Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cannes, the other film festival

It's time to stop dwelling on the life I live here in MSP and start living vicariously through people who get to travel to France in the middle of May. The MSPIFF was pretty awesome, but there is this another festival gearing up that everyone always gets in a twitter about, so I guess I better too. The line up for Festival de Cannes was announced a week ago, and what do ya' know: Clint Eastwood is remaking The Changeling! No, I'm just kidding. (Apparently his Changeling has nothing to do with THE Changeling, but that was my first thought when I saw the list.)

It is kind of annoying how it announces itself as "the most important film event in the world," but even more annoyingly, it is probably true. Like it or not, Cannes is the buzz machine for cinema snobs like myself, full of films hot off the editing decks by some of the best directors out there. This year is no different than any other year and there is a lot I'm excited about, even if I do have to wait a couple years to see most of these films. It is really great to see not only Eric Khoo in the line-up of films in competition, but also new-comer from the Philippines Brillante Mendoza (who's Slingshot just screened at MSPIFF.) Aside from Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Redux, the thing that had me jumping up and down is a new film from Lucretia Martel, her first in four years. (Here's hoping that the Walker can get her here either for Cinemateca or Women With Vision.) I'll save the comments from the peanut gallery for later, but for now, here's the full list:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Three Monkeys (Turkey-France-Italy)
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne - Le Silence De Lorna (Belgium-France-Italy-Germany)
Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Story (France)
Clint Eastwood - Changeling (US)
Atom Egoyan - Adoration (Canada)
Ari Folman - Waltz With Bashir (Israel-France-Germany)
Philippe Garrel - La Frontiere De L'Aube (France)
Matteo Garrone - Gomorra (Italy)
Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York (US)
Eric Khoo - My Magic (Singapore)
Lucretia Martel - La Mujer Sin Cabeza (Argentina-Spain)
Brillante Mendoza - Serbis (The Philippines)
Kornel Mondruczo - Delta (Hungary-Germany)
Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas - Linha De Passe (Brazil)
Paolo Sorrentino - Il Divo (Italy)
Pablo Trapero - Leonera (Argentina-South Korea)
Wim Wenders - The Palermo Shooting (Germany-Italy)
Jia Zhangke - 24 City (China)
Steven Soderbergh - Che (US-Spain-France) -- one four-hour competion title comprised of Guerrilla and The Argentine

Out of competition
Steven Spielberg - Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (US)
Mark Osborne and John Stevenson - Kung Fu Panda (US)
Ji-Woon Kim - The Good, The Bad, The Weird (South Korean)
Woody Allen - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spain-US)

Special screenings
Marina Zenovich - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (US)
Wong Kar-wai - Ashes Of Time Redux (Hong Kong-China-Taiwan)
Daniel Leconte - C'est Dur D'etre Aime Par Des Cons (France)
Marco Tullio Giordana - Sangue Pazzo (Italy-France)
Terence Davies - Of Time And The City (UK)

Midnight Screenings
Emir Kusturica - Maradona (Spain)
Jennifer Lynch - Surveillance (US)
Hong-Jin Na - The Chaser (South Korea)

Special Jury President's screening
Alison Thompson - The Third Wave (US)

Main Jury
Sean Penn, president
Sergio Castellitto
Natalie Portman
Alfonso Cuaron
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Alexandra Maria Lara
Rachid Bouchareb

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