Nothing here deserves to be characterized as morbid. Indeed, quite the opposite.
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.
A Cannes report on new films by Maiwenn and Joachim Trier.
A review of the Cannes premieres of the latest from Todd Haynes and Ida Panahandeh.
A review of Nanni Moretti's latest from Cannes.
Barbara Scharres reports from Cannes 2015 on a disastrous screening of Gus Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees."
A Cannes report on the latest from Yorgos Lanthimos and Woody Allen.
A Cannes dispatch on new films from Laszlo Nemes, Naomi Kawase, and Radu Muntean.
A dispatch from Cannes on the new films by Emmanuelle Bercot, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Matteo Garrone.
A curtain raiser for the 2015 iteration of the Cannes Film Festival.
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.