“Summer” Kirill Serebrennikova is a black and white movie about love, the beginning of Viktor Tsoi’s creative destiny, his relationship with rock veteran Mike Naumenko and his wife Natasha – representing Russia in the main competition. The director was arrested during the shooting of the film, and completed work on him under house arrest. And it is not planned to release it for participation in the forum.
Shot from the movie “Summer”. Kinopoisk.ru
But only those who do not understand all the complicated Cannes mechanics can say that the invitation of “Leta” is a political act. It is known that the selection committee twice watched the picture, pulled to the last with the decision. In addition, Serebrennikov has already entered the so-called “Cannes nomenclature”. His “Apprentice” participated in the “Special View” and received a prize named after François Chalet.
For Cannes, the participation of repressed filmmakers is not new. “This is not a film” by Jafar Panahi, filmed under house arrest, which was caressed by almost all the main festival awards by an Iranian filmmaker (accused of disseminating anti-government propaganda), participated in the 2011 program. New film of Panahi “Three persons” – will tell about three Iranian actresses of different generations. Will the disgraced director be released at the festival (the house arrest is stopped), it is not known, the Iranian culture minister said that “the decision has not yet been made.”
In the Cannes competition also “Hayk” one of the leading Russian documentalists Sergei Dvortsevoy (co-production of Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, China) – about the emigrant illegally living in Moscow. In 2008, his semi-documentary “Tulip” received the “Special Look” prize. Over the new film, he worked for more than six years. In the competitive section Cinеfondation – “The calendar” Igor Poplauhin about a woman who decides on unusual trips. The program “Cannes Classics” will show one of the most expensive and famous Soviet films – “War and Peace” Sergei Bondarchuk, awarded in 1969, “Oscar”. In the laboratory of “Mosfilm” at the beginning of the zero the film version of the picture was restored.
If you remember that this year’s jury member was Andrey Zvyagintsev, you can note the dense representation of Russia in the main review of the world. And the head of the jury will be Australian actress Keith Blanchett.
The program promises to be strong. A classic at all times, the 87-year-old Jean-Luc Godard – along with younger competitors the participant of the competitive program. Him “Image and speech” – Another philosophical opus coded in words and metaphors experiment, created without the help of professional actors.
The leader of modern independent Chinese cinema Jia Zhangke will bring to Cannes a modern criminal epic “Ashes are white” (his “Touch of Sin” was awarded here in 2013 the prize for the best script). Two-time winner of the Cannes Grand Prix Italian Matteo Garrone (“Gomorrah”, “Reality”) will present the urban western “Dogmen” about one of the horrendous crimes in post-war Rome. Another Italian Alicia Rorvaker, whose rare talent was also noted by the Jury Grand Prix for the film “Miracles”, will bring a new picture “Happy Lazarus” about the magic of time. Oscar-winner Pavel Pavlikovsky (“Ida”) withdrew The Cold War – a love story unfolding in the 1950s in socialist Poland.
There was also a reconciliation of the Cannes festival with Lars von Trier (he was declared persona non grata for the sympathy expressed at the press conference to Adolf Hitler). The festival will show his “The house that Jack built” with Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon as a serial killer.
And the story itself is asked by a nontrivial question: is it possible to consider murder as a work of art?
Shot from the movie “The House That Jack Built.” Kinopoisk.ru
The “Special View” program will open on May 9 Donbass Sergei Loznitsa, a feature film about the events in eastern Ukraine. And it is unlikely that this picture has a rolling future in Russia.
Among the festival favorites and twice the winner of the Oscar, the Iranian Asghar Farhadi (“Nader’s Divorce and Simin”, “The Salesman”). His family drama, traditionally turning into a psychotriller, the festival will open. Starring the movie “Everybody knows” Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. So, on the Red carpet there will be stars of the first magnitude.
In special shows, a documentary film by German classic Wim Wenders (“Paris, Texas”, “The Sky over Berlin”) “Father Francis. Man of his word”. As the prefect of the Holy See secretariat for communication about. Dario Edvardo Vigano, the aim of the project was to make a film not about Pope Francis, but with Pope Francis.
The Cannes repertoire traditionally mixes the work of venerable and newcomers. And you never know what exactly is capable of surprising and moving the audience and a strict jury.
For the final ceremony, Terri Gilliam’s finally completed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was selected. In it, our contemporary goes to the time of Don Quixote, trying to find out who killed the knight from La Mancha. Whether the answer to this important question will affect the events in the present world, we will see soon.
The 71st Cannes International Film Festival will be held from 8 to 19 May 2018.