x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Nicole Kidman gets a surprise at Cannes

Plus: the winner of the Palme d'Or announced, UAE short debuts in South Korea, Lady Gaga tells of her devastation, and Justin Bieber wanted for questioning.

Nicole Kidman, left, and her husband Keith Urban. Francois Mori / AP
Nicole Kidman, left, and her husband Keith Urban. Francois Mori / AP

Nicole Kidman's red-carpet date travelled for 35 hours to join her in Cannes. Her husband, the musician Keith Urban, flew from Sydney to escort her up the famous Palais stairs. "As long as he's there, he's my rock, everything's fine. I feel a little out to sea if he's not there," said Kidman, who's in Cannes for the HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn and the noir The Paperboy, in which she co-stars with Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey. * AP

Cannes crowns Love as Europe sweeps awards

The Cannes film festival awarded Michael Haneke's Love, the wrenching tale of a man and his dying wife, the Palme d'Or on Sunday. The best actor award went to Denmark's Mads Mikkelsen, as a man falsely accused of molesting a child in The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg. Two young Romanians, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, shared the best actress prize for their roles in Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, about a young nun and her friend who falls victim to an exorcism. The runner-up Grand Prix award went to Reality, by Italy's Matteo Garrone, about a father driven mad by a quest to become a reality TV star. The UK's Ken Loach took the third place Jury Prize for his bittersweet comedy The Angels' Share. The one exception to the European line-up was Mexico's Carlos Reygadas, who took best director for his family drama After Darkness, Light. * AFP

UAE short premieres in South Korea

The Turtle, a short film made in the UAE, is making the rounds on the web. Remarkably acted and shot, the 14-minute film is featured in the UAE Pavilion at the Expo 2012 world fair in Yeosu, South Korea. "The response there has been very positive," according to the pavilion coordinator Dr Peter Vine. The film stars the young actor Ahmed Mohammed Ali Mohammed Al Dhuooury in his debut production. The Turtle is part of the Living Seas series, showcasing the UAE's marine life via narrative features. More than 90 videos, including The Turtle, can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/FilmsonUAE.

Lady Gaga sends love to Indonesia

Lady Gaga told fans she was "devastated" at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia, following threats by Islamic hardliners, who called her a "devil worshipper". "I'm so very sorry and just as devastated as you, if not more," she posted on Twitter. "You are everything to me."

Bieber wanted for scuffle

Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff. A photographer complained of being roughed up at a shopping centre on Sunday when he tried to snap pictures of Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez, who both left before deputies arrived. * AP