Cannes wrap

Cannes Film Festival jury
Fresh from this year's Cannes Film Festival we bring you the best picks, from Michael Haneke's Palme D'or winning The White Ribbon and Jaque Audiard's A Prophet, to a film festival first with Australia's Samson and Delilah, the first Aboriginal film to compete at Cannes.

It was certainly the year for an international mélange of great independent titles.

See who was treading the red carpet and which films scooped the festival's top prizes.

Claude Chabrol

French maestro Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol's filmmaking career spans over five decades, from the days of the French New Wave movement where he first made his mark to the present, where he has become one of the most prolific and widely respected French film directors.

Chabrol was not the most conventional of the New Wave directors, and as a result has made far more films than his contemporaries.

He has, however, stayed true to his auteur filmmaking and shied away from offers that came from Hollywood, stating: "I was approached a dozen times, but negotiations always ended in confusion."

We speak to him about his latest offering, Bellamy, starring French superstar Gerard Depardieu.

Katalin Varga

Entertainment editor Amanda Palmer is joined by Katalin Varga director Peter Strickland
First-time director Peter Strickland takes questions from entertainment editor Amanda Palmer and the FPS audience about his four-year labour-of-love-but-not-much-money, Katalin Varga, which came almost out of nowhere to be one of the most praised films in competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

It has got it all: gripping story, lush visuals and an ear-opening sound-design that won a special prize at Berlinale.

As soon as he discovers that his 10-year-old son, Orbán, is not his own, Katalin Varga's husband throws them out of the house. Katalin decides to take Orbán on a journey of revenge.

Katalin Varga is truly a cinematic experience - hypnotic and yet with a compelling and exciting storyline that keeps the viewer gripped until, literally, the final frame.

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday, June 04, 2009 at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600 ; Friday: 0830; Saturday: 1130 and 2330; Sunday: 0630 and 2030; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1230 and 1930; Wednesday: 0300.

Source: Al Jazeera