13 posts categorized "Editorial"

April 30, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: LA BELLE ÉPOQUE —NICOLAS BEDOS

LA BELLE EPOQUE

"Victor (Daniel Auteuil), a jaded sixty-something, has his life turned upside down the day that Antoine (Guillaume Canet), a flourishing entrepreneur, offers him a unique new brand of entertainment. Using a combination of theatrical artifice and historical re-enactment, his company gives its clients the opportunity to delve back into the period of their choice. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life."

NICOLAS BEDOS

French actor-comedian-filmmaker Nicolas Bedos directs his second film, to be screened Out of Competition. French acting royalty Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, and the great Fanny Ardant star in this drama with comic underpinnings. There is no sense attending Cannes if you aren’t going to sample the latest works from French filmmakers.

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April 29, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: DIEGO MARADONA —ASIF KAPADIA

Maradona

"Having never won a major tournament, ailing football giant SSC Napoli had criminally underachieved. Their fanatical support was unequalled in both passion and size. None was more feared. But how they ached for success. On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee and for seven years all hell broke loose.  The world’s most celebrated football genius and the most dysfunctional city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it; the charismatic Argentine, quickly led Naples to their first-ever title.  It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price; Diego could do as he pleased whilst performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became almost a prisoner of the city."

"The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive and in the style of Senna and Amy, will be a high-end and definitive feature documentary made with the full support of Maradona. In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption, and ultimately redemption." 

ASIF KAPADIA

British filmmaker Asif Kapadia came into fame for his 2010 documentary "Senna," about Brazilian motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna, before winning the 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for "Amy," Kapadia's stunning documentary about the late Amy Winehouse. Much more than understanding the proper use of chyrons, Kapadia is a rigorous documentarian with a knack for creating a palpable bond between his subject and his audience. 

"Diego Maradona" will play Outside of Competition (for the Palme d'Or). Diego Maradona is scheduled to attend the festival. 

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April 26, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: IT MUST BE HEAVEN —ELIA SULEIMAN

IT MUST BE HEAVEN

"Elia Suleiman, the central character and narrator, escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to realize that Palestine is always there, just behind him. The promise of a new life soon turns into a comedy of errors. However far he travels, from Paris to New York, something reminds him home: the police, border controls and racism are never far away… And while he does everything he can to integrate into a new society, trying to erase the traces of his nationality, everyone constantly reminds him of where he has come from. As he wanders and wonders, through searching and self-searching, Elia Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where can we truly call home? From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a burlesque saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging… in which humor brings new hope for others and for Suleiman himself."

Elia-suleiman

Palestinian auteur/actor Elia Suleiman returns to Cannes since winning the Jury Prize for his 2002 film “Divine Intervention.” Suleiman takes inspiration from Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton to inform his use of deadpan humor to address harsh political and social conditions. Screening in Competition, “It Must Be Heaven” places Elia Suleiman in the best international spotlight.

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