Cannes Film Festival: winners and losers

The surprise Palme d’Or recipient and the final films shown

The Life of a Song

As it was, the song written by Burt Bacharach was a gift for every easy-listening singer on the planet
Procol Harum, c1970 ©Getty
The song’s complicated history stretches all the way from Bach to the House of Lords

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show 1960-1971, MoMA, New York — review

MoMA fails to make a case for Ono’s career as a whole

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Brandon Flowers performs at O2 Academy Brixton on May 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Brian Rasic/Redferns via Getty Images)

Brandon Flowers, Brixton Academy, London

The Killers singer played safe with 1980s-inflected arena anthems

Susanna Mälkki making her debut conducting the New York Philharmonic with Kirill Gerstein as soloist on piano performing at Avery Fisher Hall, 5/21/15. Photo by Chris Lee

New York Philharmonic/Mälkki, Avery Fisher Hall, New York — review

Susanna Mälkki made an imposing New York debut

Makram J. Khoury as Shylock and Gwilym Lloyd as Tubal in 'The Merchant of Venice'
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The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK — review

Polly Findlay’s production shows a hollow Shylock in a cold world

Poliuto, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK — review

Donizetti’s rarely-seen opera comes across as gloomy and formulaic

Tatsuya Fujiwara, centre, as Hamlet
©Takahiro Watanbe

Hamlet, Barbican, London — review

Yukio Ninagawa’s visually sumptuous staging justaposes east and west, tradition and rebellion

The cast of ‘Youth’ (left to right: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, director Paolo Sorrentino and Rachel Weisz
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Cannes Film Festival

The FT’s film critic on the contradictions, surprises and disappointments of 2015’s showcase event

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates — artist or activist?

One of the contemporary scene’s hottest figures talks about social practice art

Algerian Singer Souad Massi performs during the 13th Mawazine World Rhythms international Music Festival in Rabat June 5, 2014
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Souad Massi’s homage to Arabic poetry

The singer talks about the inspiration she finds in the golden age of poet-scholars