Friday, April 24, 2009

Cannes 2009

Some pretty amazing filmmakers/films this year: Almodovar, Tarantino, Loach, Haneke, Park Chan-Wook, Campion, von Trier, Noe, Resnais. Sadly, I doubt any on them will play SIFF since SIFF and Cannes happen at the same time, though sometimes SIFF gets smaller films from Cannes or films that are not in competition for the Palme D'or. I'm most interested in von Trier's Antichrist, Almodovar's Broken Embraces(poster pictured above), and Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, despite the fact I have reservations about Basterds reported 2 and a half hour running time...Oh, and Lee Daniels Precious, the M'onique starring film based on the novel by Sapphire, which wowed/shocked Sundance for its shocking scenes of child abuse, drugs and sex, is competing in the Un Certain Regard category, ie, the Cannes category for smaller films or films by less known directors. Here's the full Palme D'or list:

In Competition

"Bright Star," Australia-U.K.-France, Jane Campion

"Spring Fever," China-France, Lou Ye

"Antichrist," Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier

"Enter the Void," France, Gaspar Noé

"Face," France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang

"Les herbes folles," France-Italy, Alain Resnais

"In the Beginning," France, Xavier Giannoli

"A Prophet," France, Jacques Audiard

"The White Ribbon," Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke

"Vengeance," Hong Kong-France-U.S., Johnnie To

"The Time That Remains," Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman

"Vincere," Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio

"Kinatay," Philippines, Brillante Mendoza

"Thirst," South Korea-U.S., Park Chan-wook

"Broken Embraces," Spain, Pedro Almodóvar

"Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain, Isabel Coixet

"Fish Tank," U.K.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold

"Looking for Eric," U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach

"Inglourious Basterds," U.S., Quentin Tarantino

"Taking Woodstock," U.S., Ang Lee

For more info on Cannes, go here.

UPDATE: The line-up for the Director's Fortnight at Cannes has just been announced, (another of the competitions, and not as prestigious as the Palme d'Or usually filled by new talent or more experimental films) and Lynn Shelton's Humpday will compete along with Coppola's Tetro. Coppola is reportedly not very pleased his film is competing in this category and not Palme d'Or.

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