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CANNES 2005 – PREVIEW

AUTEUR HOUR
Tommy Lee Jones is the only debuting director to be selected for Competition at Cannes this year, and joins a swag of auteurs well known on the Croisette: Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant and Lars von Trier. Almost half the Comp entries are English language films, and only three are made in France. Andrew L. Urban reports.

Festival de Cannes director Thierry Frémaux has the best of jobs and the worst of jobs, and the only way to deal with it is to be philosophical. He will be criticised no matter what he chooses, and the statistic for the films that flood his office underline how the job gets harder each year. “In 2004, for the very first time, we saw more than one thousand films: 1325 films were submitted from 85 countries. This year, the figure rises by 16.2% as we saw 1540 feature films from 97 different countries,” he says. The number of films being considered has doubled in the past five years, but the number of slots has remained static at around 50 or so. His reasoning is sound enough: “We are determined to control the rise in numbers and, more than ever, to present only a small selection so as to better enhance those that are selected.”

In other words, each year a Cannes festival selection slot becomes more and more prestigious. In that light, the concentration of established auteurs this year might suggest that newcomers are just not good enough; only one, Tommy Lee Jones, is in Competition, although there are 11 in the Official Selection in total. 

But these elements were not so much preplanned as evolved, says Frémaux. “Each year does have a particular feel and we try to make our choices as consistent as possible so that the selection is like a journey through one year of film. But we never begin the selection process with any preconceived ideas. In fact, the selection is made by the films themselves! Its overall design takes a while to come forth and we like to leave ourselves open to suggestion until the very last minute. If, in 2005, there are no animated or documentary films in Compétition, then it will be because the right opportunities were simply not there.” 

More than 30,000 cinema professionals, including distributors, producers, directors, actors, technicians and the media, and over 200,000 punters converge on Cannes for 900 film screenings at the Palais des Festivals, the Noga Hilton theatre, cinemas along the rue d’Antibes and other venues. Of course, not all 900 films are in the Festival: most of them are in fact screening for buyers in the Marché, which runs parallel to the Festival, which this year has attracted 9,000 buyers and sellers (and supporting entourage). 

AUSTRALIAN FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL
Jewboy, a 52 minute short feature by director Tony Krawitz, and Yellow Fella, a 25 minute documentary by award-winning director Ivan Sen, will screen as one feature-length program in Un Certain Regard at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Clara, a short stop-motion animation by director Van Sowerwine, will screen in the Shorts Competition, continuing a strong tradition of Australian short films at Cannes. (For full details of these and films screening at the Marché, see separate feature: Australians At Cannes 2005.)

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Feature Films Competition:
1. Dominik Moll, LEMMING 2h09 (Opening Night Film)
2. David Cronenberg, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE 1h30 
3. Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, L'ENFANT 1h35 
4. Atom Egoyan, WHERE THE TRUTH LIES 1h42 
5. Amos Gitai, FREE ZONE* 1h33 
6. Michael Haneke, CACHÉ 1h57 
7. Hsiao-Hsien Hou, THE BEST OF OUR TIMES 2h 
8. Jim Jarmusch, BROKEN FLOWERS 1h45 
9. Tommy Lee Jones, 1st film THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA 1h54 
10. Masahiro Kobayashi, BASHING 1h22 
11. Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larriue, PEINDRE OU FAIRE L'AMOUR 1h38 
12. Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, SIN CITY* 2h03 
13. Carlos Reygadas, BATALLA EN EL CIELO (Battle in Heaven) 1h41 
14. Hiner Saleem, KILOMÈTRE ZÉRO 1h31 
15. Johnny To, ELECTION 1h38 
16. Marco Tullio, GIORDANA QUANDO SEI NATO NON PUOI PIÙ NASCONDERTI 1h58 
17. Gus Van Sant, LAST DAYS 1h37 
18. Lars Von Trier, MANDERLAY 2h19 
19. Xiaoshuai, Wang, SHANGHAI DREAMS 2h03 
20. Wim Wenders, DON'T COME KNOCKIN'* 2h02 
21. Martha Fiennes, CHROMOPHOBIA Out of Competition 1h30

* Indicates film already has an Australian distributor.

THE JURY - COMPETITION 
Emir Kusturica is President of the Jury for the 58th Festival de Cannes; when his film, When Father Was Away on Business, was selected for Competition in 1985, he won the Palme d'Or. He returned in 1989 with Time of the Gypsies, and was awarded the Director's Prize. In 1995, Underground saw him join the very select group of directors who have twice been awarded the Palme d'Or. 

After the success of his film, Life is a Miracle in 2004, Kusturica accepted the invitation to preside over the Jury this year. He once said "I have been born several times, and I'm sure that one of those times was in Cannes." Accepting the Presidency, he said: “Now it is my turn to defend the values of the Festival: I have set my task as Jury President to place aesthetics and art at the heart of the event." 

Toni MORRISON (Writer -United States)
Nandita DAS (Actress - India)
Salma HAYEK (Actress - Mexico)
Agnès VARDA (Director - France)
John WOO (Director - China)
Fatih AKIN (Director - Germany)
Javier BARDEM (Actor - Spain)
Benoît JACQUOT (Director - France)

OTHER JURIES:
Iran’s acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is to be President of the Jury for the Caméra d'Or, which will be awarded to the best debut feature. And celebrated Chinese director Edward Yang will preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury. Alexander Payne will be the president of the Un Certain regard Jury.

Un Certain Regard Jury:
Alexander PAYNE, President, (Director and Screen Writer- United States)
Betsy BLAIR, (Actress - United States)
Sandra DEN HAMER (Manager of the Rotterdam Film Festival - Netherlands)
Katia CHAPOUTIER (Journalist - Canada)
Geneviève WELCOMME (Journalist -France)
Gilles MARCHAND (Director and Screen Writer - France)
Eduardo ANTIN (Critic and Writer - Argentina)


SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
Grand Théâtre Lumière 
Woody Allen, MATCH POINT 2h 
Christian Carion, JOYEUX NOËL 1h50 
George Lucas, STAR WARS - EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH 2h10 

Midnight screenings: 
Shane Black, KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG 1st film 1h42 
Jee-woon Kim, DAL KOM HAN IN-SAENG (A Bittersweet Life) 1h58 
Stuart Samuels, MIDNIGHT MOVIES: FROM THE MARGIN TO THE MAINSTREAM 1st film 1h25 

Salle Buñuel : 
Special Screenings: 
Fatih Akin, CROSSING THE BRIDGE 1h45 
Adam Curtis, THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES 3h 
Avi Mograbi, NEKAM ACHAT MISHTEY EYNAY (Avenge But One of My Two Eyes) 1h44 
Rithy Panh, LES ARTISTES DU THÉÂTRE BRÛLÉ 1h25 
Michel Piccoli, C'EST PAS TOUT À FAIT LA VIE DONT J'AVAIS RÊVÉ 1h15 
Bertrand Bonello, CINDY 14' 
Seijun Suzuki, OPERETTA TANUKIGOTEN (Princess Raccoon) 1h51 

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES 
Cécile de France will be the mistress of ceremonies for the Festival de Cannes 2005. She will host the opening ceremony and screening on May 11 and welcome the jury and its President, Emir Kusturica, to the stage of the Palais des Festivals. de France will also host the Award Ceremony on Saturday May 21; both opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast live on Canal+.

Cécile de France, born in Namur, France, has made the transition from theatre to film with just a few projects, making her mark by the sheer diversity of her roles. In 2003, she was awarded the César for Best New Acting Talent and the Prix Louis Lumière for her role in L'Auberge espagnole by Cédric Klapisch. She was also seen In High Tension (2005) and Around the World in 80 Days (2004).

She will next star in Danièle Thompson’s Fauteuils d'orchestre, which begins shooting in May 2005, almost coinciding with the Festival.

UN CERTAIN REGARD
The death in April of Jacques Poitrenaud leaves the Festival de Cannes without one of its faithful travelling companions. An untiring promoter and ardent enthusiast of French film, Jacques, at Cannes was head of the section Perspectives du Cinéma Français and then, for ten years, of the official selection Un Certain Regard. He was also the author of mischievous comedies in which the actors had as much fun as the audience. In memory of him, the Festival de Cannes has decided to pay him tribute by dedicating the 2005 edition of Un Certain Regard to Jacques Poitrenaud. 

1. Alain Cavalier, LE FILMEUR 1h55 
2. Amat Escalante, SANGRE 1st film 1h30 
3. Marcelo Gomes, CINEMA, ASPIRINAS E URUBUS (Cinema, Aspirins and Viltures) 1st film 1h38 
4. Benjamín Heisenberg, SCHLÄFER (Sleeper) 1st film 1h38 
5. Christoph Hochhauser, FALSCHER BEKENNER (Low profile) 1h40 
6. David Jacobson, DOWN IN THE VALLEY 1st film 2h02 
7. Vimukthi Jayasundara, SULANGA ENU PINISA 1st film 1h48 
8. Pierre Jolivet, ZIM AND CO. (LA CAISSE) 1h35 
9. Dagur Kari, VOKSNE MENNESKER (Dark horse) 1h46 
10. Niki Karimi, YEK SHAB (One night) 1st film 1h31 
11. Ki-duk Kim, HWAL (The Bow) 1h30 
12. Tony Krawitz, JEWBOY 52' 
13. Sergio Machado, CIDADE BAIXA (Lower City) 1st film 1h40 
14. James Marsh, THE KING 1st film 1h50 
15. Kornél Mundruczo JOHANNA 1h20 
16. François Ozon, LE TEMPS QUI RESTE 1h30 
17. Cristi Puiu, MOARTEA DOMNULUI LAZARESCU (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) 2h28 
18. Ivan Sen, YELLOW FELLA 25' 
19. Juan Solanas, NORDESTE 1st film 1h45 
20. S. Pierre YAMEOGO DELWENDE (Lève-toi et marche) 1h30 

Closing Film:
21. Benito ZAMBRANO HABANA BLUES 1h56 

STARS & FILMMAKERS EXPECTED
Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, Val Kilmer, Ewan McGregor, Samuel Jackson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Zhang Ziyi, Natalie Portman, George Lucas, Woody Allen, Sam Shepard, Tommy Lee Jones, Wim Wenders, Michael Haneke, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Eva Marie Saint, Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Kevin Bacon, Colin Frith, Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover, Lauren Bacall, Jeremy Davies, Julie Delpy, Chloe Sevigny, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Rodriguez, Michael Pitt, Bill Murray, Asia Argento, Edward Norton

SHORT FILM CORNER
The Short Film Corner is an extension of the initiative undertaken by the Festival de Cannes in support of young creative talent. It aims to provide an overview of current trends. Many world premières are presented, among which feature the selected short films screening in the Compétition Officielle, the Cinéfondation, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and the Semaine de la Critique.

Fifteen interactive screens and almost 450 short films will be available at the Short Film Corner inside the Palais, in a friendly setting. For the first time, the Short Film Corner will host round tables on specific themes to do with the creation and distribution of short films.

DIRECTORS FORTNIGHT
Features:
MARTINS Marco – Alice 1h42
KHOO Eric - Be With Me 1h30 
CAUMON Yves - Cache cache 1h31
ZURLINI Valerio - Cronaca familiare (Intimate Diary) 1h54
SEUNG-WAN Ryoo - Crying Fist 2h15
CORDIER Antony - Douches froides 1h42
HAMER Bent – Factotum, 1h33
CARRI Albertina – Geminis 1h25
LEOPOLD Nanouk – Guernsey 1h30
RASOULOF Mohammad - Jazireh Ahani 1h30
KERRIGAN Lodge – Keane 1h42
CARRÈRE Emmanuel - La Moustache 1h26
RODRIGUES João Pedro – Odete 1h41
PECKINPAH Sam Ride The High Country (1962) 1 h34
HENRY Kyle – Room 1h16
BARTAS Sharunas - Seven Invisible Men 1h59
LONGINOTTO Kim, AYISI Florence - Sisters In Law 1h44
ZAKAREISHVILI Levan - Tbilisi-Tbilisi 1h27
OGURI Kohei - The Buried Forest (La forêt oubliée) 1h33
SANG-SOO Im - The President’s Last Bang 1h42
ROÜAN Brigitte - Travaux, on sait quand ça commence...1h35
YANAGIMACHI Mitsuo - Who’s Camus Anyway ? 1h55
MCLEAN Greg - Wolf Creek 1h35

INTERNATIONAL CRITICS WEEK
Competition Selection - Features:
A Stranger of Mine, directed by Uchida Kenji (Japan)
Grain in Ear, directed by Zhang Lu (China/Korea)
L'Orizzonte Degli Eventi (The Horizon of Events), directed by Daniele Vicari (Italy)
Me and You and Everyone We Know, directed by Miranda July (USA)
Orlando Vargas, directed by Juan Pittaluga (Uruguay/France)
La Petite Jerusalem (Little Jerusalem), directed by Karin Albou (France)
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, directed by Thomas Clay (UK)

There are also six shirts, three medium-length features, one documentary and six special screenings, including the opening film The Invisible by Thierry Jousee (France), and the closer, Junebug by Phil Morrison (US)

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Les Cinémas du Monde
The 2005 Festival de Cannes inaugurates Tous les Cinémas du Monde, a new program dedicated to the presentation by selected countries of a varied showcase to reflect its cultural identity and the uniqueness of its expression. The event will take place in a new theatre designed and installed in the heart of the Village International by architect Patrick Bouchain. Serge Sobczynski, a Festival Representative who works alongside Véronique Cayla, General Manager of the Festival de Cannes, heads up this new initiative. 

From May 14 to 20, the new theatre will host a the cinema of a different country every day. After Morocco, which opens this new program, it will be South Africa, Mexico, Austria, Peru, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Acting Masterclass
In 2004, the Festival inaugurated its Acting Masterclass, paying tribute to the player's art, with Max von Sydow. On May 12, Catherine Deneuve will give her Leçon d'actrice, talking about her career, her roles and working with the greatest filmmakers.

La Leçon De Cinema:
After Wong Kar-wai, Nanni Moretti and Stephen Frears, Sembene Ousmane, the Senegalese director, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize for Molaadé in 2004, will give his Leçon de cinéma on Sunday May 15 in Salle Buñuel. This will be a chance for film lovers to meet of one of the greatest contemporary African filmmakers.

Music At Cannes
This year, the Festival pays tribute to film music in its most contemporary forms through the work of young composers whose electronic and cosmopolitan approach will set the tone for the musical events in 2005.

Music - The Movie-Mix Night
On Saturday May 14, the Cinéma de la Plage will be transformed into a musical theatre and will host the meeting of music with film. Jeff Mills and Lim Giong, artists at the cutting edge of creation and technology, are in charge of the program, all night long.

Music - The Cannes Mix

Every night at the Cinéma de la Plage, international musicians such as Troublemakers, Wakal, Fred Elalouf and Radiomentale will compose musical atmospheres live as a prelude to the Competition screenings.

Published May 5, 2005

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