32 posts categorized "International Cinema"

May 24, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: PARASITE —BONG JOON HO

Parasite

"All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident." "Parasite" is a critical darling at Cannes this year; it is poised for a Palme d'Or win if the trade winds on the Riviera are true. 

Bong Joon Ho

Bong Joon-Ho is one of the biggest names in Korean Cinema for good reason. Bong is a gifted auteur whose films (see “The Host” 2006) carry humor, social satire, suspense, and human interests in equal measure. Bong’s film “Okja” debuted at Cannes in 2017 — I was there for that, super fun.

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May 22, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: LES MISÉRABLES —LADJ LY

Les_miserables

"Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil, in the Paris suburbs. Alongside his new colleagues Chris and Gwada – both experienced members of the team – he quickly discovers tensions running high between neighborhood gangs.

When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action… Inspired by the riots of 2005, César nominee and Kourtrajmé collective member Ladj Ly explores contemporary Montfermeil, the same place where Victor Hugo chose to set “Les Misérables” in 1862. More than 150 years later, the similarities between today’s angry, hoodie-wearing youth and Gavroche are only too clear."

LADJ LY

Ladj Ly's debut narrative feature makes a splash at Cannes by having his debut feature included in the Competition for the Palme d'Or. Festival buzz says Ly's impressive film could take the Palme. The Parisian Ly has worked as an actor and documentary filmmaker, and is notably one of the founding members of the Kourtrajamé artists collective that includes a free film school open to students over 18. Ladj Ly seems to be on the verge of rich career as an auteur.

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May 21, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: THE LIGHTHOUSE —ROBERT EGGERS

Lighthouse

The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old (Willem Defoe) who lives in early 20th-century Maine. Robert Pattinson stars opposite Willem Defoe in this instant classic two-hander.

Robert Eggers

Robert Eggers (“The Witch”) is a true renaissance man. Production and costume designer, art director, writer, actor, and director represent Eggers’s resume of work that have brought him to making “The Lighthouse,” a film that promises to make a powerful impact on audiences. This black-and-white darling of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival screens in the old-fashioned style of silent pictures with a 1.19:1 aspect ratio (a nearly perfect square).

I’m really looking forward to seeing “The Lighthouse.” Palm d’Or front-runner you say; you don’t say.

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