Cannes 2019. Emotions, suspense and great expectations on the red carpet
The Golden Palm will be awarded by a jury of nine chaired by Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. They won't have an easy choice. As many as six winners of previous editions apply for the title of the best film, including three doubles.
The world premiere of "Once upon a Time in Hollywood" by Quentin Tarantino is the biggest attraction of the Cannes show starting on Tuesday. On the screen next to Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and & nbsp; Margot Robbie, it is already known that the Pole Rafał Zawierucha will appear in the role of Roman Polanski.
Tarantino has been editing his "ode to the cinema" for a long time, over four months, and & nbsp; perhaps this was the reason for the fear that our actor's role would be cut out, which was maliciously suggested by gossip media. Fortunately for us, and probably also for the 165-minute show, the name Zawieruchy officially falls in the lead, so now it is only good to keep our fingers crossed. Artistic director of the event Thierry Frémaux complimented Sony Pictures for accelerating work on the film, calling the director "a truly loyal and punctual child of Cannes". A & nbsp; the movie itself, "a love letter to Hollywood."
At the last minute, the four-hour drama "Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo" by Abdellatif Kechiche was added to the main competition. So & nbsp; Golden Palm will apply for as many as 21 films.
There was not much to complete happiness. At the festival creating global trends, we will not see the loud "Irish" gangster saga Martin Scorsese with & nbsp; participation by Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and & nbsp; Harvey Keitel. Nor is the accusatory sensational drama "The Laundromat" by Steven Soderbergh about the candleholder scandals avoiding paying taxes with & nbsp; Meryl Streep and & nbsp; Gary Oldmanen. There will also be a "King", a Shakespearean show directed by Noah Baumbach with & nbsp; Timothée Chalamet playing, apparently excellent, Henry V.
All because the organizers failed to communicate with & nbsp; Netflix and & nbsp; as in the previous edition consistently from the program & nbsp; productions financed by the streaming platform were deleted. According to the & nbsp; media law in force in France, as many as 36 months must elapse from the date of the cinema premiere, in order for the film to reach pay-TV or VOD. Talks have been going on for a long time to shorten this time window, but for now the conditions are dictated by French cinema owners and distributors opposed to the Netflix revolution. Cannes supports them with this. So probably, just like a year ago, the cream of the titles will be picked up by Venice.
The Cannes festival will open with Jim Jarmusch's new film provocatively titled "The Dead Don't Die". It is supposed to be a horror in the style of "Dawn of the Living Dead", taking place in the sleepy town of Centerville. O & nbsp; getting up from & nbsp; zombie graves, which are picked up to the skin dressed as policemen Bill Murray and & nbsp; Adam Driver. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and the ever young Selena Gomez.
The Golden Palm will be awarded by a jury of nine chaired by Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. They sit in & nbsp; Paweł Pawlikowski ("Ida", "Cold War") and the Greek Yorgos Lanthimos ("Favorite"). They won't have an easy choice. O & nbsp; the title of the best film is claimed by as many as six winners of previous editions. In & nbsp; including three doubles.
Brothers Jean-Pierre and & nbsp; Luc Dardenne ("Rosetta", "Child") will show "Young Ahmed" - a drama about a Belgian teenager, at the instigation of radical Islamists preparing an assassination of a school teacher. 83-year-old Ken Loach ("Barley Wind in Barley," "Me, Daniel Blake") will talk about the unfair world crushing the dreams of little ones in the social drama "Sorry We Missed You" taking place in Newcastle in the north of England, as usual. The laconic announcements show that this is the story of dealing with dishonest employers of a novice businessman investing all savings in the purchase of a van.
In addition to Tarantina and & nbsp; Kechiche, Terrence Malick ("Tree of Life") is probably also preparing a big surprise. The three-hour war epic "A Hidden Life" about the Austrian, who refused to fight in the Nazi army, does not herald somehow an extremely romantic-mystical atmosphere, for which the American has recently been receiving criticism.
It seems that one of the festival's leitmotivs may be the issue of sexual minorities. Pedro Almodóvar will present the autobiographical "Pain and glow" - spicy, spicy, uncompromising, with Antonio Banderas. Festival favorite Canadian Xavier Dolan returns with the powerful, double psychological portrait of "Matthias and Maxime" about the intimate relationship of friendship men. As you can easily predict, the non-competitive hit should be the musical "Rocketman" by Dexter Fletcher about the turbulent relationships and singing career of Elton John (a gay man raising his son with his married partner). The star will come, take part in the concert.
Polish artists have not been lucky this time. Our only representative is a young graduate of the Łódź filmmaker Barbara Rupik, whose less than 10-minute poetic animation "Duszyczka" about the journey through the posthumous land qualified for the Cinéfondation section (competition of film schools). Most creators from our region found themselves in a similar rejection situation.
Only Romanians were allowed to enjoy participating in the competition - thanks to the film "La Gomera" ("The Whistlers") by Corneliu Porumboiu, a criminal comedy, or rather social satire, about a police officer trying to free a businessman from a local prison in Gomera, one of & nbsp ; Canary Islands. Only the Russians have Un Certain Regard 'Once upon a time in & nbsp; Trubczewsk' by Larisa Sadilova and the war drama 'Beanpole' ('Dylda') by Kantemir Balagov about the difficult return of the victims of the siege of Leningrad to the world of the living in & nbsp; 1945. Evge ”by Nariman Aliev. Other filmmakers from & nbsp; Eastern Europe failed to break through.
In total, only 13 out of 49 films qualified for all, also non-competitive sections, is the work of women. They make up only 28 percent official program. American journalists complain that this is well below expectations and the world average. For comparison: at the Sundance festival 46 percent presented images were directed by ladies. At Berlinale - 40 percent
Why is gender parity not respected on the Cote d'Azur? Where does this unequal treatment of women come from? Last year Thierry Frémaux was threatened with & nbsp; dismissal. It survived, and now there are only four titles filmed by the directors in the main competition & nbsp; It was quickly calculated that it was less than 20 percent. Not much, but also & nbsp; better than in previous years. Cannes always has one thing and & nbsp; the same conservative explanation. What counts is the artistic level, and not who stands behind the camera.
Among the favorites are the Austrian Jessica Hausner, the author of the famous "Lourdes" (four awards in Venice) and "Crazy Love" about the last days of the life of the Romantic poet Heinrich von Kleist, who committed suicide together with the married woman Henriette Vogel. Little information shows that her latest work "Little Joe" is a horror film about genetically modified plants that threaten the existence of humans.
Little is known about the other three 'female' proposals in the & nbsp; main competition. It is "Atlantique" made by debuting black director Mati Diop (the first such situation in the & nbsp; 72-year history of the Canne competition), "Sibyl" Justine Triet and "Portrait of a & nbsp; Lady on Fire" by Céline Sciammy. About this last film is said to have been filmed in the convention of melancholic melodrama, its heroine is the eighteenth-century forgotten painter from & nbsp; Brittany, played by Valeria Golino.
Other notable madness cannons include a two-hour documentary of "Diego Maradona" by Asifa Kapadia (director of the Oscar-winning film "Amy") about the icon of Argentine football. And the latest work of 82-year-old French classic Claude Lelouch - "The best years of life" continuing the love journey of the heroes of his famous melodrama "Woman and man", honored in 1966 with two Oscars and & nbsp; Golden Palm. Of course, with & nbsp; Anouk Aimée and & nbsp; Jean-Louis Trintignant in & nbsp;
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