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John Boorman is back at Cannes

The venerable director’s Queen and Country, supported by the Irish Film Board, will play at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight strand

Tue, Apr 22, 2014, 16:02


The Directors’ Fortnight strand — a semi-official product of les événements de l’année 1968 — at Cannes has just been announced and John Boorman’s Queen and Country is among the runners. The new piece, a sort of sequel to John’s 1987 autobiographical film Hope and Glory, moves on from the London Blitz to tell the tale of a young soldier fighting in the Korean War. Caleb Landry Jones, so good in Brandon Cronenberg’s Anti-Viral, stars alongside David Thewlis, Tamsin Egerton, and Richard E. Grant. Queen and Country was produced with support from The Irish Film Board. We think this is the first time a Boorman film has been in one of big races at Cannes since The General won best director back in 1998.

There are other tasty dainties to be savoured in the programme. Frederick Wiseman, the indefatigable documentarist, has now turned his attention to the UK’s National Gallery with a film entitled — to the surprise of no Wiseman enthusiasts — National Gallery. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, a big hit at this year’s Sundance, also gets a berth at the Théâtre Croisette. Special presentations include a buffed-up edition of Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw massacre and an episode from Bruno Dumont’s new TV series Li’l Quinquin.

As ever, the best Cannes coverage will be in your soaraway Irish Times.


Alleluia, dir: Fabrice Du Welz
Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe
Next To Her, dir: Asaf Korman
Cold In July, dir: Jim Mickle
Fighters, dir: Thomas Cailley
Gett — The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, dir: Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz
Kaguya-Hime No Monogatari, dir: Isao Takahata
Eat Your Bones, dir: Jean-Charles Hue
A Hard Day, dir: Seong-Hun Kim
National Gallery, dir: Frederick Wiseman
Queen And Country, dir: John Boorman
Refugiado, dir: Diego Lerman
These Final Hours, dir: Zach Hilditch
Tu Dors Nicole, dir: Stéphane Lafleur
Whiplash, dir: Damien Chazelle

Li’l Quinquin, dir: Bruno Dumont
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dir: Tobe Hooper (4K restoration)