It is time for the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Today, Thursday, the film program in public: Which films are we going to talk about the coming time? Kulturnytts film critic Emma Engström go deep into the world’s most important film festival programs.
No Swedish films are included in the official program this year, either in the short film section or in the feature film program. And overall, despite much criticism over the years, few female directors, and many directors who return year after year.
Gus Van Sant compete with the Sea of trees, where Matthew McConaughey plays a suicidal man. The Italian Paolo Sorrentino returns with a film about aging with Michael Caine. And so it becomes Norwegian Joachim Trier, competing with a film called Louder Than Bombs with Isabelle Huppert.
So, a debutant movie: Saul’s son, a Hungarian film set in a concentration camp. The artistic director Thierry Fremaux predict a lot of buzz around it.
A film I personally look forward is a Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film Lobster, he has been one of 2000- century’s most important films, namely Dogtooth. The female director Maiwenns new movie also compete. And the Italian Nanni Moretti, with Mia Madre.
The Italian director Matteo Garrone’s new film, he made Gomorrah, competing with his new movie The Tale of Tales, and Todd Haynes returns with his new film Carol Cate Blanchett. It is a film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s once controversial novel about the love between a young woman and an established rich housewife.
Get familiar names from Asia in the contest Hou Hsiao Hsien and the masterful Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda.
The festival seems to have really had a hard time select, and many movies have come late. 16 movies ready for the competition, but it’ll be 20 in total. Four of them are French, including a new film by Jacques Audiard, Dheepan.
The opening film “La Tête haute”, by French director Emmanuelle Bercot will not compete. It is a rare introductory film because it is less glamorous, says Thierry Fremaux.
Even the side section Un Certain Regard, which is designed for innovative films, it will apply more movies. But among other things, displayed the Indian contemporary depiction Fly away solo by Neeraj Ghaywan.
Overall, many Indian films in this section, including Korean and Mexican.
Amy Winehouse movie Amy displayed during the festival out of competition. A Tale of Love and Darkness by Natalie Portman, will appear in the special screenings. Even Woody Allen’s new film is shown out of competition, he did not want to compete this year, with Irrational man.
Pixarfilmen Inside out is also shown it in a special screening. And an interpretation of the fairy tale The Little Prince.
“We have not decided to ban selfies on the red matte, as it is said. But it is a ridiculous and grotesque habit,” said Thierry Fremaux, “which stops up all the celebrities on the way into the movie theater. “
” It was stressful to put together the program, but it is a good starting field who take risks and say something about creativity in the film industry right now, “said Thierry Fremaux. “It is becoming more and more movies coming in, but we have the rule to see ALL coming in, whether it’s 1800 movie,” continues Fremaux.
Eight of the films in the official program is the debut films, says Thierry Fremaux, which is the festival’s artistic director.
The press conference starts with ambient chatter , if the tribute to Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini as the festival does, if sponsors and an internal film tribute in skit form to the brothers Coen Josh Brolin.
What we know already is that Ingrid Bergman adorn the poster. In addition, it will be great premiered on Mad Max: Fury Road, an attempt to restart the cult film series from the 80s. Director George Miller, who made part two in the series from 1981. Mel Gibson is replaced with Tom Hardy, accompanied by Charlize Theron. The film was shown out of competition.