning... they rack my conscience," he told the opening ceremony.

"Top Gun: Maverick" could add as much as $390 million from the United States alone, according to Box Office Pro.

Empire magazine praised its "slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket."

A.Williams--TFWP