Thursday, April 14, 2016

Russian “(M) student” and others – Kommersant

Film Festival

Announced the official program of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Her comments ANDREW PLAKHOV.

Names of Woody Allen (his film “The Beautiful People” will be shown at the opening), Steven Spielberg ( “Big Friendly Giant” – non-competition screenings) and many directors competition program promises classic movies in good traditions. Even those who not so long ago was considered avant-garde, is now perceived quietly on their new jobs waiting for is not open, and quality. This – “Juliet” by Pedro Almodovar, “Personal Shopper” Olivier Assayas, “Paterson” Jim Jarmusch. Once counter these pillars of postmodernism brothers Dardenne, blow up the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 his hyperrealistic “Rosetta” themselves have become classics of “The Stranger”, it is likely to be a pretty good friend.

From: expect the unexpected – even if they can wait? Hardly by Ken Loach ( “I, Daniel Blake”). Or by French actress Nicole Garcia, in the role of the film director’s “stone disease”. Most intriguing, Bruno Dumont, turning from the cruel and painful to those toward comedy ( “Still Waters Run Deep”), and Xavier Dolan, a child prodigy from Quebec, who shot the first French film with big stars and soothing called “This is just the end of the world.” From Veterans biggest expectation is Paul Verhoeven with long-awaited film “She”. It is interesting to take a look and that will be represented female contestants – a German Maren Ade ( “Tony Erdman”) and an Englishwoman Andrea Arnold ( “American Honey”). There is still something straight from the tin expect from Jeff Nichols ( “Loving”) and Nicolas Winding Refn ( “Neon Demon”), despite the failure of his previous tapes.

The Cannes competition also involved Filipino Briyyante Mendoza and Korean Park Chan-wook, but all Asia presented poorly, and Latin America – even weaker, and this fact is almost certainly not enhance the power drive festival. As usual, in the European part of the program is dominated by the French-speaking cinema and the French film industry, we have become accustomed to this and almost resigned. In Eastern Europe, on the map it the largest country was Romania. Great Romanian cinema (not being sarcastic) represented by two films of outstanding directors – “Sierra Nevada” Cristi Puiu, and “Family photos” Cristian Mungiu.

Russia to Cannes kinokarte yet found a place – though not in the competition, and in the “Un Certain Regard”. It selected the film “(M) student”, shot by Kirill Serebrennikov, based on the homonymous theater production based on the play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg. The picture tells the story of a schoolboy, who fell into religious fanaticism. Kirill Serebrennikov has already participated in a competition of Locarno and Venice and this is the first time invited to the official program of the Cannes festival. It is possible that some kind of a picture of Russian (perhaps it would be “Zoology” Ivan I. Tverdovskogo) falls into one of the parallel programs of Cannes, which will be announced a few days ago.


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