The word is out people.
Film executives are on an adrenaline rush.
Film fanatics await with great expectations.
I’m just happy Lucrecia Martel was selected,
and that my friend Vania got her film A Festa da Menina Morta in Un Certain Regard.-——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
“24 City,” China, Jia Zhangke
“Adoration,” Canada, Atom Egoyan
“Changeling,” U.S., Clint Eastwood
“Che” (“The Argentine,” “Guerrilla,”) Spain, Steven Soderbergh
“Un Conte de noel,” France, Arnaud Desplechin
“Daydreams,” Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Delta,” Hungary, Kornel Mundruczo
“Il Divo,” Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
“Gomorra,” Italy, Matteo Garrone
“La Frontiere de l’aube,” France, Philippe Garrel
“Leonera,” Argentina, Pablo Trapero
“Linha de Passe,” Brazil, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
“La mujer sin cabeza,” Argentina, Lucrecia Martel
“My Magic,” Singapore, Eric Khoo
“The Palermo Shooting,” Germany, Wim Wenders
“Serbis,” Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
“The Silence of Lorna,” Belgium, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
“Synecdoche, New York,” U.S., Charlie Kaufman
“Waltz With Bashir,” Israel, Ari Folman
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” U.S., Steven Spielberg
“Kung Fu Panda,” U.S., Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
“The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” South Korea, Kim Jee-woon
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” U.S., Spain, Woody Allen
“Maradona,” Spain-France, Emir Kusturica
“Surveillance,” U.S., Jennifer Lynch
“The Chaser,” South Korea, Na Hong-jin
“Ashes of Time Redux,” Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai
“Of Time and the City,” U.K., Terence Davies
“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” U.S.-U.K., Marina Zenovich
“Sangue Pazzo” (Crazy Blood), Italy-France, Marco Tullio Giordana
SCREENING OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
“The Third Wave,” U.S., Alison Thompson
UN CERTAIN REGARD
“A festa da menina morta,” Brazil, Matheus Nachtergaele
“Afterschool,” Antonio Campos
“De Ofrivilliga,” Sweden, Ruben Ostlund
“Je veux voir,” France, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
“Johnny Mad Dog,” France, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
“La vie moderne (profiles paysans)”, France, Raymond Depardon
“Los Bastardos,” Mexico, Amat Escalante
“Milh handha al-bahr,” (Salt of This Sea), Palestine, Annemarie Jacir
“O’ Horten,” Norway-Germany, Bent Hamer
“Soi Cowboy,” U.K., Thomas Clay
“Tin Che,” (Parking), Taiwan, Chung Mong-Hong
“Tokyo!,” France-Japan, Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry, Leos Carax
“Tokyo Sonata,” Japan, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
“Tulpan,” Germany, Sergey Dvortsevoy
“Tyson,” U.S., James Toback
“Versailles,” France, Pierre Schoeller
“Wendy and Lucy,” U.S., Kelly Reichardt
“Wolke 9” (Cloud Nine), Germany, Andreas Dresen
“Yi ban haishui, yi ban huoyan,” China, Fendou Liu
“Ba Yue Shi Wu,” U.S., Jiang Xuan
“Blind Spot,” France, Johanna Bessiere, Cecile Dubois Herry, Simon Rouby, Nicolas Chauvelot, Olivier Clert, Yvon Jardel
“Et dans mon coeur, j’emporterai…,” Belgium, Yoon Sung-A
“Forbach,” France, Claire Burger
“Gata,” Russia, Diana Mkrtchyan
“Gestern in Eden,” Germany, Jan Speckenbach
“Himnon” (Anthem), Israel, Elad Keidan
“Illusion Dwellers,” U.K., Rob Ellender
“Interior. Scara de bloc,” Romania, Ciprian Alexandrescu
“Kestomerkitsijat,” Finland, Juho Kuosmanen
“The Maid,” U.S., Heidi Saman
“Naus,” Czech Republic, Lukas Glaser
“O Som E O Resto,” Brazil, Andre Lavaquial
“El Reloj,” Argentina, Marco Berger
“Shtika” (Silence), Israel, Hadar Morag
“Stop,” South Korea, Park Jae-ok
“This Is a Story About Ted and Alice,” U.S., Teressa Tunney
SHORTS IN COMPETITION
“411-Z,” Hungary, Daniel Erdelyi
“Buen Viaje” (Bon Voyage), Javier Palleiro, Guillermo Rocamora
“De Moins en Moins,” France, Melanie Laurent
“El Deseo” (The Desire), Mexico, Marie Benito
“Jerrycan,” Australia, Julius Avery
“Love You More,” U.K., Sam Taylor Wood
“Megatron,” Romania, Marian Crisan
“My Rabbit Hoppy,” Australia, Anthony Lucas
“Smafuglar,” Iceland, Runar Runarsson
Can’t wait to see Jia’s newest when it comes to Toronto. Hopefully, he’ll also have Age of Tattoo done by then. I’ve heard that Adoration is good.
I am hoping ‘Guerilla’ & ‘Argentine’ do well. I have been following the progression of these films for many years now and have been anxiously awaiting their release. I know Benecio Del Toro will do an astounding job as Che Guevara.
I’ve seen a Promo for Guerilla & Argentine,
Benicio del Toro kicks ass as Che.
So does Damian Bichir as Fidel.
I’m sad we’re missing the Assayas, Denis, and Kiarostami. But Garrel in competition more than makes up for those omissions!
If anyone has seen anything by or knows anything about the films or filmmakers in the UN CERTAIN REGARD or CINEFOUNDATION, please let me know! (Aside from the Depardon, Kurosawa, Reichardt, Toback and “Tokyo” omnibus.)
ouch. Incomplete list. I’ll update the initial list Dkaz.
I am most excited about Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film (it’s called Three Monkeys, not Daydreams). Yes, he disappointed us with Climates after the brilliance of Distant, but still.. he’s amazing.
I agree about Ceylan his first 3 films were brilliant, i think Climates was a mis-step because he was also in front of the camera. And a new Dardenne bros film !!!
I agree with the CLIMATES comment, worst than Vincent Gallo in ego levels.
Also happy about Garrell being in competition, VIVA GARRELL!
DKAZ: I know about a film in Un Cretain Regard called LOS BASTARDOS, the director is a friend of mine, the talented Amat Escalante who has won a prize in this same category before with SANGRE.
I’m very anxious to see Los Bastardos.
Carlos, have you seen this one? if so, what did you think of it?
Not yet, Amat just finished editing in Turkey and right now he is finishing post in LA to catch up in Cannes. It’s about illegal Mexican workers contracted for criminal purposes by a WASP American husband. I talked with him before the shooting and he was having a lot of trouble casting it, the American government didn’t wanted to give visas to the non actors cast that he had, and finding them here (Orange County) was difficult, I chat with him from Turkey and he was pleased with the results.
It looks like many of the directors in competition are pretty familiar, regular faces.
WALTS WITH BASHIR in the Competition is animation and should be good.
There are lots of new comers in Un Certain Regards this year again, I don’t know many of them.
And you know Sean Penn to head the jury for competition
and Fatih Akin to head UCR jury.
Carlos, how is a movie where the director casts himself as a jerk who loses his wife because he’s a jerk an exhibition of high ego levels??
Thanks for the heads-up on the Escalante film; I saw a review of SANGRE and it sounds very interesting so I’m really looking forward to his new one!
You should ask Asia Argento or Cloe Sevigny DKAZ, I think that if I start to talk about it it’s going to be trouble. But as you see it, I would only try to comment what David Lynch says sometimes, try to keep your eyes on the donut and not in the hole.
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I’m not sure I follow Carlos…
I am looking forward to seeing UN CONTE DE NOËL/A CHRISTMAS TALE
Starring Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric
in competition, written and directed by Arnaud Desplechin
who created “Kings & Queen” which I enjoyed.
Not sure about “Maradona” by Emir Kusturica.
His last film at Cannes last year was quite disappointing!
I’m excited for ‘Che’. I hope they release the 2 films together as a 4-hour film like ther are doing at Cannes. I’d love to see it that way.
I’m also very glad to see Ashes of Time Redux on the list. Maybe we can get a decent DVD release of it now.
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT line-up:
“Four Nights With Anna,” France-Poland, Jerzy Skolimowski (opener)
“The Pleasure of Being Robbed,” U.S., Josh Safdie (closer)
“Acne,” Uruguay-Spain-Argentina-Mexico, Federico Veiroj
“Aquele querido mes de agosto,” Portugal-France, Miguel Gomes
“Boogie,” Romania, Radu Muntean
“Les Bureaux de Dieu,” France, Claire Simon
“El Cant dels ocells,” Spain, Albert Serra
“De la guerre,” France, Bertrand Bonello
“Le Dernier Maquis,” France-Algeria, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
“Eldorado,” Belgium-France, Bouli Lanners
“Eleve libre,” Belgium-France, Joachim Lafosse
“Liverpool,” Argentina-France-Netherlands-Spain-Germany, Lisandro Alonso
“Monsieur Morimoto,” France, Nicola Sornaga
“Knitting,” China, Yin Lichuan
“Now Showing,” Philippines-France, Raya Martin
“Il Resto della notte,” Italy, Francesco Munzi
“Salamandra,” Argentina-France-Germany, Pablo Aguero
“Shultes,” Russia, Bakur Bakuradze
“Blind Loves,” Slovakia, Juraj Lehotsky
“Lonely Tune of Tehran,” Iran, Saman Salour
“Tony Manero,” Chile-Brazil, Pablo Larrain
“Le Voyage aux Pyrenees,” France, Jean-Marie Larrieu, Arnaud Larrieu
Go Soderbergh/Del Toro: THE ARGENTINE! GUERRILLA!
Steve McQueen’s Hunger about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is to open the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
It was omitted for some reason when the festival line-up was announced last week.
The film stars Michael Fassbender, seen in 300 and Francois Ozon’s Angel.
McQueen, who has no relation to the late American Actor Steve McQueen, is an African British and Turner Prize winning video artist in UK.
I am sure his film has an impact on audience. Exciting.
My best bet for the win is ‘Synechdote, NY’. I made the dumb mistake of reading the screenplay before the movie and man with a screenplay like this one Kaufman would have to be an madman idiot to screw this one up. It’s going to be a masterpiece.
However, iIf he does eff up:
I’m all for Desplechin’s flick winning cuz ‘Rois et Reines’ is a total fave of mine and has the best Mathieu Almaric performance ever. He break dances for the love of dog.
Michael I agree that Synechdote, NY sounds like a good bet and it sounds like the type of film Cannes would like, but Sean Penn said "One way or another, when we select the Palme d’Or winner, I think we are going to feel very confident that the film-maker who made the film is very aware of the times in which he or she lives.”
So as great as Kaufman’s film could be it doesn’t really fit into Penn’s description of the winner. Either does Che, which looks like a great undertaking for Steven Soderbergh, but it is a period piece and that period isn’t now. But who knows Sean Penn could be convinced to choose a non-political film in a very heavy political time, right?
“One way or another, when we select the Palme d’Or winner, I think we are going to feel very confident that the film-maker who made the film is very aware of the times in which he or she lives.” —-Sounds like Jia to me. One disappointing thing I heard recently was apparently in 2006 there were rumours that Colossal Youth was going to get it. I think that would’ve been a much better choice than The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Also, big audiences watching it because it won the Palme would be hilarious.
Palme d’Or : ‘Entre les murs’ de Laurent Cantet
Grand Prix : “Gomorra” de Matteo Garrone
Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the best director prize and dedicated this to his “lovely country”.
A very strong festival overall, with no “masterpiece”-like standouts but rather an impressive range of very good films. The awards were kind of a crock, though.
What do you think deserved the different awards?
I’m hoping that some of these (the Kurosawa, Jia, Garrel, and Ashes of Time redux definitely) will be at TIFF so I can have the opportunity to see them.
From the sound of it, I was certain Waltz with Bashir was going to get the Palm, with the Desplechin somewhere in the next two awards.
I think all those you mentioned (well, maybe not the Garrel but here’s hoping) will make Toronto, if not the New York Film Festival.