24/4/2009: AUTEUR REGULARS BACK AT CANNES
The selection of films for Cannes No 62 (May 13 - 24) was announced last week
and of the 52 films in various sections, only 14 are debut features – none of
them in the Official Competition, which is crowded with Cannes regulars
including Australia’s Jane Campion, who joins other auteurs
Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke,
Johnnie To and Park Chan-wook. (Our full preview of the festival will be
published in our May 7 edition.)
As we report elsewhere, Campion’s Bright Star is in Competition and Warwick
Thornton’s Samson & Delilah (which releases in Australia May 7) is screening in
the Un Certain Regard section. Thornton’s is one of the 14 first features in the
festival, while Sydney-based Chris Ramos will be screening his short, Blind
Date, in the Short Films Corner, a showcase for emerging filmmakers.
Dreamworks/Pixar will be unveiling their new 3D animation, Up, as the Opening
Night Film, one of the few US films (& unashamedley commercial) on the Red
Carpet this year.
"In competition, we have some of the world’s most famous and greatest auteurs,
but some of their films are more mainstream and open than could be
thought,"Festival Director Thierry Fremaux said.
Ex US President Bill Clinton will attend the May 21 American Foundation for AIDS
Research gala dinner alongside Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein, Carine Roitfeld,
Michelle Yeoh and Donatella Versace, among other personalities. This is a
regular sidebar to the festival as a major fundraiser.
Singer Annie Lennox will give a special performance for the 800 VIP guests
seated at tables worth US$100,000 apiece. For the first time the gala will take
place at the uber-glam and uber-priced Eden Roc, at Cap d'Antibes.
And in a rare, out of Festival presentation held in Paris in February 2009,
Clint Eastwood was honoured with a special Palme d’Or. Eastwood had never won
the Palme d'Or with any of his films in the festival, but last year's jury led
by actor Sean Penn also presented him with a lifetime achievement award. He was
in Paris for the release of his latest movie, Gran Torino.
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Abbie Cornish in Jane Campion's Bright Star - in Competition
Samson & Delilah