Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Independent : Cannes Film Festival: Guide to this year’s shenanigans

The Independent : Cannes Film Festival: Guide to this year’s shenanigans

You can never predict what's going to set people talking in Cannes – for all anyone knows, Madagascar 3 could prove the most argued-over film in town. More probably, that will be David Cronenberg's latest, widely agreed to be this year's hot ticket. An adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis, it features Robert Pattinson as a billionaire prodigy crossing Manhattan by stretch limo and encountering Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and, if I saw the lightning-speed trailer correctly, a giant papier mâché rat. If Cronenberg captures the intensity of DeLillo's state-of-the-West delirium, this could be his most confrontational film since his J G Ballard adaptation Crash. Then there's the Ulrich Seidl (Import/Export), who always ruffles feathers with his frank depictions of Western excesses. Paradise: Love will, one suspects, be no exception: it's about a teenage girl attending a weight-loss camp while her mother visits Kenya as a sex tourist.

Most Awaited
France's Jacques Audiard confirmed his maestro status with the 2009 prison drama A Prophet, and Rust and Bone promises to be as abrasive as the title: Marion Cotillard plays a woman who loses her legs in an orca attack. One name who enjoys godlike status in the Cannes pantheon is Austria's Michael Haneke: three years after his Palme d'Or winner The White Ribbon, Amour has Isabelle Huppert as a woman dealing with parental illness. If you're hoping for light relief, you may have to grab it on opening night, from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, about two runaway kids with Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Bruce Willis. Perhaps longest awaited is the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road with Brazil's Walter Salles directing and Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen as the Beat-era outsiders.

Source => The Independent / Via => Spunk Ransom

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