Cannes 2009

August 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Films to be on the look out for:

1. “Precious”  starring Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz,  Director Lee Daniels
“Lorsqu’a seize ans, Precious apprend a lire et a ecrire dans une ecole alternative, un monde nouveau s’ouvre a elle.  Un monde nouveau s’ouvre a elle, Un monde ou elle peut enfin parler, raconter ce qui l’etouffe.  Un monde ou toutes les fille peuvent devnier belles, fortes, independantes. Comme Precious….”
“When Precious, who is sixteen, learns to read and write at an Alternative School, she discovers a new world.  A world where she can at last express herself in a way she never could before.  A world where each girl can become beautiful, strong, independent.  Just like Precious.”
2. ” Up”/”La-Haut”  (In theaters)
3.  “A Prophet”/ “Un Prophete”
“Condamne a six ans de prison, Malik El Djebena ne sait ni lire, ni ecrire. A son arrivee en Centrale, seul au monde, il parait plus jeune, plus fragile que les autres detenus.  Il a 19 ans.  D’emblee, il tombe sous la coupe d’un groupe de prisonniers corses qui fait regner sa loi dans la prison. Le jeune homme apprend vite. Au fil des missions, il s’endurcit et gagne la confiance des Corses.  Mais, tres vite, Malik utilise toute son intelligence pour developper discretement son propre reseau.”
” Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write.  Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts.  He is 19 years old.  Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions’ to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans…”
4. “Inglorious Basterds” (Previews)
5. “In The Beginning”/”A L’Origine”
“D’apres l’histoire vraie d’un petit escroc qui a construit une autoroute.”
“Based on the true story of a smalltime crook who built a highway.”
6. “The White Ribbon”/”Das Weisse Band”
“Un village de l’Allemagne du Nord protestante.  1913/1914.  A la veille de la Premiere Guerre mondiale. L’histoire des enfants et adolescents d’une chorale dirigee par l’instituteur du village, leurs familles: le baron, le regisseur, le pasteur, le medecin, la sage-femme, les paysans.  D’etranges accidents surviennent et prennent peu a peu le caractere d’un rituel punitif.  Qui se cache derriere tout cela?”
“A village in Protestant northern Germany.  1913-1914. On the eve of WW1.  The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers.  Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?”
7. “No One Knows About Persian Cats”/”Kasi az Gorbehaye Irani Khabar Nadareh”
“On ne sait rien des chats persans est une fiction documentaire sur la musique underground d’aujourd’hui en Iran. A leur sortie de prison, une jeune femme et un jeune homme musiciens decident de monter un groupe. Ils parcourent Teheran a la rencontre d’autres musiciens underground et tenent de les convaincre de quitter l”Iran.  N’ayant aucune chance de se produire a Teheran, il revent de sortir de la clandestinite et de jour en Europe.  Mais que faire sans argent et sans passeport.”
“No One Knows About Persian Cats” is a documentary-fiction portrait of the underground music scene in contemporary Iran.  Recently released from prison, two young musicians- a man and a woman, decide to form a band.  Together they trawl the underworld of contemporary Tehran searching for other players.  Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won’t be easy.”
Others to watch for:  “Los abrazos rotos”, “Agora’, “Vincere”, “Antichrist”.

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