In competition Desplechin and Tarik Saleh. And the restoration of Sciuscià
The fourth day of the Cannes film festival between auteur cinema and Oscar stars.
ANNE HATHAWAY presented James Gray’s Armageddon Time, while MARION COTILLARD in the late evening climbs the Montée des Marches for Frere et Soeur, the play by Arnaud Desplechin in competition.
In the afternoon TILDA SWINTON (extremely shaved hair leaving a thick crest on top) and Idris Elba made the red carpet accompanying George Miller’s out-of-competition film Three Thousand Years of longing, the post Mad Max seven years after Mad Max Fury Road which was also presented in Cannes with ovations.
The epic fantasy saga centers on an academic, Dr. Alithea Binnie (played by Tilda Swinton), who lives her life clinging to logic. Everything changes when, during a conference in Istanbul, she meets Idris Elba, who plays the magical creature Djinn, a supernatural spirit who offers her three wishes in exchange for her freedom. Miller, among other things, is already working on the new film, Mad Max Furiosa, a prequel to Fury Road starring the chess queen Anya Taylor-Joy.
“Fortunately I have a more boring life than my characters!” said Arnaud Desplechin who once again puts the family and its traumas at the center, recounting the total infinite hatred between Alice (Marion Cotillard), a famous theater actress and her brother Louis (Melvil Poupaud), an established writer. The two have nightmarish feelings: “At the end of the film, I had to tell Melvil that I loved him very much, and that the distance and the coldness that I was able to put in were something necessary only for the film”, said Cotillard, Oscar winner for La vie en rose in which he played Piaf.\
Also in competition today is BOY FROM HEAVEN, the fourth feature film by the Swedish director of Egyptian origin Tarik Saleh, a political thriller set in Cairo at the University of Al-Azhar, or in the center of power of Sunni Islam, in the school of thought more orthodox. And out of competition we saw (will also be released in Italy with I Wonder) MI PAIS IMAGINARIO by Patricio Guzman, the story by the great Chilean documentary maker of the 2019 Santiago de Chile revolt, “for the first time not political, not ideological” which is changing his country to promote democracy and social justice, a revolt with the images of the 1 million people demonstration, the largest in the history of Chile, whose soul are women “who represent the anger of this country”.
JAMES GRAY the director of Armageddon Time, in recounting the formative experiences, in Ronald Reagan’s New York 1980, ended up talking about current affairs and cinema dominated by sequels. “The market is God,” he said. “The point should be to inspire creativity. Instead, what we say is” This is a good franchise. “We were thinking of franchises from chains like McDonald’s and Burger King. Now it’s cinema. It is up to us artists to talk about what is not. he goes to change things “, the New York director warmed up. Its protagonist, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway who plays a Jewish mother of Ukrainian descent, shared the source of her inspiration. “My mother-in-law inspired the best moments of my character. She was simply the greatest Jewish mother I’ve ever seen,” said the actress, married to actor Adam Shulman with whom she had two children, the last of two. years and a half – lived the life of low-income families in that era. I tried to do one thing: capture the depth of that love and that connection and honestly I won’t even try to put it into words because it’s beyond and it’s that’s why I’m so grateful to the cinema because it allows you to say things without words. “
Admirable Stars between the Guests:
Jasmine Trinca, Valeria Golino, Vincent Lindon, in the jury of the Cannes festival, arrive on May 17th, while May 18th is the day of Top Gun: Maverick Day with the arrival of Tom Cruise who in the afternoon tells his career in a talk and by Jennifer Connelly. Also on May 18th is also the day of Alessandro Borghi and Luca Marinelli with The eight mountains. Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway are on the lineup on May 19th with Armageddon Time. Also on the 19th, Julia Roberts also appeared, as well as Isabelle Huppert in competition with EO, and then the star of Squid Game, Lee Jung-Jae, makes his directorial debut with Hunt. Marion Cotillard returns to the red carpet on May 20 with Frere et soeur and on the same date there will also be Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba with Three thousand years of longing, one of the most anticipated out-of-competition films. May 21 is the day of Jasmine Trinca’s directorial debut with Marcel !. And on May 23rd we will see Valeria Bruni Tedeschi with Les Amandiers who directs her ex Louis Garrel and her niece of art Zoe Adjani. But the evening of Monday 23 is illuminated by the stellar cast of David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the future with Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.