As the Cannes Film Festival heads into its second half, the Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood has unveiled what is being hailed as a front-runner for the Palme d’Or prize. The 77-year-old’s latest work as a director – called ‘The Exchange’ – features Angelina Jolie in a gripping 1920s drama which is based on a true story.
Eastwood said he saw parallels with his 1971 tough-cop role in Dirty Harry. The Exchange centres on a woman’s search for her missing son. Los Angeles police, in desperate need of good publicity, say they have found him. And there the intrigue begins.
Meanwhile, Diego Maradona came to Cannes to promote a film about his life – and along with a portrait of the heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson – is the second movie focusing on a troubled sporting hero.
‘Maradona by Kustunica’ allowed the Serbian director, and two times Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica to indulge his idolisation of the sporting legend. In the film, Maradona regrets that he would have been an even better player without his drug addiction.