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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Five: Antichrist!

Posted on Monday May 18, 2009, 03:51 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day Five: Antichrist!

It's incredibly late at night, or rather, it's early in the morning, but I feel I have to write about Antichrist, the new film by Lars Von Trier. I avoided everyone who went to the earlier screening and I saw the film cold (well, lukewarm by anyone else's standards, since I knew that Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg were in it, and that their only co-stars were a fox, a deer and a bird). Anyhow, I was blown away by it. You will have read by now that it is terrible, an embarrassment and a career low, and I can't argue with any of that, since I can't figure out how to give it an Empire rating myself. So it's not a film I can recommend. But it's definitely something I can say is worth seeing if you want to see where film history has been, is at, and can go (if that makes sense). To be honest, I thought that Lars, sensing his career as an ageing enfant terrible was about to go tits up, would deliver a gruesome, gruelling genre movie to re-establish himself as a provocateur. H...

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Four: Thelma and not Louise*

Posted on Sunday May 17, 2009, 11:22 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day Four: Thelma and not Louise*

Today is going to be quiet, film-wise, as i won't get a chance to see anything until Lars Von Trier's horror thriller Antichrist, which screens this evening and which I'm most excited about. So to fill today's blog slot, here are some excerpts from an interview I did yesterday with the very wonderful Thelma Schoonmaker, a brilliant editor who had the good fortune not only to meet Martin Scorsese back in the day, an encounter that resulted in one of the most incredible collaborations in the history of film, but to marry the late visionary British filmmaker Michael Powell, a passionate and intelligent director whose influence can still be seen today in films by directors as diverse as Scorsese, George Romero and Baz Luhrmann. Francis Ford Coppola's new film Tetro even includes a sequence based on Powell's majestic Tales Of Hoffman, made with longtime partner Emeric Pressburger, but his clearly heartfelt tribute it doesn't even come even halfway close to the original.

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Four: A Prophet and Mother

Posted on Saturday May 16, 2009, 17:32 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day Four: A Prophet and Mother

Sadly, I don't have much time to write about today's discoveries, but I'll make a special effort to bring your attention to Jacques Audiard's A Prophet (pictured) and Bong Joon-ho's Mother. A Prophet is an astonishingly detailed crime drama that could end up being this year's Gomorra, but although it's arguably more accessible, its 2hr 30 running time might deter many that might otherwise be drawn to it. Beautifully performed, shot and performed, it stars Tahar Rahim as Malik, a young illiterate Arab who is sent to prison for assaulting cops. Formerly a juvenile delinquent, he is now old enough to go to the big house, and he is immediately accosted by a Corsican gang who run the joint. The Corsicans want him to kill an informant who is being housed there in transit, and though he is reluctant, Malik realises he has to do what they say or be killed in forfeit. The first half hour is tense and desperately uncomfortable as the Corsicans train him in murder: he learns ...

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Three: Part Two

Posted on Friday May 15, 2009, 18:47 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day Three: Part Two

I hadn't planned to see Taking Woodstock today because it clashed with my plans to see the restoration of Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes, one of my all-time favourite films. But now I've seen Ang Lee's latest, I'm so very moved to write about this fabulous film at once that my entire evening will have to be revised. In short, Lee has done it again; he really has to be one of the most intelligent, subtle and all-round perfect directors working in the English language. What he has done here beats Cameron Crowe at his own game; it's like a Wes Anderson movie with real people and real feelings, and, for me, it's the first truly great movie to receive its world premiere in 2009.

Set 40 years ago this August, Taking Woodstock is an account of the setting up and staging of the three-day music festival that provided both the acme of the 60s experience and also the end, the quintessence of the moment – “the crest of a high and beautiful wave” – lamented by Johnny...

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Three: Part One

Posted on Friday May 15, 2009, 11:04 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival

Sorry! Sorry! I have made a terrible mistake! The screening of Fish Tank was at 11.30, not 11am as I presumed, which means I would have had to have left before the end to make my 1pm stage interview at the UK Pavilion with actor Matt Smith. Any by all means the film is great (“Borderline five stars,” said one normally unexcitable critic), so I'll try to catch up with it next Sunday at the repetitions. And beyond that, it's in Edinburgh anyway, plus it's out in the UK quite soon, I think. But the annoying thing is that I missed Humpday. Grrr. But that, too, is in Edinburgh. Hooray!

In the meantime, here are my thoughts on a couple of films I saw last night. Huacho is a Chilean film that follows a rural family in the day to day life. First their power goes, because they haven't paid their electricity bill. Then granny makes cheese and flogs it. The mum goes to work as a cleaner. Then the son goes to school. Then grandad puts up a fence. Er, and that's it. Beauti...

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day Two: Tetro

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2009, 15:38 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day Two: Tetro

Day Two began with a conundrum: Fish Tank or Tetro? That is, the new film from the UK's Andrea Arnold, which I'm told is even better than her debut, Red Road, or the latest from Francis Ford Coppola, his allegedly back-to-basics, intimate masterpiece. In the end, I went for Tetro, figuring I can probably see Fish Tank tomorrow – which leaves me with tomorrow's conundrum – Humpday or Fish Tank? – seeing as it starts very soon after another film on my want-to-see list.

The big story with Tetro is that is would be, no pun intended, one from the heart, a highly personal story of two Italian-American brothers who are reunited in Buenos Aires. I hadn't seen Youth Without Youth, and nothing I heard about it made me want to, but I was keen to see Tetro all the same, largely because it stars the crazy Vincent Gallo, the lovely Maribel Verdu and the imperious Klaus Maria Brandauer. Two hours later I emerged somewhat disappointed. It's not a ca...

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Cannes Film FestivalVideo: Bumblebee In Cannes

Posted on Wednesday May 13, 2009, 17:26 by Amar Vijay in Cannes Film Festival

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes Day One: Up

Posted on Wednesday May 13, 2009, 17:02 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Day One: Up

The Cannes film festival got off to an unusual start for me, since I was actually able to get into the press screening of Up in good time and actually sit downstairs in the Salle Debussy, which may not sound like much of a treat but it should tell you something about the bureaucracy here that it is. It's like the scene in Borat when he realises his New York hotel room has a chair in it: king of the castle indeed. But what made the extra difference was the the 3D specs I was handed on the way in. Not the red and green ones I got for Creature From The Black Lagoon, or the polarised ones I got for Parasite or even My Bloody Valentine 3D: this were big chunky red plastic goggles. Even festival director Thierry Fremaux got excited, getting up onstage to take a snap of the bespectacled masses.

This certainly was the cutting edge of 3D, but the downside of wearing the damn things is that it made Up, a light, funny and very brisk comedy, seem longer than it ought...

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Cannes Film FestivalCannes 2008: Epilogue

Posted on Tuesday May 27, 2008, 08:59 by Damon Wise in Cannes Film Festival
Cannes 2008: Epilogue

Well, everyone has gone (apart from us), the posters are coming down, the locals are being slightly nicer and the front of house security staff are going back to wherever it is they go to learn to be so impossible to deal with. And as the dust is settling, it's time to reflect on the division of prizes, which, like the title of the surprisingly amiable Barry Levinson movie-about-movies that closed the event, jury president Sean Penn promised would leave us thinking What Just Happened?

Well, the first surprise was actually a relief: there was only an acting prize for Steven Soderbergh's Che. Soderbergh's loosey-goosey sketch of the rise of the Argentinian rebel leader has been something of a cause celebre since it screened last Wednesday evening (or rather, at 270 minutes, it WAS last Wednesday evening). True, it had some moments, but the fact remains that the film really was not finished. Or should that be films, plural? Even now, nobody really knows what's going on with Che, me...

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Cannes Film FestivalIn Pictures: Closing Ceremony

Posted on Monday May 26, 2008, 14:01 by Amar Vijay in Cannes Film Festival

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