Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Cannes Preview: 2011 Competition, and the 2010 Palme d'Or

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11-22.  From my reading about the upcoming event, there's a lot to look forward to.  

This year, among the 22 films in competition are works by three of my favorite filmmakers: Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, and Woody Allen.  World cinema is also represented by countries such as Japan, Turkey, and Australia, as well as European cinema powerhouses like  France, Italy Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The competition Jury President this year is Robert DeNiro, and among the Jury members are Jude Law, Uma Thurman, and Lin Ullmann, writer and daughter of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman.

Apart from the familiar directors and personalities, I am anxious for the possibility of an unknown film by an unfamiliar director to make an impression and break out for international distribution.

For a complete list of the competing films, click here .

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Coming Soon: A review of the 2010 Palme d'Or winner, the unusual and meditative "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", which finally opened in Chicago for a limited run.

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