14 posts categorized "War"

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 08, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: ATLANTICS —MATI DIOP

Atlantiques

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with  Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. A few days after the departure of the boys, a fire devastates Ada’s wedding party, while a mysterious fever starts to spread. Could Souleiman be back for Ada?

Mati Diop

French-Senegalese actress/writer/director Mati Diop screens her debut premiere feature in Competition with "Antlantics." 

Mati Diop is the daughter of Senegalese jazz musician Wasis Diop, and niece to the late,  Senegalese filmmaker, actor, orator, composer and poet Djibril Diop Mambéty (see films, “Touki Bouki” and “Hyènes”). Diop starred opposite Alex Descas in  Claire Denis’s “35 Shots of Rum.” 

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May 01, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: JEANNE —BRUNO DUMONT

JEANNE BRUNO DUMONT

"A musical that tells Joan of Arc’s story through her victorious battles against the English, court case and death, burnt at the stake."

BRUNO DUMONT

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Dumont is one of Cinema's most inventive, and innovative, auteurs. Dumont's films transport the viewer to unknown yet familiar dramatic realms where magical realism thrives. "Jeanne" sees Dumont stepping into a musical dialectic that is certain to vibrate with universal energies. As thematically oblique as Dumont's films ("Camille Claudel 1915" or "Slack Bay") might seem on the surface, you can savor filmic satire as theatrically fresh and politically relevant as anything the Group Theater did in American in the '30s. 

Lise Leplat Prudhomme promises a breakout performance in the title role. "Jeanne" is being screened in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.

"Bruno Dumont directed his first feature film at the age of thirty-eight: La vie de Jésus(1996), shot in Bailleul, where he was born. This film earned him immediate acclaim: it was selected for the Director's Fortnight, winning a Caméra d'Or Special Mention. Creating demanding, singular and raw works of cinema, Bruno Dumont returned to Cannes in 1999, in Competition, with L'humanité. He was awarded the Grand Prix and a double Best Performance prize for two of the films non-professional actors."

"Bruno Dumont moved away from Northern France to shoot Twenty-nine Palms in the Californian desert, a road movie that was selected for the Venice Mostra in 2003. In 2006, Flandres, a harsh film about the devastation caused by war, received the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes." 

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