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Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother), Pedro Almodóvar, 1999
What is arguably Almodóvar's greatest work begins with tragedy in Madrid, but soon moves to Barcelona, beginning with a breathtaking night-time glimpse of the Sagrada Familia, where the sheer buoyancy of the city steers the film in a powerful and dazzling new direction. Here Manuela (the magnificent Cecilia Roth) reunites with her old friend, the witty and wonderful transsexual prostitute Agrado (Antonia San Juan) – whose flat overlooks the Palau de la Música – while inadvertently immersing herself in the world of theatre and helping a naive young nun (Penélope Cruz). Art mirrors life mirrors art in this vibrantly colourful (literally), multi-layered tribute to women ("We are all women!'" says Almodóvar) that beautifully captures the dynamism and
Oskar Santos' supernatural drama set in a hospital "For the Good Others" and Mar Coll's profile of a Catalan family at a life cycle event "Three Days With the Family" are two of the films with good buzz going into the event, which runs June 20-22.
"Others," produced by Alejandro Amenabar, Fernando Bovaira's Mod Prods. and Telecinco Cinema, stars Eduardo Noriega and Belen Rueda -- acting godmother of this year's edition.
Rueda also toplines Guillem Morales' much-anticipated "Julia's Eyes," which re-teams producers Rodar y Rodar and Guillermo del Toro after their first venture -- "The Orphanage."
Market premieres include Emilio Ruiz Barrachina's English-language "The Disciple," Manuel Huerga's space documentary "Sun and Moon" and Alex Coll's digital 3D "The Happets."
“For the last 30 years, Fangoria has been the cornerstone of the Sitges program’s diet,” says festival director Angel Sala, “the number-one source of information to feed the bowels of the beast. Fango has been the written witness of the horror scene around the world for over three decades. Sitges can only bow and pay due respect with a celebration for the fans.”
“The panel will be
Vincenzo Natali's latest, Splice, which we're all excited about.
Simon Fellows twisted adaptation Malice in Wonderland (trailer)
Along some of our personal favorites:
Black Dynamite (friggin awesome)
Swiss scifi flick Cargo (trailer)
Pater Sparrow's incredible Stanislaw Lem adaptation 1 (review)
The Mo Brothers Indonesian slasher Macabre (review)
Atm (get it?) horror-comedy The Human Centipede (review)
Full list after the break.
[Rec]2. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró. 2009.
Official FANTÀSTIC In Competition Section
Accident. Soi Cheang. 2009.
Accidents Happen. Andrew Lancaster. 2009.
The Children. Tom Shankland. 2008.
Cold Souls. Sophie Bartes. 2009.
The Countess. Julie Delpy. 2009.
Les Derniers Jours Du Monde. Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. 2009.
Dogtooth (Kynodontas). Yorgos Lanthimos. 2009.
Dorian Gray. Oliver Parker. 2009.
Enter The Void. Gaspar Noé. 2009.
Grace. Paul Solet. 2009.
Heartless. Philip Ridley. 2009.
Hierro. Gabe Ibáñez. 2009.
La Horde. Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher.
The festival's "Discovery" section has always been its signature and this year is no exception with three Quiet Earth favorites topping the list. Pater Sparrow's hypnotic Steinslaw Lem adaption, 1 (review) is playing (which we actually knew but weren't allowed to report) along with micro-budget zombie stunner Colin (review), and the experimental French film Amer.
Full list after the break!
The in-competition Nv Ficció Section:
- Independencia by Raya Martin
- Nymph by Pen-ek Ratanaruang
- Morphia by Sergei Balabanov
- The Forbidden Door by Joko Anwar
- Bronson by Nicolas Refn
- White Lightnin' by Dominic Murphy
- The House of the Devil by Ti West
- Pontypool by Bruce MacDonald
- Van Diemen's land by Jonathan Auf Der Heide
The Nv No Ficció Section:
- Son & Moon. Diario
- Volver (2006)Volver
The two films will go head-to-head in the best film and director categories along with Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy tale Pan's Labyrinth, which earned 13 nominations, and Manuel Huerga's Salvador. The homage to Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich earned 11 noms.
Volver, Spain's entry for the foreign-language Oscar, and Pan's Labyrinth, Mexico's offering, are considered serious contenders for the Oscar short list.
Almodovar and Del Toro also will compete for best original script, along with Daniel Sanchez Arvalo for DarkBlueAlmostBlack and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for The Night of the Sunflowers.
Antonio Banderas received a nomination for his adapted screenplay of Summer Rain and will compete with The Education of Fairies writer-director Jose Luis Cuerda, Salvador writer Lluis Arcarazo and Alatriste's Diaz Yanes.
Penelope Cruz, who reaped accolades in Cannes for her performance in Volver, will compete against Pan's Maribel Verdu, DarkBlueAlmostBlack's Marta Etura and La Dama Boba's Silvia Abascal for the best actress nod.
- [Ed's note: I asked Yama to grab some shots while at Cannes and give us a feel of the daily grind - here are some of those pics...enjoy!] Richard LinklaterRichard Linklater
- I'm in transit in Dortmund and haven't reached my final destination Hamburg yet. I have posters and tons of pictures to share, so bare with me. I watched my last film on Friday at 8:30 which is called INDIGÈNES about the contribution of indigenous citizens from Africa in WWII to help free France from the Nazi occupation.I left Cannes gladly and was too drained and exhausted from the town and films but I will be back next year, Inshallah - but there's no doubt that it's the best festival in the world with the whole world in one small town. The locals are nice and friendly. The food is great. The town has the best theatres in the world with the Grand Lumiere at the top with 2400 seats. Another great thing about Cannes is you can catch up some of the films from Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin among others.
- [Ed's note: This website is only possible with the help of some great folks - and before we get to the Cannes business - I'd like to intro y'all to our Cannes correspondent. Now in his second year attending the festival, Mr.Yama Rahimi will be our eyes and ears of the fest - relaying what we should be checking out in the near future. Yama was born in Kabul, Afghanistan; attended school in Germany; studied photography, web and graphic design before attending Los Angeles Film School to study film. He has written, produced and directed two short films. Prior to arriving on the Riviera, he was teaching students at Kabul University on Cinema. I'll be hard at work after this working holiday - he is currently developing several feature films. I asked Yama to list the films he is most looking forward to seeing at year's edition. Look for Yama's impression of this year’s slate – in easy capsule form reviews in the coming days. My two dollars for the Palme d'or goes to Fast Food Nation...I'm curious to see what Yama's pick will be...] The Official Selection 1. Volver (2006)Volver
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