CANNES 2006 DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT - PREVIEW
THE BUG, THE MURDER, THE MONSTER & THE SUICIDE BOMBER
For Cannes 2006, Directors’ Fortnight has compiled an eclectic mix of 22 films from 19
countries, ranging from Bug, by the 70 year old William Friedkin, who famously
directed The French Connection (1971) and Rules of Engagement (2000) to
Jindabyne, by Australia’s Ray Lawrence who famously directed Bliss (1985) and
Lantana (2001). Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller report on the selection.
From its inception in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, the aim of the
Directors’ Fortnight, which is independent of the Official Competition, has been
to showcase filmmakers for audiences and critics alike. This not only involves
highlighting new talent in world cinema and the directors of tomorrow, but also
supporting filmmakers who are still little-known in the West or whose work has
not been shown in the major international festivals. The emphasis is on
“individual talent and an original directorial style”; these are the principles
that have guided Olivier Pére, the Artistic Director of the event.
Ray Lawrence’s much anticipated adaptation of Raymond Carver’s novel (So Much
Water So Close To Home), Jindabyne, stars Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-lee
Furness, John Howard. Stewart Kane, an Irish-born local from the Australian town
of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in the mountains with three friends when they
discover the dead body of a young woman in the river. Rather than return
immediately, they continue fishing and only report their gruesome find days
later. When they get home, they must confront the rage and incomprehension of
the townspeople. The incident exposes the deep-lying secrets and feelings of
love and hate that shake the community.
“It is a very poignant story about both individual and collective guilt and responsibility,” comments Pére. “It deals with very important and ambitious themes. The cinematography, the editing, the screenplay and the direction are brilliant, confirming that Ray Lawrence is a great film director. All the cast gives excellent performances, especially Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.
“Jindabyne is the best Australian film we have seen this year for our selection.
It is a great honour and a pleasure to invite a movie with such an artistic level at Directors' Fortnight, Cannes. I am very confident about the success of the film in our section, I am sure it will capture the audience,” he adds with confidence.
In Friedkin’s thriller, Bug, a lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes (Ashley
Judd) rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled
ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter (Michael
Shannon), an eccentric, nervous drifter and war vet, she starts to feel hopeful
again… until the first bugs arrive.
Perhaps the most intriguing entry is The Host, from the talented Korean
filmmaker, Bong Joon-ho, whose excellent crime thriller Memories of Murder
(2003) can be seen on World Movies (June 27, 8.30pm). The Host is nothing like
it. Set in contemporary Seoul, it’s about a family whose youngest and dearest
daughter is taken by a monster from the River Han, who spreads panic and death.
The family begins a crusade against the monster.
Three of the seven (principally) French films in the program, Claire Simon’s Ca
brule, Jean-Claude Brisseu’s Les Anges exterminateurs, and Emmanuel Mouret’s
Changement d’addresse, all deal with eroticism and/or sex. The latter, with its
promise of an exploration of minor erotic transgressions, seems destined for a
sell out screening at the Hotel Noga theatre, main home for the Directors’
Fortnight. (Screenings also at Cinema Les Arcades near the Old Port, and Studio
13, a bit further out towards La Bocca.)
And just to round off the sexual orientation menu, among the Special Screenings
is Gus van Sant’s quirky new film, Mala noche, about Walt, a young homosexual
who falls madly in love with illegal Mexican immigrant, Johnny.
However, one of the other French films, Day Night Day Night, tackles terrorism
from a unique perspective: Julia Loktev’s film follows a 19 year old girl of
unknowable origins, who plans to blow herself up in Times Square for unknown
motives, representing who knows what or whom.
Canada’s Philippe Falardeau brings Congorama, a bizarre story about an inventor
who goes looking for his biological parents and meets with a car accident that
not only changes his life but also the future of the car industry.
A Fost sau n-a fost ?
Romania - 1h29 (2006)
Anche libero va bene
Italy - 1h48 (2006)
ROSSI STUART Kim
Anges exterminateurs (Les)
France - 1h40 (2006)
Azur et Asmar
Spain, Italy, Belgium, France - 1h30 (2006)
U.S.A. - 1h41 (2006)
France, Swiss - 1h51 (2006)
France - 1h25 (2006)
Canada, Belgium, France - 1h45 (2006)
Daft Punk’s Electroma
U.S.A. - 1h14 (2006)
DE HOMEM-CHRISTO Guy-Manuel
France - 1h30 (2006)
Day Night Day Night
France, Germany, U.S.A. - 1h30 (2006)
(White Palms )
Hungary - 1h41 (2006)
Hawk is Dying (The)
U.S.A. - 1h46 (2005)
Honor de Cavalleria
Spain - 1h50 (2006)
Korea, South - 1h59 (2006)
Australia - 2h03 (2006)
U.S.A. - 1h32 (2005)
On ne devrait pas exister
France - 1h30 (2006)
Denmark, Germany - 1h23 (2006)
Sommer 04 An Der Schlei
(Été 2004 au bord de la Schlei)
Germany - 1h37 (2006)
Italy, Portugal, France - 2h06 (2006)
Japan - 2h00 (2006)
Argentina, France, Netherlands - 1h03 (2006)
U.S.A. - 1h20 (1985)
VAN SANT Gus
France - 1h07 (2006)
Published May 18, 2006
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