Friday, April 14, 2017

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival

It's the time of year when the best and wettest dreams of any cinophile come true.
The selections for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival have been announced, and it's thrilling.
New films from Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere,) Noah Baumbach (Francis Ha!, Greenberg,) Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House,) Todd Haynes (Safe, Carol,) and Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Das Weisse Band,) will premiere at the Fest.
Coppola's remake of Don Siegel's 1971 film "Beguiled" centers on a Civil War era girls school and how their lives are disrupted by the presence of a wounded soldier.
Baumbach will show "The Meyerowitz Stories," a story about an estranged family that reunites to deal with their aging patriarch.
Ozon's "L'amant Double" is about a woman, played by Jacqueline Bisset, who falls for her psychoanalyst.
Haynes presents us with "Wonderstruck," a film about the bizarre connection between a modern-day boy and a girl from half a century ago.
Haneke will premiere "Happy End," a film about the European refugee/migration crisis, starring Isabelle Huppert.)
(Side note, Huppert was robbed of an Oscar this past year for her performance in the subtle and violent film "Elle.")
In addition to all these releases, David Lynch will premiere the upcoming continuation of "Twin Peaks" and Jane Campion brings her show, "Top of the Lake: China Girl."
And not for nothing, but this year's Fest is chock-full of womany goodness.
Out of the 49 film being shown at the Fest, 12 of them come from women directors.
It's not quite equality, but hell, we'll just keep marching down the right path and get there soon.

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