Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Cannes Film Festival Marathon Announcement

From May 11 to May 22, the 69th Cannes Film Festival will commence as this year's festival is expected to be huge. With Woody Allen's Cafe Society opening the festival and new films from such noted auteurs as Andrea Arnold, Nicolas Winding Refn, Chan-wook Park, Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodovar, Jim Jarmusch, Sean Penn, Asghar Farhadi, Olivier Assayas, Jeff Nichols, Cristian Mungiu, Ken Loach, Paul Verhoeven, Bruno Dumont, and the Dardenne Brothers will release films that will be in competition from the Palme d'Or along other new films from Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Shane Black, another film from Jim Jarmusch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Pablo Larrain, and Paul Schrader. Heading this year's jury for the Palme d'Or is George Miller as he will be joined by Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen, Arnaud Desplachin, Donald Sutherland, Valeria Golino, Vanessa Paradis, Laszlo Nemes, and Katayoon Shahabi as part of the jury.

My original intentions for this year's marathon was to see less films as I often tend to overwhelm myself with seeing so many films as I originally wanted it to be 11 films and 2 other films that I wanted to re-watch. Unfortunately, I couldn't find films that I had seen before and maybe hadn't seen for a long time as I've made the decision to not include any re-watches to open and close the marathon. Instead, I've chosen 12 films plus a Blind Spot to be included for this year's marathon for my fictionalized version of the Palme d'Or. As for the Blind Spot film, it will be a surprise as that film will not be competing for the fictionalized Palme d'Or. Instead, here are the 12 films that I will watch for the duration of the festival that will be competing for my fictionalized version of the Palme d'Or:

Friendly Persuasion (1957 Palme d'Or winner)

Leviathan (2014 Best Screenplay winner)

Lost River (Played at the Un Certain Regarde Section 2014)

Jimmy's Hall (2014 Palme d'Or Nominee)

The Salt of the Earth (Played at the Un Certain Regarde Section 2014)

The Dance of Reality (Played at the Director's Fortnight 2013)

Salaam Bombay! (1988 Camera d'Or & Audience Prize Winner)

Love and Anarchy (1973 Best Actor Winner)

Young Torless (1966 FIPRESCI Prize Winner)

The Hunt (2012 Best Actor/Prize of the Ecumenical Jury/Vulcan Award Winner)

Poetry (2010 Best Screenplay Winner)

& Woman in the Dunes (1964 Special Jury Prize Winner)

Well, that is all for what is to expect at the 2016 Cannes Marathon as it will end with post-script about the festival as well as the films that are seen for this marathon. Until then, this is thevoid99 saying au revoir.

© thevoid99 2016


Anonymous said...

Good luck, Bud.
I think I've only seen 2 of those.

Chris said...

Have fun with your Cannes marathon. Woman in the Dunes is a favorite of mine and The Hunt is very powerful. I'm pleased to see a Dane on the jury(Mads Mikkelsen)

Brittani Burnham said...

I'm looking forward to your posts. I've only seen three of these (The Hunt, Leviathan, and Lost River)

ruth said...

Looking forward to this, Steven. I've only seen The Hunt which was excellent and heartbreaking. Leviathan is one I've been meaning to check out for ages.

thevoid99 said...

@assholeswatchingmovies.com-You're welcome. I'm hoping to have some fun with this marathon.

@Chris-I've been meaning to see The Hunt for years as I'm eager to watch it as it's available at my local library.

@Brittani Burnham-Cool, I'm eager for this year's festival as it is for me. The best film festival.... ever!!!

@ruth-Leviathan is a film I have in my DVR as I wanted to see it for a while and now I finally can. YAY!