“Cannes 2018: Choi, Godard, Han Solo, and von Trier

In the main competition are two Russian films: works by Kirill Serebrennikov Sergey dvortsevoi

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– The Riviera on the evening of 8 may, the 71-th Cannes film festival. It opens as a psychological Thriller by Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi “know it All” with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The film tells the story of Carolina, who along with his family goes from Buenos Aires to the village where she was born, for the wedding of his sister. But the journey takes an unexpected turn when suddenly reveal the secrets of the past.

Interestingly, Farhadi has twice participated in the competition of Cannes with the films “the Secrets of the past” and “Salesman”, and both projects did not remain without awards.

In the main competition are 21 picture, among them are two Russian films that for the first time in 11 years, in 2007 in Cannes main competition were also announced at once two Russian films – “Alexander” Alexander Sokurov and “Exile” Andrey Zvyagintsev.

The current contest is the picture “Summer” by Kirill Serebrennikov and “IKE” Sergei dvortsevoi.

A scene from the movie “Summer”

Photo: official website of the Cannes film festival

The storyline of the film – the story of the acquaintance and relations 19-year-old Viktor Tsoi, 26-year-old Mike Naumenko and his wife, Natalia, and the establishment of the Leningrad rock club and record the first album of Choi. The action takes place in the summer of 1981 in Leningrad, where under the influence of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and other rock stars of the emerging Russian rock. That summer Choi recorded his first album, and Mike’s gathering a group “Zoo”.

Starring Korean actor Theo Yu (Viktor Tsoi), the lead singer of the “Beasts” Roma Beast (Mike Naumenko), Irina Starshenbaum (his wife Natalia).

Kirill Serebrennikov since August, is under house arrest on charges of embezzlement of budget funds in the implementation of the project “Platform” are unlikely to be personally present his new film. A separate nuance of the story is that law enforcement officers detained the Director in St. Petersburg directly during the shooting process of “Summer” and taken by car to Moscow. Mounted picture pieces of silver while under house arrest.

The second Russian film in the main competition “IKE” Sergei dvortsevoi tells the story of a migrant from Kyrgyzstan, who gave birth in Moscow, was forced to leave him in the hospital, but then experiences the spiritual experiences of connection with the emerging sense of motherhood. More details of the history of the film-makers kept secret.

A scene from the movie “IKE”

Photo: official website of the Cannes film festival

The theme of prejudice to the creators in main competition will continue to Iranian Jafar Panahi, whom the Iranian authorities at the time banned from filmmaking and from leaving the country. Despite this, the Director manages to put the movies – this time in Cannes will show the film “Three faces”. It tells how a famous Iranian actress receives a message in which a young girl asks for help. The actress speaks to himself Panahi and together they go in search of the author of this message.

Interesting plot twist in Cannes will be the emergence of the French master Jean-Luc Godard, who in 1968 was distinguished by the fact that disrupted the film festival. Last year in competition of Cannes showed a film about it (Michel Hazanavichus with Louis Garrel in the lead role), and now one of the initiators of the French “new wave” will present his new work “Image and speech.” This kind of philosophical reflection that is captured comrades without hiring professional actors.

Another award-winning Director in the competition will be the winner of the “Oscar” for the film “IDA” Paul Pawlikowski. This time it will show the picture of the “Cold war”, a love drama, set during the cold war 1950-ies.

For the main prize of the festival, the Palme d’or, will also compete work “on silver lake” by David Robert Mitchell with Andrew Garfield and Riley Keogh, “Dogmen” Matteo Garrone, “Happy as Lazarus” Alice of Rohrwacher. Also in the main competition of the work “Black all kinds of things over” (“BlacKkKlansman”) spike Lee with Adam Driver and John David Washington, “Ash – the pure white” Jia zhangke about the love story of the dancer and the gangster, provocative “a knife in the heart” by Jan Gonzalez, Vanessa Paradis and other paintings.

Shot from a film “the House that Jack built” by Lars von Trier

Photo: official website of the Cannes film festival

It is symbolic that this year in Cannes there is no Netflix projects, against which the jubilee 70th film festival was the rebel conservatives from the cinema. Instead, the organizers offered the audience a different theme for the rebellion -return to the festival Dane Lars von Trier, who was banned in Cannes in 2011 for Nazi jokes at a press conference for his movie “Melancholia”.

This time, the Director will present a picture of “the House that Jack built” about a hero who became a serial killer, and the history of its formation. Starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Riley Kio. The film will be shown in the competition program.

Another fan to shock the audience, the film “Love”, banned in Russia because of the abundance of scenes of a pornographic nature, Gaspar noé in Cannes will present a new work. It will be the Climax of street dancers in the 1990-ies (the program Director’s fortnight).

Hollywood blockbuster “Han Solo: Star wars. The history of the” Ron Howard will present out of competition. In the spin-off of the Saga about the adventures of a young adventurer Han Solo, Chewbacca and their friends will play Alden Ehrenreich, “mother of dragons” Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and others.

A scene from the movie “Han Solo: Star wars. History”

Photo: official website of the Cannes film festival

The documentary “Whitney” on Whitney Houston Kevin MacDonald will be presented as part of the Midnight screenings. In the same program, declared the film one Iranian, Ramin Bahrani, “451 degrees Fahrenheit”, adaptation of the eponymous book by ray Bradbury with Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan.

The special screening is the documentary by German classic WIM Wenders “Pope Francis. A man of my word”.

As regards the other programmes of the festival, the “Special look” will open may 9 with a picture of the “Donbass” Sergei Loznitsa about the events in the East of Ukraine. It is doubtful that it will be shown in Russia, the more interesting the reaction of the foreign audience, which is often ambiguous encounters of the film.

In addition, the competition of short films Cannes claimed the picture of Russian Director Igor Poplaukhin “Calendar,” and the program “Week of criticism” has included the short film “I’m normal,” directed by Mikhail Borodin.

Russia will present in the Cannes classics – it will show a restored version of the film from the Golden collection “Mosfilm” – “War and peace” by Sergei Bondarchuk.

To close the festival, has entrusted the almost legendary work – the picture “the Man who killed don Quixote,” Terry Gilliam, on which he worked for 19 years. In the fantasy Comedy follows the adventures of a resident of the XXI century, which falls into the medieval Spain, where he was mistaken for “servant knight” Sancho Panza. The main role in the film was played by Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko and others.

Who will be worthy of the Palme d’or will solve jury under the direction of Australian actress cate Blanchett. The jury also includes Russian Director Andrey Zvyagintsev. Along with them the paintings will be evaluated by the Chinese actor Chang Chen, an American writer, Director and producer Ava Duvernay, French Director Robert Guédiguian, the singer and composer of the Hajj NIN from Burundi, French actress Lea seydoux, American actress Kristen Stewart, canadian Director Denis Villeneuve.

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