Saturday 1 October 2016

Spielberg: we all need magic

Jack Coyle

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:30

GIANT TIME: From left, Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Steven Spielberg at the Cannes premiere of The BFG
GIANT TIME: From left, Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Steven Spielberg at the Cannes premiere of The BFG

Steven Spielberg yesterday premiered his Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG at the Cannes Film Festival, where he said the film is "the closest I've ever come to a love story".

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The movie marks a return for Spielberg to a magical kind of fable that he has largely moved away from in recent years. It's his second film with ET writer Melissa Mathison, who died last November.

Sitting yesterday between his young star, Ruby Barnhill, and his 'Big Friendly Giant', the recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, Spielberg insisted tales like The BFG are always important. "The worse the world gets, the more we need magic," he said.

The 69-year-old Oscar-winning director sounded no less enthralled by movie-making - Spielberg said he'll be doing it "for the rest of my life".

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