Donald Clarke

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The Cannes Competition Gets its first 3-D Movie

Last year there was much grumbling — some of it in this newspaper — about the quality of those films competing for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. This year’s programme, which was announced this morning, is potentially a great deal …

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 13:38

   

Last year there was much grumbling — some of it in this newspaper — about the quality of those films competing for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. This year’s programme, which was announced this morning, is potentially a great deal juicier. There are new films from such distinguished directors as The Dardennes Brothers, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Pedro Almodovar, Nanni Moretti and Lars von Trier. Lynne Ramsay’s adpatation of Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin has made it in. Despite opening here a week before the festival kicks off, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life has also made the grade. Obviously, any one of these directors could deliver a dud, but punters will at least be in a position to approach the screenings in hopeful expectation. The most disapointing (if expected) ommission has to be David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. It was already suspected that Cronenberg’s film on Freud and Jung would not be ready in time.

It is also worth noting that an Irish co-production has made it into the big league. Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must be the Place, starring Sean Penn and Francis McDormand was filmed here and was developed with Irish company Element Pictures.

The really diverting news, however, could be that a 3-D film has made it into the competition. No, it’s not Thor. The great Takashi Miike’s new film, Ichimei, will, indeed, requiring the wearing of special spectacles.

Other observations? Well, last year it was noted that not a single female director made it into the compeition. This year, with four women in the list, there are more than ever before. That has to be a good thing.

Anyway, here is the complete list. Click on the link above and you can also discover what’s playing in the slightly racier Un Certain Regard Section.

Pedro ALMODÓVAR LA PIEL QUE HABITO 2h00
Bertrand BONELLO L’APOLLONIDE – SOUVENIRS DE LA MAISON CLOSE 2h02
Alain CAVALIER PATER 1h45
Joseph CEDAR HEARAT SHULAYIM
(Footnote)
1h45
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA
(Once upon a time in Anatolia)
2h30
Jean-Pierre et Luc DARDENNE LE GAMIN AU VÉLO 1h27
Aki KAURISMÄKI LE HAVRE 1h43
Naomi KAWASE HANEZU NO TSUKI 1h31
Julia LEIGH SLEEPING BEAUTY – 1st film - 1h44
MAIWENN POLISSE 2h14
Terrence MALICK THE TREE OF LIFE 2h18
Radu MIHAILEANU LA SOURCE DES FEMMES 2h15
Takashi MIIKE ICHIMEI
(Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samuraï)
2h06
Nanni MORETTI HABEMUS PAPAM 1h42
Lynne RAMSAY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 1h50
Markus SCHLEINZER MICHAEL – 1st film - 1h34
Paolo SORRENTINO THIS MUST BE THE PLACE 1h58
Lars VON TRIER MELANCHOLIA 2h10
Nicolas WINDING REFN DRIVE 1h35

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