Friday, April 20, 2007


To me, this is the mother of all festivals (like the Oscars is the mother of all awards) and I am so joyful to learn that so many new movies are comming soon as next month is Cannes Season. The nominations were announced yesterday and here they are for the main two chapters, plus some special screenings. I will link each movie to an information source for faster information access.

The International Competition

Opening film:
My Blueberry Nights, Romance, Hong Kong/France/China, Wong Kar Wai

4 Luni, 3 Săptămâni şi 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Romania, Cristian Mungiu
Aleksandra (Alexandra), Russia, Alexander Sokurov
Yasamin Kiyisinda - Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven), Germany/Turkey, Fatih Akin
Breath, Drama, South Korea, Kim Ki Duk
Death Proof (Grindhouse segment), USA, Quentin Tarantino
Import/Export, Drama, Austria, Ulrich Seidl
Izgnanie (The Banishment), Drama, Russia/Belgium, Andrei Zvyagintsev
Les Chansons d'Amour, Musical, France, Christophe Honoré
Luz Silenciosa (Silent Light -Stellet Licht), Drama, Mexico/France/Netherlands, Carlos Reygadas
The Man From London, Drama, Hungary/Germany/France/UK , Béla Tarr
Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest), Japan, Naomi Kawase
Milyang (Secret Sunshine) Comedy, South Korea, Lee Chang-dong
No Country for Old Men USA ,Joel & Ethan Coen
Paranoid Park, France/USA, Gus Van Sant
Persepolis, English site, Animation/Drama, France/USA ,Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, 1st Film
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, Drama, France, Julian Schnabel
Tehilim, Drama, Israel, Raphaël Nadjari
Une Vieille Maîtresse, Drama, France, Catherine Breillat
We Own The Night, Photos, Drama, USA, James Gray
Zavet (Promise me This), Drama, Serbia/France, Emir Kusturica
Zodiac, Thriller, USA, David Fincher

Closing film:
L’age des Tenebres, Comedy, Canada (Out of Competition), Denys Arcand

International Competition Jury
Stephen Frears, British director (president)
Marco Bellocchio, Italian director
Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Toni Collette, Australian actress
Maria De Medeiros, Portuguese actress
Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist
Michel Piccoli, French actor
Sarah Polley, Canadian actress
Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritanian director


Am ende kommen touristen (And Along Come Tourists), Drama, Germany, Robert Thalheim
L'Avocat de la terreur, France, Barbet Schroeder
El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet), Uruguay, Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone, 1st Film
Bikur Hatizmoret (The Band's Visit), Israel, Eran Kolirin, 1st Film
California Dreamin' (Nesfarsut)(California Dreamin’ (Endless)), Drama, Romania, Cristian Nemescu, 1st Film
La Calle Santa Fe, (Santa Fe Street), Documentary, Chile, Carmen Castillo, 1st Film
Et toi, t'es sur qui?, Romance, France, Lola Doillon, 1st Film
Kuaile Gongchang (Pleasure Factory), Thailand or Singapore, Ekachai Uekrongtham
Magnus, Estonia-UK, Drama, Kadri Kousaar, 1st Film
Mang Shan (Blind Mountain), Drama, China, Li Yang
Mio fratello e figlio unico,(My Brother is an Only Child), Comedy, Italy, Daniele Luchetti
Mister Lonely, USA, Comedy, Harmony Korine
Munyurangabo (Liberation Day), USA, Lee Isaac Chung, 1st Film
Les Pieuvres, Drama, France, Céline Sciamma, 1st Film
Le Reve de la nuit d'avant (Bad Habits), France, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
La Soledad (Fragments of Loneliness), Drama, Spain, Jaime Rosales

Un Certain Regard Jury
Pascale Ferran, French director (president)
Kent Jones, American writer
Cristi Puiu, Romanian director
Bian Qin
Jasmine Trinca, Italian actress

Out of Competition:
A Mighty Heart, Drama/War,UK, Michael Winterbottom
Ocean’s Thirteen, Thriller, USA, Steven Soderbergh
Sicko, Documentary, USA, Michael Moore,

Midnight Screenings:
Boarding Gate, Thriller,France, Olivier Assayas
Go Go Tales, Comedy, USA, Abel Ferrara
U2 3D, Documentary,USA, Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington

Special Screenings:
11th Hour, Documentary, USA, Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners
He Fengming (Chronicle of a Chinese Woman), Documentary, China, Wang Bing
Retour en Normandie, Documentary, France, Nicolas Philibert
The War, Documentary, USA, Ken Burns, and Lynn Novick

For Shorts and Cinefondation nominations the link is here and check the pdf file.

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