Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

It’s all about Haneke

As the grey skies closed in and genuinely torential rain hammered the pavement, the main competition kicked properly into gear with the screening of Michael Haneke’s Amour. The Austrian director is now big favourite for the Palme d’Or with a …

Sun, May 20, 2012, 22:40

   

As the grey skies closed in and genuinely torential rain hammered the pavement, the main competition kicked properly into gear with the screening of Michael Haneke’s Amour. The Austrian director is now big favourite for the Palme d’Or with a collection of bookies that I’ve just made up.

There were other things worth watching today. I finally caught up with Anti-Viral, the first film by Brandon Cronenberg, son of the more famous David. I’ll speak more about it in the paper on Tuesday. But suffice to say the body-horrible apple has not fallen too far from the tree.

Looks ominous out there.

Master Cronenberg’s film plays in the Un Certain regard section, which is the premiere sidebar event. It’s hard to define what makes it in there and what doesn’t. The notion is that those films are just a little bit more (to use the local lingo) outré. But I have seen some perfectly cosy pictures playing in the supposedly edgy section. I very much enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild at this year’s Un Certain Regard.  Darezhan Omirbaev’s Student, a take on Crime and Punishment, went down rather less well. The event closes with a biopic of Renoir (the painter, not the film-maker) by Gilles Bourdos.

Look, here’s a photo I took from inside the auditorium at a UCR event.

Tomorrow we have the latest film from the 89-year-old Alain Resnais which ventures out under the optimistic title You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. We also get to see Like Someone in Love, the new film from arch-oddball Abbas Kiarostami. The fun never stops. Does it?