CANNES 2012 // Marion Cotillard x Rust and Bone

One thing I like is when actors not from Hollywood, or the States for that matter don’t turn their back on cinema in their native country. So it was nice to see Marion Cotillard star in a french film that holds its own against other big hollywood-esque productions in the Competition category. Cotillard is cast in one of this years most anticipated film, The Dark Knight Rises, but I fill that her role in Rust and Bone will be her stand out performance this year. I adore her, not because she is gorgeous, but I feel her performances have an understated intensity and she is really present in the scene at all times. In other words she is a brilliantly believable actress.

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os) will be screened today at Cannes and will be one of the many foreign language films being screened throughout the festival. Director Jacques Audiard has turned this princess and the pauper story into a modern-day tale about two people from different parts of life needing each other in the midst of their struggles. Ali and his son Sam are homeless, but eventually finds shelter in his sister’s garage and a job as a bouncer. On his trail he meets Stephanie, a self-assured killer whale trainer at her local Marineland. After a night of passion, she gets into an accident which causes her to lose her legs. Ali is still a stranger to her, but he helps her through her turmoil and she finds she’s depending on him.

Rust and Bone beautifully captures how people cope and struggle with their lost dreams and hopes.

I can’t wait to see this. I love romantic dramas with depth.

CANNES 2012 // Moonrise Kingdom Opens The Festival

Yesterday The Artist star Bérénice Bejo opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival with the screening of Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom. Her speech was followed by a rendition of Elton John’s Candle in the Wind by The Gossip lead singer Beth Ditto. This was to pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe (above) which features on this year poster.

Moonrise Kingdom has been selected for the Competition category. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is a coming of age tale that will appeal to all generations. It focuses on the love story of two 12 year olds that make a pact to runaway into the wilderness together, as the ultimate expression of their love. This New England town is turned upside down trying to find them during a vicious storm. This quirky tale has had everyone buzzing over the twittersphere, but I suspect people are just excited because it is the opening of Cannes.

With the likes of Edward Norton, Tilda Swindon, Bruce Willis amongst other high profile names featured, I guess there are high expectations for this film.

Wes Anderson’s works include The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox and many more. So I have no doubt Anderson will deliver adventure, mystery and a lot of laughs.

Below is the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

CANNES 2012 // The Cronenbergs takeover Cannes

Talk about keeping it in the family. Cannes has included in their selection David Cronenberg and son Brandon Cronenberg’s films to compete in this years festival. Although Brandon’s first feature Antiviral is in the Un Certain Regard category and David’s Cosmopolis in the main Competition category, I’m sure there must be some pressure to live up to the Cronenberg name in film. Father David has had a career spanning at least five decades, with successes including The Fly, A History of Violence and more recently A Dangerous Method. It is not unusual that Brandon has chosen to follow his fathers footsteps, since his sisters, aunty and cousin all have dabbled in the film industry in various crafts.

Antiviral is essentially a social commentary on the idolatrous relationship the public have with celebrities.

“Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion – for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.” – Rhombus Media

Brandon Cronenberg has not released a trailer for Antiviral, so although the synopsis could seem quite intriguing, it is hard to tell if this plot will translate into a credible film or fall into the amateur film student kind.

At the top of the family tree things look promising for Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, heart-throb to some, not so much to others. To be honest, the premise of Cosmopolis is a bit vague, especially from the trailer. What we do know is that it’s about a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager, Eric Packer (Pattinson), that rides through a futuristic city of some sorts in a stretch limo. The story is about his day devolving into a strange journey in which characters in his life attempt to tear his world apart. Cosmopolis is said to be questioning the resistant against a future world in this new millennium. That’s some deep stuff. But does D.Cronenberg manage to pull this off without losing the message in the violence depicted in the trailer, because it could easily be conveyed as just another action film.

Good luck to the Cronenberg clan and here is the trailer for Cosmopolis for you to decipher.

CANNES 2012 // The Chair

The Chair is a beautifully captured story about a small community under attack by a fatal mould infestation. A young boy’s mother is consumed by it. Her house is emptied and her possessions are taken to the local dump. His mother’s chair remains there, even though rubbish collectors take away all of the other rubbish. The young boy explores the significance of this and his mother’s death in a poetic contemplative way, which contrasts the subtle panic of the town.

Director Grainger David has had The Chair compared to Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life aesthetically, but I feel that The Chair would be more successful in holding the audiences focus. David is an NYU graduate with The Chair being his final year thesis film. Already been awarded the Short Film Jury Award at this years SXSW festival I suspect great things are to come at Cannes for The Chair and David.

The Chair has been selected in the Short Film Competition at Cannes Film Festival, with the winner taking away the prestigious Palme D’Or.

Here’s the trailer for your pleasure.


Martha Marcy May Marlene, Martha Marcy May Marlene… tongue twister or what. I’ll be shocked if anybody actually remembers the name of the film, without reciting it 100 times over. Apart from the awkward title another unexpected feature in the film is Elisabeth Olsen, who plays the protagonist Martha. Yes a member of the Olsen clan has decided to take acting seriously and shockingly it is the unknown elder sister of the Olsen twins.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller featuring Martha who is  rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha’s reality and delusion begins to blur.

I love psycho thrills, and anything that addresses dreams, memory and reality. So hopefully MMMM with be distributed in the UK.

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Production year: 2010
Cert: TBC
Runtime: 101 mins
Director: Sean Durkin


Sleeping Beauty is not a innocent remake of the Disney classic, instead it is a dark erotic tale and quite frankly disturbing. Now I know you’ve heard of cases where girls going into striping/ prostitution to fund their university education, well Lucy played by Emily Browning applies for a role as a Sleeping Beauty. Being a Sleeping Beauty involves voluntary sedation and then permitting men to have sex with you whilst remaining unconscious. This is working for Lucy until her curiosity gets the better of her. She then takes a dangerous turn when she tries to film what happens whilst she is a Sleeping Beauty.

The story I feel will play on the psychological issues the character endures, geering it towards audiences of films like  Black Swan. I don’t know how global it will become as it explores sex quite explicitly and is the primary focus of the film. But this will all depend on the graphic nature of the scenes and how disconcerting they will be, especially if it brings ideas of sexual abuse to mind.

This directorial début by Julia Leigh seems quite intriguing; and I am especially curious about how it will do in cinemas worldwide.

Sleeping Beauty
Production year: 2010
Countries: Australia
Cert: TBA
Runtime: 104 mins
Director: Julia Leigh


This I predict will be a big one this year. Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland combined together will deliver a story laden with melancholy as well as drenched with action. Perfect for another end of the world depictions.

Justine (Dunst) is marrying Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) at the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Keifer Sutherland). During this it comes to light that Melancholia, a planet hidden by the Sun, has been discovered and is heading straight for the earth. Melancholia is branded a Sci-fi Thriller, so I’m not entirely sure what will become of the characters and whether any aliens are involved. The trailer doesn’t give to much away, which leaves me intrigued as to the what the drama will be all about.

Melancholia is in the Competition category at Cannes and is set to be released in the UK in September 2011. So keep you eyes peeled for this one.

Production year: 2011
Countries: Sweden, Rest of the world
Cert: TBA
Runtime: 130 mins
Director: Lars Von Trier


As we know with every film awards ceremony and high profile film festivals comes the winning outfit. And this year Rachel McAdams brought it to the table. If this is an effort to increase strength in your career and public profile, well done girl, you’ve got it right.

The red lace ensemble is my favourite of course!


Restless is another film all about love, but nothing like those fluffy chick flicks infected with pristine model like actors, like Ashton Kutcher. The story centers on the friendship and love built up between Annabel Cotton played by Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska (The Gwyneth Paltrow look-alike) and Enoch Brae (Henry Hooper). The two misfits in their own right find a special bond through their unique experience of the world around them. The premise of the film is much like A Walk to Remember featuring Mandy Moore, minus the trophy boy and high school melodrama,  but in that she is diagnosed with a terminal illness that she and everyone around her has to come to terms with. Enoch on the other hand can not blame his differences on a terminal illness. He meets Annabel at one of the funerals he has crashed and has an best friend named Hiroshi, who is a ghost. Ok…

The trailer kind of gives away the whole story, but I am hoping the portrayal of the characters will enable Restless to be a high flyer. Restless has been selected for the the Un Certain Regard catergory, which celebrates the younger generation of film-makers.

Production Year: 2010
Countries: USA, Rest of the World
Cert: TBA
Runtime: 91 mins
Director: Gus Van Sant
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