Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 – 22), indieWIRE is publishing an updated compilation of articles from indieWIRE, our blog network and other outlets.
The Cannes Film Festival was temporarily hijacked Friday by the market premiere for “Unlawful Killing,” Keith Allen’s “inquest into the inquest” of Princess Diana’s death. Dana Harris reported on the screening of the controversial project.
Eric Kohn caught the French procedural “Poliss,” the third feature directed by French actress Maïwenn Le Besco, which recounts several real-life cases of the Child Protection Unit. “Maïwenn uses a shaky-cam style to give the movie a quasi-documentary feel, while drawing the established ingredients of conventional police drama,” wrote Kohn in his review. “However, with its densely episodic structure, it’s almost too busy with good ideas.” The film earned a B.
Kohn was harsher on the buzz title “Habemus Papam,” from Nanni Moretti, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2001 for “The Son’s Room.” “Intermittently amusing, the movie never digs deep enough to justify its philosophical connotations, and lacks enough comic inspiration to sustain its lighter ingredients,” he said of the the Vatican set tale.
Moretti addressed the press following the first official screening. “This time last year, the Church was in crisis with all the scandals and there were terrible stories written about the Church,” Moretti noted this morning. “Even in Poland, John Paul II was being questioned and people asked me to perhaps change the screenplay. But I already had my screenplay, my Pope and I wanted to go with my story.”
News hit today that the Spike Jonze-Simon Cahn animated short “Mourir Aupres de Toi” (To Die Next To You)—a stop-motion film entirely handmade from felt—will premiere May 18 in the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, immediately preceding Jonathan Caouette’s new documentary, “Walk Away Renee.”
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The Weinstein Co. continued to get purchase happy with the acquisition of the US rights to “The Iron Lady,” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband. Thompson on Hollywood reported on the ins and outs of the Weinsteins’ latest business deal.
Sony Pictures Classics also made an acquisition today, buying the North American and Latin screening rights to Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” noted Thompson on Hollywood.
In order to better acquaint readers with international filmmakers at the festival, Thompson on Hollywood profiled Nanni Moretti, known as the Italian Woody Allen. Click here to read about Moretti’s signature style and notable films.
The Playlist highlighted another film looking for a buyer, “Overdrive,” which for better or worse is being described as a cross between “Point Break” and “The Hangover.” Follow this link to check out Pierre Morel‘s latest producing venture, with Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode attached to star.
The reviews are pouring in from the Croisette. The Playlist took a look at “Habemus Papem,” comparing the story of the Pope’s crisis of faith to “The King’s Speech.” It also critiqued “Polisse,” describing the police drama as “largely one note.” Finally, the Playlist called Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” “the first hard flop of the Cannes Film Festival.”
Cannes was abuzz with the news that Martin Scorsese and Lars Von Trier are pairing up to remake “The Five Obstructions.” The Playlist provided the details on the history of this collaboration.
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Reuters reported on the crop of female directors dominating this year’s event and the dark tales they’re each telling. From Lynn Ramsay’s troubled son psycho-horror drama “Let’s Talk About Kevin,” to Julia Leigh’s divisive dark fairytale “Sleeping Beauty,” to Malween’s hard-hitting procedural drama “Polisse” — women are making a stamp on the 64th edition in a big way.
[Compiled by Michelle Koh and Nigel M. Smith]