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Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Wenders, Kieslowski, Hitchcock, Fellini, ‘Life Itself,’ Plus Fest Adds Six Features

Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Wenders, Kieslowski, Hitchcock, Fellini, 'Life Itself,' Plus Fest Adds Six Features

The Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) is just two weeks away and in spirit, the Cannes Classics lineup of restored masterpieces new and old has been unveiled.

The Cannes Classics guest-of-honor will be Sophia Loren, who won Best Actress in 1961 for Vittorio De Sica’s “Two Women,” and presided over the Jury in 1966. Loren will present a screening of her latest, Edoardo Ponti’s short film “La Voce Humana,” along with a newly buffed print of De Sica’s “Marriage Italian Style” from 1964. She’ll also give a masterclass at Cannes’ Salle Bunuel.

Meanwhile, the festival has added six more features to its official selection. Pablo Fendrik’s Western “El Ardor,” Laurent Becue-Renard’s doc “Of Men and War,” Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Owners” and Tony Gatlif’s “Geronimo” will play in the Special Screenings section, while Andre Techine’s “In The Name of My Daughter” will screen out-of-competition, and Kornel Mundruczo’s “White God” will play Un Certain Regard.

The full Classics lineup, from “Paris, Texas” on its 30th birthday to Oshima’s wonderful “Cruel Story of Youth,” is below.

  A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS by Sergio Leone (1964, 1h40)

To celebrate the birth in 1964 of the Italian western, the Cinematheque of Bologna will present the film restored in 4K by L’Immagine Ritrovata of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS directed by Sergio Leone in 1964 with Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte. 

PARIS, TEXAS by Wim Wenders

Awarded by the President of the Jury Dirk Bogarde and handed out on stage by Faye Dunaway, the Palme d’or of Paris, Texas is thirty years old. Wim Wenders will be back on the Croisette (besides his selection at Un Certain Regard with THE SALT OF THE EARTH) with a new print of PARIS, TEXAS. After The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy, Under the Sun of Satan by Maurice Pialat or The Leopard by Luchino Visconti, the Festival de Cannes shows restored copies of its Palmes d’Or.


CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH by Nagisa Oshima (1960, 1h32).

WOODEN CROSSES (LES CROIX DE BOIS) by Raymond Bernard (1931, 1h55)

OVERLORD by Stuart Cooper (1975, 1h24) 

LA PAURA / ANGST / LA PEUR by Roberto Rossellini (1954, 1h23)

Within the framework of the Rossellini project, a restoration made in 4K by L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna.

Cannes Classics has been welcoming since 2011 the ambitious Italian project, The Rossellini Project, from the collaboration between Instituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Coproduction Office (in charge of international sales). After presenting La Macchina Ammazzacattivi (La Machine a tuer les mechants, 1948) and Viaggio In Italia/Journey To Italy (Voyage en Italie, 1954), please find Angst/La Paura by Roberto Rossellini.

BLIND CHANCE (PRZYPADEK) by Krzysztof Kieslowski (1981, 1h57)

THE LAST METRO (LE DERNIER METRO) by Francois Truffaut (1980, 2h21).

DRAGON INN by King Hu (1967, 1h51)

DAYBREAK by Marcel Carne (1939, 1h31)

COLOR OF THE POMEGRANATE by Sergei Parajanov (1968, 1h17)

LEOLO by Jean-Claude Lauzon (1992, 1h42) 

GACIOUS LIVING (LA VIE DE CHATEAU) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1965, 1h30)

JAMAICA INN by Alfred Hitchcock (1939, 1h40) 

LES VIOLONS DU BAL by Michel Drach (1974, 1h44)

BLUE MOUNTAINS (LES MONTAGNES BLEUES) by Eldar Shengelaia (1983, 1h31) 

LOST HORIZON (HORIZONS PERDUS) by Frank Capra (1937, 2h12) 

THE BITCH (LA CHIENNE) by Jean Renoir (1939, 1h35)

TOKYO ORINPIKKU (TOKYO OLYMPIADES) by Kon Ichikawa (1965, 2h) 

LIFE ITSELF by Steve James (2014, 1h58) 

THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS by Hilla Medalia (2014, 1h30): the story of Cannon Films and the producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who will be present.

At last “8 1/2” (1963, 2h13, restored by Gaumont and Eclair) will be screened as the opening film of the Cinema de la plage to give an echo to the poster of the 67th Festival de Cannes and pay a tribute to Marcello Mastroianni.   

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