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Barbara Scharres is the Director of Programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In this capacity she is the artistic director for one of the largest cultural exhibition programs of world cinema in North America. She has published articles and criticism in film magazines and journals including American Cinematographer, Film Comment, Chicago Reader, Variety, and the Chicago Sun-Times, and has contributed to books including Hong Kong Babylon, edited by Fred Dannen.
Scharres was named a "Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts" by the Chicago Tribune three times, in 1989, 1991, and 1999. In 2006, the French government awarded her one of its highest honors by designating her a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her role in advancing French culture through cinema.
The annual presentation of the 2014 Palme de Whiskers was a star-studded affair this year.
The Competition section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival ends with Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Day nine of the Cannes Film Festival finds our reporter covering Leviathan and Asia Argento's Misunderstood.
A Cannes reporter sees little value in "Jimmy's Hall," the latest drama from Ken Loach.
Barbara Scharres is back with a Cannes report on the premiere of Jean-Luc Godard's 3D "Goodbye to Language."
Our Cannes reporter sees critical icebergs ahead for Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search."
A day-six report from Cannes on Still the Water, A Girl at My Door, and Bird People.
A Cannes report on the new Bennett Miller film, Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell.