CANNES 2000: Director's Fortnight in Brief, "Downtown 81" and "Shadow" Premieres

Anthony Kaufman

It is testament to the overwhelming number of films
screening in Cannes's Official Selection that this
writer has only seen two films in the Director's
(or Quinzaine des Realisateurs) sidebar, Edo
's time capsule of early 1980s New York,
"Downtown 81" and E. Elias Merhige's "Nosferatu"
reenactment pic "Shadow of the Vampire."

"Downtown 81" is a fascinating portrait of a time long