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    CANNES Festival 2019


    THE OFFICIAL CANNES POSTER DEPICTS A YOUNG AGNES VARDA


    The Cannes Film Festival 14-25 May 2019

    You'll find a quick survey of the Cannes 2019 Competition list by Peter Bradshaw today in the GUARDIAN.

    2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Almodóvar Compete for Palme d’Or
    Cannes is celebrating its 72nd year in 2019 beginning May 14.

    The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has announced the majority of its official lineup, including films set to debut in sections such as Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Special Screenings, and Midnight Screenings. The lineup was announced this morning during a press conference. One thing to note is that additions to the lineup will most likely happen in the coming days. The lineup being announced this morning is the majority of the 2019 slate.

    One film already confirmed for the festival is Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” which has been selected to open Cannes 2019 on May 14. The movie is a zombie comedy starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and Chloe Sevigny as police officers who must protect their small town from the undead. “The Dead Don’t Die” will be in competition at Cannes, bringing Jarmusch back to the Palme d’Or race after “Paterson” in 2016. Other Jarmusch efforts that have competed for the Palme at Cannes include “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “Broken Flowers” (winner of the Grand Jury Prize), “Dead Man,” and “Mystery Train.” Jarmusch’s short film “Coffee and Cigarettes” won the Best Short Film prize at Cannes in 1993.

    Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 (somebody thinks) Include 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and Isabelle Huppert. Isabelle Huppert Says Her Performance in Cannes-Bound 'Frankie' is something completely new for her.

    This year it appears that both Netflix and Amazon film releases are excluded, logically since these "giants" have not changed their policy toward French cinema release.

    This year’s Cannes COMPETITION JURY will be led by “Birdman” and “The Revenant” Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The filmmaker won the Best Director prize at Cannes for “Babel” in 2006 and returned to the competition lineup in 2010 with the drama “Biutiful,” which won star Javier Bardem the Best Actor prize. The rest of Iñárritu’s jury will be announced later.

    The late Agnès Varda is featured in the official poster. There are still only four women directors included in the Competition list (though as Deadline points out in its tidy review, that is "the most of any recent year"). The lucky ladies are Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, Céline Sciamma and Justine Triet. The second two are French.

    Opening Night Film
    “The Dead Don’t Die,” Jim Jarmusch (also in Competition)



    Competition
    Pain & Glory/Dolor y gloria, dir: Pedro Almódovar
    Parasite/ 기생충 (Gisaengchung), dir: Bong Joon-ho
    The Wild Goose Lake/南方车站的聚会, dir: Diao Yinan
    The Traitor/Il traditore, dir: Marco Bellocchio
    Young Ahmed/Le jeune Ahmed, dirs: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
    Matthias & Maxime, dir: Xavier Dolan
    Oh Mercy/Roubaix, une lumière, dir: Arnaud Desplechin
    A Hidden Life, dir: Terrence Malick
    Sorry We Missed You, dir: Ken Loach
    Little Joe, dir: Jessica Hausner
    Portrait Of A Lady On Fire/Portrait de la jeune fille en feu , dir: Céline Sciamma
    Atlantique, dir: Mati Diop
    Sibyl, dir: Justine Triet
    It Must Be Heaven, dir: Elia Suleiman
    Frankie, dir: Ira Sachs
    Bacurau, dirs: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles
    The Whistlers/La Gomera, dir: Corneliu Porumboiu
    Les Misérables, dir: Ladj Ly
    Later addition:
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, dir. Quentin Tarantino

    Un Certain Regard
    Invisible Life, dir: Karim Aïnouz
    Beanpole, dir: Kantemir Balagov
    The Swallows Of Kabul, dirs: Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
    A Brother’s Love, dir: Monia Chokri
    The Climb, dir: Michael Covino
    Jeanne, dir: Bruno Dumont
    A Sun That Never Sets, dir: Olivier Laxe
    Chambre 212, dir: Christophe Honoré
    Port Authority, dir: Danielle Lessovitz
    Papicha, dir: Mounia Meddour
    Adam, dir: Maryam Touzani
    Zhuo Ren Mi Mi, dir: Midi Z
    Liberté, dir: Albert Serra
    Bull, dir: Annie Silverstein
    Summer Of Changsha, dir: Zu Feng
    Evge, dir: Nariman Aliev

    Out of Competition
    Les Plus Belles Années D’Une Vie, dir: Claude Lelouch
    Rocketman, dir: Dexter Fletcher
    Too Old To Die Young – North Of Hollywood, West Of Hell (two episodes); dir: Nicolas Winding Refn
    Diego Maradona, dir: Asif Kapadia
    La Belle Epoque, dir: Nicolas Bedos

    Special Screenings
    Tommaso, dir: Abel Ferrara
    Share, dir: Pippa Bianco
    For Sama, dirs: Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts
    Etre Vivant Et Le Savoir/To Be Alive and Know It, dir: Alain Cavalier
    Family Romance LLC, dir: Werner Herzog
    Que Sea Ley, Juan Solanas

    Midnight Screenings
    “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil,” Lee Won-Tae

    Critics week (Features competition)
    About Lelia, dir: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
    Land Of Ashes, dir: Sofía Quirós Ubeda
    A White, White Day, dir: Hlynur Pálmason
    I Lost My Body, dir: Jérémy Clapin
    Our Mothers, dir: César Diaz
    The Unknown Saint, dir: Alaa Eddine Aljem
    Vivarium, dir: Lorcan Finnegan


    ALAIN DELON WILL GET A SPECIAL PALM; XAVIER DOLAN IS BACK; SO IS CÉLINE SCIAMMA (WATERLILIES, TOMBOY, GIRLHOOD)
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    Does anyone recognize those two guys? They are featured in a poster for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's new movie. It's not ready yet. If it gets ready, it will be at Cannes.

    Bruce Lee is a character, also Charles Manson.
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    Directors' Fortnight /Quinzaine des réalisateurs announced.

    The Directors’ Fortnight runs from 15-25 May. There is some hint of controversy since a Netflix film, Anvari's Wounds, was chosen, and Cannes bars Netflix films. But the Fortnight has been run independently of but concurrently with the Festival since 1969.

    Some cool genre variations are featured here. Eggers is the director of the much-admired The Witch (Filmleaf reviewed, 2015). This one casts Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in a tale drawn from seafarer myths. It's released by A24. Wounds actually debuted at Sundance. It's a psychological horror film starring among others Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson. Bertrand Bonello's film, set in Haiti in 1962, depicts a return from the dead, a family curse, and sugar plantations. Fabrice Luchini plays the mayor in Pariser's political film. Dogs Don't Wear Pants is a Finnish film about S&M practices. Song Without a Name is about child trafficking in Peru in the Eighties.Guadignino's The Staggering Girl is a 35 min. film directed for the clothing company Valentino and starring Julianne Moore.


    ALICE AND THE MAYOR

    Directors’ Fortnight lineup
    Alice and the Mayor (dir Nicolas Pariser)
    And Then We Danced (dir Levan Akin)
    Blow It to Bits (dir Lech Kowalski)
    Deerskin (dir Quentin Dupieux) – opening film
    Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (dir Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää)
    First Love (dir Takashi Miike)
    An Easy Girl (dir Rebecca Zlotowski)
    For the Money (dir Alejo Moguillansky)
    Ghost Tropic (dir Bas Devos)
    Give Me Liberty (dir Kirill Mikhanovsky)
    The Halt (dir Lav Diaz)
    The Lighthouse (dir Robert Eggers)
    Lillian (dir Andreas Horwath)
    Oleg (dir Juris Kursietis)
    The Orphanage (dir Shahrbanoo Sadat)
    Les Particules (dir Blaise Harrison)
    Perdrix (dir Erwan Le Duc)
    Sick, Sick, Sick (dir Alice Furtado)
    Song Without a Name (dir Melina León)
    Tlamess (dir Ala Eddine Slim)
    To Live to Sing (dir Johnny Ma)
    Wounds (dir Babak Anvari)
    Yves (dir Benoît Forgeard) – closing film
    Zombi Child (dir Bertrand Bonello)

    Special screenings
    Red 11 (dir Robert Rodriguez)
    The Staggering Girl (dir Luca Guadagnino)

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    Ode to cinema … Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino in Once Upon
    a Time in Hollywood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia Pictures Corporation


    Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be at Cannes, after all.

    Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to have world premiere at Cannes
    Director 'has not left the editing room in months' to complete much-anticipated film in time for festival unveiling


    -Headlines for today's Guardian article. You'll find it H E R E.

    That's good news for Tarantino fans. Tarantino loves Cannes and really appreciates it as cinema heaven, the global center for everything exciting that happens for the year in movies. The new Tarantino film will be included in Competition for the Palme d'Or, which he won in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.

    The festival also announced that Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo, the second part of a projected trilogy by Blue Is the Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche, and Gaspar Noé’s Lux Æterna have been added to the selection.

    The Cannes film festival runs 14-25 May.
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    Controversy over that special Palm for French film actor Alain Delon.


    ALAIN DELON [VARIETY]

    The Cannes Film Festival is going forward with its decision to award an honorary Palme d’Or to Alain Delon despite criticism from the U.S. organization Women and Hollywood over comments that the veteran French actor has made about slapping women, opposing the adoption of children by same-sex parents [he's called it "against nature"] and supporting the rise of the far right in France.
    VARIETY
    Alain Delon is one of the most glamorous and iconic French movie stars of all time. The French are not amused by the PC American condemnation of Delon's getting an honorary Palme at 83, and call it a reversion to the McCarthyism of the Fifties. When one thinks of Delon one particularly recalls René Clément's classic Patricia Highsmith adaptation Purple Noon/Plein soleil and Jean-Pierre Melville's noir masterpieces Le Samouraï and Un flic. With his cool, hard-edged French male beauty and subtle physical acting, Delon is one of the great ones, whatever bad views he has expressed on talk shows as a sad old man. AS Frémaux said, this is not the Nobel Prize, it's a movie award. He was also chosen by Antonioni to costar with Monica Vitti in L'Eclisse.


    ALAIN DELON IN RENÉ CLÉMENT'S PURPLE NOON
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    Cannes 2019 Festival opens. Sex, violence, gender parity issues. Netflix. Jury President Iñárritu.


    ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ IÑÁRRITU AT CANNES [GUARDIAN]

    [Based on opening surveys in the Guardian and Variety]

    Tarantino controversies

    So Tarantino is coming, with his new film ready for Competition. But will its treatment of the Sharon Tate murders offend taste? QT is in trouble with the #MeToo crowd following rumors of his maltreatment of Uma Thurman while making the "Kill Bill" movies (he apologized; but he has also been quoted as saying that Polanski's 13-year-old sex victim was "down with it"). Another Cannes biggie who'll be present is Ken Loach, with his gig economy drama Sorry We Missed You, likewise Pedro Almodóvar with his film industry memoir Pain and Glory, and the Dardenne brothers with a radicalization story, The Young Ahmed. Terrence Malick's film, A Hidden Life, is about the anti-Nazi Franz Jägerstätter. (Malick has been elusive of late years, and may not even be present at the festival.)

    The gender parity issue

    The festival directorship itself has no great feminist reputation given how slow it is to bring in more female directors. Despite Thierry Frémaux's signing a gender parity pledge, only 4 out of 23 Competition films are by female directors. Frémaux has said people are asking more of Cannes than of other festivals. In defense of the honoring of the sexist and homophobic Alain Delon, he has declared, "We’re not going to give the Nobel peace prize to Alain Delon. . .He is entitled to express his views. Today it is very difficult to honor somebody because you have a sort of political police that falls on you."

    Netrlix and theaters

    French distributors were furious at the 2017 Cannes inclusion of Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, for which Netflix disobeyed the French requirement of holding streaming release for 36 months after theatrical release. Last year Netflix held their prime release ROMA for another festival. There are no Netflix movies in this year's Cannes Festival either (but Martin Scorsese’s mob tale The Irishman and Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers journalist investigation tale The Laundromat simply weren't ready in time anyway).

    Jury President Iñárritu speaks out

    The Jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (incidentally the first Mexican ever to hold this post at Cannes) has used his position to blast Trump's wall and defend movie theaters against the encroachments of their territory by Netflix. "Cinema was born to be experienced in a communal experience," he said (i.e., not to be watched at home alone). Of Trump's policies, Iñárritu said "As an artist, I can express through my job and with my heart open what I think to be truthful. I think the problem is what is happening is the ignorance. People do not know, it’s very easy to manipulate." He said his selection by the festival is a repudiation of Trump's anti-immigrant policies.


    ROHRWACHER, FANNING, N'DIAYE, IÑÁRRITU AT CANNES [GUARDIAN]
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