Since the Official Selection lineup was first unveiled on April 14, Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux has steadily added titles to the list. The latest promises to be a grand affair with The Weinstein Company’s Hands Of Stone set for a Special Screening on Monday, May 16 in homage to star Robert De Niro who will be in attendance.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Cannes especially with this movie, Hands Of Stone, that I’m so proud of,” said De Niro. “This movie is uplifting, triumphant and a good time for audiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing my friends from across the world of cinema in joining us for this fun event.”
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Edgar Ramirez is one of those actors who get so involved with the work that he moves to the place where the movie is filming.
While recording “Hands of Stone”, in which he plays the boxer Roberto Duran, he lived in Panama and has since remained in the country.
“My relationship with Panama is very intimate, I love this country, became my second home. In recent years I’ve basically lived in places where I shoot, but I fell in love with Panama. I’m here and I’m here whenever I can,” he said in a conversation during the International Film Festival of Panama, which began Thursday 7 April.
From his new home, which he likes most is the hospitality, the warmth of the people and the constant joy, “is very Caribbean, and as Venezuelan I feel very identified.”
In the roundtable discussion, held at the Jazz Club Danilo Old Town, Ramirez was also accompanied by Venezuelan Luis Silva, who starred in the movie ‘Desde Allá’, in which Edgar was a producer.
The film, directed by fellow Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas (whom Ramirez knows from university and are good friends), won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival in September last year. The production had its world premiere during the festival.