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    Cannes 2014, May 14-25

    By admin | May 13, 2014

    Jane Campion was the first female filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes. 1993 for The Piano. This year Jane Campion from New Zealand becomes the first female director to act as Cannes jury president. On May 12, ARTE will be showing two of Jane Campion’s films: An Angel at My Table (1990) and Holy Smoke! (1999).

    There will be a great Competition in Cannes: Jean-Luc Godard with Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language). Does that mean spoken language may be out – terrible – “No walk-and-talk any more” – in life and in film. There are further big names entering the Competition: Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, I love them both. From Canada David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and from Atom Egoyan The Captive. Von MIchael Hazanivicius — Oscar winner, he created the wonderful The Artist — is in Cannes with The Search.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep (Turkey, Co-production with Germany) maybe the longest entry of the competition: 169 Min. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (Russia) would be a film for Ron, because Andrei is retelling the story of Hiob. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are in Cannes with Deux jours, une nuit. I like the work of the Dardenne-Brothers. Also the film about Yves-Saint-Laurent Saint Laurent from Bertrand Bonello will be a treat. And what’s about the opening? It will be Grace de Monaco by the “Wunderkind” Xavier Dolan starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Probably the Monégasque dynasty won’t be amused.

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