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CANNES 2007 - PREVIEW

CANNES MARKS 60 YEARS AS ALTAR OF CINEMA
All the high priests of cinema (who are still alive) are here as the Festival de Cannes celebrates its 60 years as the altar of cinema – and Australia’s Toni Collette joins the main Jury to help select winners from (mostly) the usual suspects. But even with six US films in the main Competition (that’ll ensure a solid star turn out), there are several wild cards from Asia and the Old World – including Hungary, Russia, and Bosnia. Andrew L. Urban reports.


Scorsese, Soderberg, van Sant, Tarantino, Fincher and the Coen brothers all have good reason to be in Cannes these coming days, as the Festival shows off its lovably impractical side with a 60th anniversary poster that doesn’t reproduce very well in all media and all formats, but which celebrates the exuberance of those involved in the event. The poster includes Australia’s Jane Campion, a rare female director in the Festival’s winners list; it also shows Pedro Almodovar, Juliette Binoche, Souleymane Cissé, Penelope Cruz, Gérard Depardieu, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and
Wong Kar Wai. Photographer Alex Majoli, from the Magnum Agency, created a series of portraits of the filmmakers during the 2006 Festival. From these photos, graphic designer Christophe Renard composed the poster.

Sad to say, Australian films are absent from this year’s program, but the Americans are joined by a phalanx of Asians and Europeans, led by Wong Kar Wai, the old romantic whose new film – his first in English - opens the Festival. Turkish German Fatih Akin (whose 2004 film Head-On announced a major talent) is rubbing shoulders with fiery French femme Catherine Breillat and Russia’s Alexander Sokourov (remember Russian Ark?), Bosnia’s Emir Kustarica and Hungary’s Béla Tarr. The latter directs an adaptation of a Georges Simenon novel of all things!

Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park are unfortunately timed titles that remind us of America’s violent streak in the wake of the country’s worst school massacre last month. David Fincher’s Zodiac, based on the true story of a serial killer in San Francisco, adds to the sense of doom.

But it’s the history making selection of Wong Kar Wai as the filmmaker to launch the 60th Festival that is most notable, signalling a savvy sense of today’s cinematic pulse.

My Blueberry Nights (far from a story about digital palm pilots), is a road movie – and love story. Jeremy (Jude Law) runs a small café in New York. Every evening, Elizabeth (Norah Jones, in her acting debut) comes in and orders a slice of blueberry pie and gazes out the window. One night, she tells Jeremy her story: a man she thought she could never live without has left her. After that, Elizabeth disappears. Jeremy discovers that she has left town and set off on a long journey towards a new beginning. Along the way, she befriends various people (David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman) with dilemmas of their own.

Shot across the United States in New York, Memphis, Nevada and along the legendary Route 66, “the film is an intimate tale of love and self-discovery that features Wong’s trademark visual flair and colourful characters,” according to a spokesman for Studio Canal, who are distributing the film.

“It’s a great honour to be the first Chinese filmmaker to receive this coveted slot,” said Wong Kar Wai. “I am delighted to return to Cannes this year and be part of the Opening Night festivities for its 60th anniversary.”

The Kodak Student Short Film Showcase 2007, comprised of films from award-winning new talent, headlines the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Program. The showcase screening takes place on May 18 at the Espace Miramar at 8 pm; the four shorts are from film students in Canada, US, Mexico and India.


FILMS IN COMPETITION:
Opening film:
WONG Kar Wai - MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS 1h51

Fatih AKIN - AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE 2h02
Catherine BREILLAT - UNE VIEILLE MAÎTRESSE 1h50
Joel & Ethan COEN - NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 2h02
David FINCHER - ZODIAC 2h36
James GRAY - WE OWN THE NIGHT 1h45
Christophe HONORÉ - LES CHANSONS D’AMOUR 1h40
Naomi KAWASE - MOGARI NO MORI (The Mourning Forest) 1h37
KIM Ki Duk - BREATH 1h20
Emir KUSTURICA - PROMISE ME THIS 2h10
LEE Chang-dong - SECRET SUNSHINE 2h30
Cristian MUNGIU - 4 LUNI, 3 SAPTAMINI SI 2 ZILE (4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days) 1h53
Raphaël NADJARI - TEHILIM 1h45
Carlos REYGADAS - STELLET LICHT 2h22
Marjane SATRAPI & Vincent PARONNAUD - PERSEPOLIS 1h30
Julian SCHNABEL - LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON 1h52
Ulrich SEIDL - IMPORT EXPORT 2h16
Alexander SOKOUROV - ALEXANDRA 1h32
Quentin TARANTINO - DEATH PROOF 1h50
Béla TARR - THE MAN FROM LONDON 2h12
Gus VAN SANT - PARANOID PARK 1h25
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV - IZGNANIE (The Banishment) 2h30

Closing film:
Denys ARCAND - THE AGE OF DARKNESS

SHORTS IN COMPETITION
Mark ALBISTON - RUN New-Zealand 15’
Tim Thaddeus CAHILL - THE OATE’S VALOR United States 14’
Antonio CAMPOS - THE LAST 15 United States 15’
Anthony CHEN - AH MA (Grandma) Singapore 14’
Olivier HEMS - RÉSISTANCE AUX TREMBLEMENTS France 15’
Grzegorz JONKAJTYS - ARK Poland 8’
Elisa MILLER - VER LLOVER Mexico 13’
Kyros PAPAVASSILIOU - TO ONOMA TOU SPOURGITIOU (The Name of the Sparrow) Cyprus 15’
Erik ROSENLUND - SPEGELBARN (Looking Glass) Sweden 5’
Marco VAN GEFFEN - HET ZUSJE (My Sister) Netherlands 9’
YANG Hae-hoon - MY DEAR ROSSETA South Korea 10’

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Valeria BRUNI-TEDESCHI LE RÊVE DE LA NUIT D’AVANT (Bad Habits) 1h47
Carmen CASTILLO CALLE SANTA FE 1st Film (Santa Fe Sreet) 2h43
CHUNG Lee Isaac MUNYURANGABO 1st Film (Liberation Day) 1h37
Lola DOILLON ET TOI T’ES SUR QUI ? 1st Film 1h37
Enrique FERNANDEZ & César CHARLONE - EL BAÑO DEL PAPA 1st Film 1h25
Eran KOLIRIN BIKUR HATIZMORET 1st Film 1h30
Harmony KORINE MISTER LONELY 1h51
Kadri KÕUSAAR MAGNUS 1st Film 1h26
LI Yang - MANG SHAN (Blind Mountain) 1h35
Daniele LUCHETTI - MIO FRATELLO È FIGLIO UNICO (My Brother Is An Only Child) 1h48
Cristian NEMESCU - CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (NESFARSIT) 1st Film California Dreamin' (Endless) 2h35
Jaime ROSALES - LA SOLEDAD (Fragments Of Loneliness) 2h13
Barbet SCHROEDER - L’AVOCAT DE LA TERREUR 2h15
Céline SCIAMMA - LES PIEUVRES 1st Film 1h40
Robert THALHEIM - AM ENDE KOMMEN TOURISTEN (And Along Come Tourists) 1h22
Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM - KUAILE GONGCHANG (Pleasure Factory) 1h25

OUT OF COMPETITION:
Michael MOORE - SICKO 2h
Steven SODERBERGH - OCEAN’S THIRTEEN 2h01
Michael WINTERBOTTOM - A MIGHTY HEART 1h40

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS:
Olivier ASSAYAS - BOARDING GATE 1h43
Abel FERRARA - GO GO TALES 1h36
Catherine OWENS & Mark PELLINGTON - U2 3D 0h55’

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
Leila CONNERS PETERSEN & Nadia CONNERS - 11 TH HOUR 1st film 1h31
Lynn NOVICK & Ken BURNS - THE WAR 14h50
Nicolas PHILIBERT - RETOUR EN NORMANDIE 1h53
WANG Bing - HE FENGMING (Chronicle of a Chinese Woman) 3h06

60 TH ANNIVERSARY FILM: TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA
35 renowned directors had carte blanche to come up with a 3-minute film focused on that institution known as the "movie theatre":
Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Chen Kaige, Michael Cimino, Ethan & Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Manoel De Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Aki Kaurismaki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrei Konchalovsky, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Tsai Ming Liang, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Wong Kar Wai, Zhang Yimou

Published May 17, 2007
 

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Postcards from Cannes
May 17 - 27
See our daily reports from the Festival by our man in Cannes, Jimmy Thomson.


My Blueberry Nights - Opening Night Film


Zodiac


No Country for Old Men


The Age of Ignorance - Closing Night Film

Competition Jury:
Stephen FREARS, President, (Director – Great Britain)
Maggie CHEUNG (Actress – Hong Kong)
Toni COLLETTE (Actress – Australia)
Maria DE MEDEIROS (Actress, Director – Portugal)
Sarah POLLEY (Actress, Director – Canada)
Marco BELLOCCHIO (Director – Italy)
Orhan PAMUK (Writer– Turkey)
Michel PICCOLI (Actor, Director – France)
Abderrahmane SISSAKO (Director – Mauritania)

Opening & Closing Master of Ceremonies:
Diane Kruger

Un Certain Regard Jury:
Pascale Ferran (President), Jasmine Trinca, Cristi Puiu, Kent Jones, Bian Qin.

The Festival's Rendezvous:
The Cinema Masterclass by Martin Scorsese
The Actor's Masterclass by Sergio Castellito
The Music Masterclass by Howard Shore, in the presence of David Cronenberg
A tribute to Henry Fonda, in the presence of his daughter, Jane Fonda

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