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Cannes Film Festival 2008 preview

Posted in Movie events with tags , , on May 16, 2008 by funofmovie

Only two weeks ago, a sense of panic hung over this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A delay in announcing those films competing for the Palme d’Or triggered fears that the line-up would be hopelessly weak.
This nervousness proved unfounded. Both in the main competition and in other sections, there’s a feast of work by proven auteurs and interesting newcomers.
As always when no British film is competing for the Palme d’Or, there’s been hand-wringing. But Cannes is a venue for great cinema, whatever its origin. Most of the films unveiled when the festival opens next Wednesday have never been seen anywhere, so any speculation about favourites to win prizes is premature.

1 The Changeling

Clint Eastwood’s directing career continues to flower in his late seventies, and this period piece, set in 1920s Los Angeles, looks promising. Angelina Jolie plays a mother whose son is kidnapped then returned to her. But she realises that the rescued child is not her own. John Malkovich plays a supportive priest.

2 Che


Steven Soderbergh first emerged as a world-class director in Cannes with sex, lies and videotape. He’s a restless talent who likes to stray outside his own comfort zone, and he’s done it again with this two-part film about Che Guevara, starring Benicio del Toro, with a total running time of more than four hours.

3 Linha de Passe

There’s a strong South American contingent in Cannes this year, so it’s appropriate that the continent’s leading filmmaker, the charismatic Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries), should have a Palme d’Or contender. Co-directed with Daniela Thomas, it’s a story about four brothers, set in the teeming urban jungle of São Paulo.

4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Inevitably, this will generate more column inches than any other film in Cannes. It’s the fourth in the series (and the first in almost two decades), and it remains to be seen if director Steven Spielberg can still infuse the franchise with the same magic and charm. Look for teen star Shia LaBeouf to assume the mantle of Indy from 65-year-old Harrison Ford (pictured).

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