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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle’s Thriller ‘Zulu,’ Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle’s thriller “Zulu,” starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The contemporary film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey. It has nothing to do with the famed 1964 Cy Endfield war classic “Zulu” starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine.

Here’s a more in-depth plot synopsis:

The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still
overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with
affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Bloom and Whitaker are caught up
in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and
social study.

The fest will open with Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” with the entire lineup to be announced on April 18.

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