The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicks off | Happen or occur

Twenty-one films, including Jerzy Skolimowski’s “I.O.”, David Cronenberg’s “Future Crimes,” “Appearance” by Kelly Richardt, and “Realtor” by Hirokazu Korede, will compete in the main competition of the 75th Cannes Film Festival starting Tuesday. The Palme d’Or winner will be announced on Saturday, May 28.

The jubilee version of the festival marks a very difficult year. Individual countries are trying to minimize the serious socio-economic effects of the pandemic and show support for Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggressor. In such circumstances, the most important moments in the history of cinematic art diminish, but questions arise about the future of the world and cinema. Although Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes event, has established himself as a proponent of separating the artistic feast from social and political issues, this time he strongly emphasized that the event is “inseparable from the rest of the world”. He declared in March in an interview with Variety: “The war is taking place only three hours from Paris, so we will celebrate cinema and filmmakers in Cannes. There will also be two Ukrainian films that will remind us of the war.” We are talking about “The Natural History of Destruction” by Sergey Luzhnika and “Butterfly Vision” by Maxim Nakonchny. Last week, the official selection included the documentary “Mariopol 2” by Mantas Kvidaravicius, the Lithuanian director who murdered Russians in Mariupol.

The festival will officially open on Tuesday evening, the non-competitive screening of the film “Final Cut” by director Michel Hazanavicius. The film is a loose adaptation of the Japanese production of “One Cut” by Shinichiro Ueda. The events take place in a closed factory, where the horror film “Z” is being filmed. Tired technicians and uninvolved actors… Only the director seems to have the energy to breathe life into another low-budget zombie movie. While preparing for a very difficult shoot, filming is interrupted by a flood of real dead. Everything looks pretty normal in front of the camera. Behind her, Crew. stubbornly trying to save the film, guided by the motto: + No cuts! + ”- as stated in the press materials. Actors include Berenice Bejo, Gregory Gadebois and Romain Doris.

The main competition will be very exciting. Jerzy Skolimowski’s “IO” was among the 21 titles that will compete for the Palme d’Or. As announced on the website of the Warmian-Masurian Film Fund, this is a contemporary interpretation of the classic movie “For Luck, Baltazar!” Robert Bryson from 1966. “The story of a donkey named Balthazar, which begins in a Polish circus and ends in an Italian slaughterhouse, is a bitter story but also full of the warm human spirit to paraphrase the road movie. It is a comprehensive symbol of human behavior toward a defenseless animal, suggestive of social relationships and alters Cultural developments in the modern world “- we read. On the screen we will see, among others, Isabelle Huppert, Sandra Drzemalska, Mateusz Kosiukewicz and Thomas Organic. The scriptwriters are Ewa Byaskovska and Jerzy Skolimowski. Michał Dymek is responsible for the photos.

Meanwhile, other artists, including Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Kirill Serebrenkov and Leonor Serail, will suggest to the audience a return to the past. The French-Italian artist will show Paris in the 80s, where a group of young people begin their studies at a prestigious theater school. Serebnikov will talk about the marriage of the Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Cyrael tells the story of a family who moved from the Ivory Coast to the suburbs of Paris in the late 1980s.

There will be more family stories in the competition. Tickets for James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” about an intergenerational drive to realize the American Dream have sold out in a jiffy. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Jeremy Strong. “Brother and Sister” by Arnaud Desplechin is also interesting. The surname’s siblings are Alice and Louis, who have to talk to each other after their parents passed away for the first time in 20 years. On the other hand, Saeed Rusatai’s “Laila Brothers” traces the fate of a 40-year-old girl who has dedicated her whole life to taking care of her parents and four siblings.

There will also be new films by creators associated in one way or another with Cannes, including “Broker” Hirokazu Koreeda, winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or for “The Thieves”. Chan Wok Park will return to the Cote d’Azur, which appears in the “Decision to Leave” investigation launched after a fatal accident on a mountain pass. Christian Mungiu, the main character of RMN, returns from Germany to a multi-ethnic village in Transylvania. Mario Marton in Nostalgia follows a woman who visits her native Naples after 40 years. Robin Ostlund in “Triangle of Sadness” takes viewers on a luxurious cruise involving a cast of colorful characters. On the other hand, Lucas Donut made a “document” about a friendship between two teens. A similar theme can be found in “Tori and Lucita” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Nominated works include “Stars at Noon” by Claire Dennis about an English businessman and American journalist, “The Show” by Kelly Richart about a sculptor preparing to open the exhibition, and “The Eight Mountains” by Felix van Groningen. and Charlotte Vandermerch on growing up and the experience of love and loss. “Holy Spider” by Ali Abbasi, which is about a journalist investigating a series of murders taking place on the Polynesian island of Tahiti, Albert Serra’s “Pacification” and the thriller “Boy from Heaven” by Tarek Saleh, has a chance to win, too.

The winner of the main prize will be announced on Saturday, May 28, during the ceremony at the Grand Théâtre Lumiere. It will be chosen by a jury composed of: French actor Vincent Lyndon (Chairman), British actress Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Nomi Rapas, Italian actress and director Yasmine Trinca, as well as Iranian director, screenwriter and producer Asghar. Farhadi, French director, screenwriter and actor Ledge Lee, American director and screenwriter Jeff Nichols, and Norwegian director and screenwriter Joachim Trier.

The Polish accent can be found in the Un Certain Regard competition section which promotes cinema with original themes and forms. It’s “Silent Twins,” the first English-language appearance of Agnieszka Smoczyńska. According to the description published on the photo distributor, Gotec Film, the image was based on the story of twins June and Jennifer Gibbons, who “refused to communicate with the outside world.” “The sisters communicated only in their imagined language. Over time, their relationship turned toxic – dangerous for both them and their environment” – we read.

In addition to “Silent Twins”, Un Certain Regard will include, among others, “Goodland” by Helenore Palmason, “Korsage” by Marie Kreutzer, “Psychiatrist” by Christopher Burghley, “Rodeo” by Lola Kevoron and “The Stranger” by Thomas M. Wright. The productions will be judged by a jury composed of: Italian director and actress Valeria Golino (Chairman), Polish actress Joanna Colleg, American director Debra Granic, French singer-songwriter and actor Benjamin Beaulay, Venezuelan actor and producer Edgar Ramirez.

Out of competition, the following will be shown, among others combining elements of romance and fantasy “Three Thousand Years of Longing” by George Miller, “Top Gun: Maverick” by Joseph Kosinski with Tom Cruise in the cast and “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann, a story about The life and music of Elvis Presley (played by Austin Butler) as evidenced by his complex relationship with enigmatic Director + Colonel + Tom Parker ( Tom Hanks). Special screenings of Ethan Coen’s “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble with the Mind”, “My Fantasy Country” by Patricio Guzman, and “Remains of the Wind” by Thiago Geddes are also planned. In the directors’ Fortnight section, attention was drawn to “One Fine Morning” by Mia Hansen-Love with Lea Seydoux as a single mother, and French writer Annie Ernaux and her son David Ernaux-Briot’s doc, “The Super 8 Years,” composed of family recordings from the 1970s.

Forest Whitaker receives an honorary Palme d’Or. To date, the American actor has appeared six times in the official castings. He was seen in four productions from the main competition: “Bird” by Clint Eastwood, “Brawl in Harlem” by Bill Duke, “The Body Snatchers” by Apple Ferrara and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” by Jim Jarmusch. The festival’s creators will also pay tribute to Tom Cruise, who will appear at the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” on Wednesday, May 18th. Thus, the artist will return to an event that was 20 years after the promotion of the film “Beyond” directed by Ron Howard. The ceremony is preceded by an interview between actor and journalist Didier Alloush.

The 75th Festival de Cannes runs until Saturday 28 May. (PAP)

Author: Daria Borica

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