Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cannes 2009 line-up, still in awe...

I am still awe-struck by the complete line-up. Plus, I had not even looked at the Un Certain Regard category which has new films by Bong Joon Ho, Heitor Dhalia, Bahman Ghobadi, Corneliu Porumboiu and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

Heitor Dhalia's wicked dark comedy Drained was one of my fav. films of 2007 and Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest won my Euro 2008 film festival. Plus any film by Bong Joon Ho and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang is more than welcome. Bahman Ghobadi's Turtles Can Fly was impressive so looking forward to his new work. Then there is Tales from The Golden Age, a collection which features a contribution from Cristian Mungiu. Denis Dercourt whose The Page Turner was impressive is also back.

And in the competition line-up there is Ken Loach's new film Looking for Eric which features Eric Cantona, that genius footballer who was the catalyst in helping Man Utd win their first premiership title and ushered in a new wave of attacking football seen in England.

Overall, the line-up is a fascinating blend of art and mainstream, action & horror, drama and some touch of light humour as well. The range of film-makers, styles, genres on display is very very impressive.

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