Seventy-eight year old Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort, Changeling, has turned out to be one of the most critically acclaimed films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, Changeling is based on a real life incident in Los Angeles, about a mother’s desperate quest to find her son and those who wouldn’t stop until they silenced her.
The incident, which took place in 1928, rocked California’s legal system.
Changeling is now widely predicted to pick up Oscar nominations for best film and best actress.
Meanwhile, also at Cannes, Eastwood, a four-time Oscar-winner, received criticism from African-American filmmaker Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing) for not including black soldiers in his two 2006 war films, Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags Of Our Fathers, saying that many African-Americans took part in the 1945 battle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Lee was in Cannes to screen a trailer for his forthcoming film, Miracle At St Anna, about the all-black 92nd Buffalo Division which fought against the Germans in World War II.