The cinema world's premiere film festival is always a treasure chest of the best filmmaking of the day.
Java Studios has championed bringing unique films to the community, will continue to present the best in world cinema, and intends to exhibit as many of the Cannes selections as possible. I find particularly notable in this year's offerings are films from Emir Kusturica, Alexander Sukarov, Julian Schnabel, the Coen Brothers, Michael Moore, Gus Van Sant, Abel Ferrera, Kim Ki-duk, Catherine Brilliat, and the always wonderful Wong Kar-Wai. The world of cinema has seen amazing changes in 60 years, but the one constant is Cannes presenting the most exciting films imaginable. What matters is the film.
Cannes Film Festival lines up American feast
Fest picks several titles by U.S. auteurs
By ALISON JAMES
PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a U.S.-rich lineup replete with much-awaited pics by major auteurs for its 60th anniversary edition, which unspools next month.
Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," David Fincher's "Zodiac," James Gray's "We Own the Night," Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" (in a version with an extra 10-15 minutes of footage), and Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park" — five high-profile American titles — will battle it out for the Palm d'Or, against the likes of Emir Kusturica, with "Promise Me This," Mexico's Carlos Reygadas with the unusual Mennonite love story "Silent Light," and "Persepolis," an animated film by French-based Iranian auteur Marjane Satrapi, bringing her own autobiographical graphic novel to the bigscreen.
The fest will also boast plenty of star wattage this year — provided they all turn up.
From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, in out of competition titles "Ocean's Thirteen" and "A Mighty Heart," to pop icon Norah Jones, in Wong Kar Wai's Cannes opener "My Blueberry Nights," and Bono, expected for the screening of the filmed concert "U2 3D," the red carpet looks set for some serious celebrity wear-and-tear.
There also will be doses of controversy and debate, again of U.S. origin, with out-of-competition special screenings of Michael Moore's latest docu "Sicko," and "11th Hour," an ecological docu produced by Leonardo Di Caprio.
Abel Ferrara's strip club set "Go Go Tales" is lined up for a midnight screenings.
For die-hard docu fans with time on their hands, the festival will be screening Lynn Novick and Ken Burns' 14-hour long "The War."
Back in the main competish, France has three titles, "Une Vieille maitresse," Catherine Breillat's first ever competition film, Christophe Honore's "Les Chansons d'amour" and American Julian Schnabel's French-language autobiography adaptation "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
Other Europeans in competition include Fatih Akin, with "Auf Der Anderen Seite," Austrian Ulrich Seidl's "Import/Export," Romanian New Wave helmer Cristian Mungiu's "4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Bela Tarr's "The Man From London," with Tilda Swinton, and two Russian titles, Alexander Sokurov's "Alexandra" and "The Banishment" by Lion d'Or winning Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Israel is repped by Raphael Nadjari's "Tehilim," while three Asian titles made the cut, Japanese helmer and former Camera d'Or winner Naomi Kawase's "The Forest of Mogari," Korean Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" and Kim Ki- duk's "Breath."
Despite the roll call of auteur names in the lineup, there are some 13 directors competing for the Palme d'Or for the first time this year, artistic director Thierry Fremaux said.
At a press conference in the chic Hotel Crillon, overlooking the Place Concorde, the topper said: "The choice is always difficult but this is a rich year for the festival."
Some 49 films make up the official selection this year with 22 in competition, chosen out of 1,600 candidates from 95 countries, Fremaux said. Including shorts some 3,983 films were submitted this year, up 22%.
OFFICIAL SELECTION OPENER"My Blueberry Nights," Hong Kong-France-China, Wong Kar Wai
Noah Jones stars in "My Blueberry Nights." Also starring are Jude Law, Ed Harris, and Natalie Portman,
CLOSER"The Age of Darkness," Canada, Denys Arcand
IN COMPETITION"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Romania, Cristian Mungiu
"Alexandra," Russia, Alexander Sokurov
"Auf der anderen Seite des Lebens," Germany-Turkey, Fatih Akin
"The Banishment," Russia-Belgium, Andrey Zvyagintsev
"Breath," South Korea, Kim Ki-duk
"Les Chansons d'amour," France, Christophe Honore
"Death Proof," U.S., Quentin Tarantino
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," France, Julian Schnabel
"Import/Export," Austria, Ulrich Seidl
"The Man From London," Germany-France-U.K.-Hungary, Bela Tarr
"Mogari No Mor," Japan, Naomi Kawase
"No Country For Old Men," U.S., The Coen Brothers
"Paranoid Park," France-U.S., Gus Van Sant
"Persepolis," France-U.S., Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
"Promise Me This," France-Serbia, Emir Kusturica
"Secret Sunshine," South Korea, Lee Chang-dong
"Silent Light," Mexico-France-Netherlands, Carlos Reygadas
"Tehilim," France, Raphael Nadjari
"Une Vieille Maitresse," France, Catherine Breillat
"We Own the Night," U.S., James Gray "Zodiac," U.S., David Fincher
OUT OF COMPETITION
Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart", U.K., starring Angelina Jolie as the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's wife Mariane
"Ocean's Thirteen," U.S., Steven Soderbergh
"Sicko," U.S., Michael Moore
"Boarding Gate," France, Olivier Assayas
"Go Go Tales," U.S., Abel Ferrara
"U2 3D," U.S., Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington
UN CERTAIN REGARD
"Am ende kommen touristen," Germany, Robert Thalheim
"L'Avocat de la terreur," France, Barbet Schroeder
"El Bano del papa," Uruguay, Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone
"Bikur Hatizmoret," Israel, Eran Kolirin
"California Dreamin'," Romania, Cristian Nemescu
"Calle Santa Fe," Chile, Carmen Castillo
"Et toi, t'es sur qui?," France, Lola Doillon
"Kuaile Gongchang," Thailand, Ekachai Uekrongtham
"Magnus," Estonia-U.K., Kadri Kousaar
"Mang Shan," China, Li Yang
"Mio fratello e figlio unico," Italy, Daniele Luchetti
"Mister Lonely," U.S., Harmony Korine
"Munyurangabo," U.S., Lee Isaac Chung
"Night Train," China, Diao Yi'nan
"Les Pieuvres," France, Celine Sciamma
"Le Reve de la nuit d'avant," France, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
"La Soledad," Spain, Jaime Rosales
"11th Hour," U.S., Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners
"He Fengming," China, Wang Bing
"Retour en Normandie," France, Nicolas Philibert
"The War," U.S., Ken Burns
60th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTES
"Boxes," France, Jane Birkin
"One Hundred Nails," Italy, Ermanno Olmi
"Roman de gare," France, Claude Lelouch
"Ulzhan," Germany, Volker Schlondorff
CANNES CLASSICS — DOCUMENTARIES ON CINEMA
"Brando," U.S., Mimi Freedman and Leslie Greif
"Lindsay Anderson, Never Apologize," U.S., Mike Kaplan
"Maurice pialat l'amour existe," France, Anne-Marie Faux and Jean-Pierre Devillers
"Pierre Rissient," U.S, Todd McCarthy
COMPETITION SHORTS"Ah Ma," Singapore, Anthony Chen
"Ark," Poland, Grzegorz Jonkajtys
"The Last 15," U.S, Antonio Campos
"Looking Glass," Sweden, Erik Rosenlund
"My Dear Rosseta," South Korea, Yang Hae-hoon
"My Sister," The Netherlands, Marco Van Geffen
"The Oate's Valor," U.S., Tim Thaddeus Cahill
"Resistance aux tremblements," France, Olivier Hems
"Run," New Zealand, Mark Albiston
"To onoma tou spourgitiou," Cyprus, Kyros Papavassiliou
"Ver Llover," Mexico, Elisa MillerI
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
Stephen Frears, British director (president)
Marco Bellocchio, Italian director
Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Toni Collette, Australian actress
Maria De Medeiros, Portuguese actress
Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist
Michel Piccoli, French actor
Sarah Polley, Canadian actress
Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritanian director
UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY
Pascale Ferran, French director (president)
Kent Jones, American writer
Cristi Puiu, Romanian director
Bian Qin Jasmine Trinca, Italian actress
CAMERA D'OR JURY
Pavel Lounguine, Russian writer, director (president)
Renato Berta, Swiss cinematographer
Julie Bertucelli, French director
Clotilde Courau, French actress
CINEFOUNDATION AND SHORT FILMS JURY
Jia Zhang Ke, Chinese director (president)
Niki Karimi, Iranian actress, filmmaker
Jean-Marie Le Clezio, French writer
Dominik Moll, German director
Deborah Nadoolman, American costume designer
"Aditi Singh," France, Mickael Kummer"Ahora todos parecen contentos," Argentina, Gonzalo Tobal "Berachel Bitha Haktana," Israel, Efrat Corem"Chinese Whispers," India, Raka Dutta"For the Love of God," U.K., Joe Tucker"Goyta," U.S., Joanna Jurewicz"Halbe Stunden," Germany, Nicolas Wackerbarth"Minus," Serbia, Pavle Vuckovic"Mish'olim," Israel, Hagar Ben-Asher"Neostorozhnost," Russia, Alexander Kugel "A Reunion," South Korea, Hong Sung-hoon"Rondo," Finland, Marja Mikkonen"Ru Dao," China, Chen Tao"Saba," Brazil, Thereza Menezes and Gregorio Graziosi "Triple 8 Palace," U.S., Alexander Ku"Vita Di Giacomo," France, Luca Governatori