Tarantino, Ang Lee, Loach line up for Cannes gold.A wartime rampage by Quentin Tarantino Noun 1. Quentin Tarantino - United States filmmaker (born in 1963)
Quentin Jerome Tarantino, Tarantino and a trip to Woodstock with Ang Lee will square off with Ken Loach's latest outing in a heavyweight battle for the top prize at next month's Cannes film festival Cannes Film Festival
Film festival held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. .
Big names such as Loach and Spain's Pedro AlmodEvar dominate the race for the coveted cov·et
v. cov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets
1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.
2. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire. Palme Pal·me , Olaf 1927-1986.
Swedish politician. As premier (1969-1976 and 1982-1986) he was widely respected for his efforts toward peace and disarmament. Palme was assassinated in 1986. d'Or at the Riviera festival, opposite hot new Asian talent, from the banned Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye
Lou Ye (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: to thriller master Johnnie To.
"All the great names of world cinema are here this year, and the old dogs have some fine new tricks in store," Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of the May 13-24 festival, told reporters Thursday.
In a break with recent years, Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" (sic), a World War II saga starring Brad Pitt, is the sole US contender in a competition with a strong Asian and European tilt.
Asked about the shortage of US fare in the lineup -- picked among 1,670 works from 120 countries -- Fremaux suggested last year's Hollywood writers' strike prevented many US directors from wrapping up in time for Cannes.
But US studios are still set to make a splash at the 62nd edition of the film industry's biggest annual fest, which opens with Pixar's new 3D animation movie "Up."
Heath Ledger's last screen role, in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" by US director Terry Gilliam, will also get an out-of-competition screening.
Gilliam's hotly-anticipated premiere is expected to bring a raft of A-list stars to Cannes, including Johnny Depp John Christopher Depp II (born June 9 1963) is an American actor. Biography
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to John Christopher Depp Sr., a city engineer, and Betty Sue (Wells), a waitress. , Colin Farrell and Jude Law. They all stepped in to play parts of Ledger's role after the actor died last year.
Representing the Middle East is Elia Suleiman's "The Time That Remains," the story of a Palestinian family catapulted from the 1940s to the present.
On the Asian front, French rock icon Johnny Hallyday Johnny Hallyday (born June 15, 1943 in Paris) is a French singer and actor.
An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, some consider him the French equivalent of Elvis Presley. takes the lead role in "Vengeance," the new crime flick by Hong Kong's To, while Malaysia's Tsai Ming-liang
Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese: 蔡明亮; Pinyin: Cài Míngliàng ("Goodbye Dragon Inn," "The Hole") draws on an all-star French cast for his entry "Face."
Chinese filmmaker Lou, who was banned from making films in China for five years when he submitted "Summer Palace" to Cannes without Beijing's approval in 2005, returns with an erotic tale of three-way love, titled "Spring Fever spring fever Vox populi A constellation of mental changes–eg, brighter mood, positive attitude, joie de vivre, that accompany longer, sunnier days in spring. See Heliotherapy. Cf Bright light therapy, Seasonal affective disorder. ."
Korea's Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook (born August 23, 1963 in the Tanyan area of Jecheon) is a South Korean director and screenwriter. , whose "Oldboy" wowed Cannes in 2004, is back with a vampire tale called "Thirst." The Philippines' Brillante Mendoza ("Serbis") is running with "Kinatay."
Festival goers will get a taste of the heady 1960s with Lee's latest offering, "Taking Woodstock," set during the epoch-defining US rock festival.
New Zealand's Jane Campion campion: see pink.
Any of the ornamental rock-garden or border plants that make up the genus Silene, of the pink family, consisting of about 500 species of herbaceous plants found throughout the world. , the first woman to win the Palme d'Or for "The Piano" in 1992, returns with a film about romantic poet John Keats, "Bright Star."
She is joined in the race for Cannes gold by two European women directors: Spain's Isabel Coixet with "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo" and young British director Angela Arnold ("Red Road") with "Fish Tank."
Oscar-winning Spaniard AlmodEvar is running with "Broken Embraces," a multi-strand drama starring PenE[umlaut umlaut (m`lout) [Ger.,=transformed sound], in inflection, variation of vowels of the type of English man to men. ]lope Cruz, an Oscar-winner herself. Loach's offer is "Looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. Eric," starring former footballer Eric Cantona.
The British director will go head to head with several fellow Palme winners, including Denmark's Lars von Trier Trier (trēr), Latin Augusta Treverorum, city (1994 pop. 99,183), Rhineland-Palatinate, SW Germany, a port on the Moselle (Ger. Mosel) River, near the Luxembourg border. who directed Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the horror film "Antichrist Antichrist (ăn`tĭkrīst), in Christian belief, a person who will represent on earth the powers of evil by opposing the Christ, glorifying himself, and causing many to leave the faith. ."
Austrian Cannes laureate Michael Haneke, winner of Cannes' 2005 best director award for "CachE[umlaut]," is running with "The White Ribbon," a film about fascism in early 20th-century Europe, while "Vincere" by Italy's Marco Bellocchio tells the story of Benito Mussolini's illegitimate son.
Nouvelle Vague veteran Alain Resnais is one of four French directors chosen to run, with "Les Herbes Folles" (Wild Grasses), a year after social drama "The Class" clinched France's first Palme d'Or in two decades.
Other French offerings include "Un Prophete" (A Prophet) by Jacques Audiard, who picked up a best screenplay award here in 1996 for "Un Hero Tres Discret."
And France's Gaspard Noe returns with "Soudain le Vide" (Enter the Void).
His brutal 2002 drama "Irreversible" divided the critics at Cannes.
British novelist Hanif Kureishi and US filmmaker James Gray are on the eight-member jury, chaired by French actress Isabelle Huppert, which will hand out awards after 12 frenzied days of red-carpet screenings, showbiz parties and wheeling-and-dealing.
Fortnight's Coppola premiere
US film giant Francis Ford Coppola Noun 1. Francis Ford Coppola - United States filmmaker (born in 1939)
Coppola is to premiere his new indie movie "Tetro," a tale of sibling rivalry sibling rivalry Psychology The intense, emotional competition among siblings–brothers and/or sisters that pits one against the other to obtain parental affection, approval, attention, and love. See Cain complex. Cf Oy child, Sibling relational problem. set in Buenos Aires, at the Directors' Fortnight sidebar.
Starring US actor Vincent Gallo in the title role, "Tetro" tells the story of a 17-year-old Italian-American who returns from New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of to the Buenos Aires of his youth to search for his writer brother, missing for a decade.
The Oscar-winning director, who also wrote the film, says he drew on his childhood memories to create a "personal" work about family relationships, although he denies it is autobiographical.
Shot last year on a $15-million budget, mostly in the Italian quarter of Buenos Aires, La Boca, the black-and-white film has more in common with European 1960s' cinema than Hollywood mega-productions, according to Coppola.
The Italian-American director of "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather" returned to the silver screen in 2007 after a 10-year absence, with the philosophical movie "Youth without Youth."
Launched in 1968 by avant-garde directors including Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, the Directors' Fortnight puts its focus on discovering new and groundbreaking talent.
It can boast having helped launch the careers of high-flyers such as Stephen Frears, Nagisa Oshima, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders.
While this year's official Cannes lineup is light on US fare, the Fortnight is showing five US works including Coppola's.
"Amreeka" by Cherien Dabis, shows a Palestinian mother and teenage son learning to adapt to life in the US. The film screened at Sundance as did Lynn Shelton's comedy "Humpday" and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's "I Love You Phillip Morris."
US film grad brothers Benny and Josh Safdie were also invited to premiere their new film "Go Get Some Rosemary," about an Interpol agent probing the murky dealings of an international banking conglomerate.
Olivier Pere père
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2. , who runs the Fortnight, said this year's crop of films stood out for its lightness of tone.
"It's a good year -- full of surprises. We were struck by the number of comedies, or films with a humorous streak," he said.
"We rarely have the pleasure of inviting so many powerful and original comedies to the Fortnight."
Black humor oozes from Luc Moullet's documentary about a string of murders, "Land of Madness," one of a crop of French films in the lineup along with works by Alain Guiraudie and first-time filmmakers Riaf Sattouf and Axelle Ropert.
Canada also boasts three French-language titles in the lineup: Denis Denis, king of Portugal: see Diniz. Villeneuve's "Polytechnique," about the December 1989 massacre of 14 female students at a Montreal university; Denis Cote's "Carcasses," about a solitary man who collects old cars; and 19-year-old Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother."
Asia gets a look in with "Like You Know it All" by South Korea's Hong Sang-Soo, while Singapore's Ho Tzu-Nyen showcases "Here," about a middle-aged man struggling to cope with his wife's sudden death.
Japan's Nobuhiro Suwa joined forces with French actor Hippolyte Girardot to co-direct the bi-lingual "Yuki et Nina," a movie about two little girls, one French one Japanese, torn apart by a divorce.
And in "Ne Chamge Rien" (Don't Change a Thing), Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa ("Colossal Youth") follows French actress-turned-chanteuse Jeanne Balibar on tour in Japan.
Critics on Latin America
The Critics' Week, which runs in parallel with the film festival, spotlights first-time directors in a selection with a strong Latin American flavor.
Of the seven films chosen to compete for the Critics' Week award for a best first or second feature, which last year went to "Hunger" by British director Steve McQueen, three are from or about Latin America -- Chile, Uruguay and Peru -- and all but one are by first-time directors.
"We want to underscore what makes us special -- to showcase first and second films, which are by very definition fragile," Jean-Christophe Berjon, the head of the event founded in 1962, told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
"Limiting the number of films allows us to really concentrate on our films and help them break through."
The Chilean movie "Huacho" is a critique of consumer society based around three members of a same family, while Uruguay's "Bad day for Fishing" is cast as a Latin American Western and "Altiplano altiplano (ăl'tĭplä`nō), high plateau (alt. c.12,000 ft/3,660 m) in the Andes Mts., c.65,000 sq mi (168,350 sq km), W Bolivia, extending into S Peru. " is shot partly in Peru in the indigenous Quechua language.
From Iraq comes "Whisper with the Wind", in which first-time director Shahram Alidi follows a character sent to deliver messages across Iraqi Kurdistan.
"It's a film about memory, roots and about a society in mourning, with a huge visual inventiveness, and cultural and symbolic wealth," Berjon said.
In the Franco-Serbian "Ordinary people," Vladimir Perisic tackles the legacy of the Bosnian war with the story of a young man who climbs onto a bus, and is ordered to start killing his fellow passengers.
"It is a very accomplished film, shot with tremendous rigor rigor /rig·or/ (rig´er) [L.] chill; rigidity.
rigor mor´tis the stiffening of a dead body accompanying depletion of adenosine triphosphate in the muscle fibers. and distance, which we expect to draw a powerful reaction," Berjon said.
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