On Cannes Filmfest 2005

The films-in-competition at the Cannes Filmfest look rather standard artfilm fare, but its always good to know great directors are still churning out films. Would love to see what personal favorite David Cronenberg and his A History of Violence movie in spite of the rather standard Hollywood plot.

Others in competition:

  • Gus Van Sant will screen a Seattle grunge period tribute with Last Days, which involves a Kurt Cobain-like character. Since his Elephant was enjoyable viewing, this should be in the future watchlist, too.
  • Bill Murray’s comic savant-self will again be seen in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers. Must-see.
  • Lars von Trier’s Manderlay is a sequel to Dogville, and stars the very compelling Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace (Grace was played by Nicole Kidman in Dogville). Howard, who is Ron Howard’s daughter, was more popularly and prominently featured in M Night Shyamalan’s The Village. Will this be a filmed stage-play again?
  • It is certainly to my disadvantage that I have seen anything from Hou Hsiao Hsien’s work. His latest, Three Times, stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen. Looks lovingly aching.
[Listening to: Two Bass Hit – John Coltrane & Miles Davis – (3:44)]

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