Archives for May 2008

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LA FRONTIERE DE L’AUBE (COMP.)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The new Philippe Garrel film La Frontiere de L'Aube (COMP) screened this morning before a Theatre Lumiere which was filled to capacity. The film's an elegy to a love that’s impossible and links to what separates the visible world from the afterlife. The director's son Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) stars opposite Laura Smet in this self-absorbed but beautifully lensed tale of broken ... more >

THE FILM EVENT OF CANNES 2008: CLINT EASTWOOD’S CHANGELING

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Clint Eastwood’s Changeling screened today as part of the Selection Officielle. It stars Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Jeffrey Donovan. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, the film's first notable accomplishment is its art direction: from the Ford Model Ts lining LA’s quiet residential streets to the rickety trolleys going past, Eastwood’s team did their homework and the effects are ... more >

DAY 5 – CANNES 2008 – GOMORRA (COMP)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) A man steps inside a tanning bed and slips his hands into straps, facing us. He stands, naked, as the silver-blue lights behind him flicker and the machine whirs to life. Moments later, someone steps inside the booth and shoot him in the head. The opening scene of Gomorra, by italian director Matteo Garrone, is a memorable one. Clocking in at well over two hours, Gomorra casts a ... more >

DE OFRIVILLIGA (U.C.R.)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Swedish slices of life revealing Sweden's libertarian sexual mores is how I would describe this UCR offering which screened today at Cannes. Patriarchal family life, a principled bus driver who stops his bus until a problem is resolved among the passengers, two young girls on a perpetual sexual dare, men of questionable sexual orientation. Oestlund's camera shows us these ... more >

DAY 5 – CANNES 2008 – INDIANA JONES PREMIERE

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The usually frantic Cannes Festival reached fever pitch today for the world premiere of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Journalists turned into starstruck fans and the masses outside the doors of the palais grew in size exponentially. And it was an event: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford walked down the red carpet just before the scheduled 7:30 screening in ... more >

DAY 4 – CANNES 2008 – JE VEUX VOIR (UCR)

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Today, Joana Hadjithomas’ and Khalil Joreige’s Je Veux Voir stirred the crowd and asserted itself through sheer originality. There isn't much in the way of background as to why Catherine Deneuve is in Beirut, just that '[she] wants to see' the war zones, or "je veux voir" (I want to see) as she she simply replies when prodded. Seeing means traveling to the most hard-hit parts of ... more >

DAY 4 – CANNES 2008 – LINHA DE PASSE

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Day 4 in Cannes began in earnest with the new Walter Salles film called Linha de Passe, an astonishingly beautiful fresco about a dysfunctional family living in the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Salles co-directed with Daniela Thomas and used a non-actors except for Vinicius de Oliveira who was seen in Salles’ earlier film Central Station. After several false starts and some screenplay ... more >