Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cannes 2015: Audiard, Van Sant, Moretti and Maïwenn in competition – The Obs

Paris (AFP) – The American Gus Van Sant, China’s Jia Zhangke, the French Jacques Audiard and Maïwenn and Italian Nanni Moretti are among the filmmakers selected for official competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 announced Wednesday the organizers.

France, with four films and Italy with three films are particularly well represented. Unlike Latin America is absent from the competition, in the selection that currently contains 17 films (16 originally announced by the organizers), but must nevertheless be completed for up to 20 titles, has said the Festival.

Jacques Audiard with “Dheepan” Stéphane Brizé with “The law of the market,” Valérie Donzelli with “Marguerite and Julien” and Maïwenn with “My King” will be the four French competition.

North America will have three films. “Carol” Todd Haynes and “The Sea of ​​trees” Gus Van Sant for the United States, “Sicario” the Canadian Denis Villeneuve

Asia also be three: China’s Jia Zhangke will be back on the Croisette with “Mountains May departure”, like the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-Eda with “Our little sister”. Taiwanese Hou Hsiao-hsien will present to him, “The Assassin”.

Among the stars, Vincent Cassel, Vincent Lindon, Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard for the French, but Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Michael Fassbender will walk the red carpet.

The next Woody Allen film, the new animated film studio Pixar / Disney and the first realization of actress Natalie Portman will be screened out of competition.

For Woody Allen, “it’s a small return in the official selection, since it did not come for three or four films “welcomed the General Delegate of the Festival, Thierry Fremaux, regretting not having” managed to convince him to return to competition. “

” Irrational Man “(” Irrational Man “), Joaquin Phoenix portrays a philosophy professor who begins a dangerous affair with one of his students, played by Emma Stone (already in the credits of the previous Woody Allen film,” Magic in the moonlight “).

The New York director is a regular at the festival: many of his films, including “Midnight in Paris” in 2011, have had the honors of the Cannes selection

The organizers had already announced. that “Mad Max: Fury Road,” fourth installment of the futuristic saga made 30 years after the third of the original series popularized by Mel Gibson, would also be screened out of competition

This will be the case next. animated film studio Pixar / Disney, “Vice versa,” directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen which will be released on June 17th on the big screens in France. A previous film of the famous animation studio, “Up” opened the festival in 2009.

The festival will also host this year the first movie of the Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman, who adapts “A story of love and darkness,” a best-selling Israeli author Amos Oz. This film, promised Thierry Fremaux, “as often, proves that the actors when they pass behind the camera, do not do it for nothing.”

Hebrew Translated into 28 languages, work tells the story of the family of Amos Oz, the suicide of his mother when he was twelve. Aged 32 years, Natalie Portman plays the role of the mother.

Among the other films out of competition selected for this 68th edition include “Asphalt”, Samuel Benchetrit, “Oka”, Souleymane Cissé and ” Amnesia, “Barbet Schroeder.


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