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CANNES 2010 – PREVIEW

SPEAKING IN TONGUES
As expected, Cannes has scheduled Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, in an Out of Competition slot, along with Woody Allen’s You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe. These, along with Ridley Scott’s Opening film, Robin Hood, are the major drivers of the festival’s glamour & celebrity contingent – something that has become more and more emphasised over the years. Andrew L. Urban reports on the upcoming Festival.

If it weren’t for the four major, star-studded English language films in non-competitive slots, much of the world’s mainstream media would not be rushing to spend extravagantly to cover the Festival de Cannes – because their readers and viewers would hardly recognise any of the stars or filmmakers in the Official Selection. Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott and to a lesser extent Stephen Frears are big enough names on their own, and that’s without Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood), Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins (You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger), Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe) or Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Shia LaBeouf and Donald Trump (Wall Street 2).

Jim Broadbent (bless his soul and no disrespect) in Mike Leigh’s Another Year certainly wouldn’t be enough for the paparazzi. What’s more, Naomi Watts will be wearing two hats (or two dresses); one for the Woody Allen film, the other for Doug Liman’s Fair Game, in which she costars with Sean Penn. Javier Bardem, in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Competition entry, Biutiful, would probably draw most of the women’s mags, though ….

Nowhere is there a song dance made by the Festival about writers – unless they also direct their own films. This has always been the Festival’s weak spot and writers, understandably, are miffed. But at least this year there is a writer on the jury: Emmanuel Carrere, who did indeed direct his own screenplay, the endearing and clever La Moustache (2005) screened in Un Certain Regard, but he has far more credits as a writer.

FESTIVAL’S MULTILINGUAL WEBSITE REACHES OVER 4 BILLION PEOPLE
For the first time the www.festival-cannes.fr website is now published in eight languages. In addition to French and English, Internet users can now follow all the Festival news in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian – making the website accessible to 4.142 billion people, or over half of the world’s population, in their native languages.

The multilingual website is the result of a “long period of reflection on how the international scope of the event can best be enhanced,” say organisers. “By localising its official website, the Festival de Cannes aims to further the following three ambitions: using technological innovation to support cinema, ensuring that film culture is accessible to as many people as possible and fostering the appreciation of the cinematographic arts on an international scale.”

From 12 to 23 May, internet users can follow the Festival de Cannes via the Festival Daily featuring articles, photos and videos.

OPENING NIGHT FILM – ROBIN HOOD
With Aussie stars Russell Crowe as Robin and Cate Blanchett as Lady Marian, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood ‘begins’ feature offers Cannes everything this festival loves to kick off with. It has the appeal of a high profile cast – including respected elders Eileen Atkins and Max von Sydow - to adorn the red carpet and send the world’s media into a frenzy, a respected filmmaker who made his Cannes bones with his debut feature, The Duellists (1977) and followed it up with Thelma & Louise (1991). Ridley Scott bridges the gap between high end commercial and gutsy creative filmmaking. Robin Hood screens Out of Competition and opens in Australia on May 13, the day after its Cannes premiere, one day ahead of the rest of the world.

The story:
In 13th century England, following the death of Richard the Lion Heart, Sir Robin of Loxley, Count of Huntington (Russell Crowe) arrives in Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption and crippling taxation of the despotic Sheriff (Matthew Macfadyen). Hoping to win the heart of the beautiful Lady Marian (Cate Blanchett) and free the local populace, Robin assembles a gang of mercenaries whose skill in combat is equalled only by their appetite for life’s pleasures. Based in Sherwood Forest, this unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to defend the population from the threat of bloody civil war and restore England to its former glory.

TIM BURTON, PRESIDENT OF THE 2010 JURY
After Isabelle Huppert in 2009, Festival Director Thierry Frémaux and his team chose Tim Burton to be the President of the 2010 Jury. “The choice is both surprising and obvious,” says Frémaux, “given the way in which Burton has quite subtly imposed his particular style, hallmark and unequalled imagination on international cinema. He is a popular creator because he listens to his audiences and is a fantastically brilliant jack-of-all-trades kind of artist. He is also extremely endearing and as it happens, rather charming.”

And of course, it’s vital that the Jury President ooze legitimacy so filmmakers feel confident by who leads the jury, says Frémaux. Burton, with a list of credits stretching from Edward Scissorhands, two Batman films, Corpse Bride, Ed Wood, A Nightmare Before Christmas to Sweeny Todd [among others] and this year’s spectacular and popular Alice in Wonderland, has legitimacy in spades. The only thing Frémaux wanted to avoid is packing his jury with professional enemies. Burton listed no-one.

THE JURY
Kate BECKINSALE - Actress / United Kingdom
Giovanna MEZZOGIORNO - Actress / Italy
Alberto BARBERA - Director National Museum of Cinema / Italy
Emmanuel CARRERE - Writer - Scripwriter - Director / France
Benicio DEL TORO - Actor / Puerto Rico
Victor ERICE - Director / Spain
Shekhar KAPUR - Director - Actor - Producer / India
Alexandre DESPLAT – Composer / France


FILMS IN COMPETITION
Mathieu AMALRIC - TOURNÉE
Xavier BEAUVOIS - DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX
Rachid BOUCHAREB - HORS LA LOI
Alejandro GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU - BIUTIFUL
Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN - UN HOMME QUI CRIE (A Screaming Man)
IM Sangsoo - THE HOUSEMAID
Abbas KIAROSTAMI - COPIE CONFORME
Takeshi KITANO - OUTRAGE
LEE Chang-dong - POETRY
Mike LEIGH - ANOTHER YEAR
Doug LIMAN - FAIR GAME
Sergei LOZNITSA - YOU. MY JOY
Daniele LUCHETTI - LA NOSTRA VITA
Nikita MIKHALKOV - UTOMLYONNYE SOLNTSEM 2
Kornél MUNDRUCZÓ - THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT
Bertrand TAVERNIER - LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER
Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL - LOONG BOONMEE RALEUK CHAAT
Wang XIAOSHUAÏ - CHONGQING BLUES
(Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Derek CIANFRANCE - BLUE VALENTINE - 1st film
Manoel DE OLIVEIRA - O ESTRANHO CASO DE ANGÉLICA
Xavier DOLAN - LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES
Ivan FUND, Santiago LOZA - LOS LABIOS
Fabrice GOBERT - SIMON WERNER A DISPARU… 1st film
Jean-Luc GODARD - FILM SOCIALISME
Christoph HOCHHÄUSLER - UNTER DIR DIE STADT
Lodge KERRIGAN - REBECCA H. (RETURN TO THE DOGS)
Jia Zhang KE - I WISH I KNEW
Ágnes KOCSIS - PÁL ADRIENN
Vikramaditya MOTWANE - UDAAN 1st film
Radu MUNTEAN MARTI, DUPA CRACIUN
Hideo NAKATA - CHATROOM
Cristi PUIU - AURORA
HONG Sangsoo - HA HA HA
Oliver SCHMITZ - LIFE ABOVE ALL
Pablo TRAPERO - CARANCHO
Daniel VEGA, Diego VEGA – OCTUBRE 1st film
David VERBEEK - R U THERE
Xiaoshuai WANG - RIZHAO CHONGQING

OUT OF COMPETITION
Woody ALLEN - YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER
Olivier ASSAYAS - CARLOS
Stephen FREARS - TAMARA DREWE
Oliver STONE - WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
Andrei UJICÃ - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS:
Gregg ARAKI KABOOM
Gilles MARCHAND L'AUTRE MONDE

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
Carlos DIEGUES - 5 X FAVELA POR NOS MESMOS
Charles FERGUSON - INSIDE JOB
Sophie FIENNES - OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW
Patricio GUZMAN - NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ
Sabina GUZZANTI - DRAQUILA - L'ITALIA CHE TREMA
Otar IOSSELIANI - CHANTRAPAS
Diego LUNA - ABEL 1st film
Lucy WALKER - COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Published April 29, 2010
 

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Robin Hood - opening night film


63rd FESTIVAL de CANNES May 12 – 23, 2010
The Cannes 2010 poster: a photograph of Juliette Binoche by Brigitte Lacombe.

DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT PREVIEW 2010


Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps


Tim Burton - President of the Jury


You'll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger


Biutiful


Tournee


Another Year


Fair Game







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