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TIFF 6ix: Essential Links for the Week of May 15, 2016

TIFF 6IX: Cannes Gets Serious Edition

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May 15, 2016

1) Cannes made some big upgrades to their security for this year’s film festival. New measures include the hiring of 500 security agents and stationing 200 police officers around the Palais des Festivals. They even staged a dramatic rehearsal where actors in masks pretended to shoot up the Palais, and broadcast it live to the internet. You show them who’s boss, France.

2) There have been tons of great discussions around the toxic masculinity in the film Fargo, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, so Adam Nayman took an in-depth look at gender-based power and how the women in the Coen brothers’ films subvert the hell out it.

3) Adapting a memoir to the big screen can be difficult for the author, especially when the subject is as personal as grief. Emily Keeler sat down to talk to Cheryl Strayed about the film Wild, an adaptation of her novel by the same name. Cheryl Strayed's visit to the Lightbox was a part of TIFF's ongoing program, Books on Film, where authors sit down to chat about the intersections of cinema and literature.

4) Cameron Beyl is back with another set of episodes for The Director Series, this time it’s dedicated to the work of the eternally-fantastic Paul Thomas Anderson. (And while we're talking PTA, check out another awesome Adam Nayman piece: an examination of Anderson’s filmmaking and how his style is reflected in his new music video collaboration with Radiohead.)

5) May is Asian Heritage Month and, hopefully, the month where the industry finally talks about the whitewashing of Asian characters in Hollywood productions. Comedian and legend Margaret Cho created the hashtag #whitewashedout on Twitter to encourage discussions and solidarity among those affected by the lack of representation in the media.

6) Pamela Anderson has “never felt beautiful,” Werner Herzog once told her “never to audition,” and she loves Godard and art house films. Yes, you really need to read the rest of this really important and insightful interview by Nadia Litz.