Cannes announced the shorts programme for 2010. Nothing Kiwi-flavoured made the cut, although one Australian entry made its way into the nine film line-up. In other news, a couple of other short films have made their way on to Critics Week programme and will screen on the closing night. The flagged additions to the main programme were also announced.
Both films added to the Critics’ Week programme are by US actors, James Franco’s The Clerk’s Tale and Kirsten Dunst’s Bastard.
From the director previous Berlin winner (Beijing Bicycle) and Cannes winner (Qing Hong), Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chongqing Blues moves from Un Certain Regard to screen in competition. Another Chinese director, Jia Zhangke, has I Wish I Knew added to the Un Certain Regard line-up. Jia is also a previous competitor at Cannes, having had Er Shi Si Cheng Ji” and Xiao Wu in competition previously.
The other films added to the Un Certain Regard lineup, Argentinian director Pablo Traperoalso’s Carancho also has Asian connections, being co-produced by South Korea’s Suh Young-joo.
US director Lucy Walker’s nuclear weapons documentary Countdown to Zero, which was premiered at Sundance, gets a special screening. Her documentary Waste Land, won the Audience Award at Sundance this year.
The short film line-up is:
Chienne D’Histoire Serge Avedikian (France)
First Aid Yarden Carmin (Israel)
Estacao Marcia Faria (Brazil)
Muscles Edward Houdsen (Australia)
Micky Bader Frida Kempf (Sweden)
To Swallow A Toad Jurgis Krasons (Latvia)
Rosa Monica Lairana (Argentina)
Maya Pedro Pio Martin Perez (Cuba)
Blokes Marialy Rivas (Chile)
The additions are:
Chongqing Blues Wang Xiaoshuai (China) — in competition
Tender Son -The Frankenstein Project Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary) — in competition
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu Andrei Ujica (Romania) — out of competition
Carancho Pablo Trapero (Argentina) — Un Certain Regard
I Wish I Knew Jia Zhangke (China) — Un Certain Regard
Countdown to Zero Lucy Walker (US) – special screening