Posts tagged ‘Cannes’

26/05/2011

Il ragazzo con la biciletta, The Kid With A Bike, Le gamin au vélo

by Marianne Wi

Director : The Kid With A Bike is directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, you will have heard about them recently as they also wrote the screenplay for this charming film, winning “Best Screenplay” at Cannes last week (24.05.11). The Dardenne brothers are from Belgium, they have been writing screenplays, producing and directing films since 1978 and have a number of great films behind them, “Rosetta” won the Palme d’Or in 1999, “The Child” got a Palme d’Or in 2005 and now their 3rd Palme d’Or for “The Kid With A Bike”, unique and a great class act. Jean-Pierre the older brother is known for his many quips, one being “We are not Spielberg. Spielberg is successful, not us.”  The Kid With A Bike will surely change that and take them out of Europe and worldwide, it cannot fail to be picked by International Film Festivals and I hope sold independently, it is a co-production between Belgium, France and Italy, a film not to be missed.

Cast: Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Jeremie Reiner, Fabritzio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo

Synopsis: Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a 12 year old boy living in a care-home from which he repeatedly try to escape, looking for his father Guy (Jeremie Reiner) who has moved on without leaving a forwarding address. Cyril’s single-minded approach to find his father is touching yet matter of fact, this little boy is not a victim, he is a resourceful little tyke who will get his way, a fighter. Cyril teams up with Samantha (Cecile De France) with whom he builds a warm yet detached rapore, she becomes his weekend foster parent, a parent with natural parental skills. When Cyril finds his father, a weak self-centred egoist, and has to accept his total rejection, you catch a glimt of Cyril’s well hidden emotions, running deep underneath the matter and fact exterior, although understated and lasting only a few moments, I reached for my hanky, you are not allowed by the Dardenne borthers to dwell in this moment of misery for long, it is upwards and onwards. Cyril get a new best friend Wess (Egon Di Mateo) teaching him the road to crime, the inevitable downfall were felt by us and a few ” mamma mia, no Cyril” was heard in the dark. Cyril, is a strong character something he did not inherit from his father, there will be no spoiler alert….. suffice to say, I left the cinema feeling that despite all the worlds problems there is hope, hope for all of us and most of all hope for Cyril. The Bike, what about the bike I hear you cry…… Cyril, loved his bike, dad sold it, Samantha bought it back , it was stolen a number of times, formed part of many scenes and was his to the end, go see the film.


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21/05/2011

Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place has knocked Cannes for Six

by Marianne Wi

Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be The Place” was last night shown at Cannes to an entuastic audience, who reacted by giving the Director a standing ovation of 10 minutes, I am sensing a trend here…… 10 minutes being the operative word and norm. Sorrentino then had an additional 10 minutes when he arrived “embarrassed” according to the Italian papers, at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. I for one cannot wait to see this film with Sean Penn, who is one of my least favorite American actors, however the trailer looks awesome and I like the notion that Penn looks worn-out and haggard, do I see the Italian entry for next years Oscars? No it was shot in English and has too much foreign funding. This Must Be The Place was not released anywhere prior to the Festival and as far as I can workout, it will be late autumn before the rest of us less fortunate cinefiles get a look in. No release date for the USA, however as it has been partly funded by them it will be shown there I would imagine sooner rather than later. In Italy we must wait until the 14th October 2011 and the lucky Swedes will have it by the 11th November 2011. Cannot wait for the time when you go online  ” pay as you watch” a film as and when you feel like it, surely not that many years away, we have the technology now we just need the humph.

This must be the Place more information.  

20/05/2011

Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope is a run away success at Cannes Film Festival.

by Marianne Wi

Nanni Moretti has taken Cannes and the world by storm this year, his latest film Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope has so far been sold to 36 countries, that is by anyones standard a massive success. Moretti broke down in tears after the film was shown last week to an impressed audience in Cannes where it is in competition, there was a 10 minutes standing ovation and Moretti was feeling the love for sure, as he openly cried. Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope will open on the 7th September 2011 in France followed by Germany, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Israel and many other cool interesting places. Some Italian journalists slated the film and have as always played down Morettis huge International success, however I think you will agree 36 countries speaks volumes, leaving most other films in its wake. Morretti has always struggled with his compatriots, he is a little bit like Marmite, you either love him or hate him one thing is for sure you cannot ignore this mans massive success.

Your want to know more about  Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope     read the review here.

Fabio Fazio speaks to Nanni Moretti in Italian, time to test yourself.

07/01/2011

Robert De Niro

by Marianne Wi

Robert De Niro will be the “Head Judge” at this years Cannes Film Festival 2011. Manuale d’amore 3, The Manual of Love 3 out later this year is hopefully not in competition , unlikely I know 😉

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