Sunday, 26 April 2009

#33 Cannes Film Festival 09

The Cannes Film Festival is rolling around the corner and will be taking place next month on the 13th to the 24th. And the list of line ups has been reviled and I have it here for you guys. The line up is listed below and includes the directors in brackets.

Opening film

Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson)
Closing film
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (Jan Kounen)

In competition

Bright Star (Jane Campion)
Spring Fever (Lou Ye)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)
Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
Les Herbes folles (Alain Resnais)
In the Beginning (Xavier Giannoli)
A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
Vengeance (Johnnie To)
The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman)
Vincere (Marco Bellocchio)
Kinatay (Brillante Mendoza)
Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Isabel Coixet)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
Looking for Eric (Ken Loach)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)

Out of competition

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam)
The Army of Crime (Robert Guédiguian)
Agora (Alejandro Amenábar)

Now he is a few of the films that I am especially interested about.

First film I’m going to talk about is Terry Gilliam’s new film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. This is an interesting sounding film. I say sounding because I haven’t seen any thing about it. There’s only been a few pictures and a synopsis that’s been released. Who knows why there hasn’t been a trailer but I’m looking forward to reading about it once its been shown. It’s about some travailing show that’s led by some 1000 year old gentleman called Dr Parnassus. Really the hole thing sounds so weird but being a Gilliam fan I think its right up his street and he’s more then capable to pull it off. Oh, and it was Heath Ledger’s last film but after his death was replaced by Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.

Then comes Thirst which is a vampire pic from controversial Korean director Park Chan-Wook who’s most famous in the West for Oldboy (2003). The films is about a priest (Song Kang-Ho) who is transformed into a blood sucking vampire after a failed medical experiment. When will they learn? But I think it sounds like a great film a vampire priest riddled with guilt after devouring people. It’s definitely a film I want to see.

Thirst Korean Trailer

The third film which I’m definitely going to see at the end of the May is Drag Me To Hell. I recently did a blog on director Sam Raimi’s return to horror and listed why I wanted to see this film. Not much to say on it because I have all ready wrote about it.

New Film Blog #29 Raimi's Long Awaited Return

The last big film I’m looking forward to reading about is Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards. Now anyone that knows me know that Tarantino is my favourite director, so to them this isn’t a surprise. But I think that it has a really good chance of winning because Tarantino and Cannes have a good history together as Tarantino was a judge a few years back. The films about Jewish soldiers going over to France to kill Nazi’s and along the way they run into Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent, a Jewish girl out for vengeance. The cast for the Bastards is interesting (Eli Roth for example) but overall from the trailer it looks great. Can’t wait till it comes to England in August but until then I will have to put up worth reading how it turns out.

Ingloriouse Bastard HD Trailer

That’s about it for now wait until Cannes is over to find out who won and what people said about the films.

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