As is its wont, Cannes continues to tinker with its programme, announcing a half dozen additional features, a pair of documentaries – one of which will also appear in Doc Edge Festival – and 22 titles in the Cannes Classics selection, aka We Thought You Were Dead.
Festival organizers noted that this year, even with screening several older titles, not one bit of celluloid will be harmed. The presentation of Cannes Classics will be an all digital affair.
Sophia Loren will be the section’s guest of honour. The Cannes Best Actress (1961) and jury president five years later, will attend the screening of her most recent role, in Edoardo Ponti’s La Voce Humana. She also appears in the Classics section in Vittorio de Sica’s 1964 Marriage Italian Style.
The two documentaries offered both concern themselves with filmmaking. Steve James’ Life Itself screens in Cannes just ahead of James’ trip to NZ to present the film at the Documentary Edge Festival. Hilla Medalia’s The Go-Go Boys: the Inside Story of Cannon Films is one of two new docos to tell the story of producers and cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. (The other title is Electric Boogaloo, which will premiere at this year’s Mebourne IFF.)
Completing the festival’s official selection are a half dozen titles. Four are presented as special screenings, including Pablo Fendrik’sThe Ardour featuring jury member Gael Garcia Bernal.
Selectors have added André Téchiné’s In The Name of my Daughter as an out of competition title in the main programme. In the Un Certain Regard line-up, Kornel Mundruczo’s White God is added.
The remaining three special screenings will be for Laurent Becue-Renard’s documentary Of Men and War, Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s The Owners and Tony Gatlif’s Geronimo.
Among the classics are Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. The title has been making headlines in the UK recently, after the BBC broadcast the opening part of its latest adaptation of the story with an all-but inaudible dialogue track.
Also selected is Fellini’s 8½, from which title comes the still of actor Marcello Mastroianni used for the Cannes poster this year.
The Classics line-up will be:
8½ by Federico Fellini (1963, 2h13)
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS by Sergio Leone (1964, 1h40)
PARIS, TEXAS by Wim Wenders (1984, 2h25)
REGARDS SUR UNE REVOLUTION : COMMENT YUKONG DEPLAÇA LES MONTAGNES by Marceline Loridan et Joris Ivens (1976, 1h11)
CRUEL STORY OF YOUTH (SEISHUN ZANKOKU MONOGATARI) 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)
BLIND CHANCE (PRZYPADEK) by Krzysztof Kieślowski (1981, 1h57)
THE LAST METRO (LE DERNIER METRO) by François Truffaut (1980, 2h21)
DRAGON INN (龍門客棧) by King Hu (1967, 1h51)
DAYBREAK (LE JOUR SE LEVE) by Marcel Carné (1939, 1h31)
COLOR OF THE POMEGRANATE (SAYAT NOVA) 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 (LA TAVERNE DE LA JAMAÏQUE) 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)