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Blame it on the moonlight if you will, but any folly stays resolutely earthbound in “Fool Moon,” a plainly sincere but tooth-achingly precious directorial debut for actor-poet-filmmaker Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet. Often a grave, sympathetic presence on camera — well-used by such auteurs as André Téchiné, Bertrand Tavernier and Christophe Honoré — the likeable 28-year-old here comes unstuck under his own gaze; the fusion of film, theater and self-composed verse in this wispy young love triangle is more puppyishly ambitious than it is artful. Premiered as a special (read: not quite classifiable) screening at Cannes, this fully French but less-than-full “Moon” is unlikely to rise in many non-domestic territories.
“The strength love requires asks too much of me — I shake like a leaf,” wails Ondine (Amandine Truffy), the willowy girlfriend of bookish Parisian Paul (Leprince-Ringuet), abruptly terminating their romance following a seemingly innocuous afternoon scuffle in the park. If she finds their relationship draining, »
- Guy Lodge
The film deals with a divorced father and his ex-con brother who dream up a desperate scheme to save the family farm in West Texas, and it marks Mackenzie’s first feature film outing since Starred Up in 2013.
Scene from The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi Photo: Cannes Film Festival
Other additions to the Festival line-up include The Salesman by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, which will receive its world premiere in competition.
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- Richard Mowe
Seven additions made to Official Selection, including Blood Father starring Mel Gibson, the new feature from Starred Up director David Mackenzie and a Joseph Kony documentary.Click here for updated Official Selection
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is to compete for the Palme d’Or with his latest feature, The Salesman, following several additions to Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection.
The addition of the Farsi-language project, which racked up sales for Memento Films International at Berlin in February, takes the total number of films in Competition to 21.
The Salesman revolves around a couple whose relationship turns violent due to societal pressures. Long-time Farhadi collaborators Taraneh Alidoosti, who played the epnymous role in About Elly, and Shahab Hosseini, who appeared in Farhadi’s Golden Bear and Oscar-winning A Separation, co-star as the central couple.
Farhadi was last in Competition at Cannes in 2013 with his previous film, The Past, which won the Ecumenical Jury prize.
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The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 69th edition of the festival:COMPETITIONOpening Night: Café Society (Woody Allen) [Out of Competition]Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)La Fille Inconnue (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)Juste La Fin du Monde (Xavier Dolan)Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont)Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)Mal de Pierres (Nicole Garcia)I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)Ma' Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)Loving (Jeff Nichols)Agassi (Park Chan-Wook)The Last Face (Sean Penn)Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)Elle (Paul Verhoeven)The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding-Refn)The Salesman (Asgha Farhadi)Un Certain REGARDOpening Film: Clash (Mohamed Diab)Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)Voir du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)La »
As usual, even though they initially announced the line-up, Cannes has a few more titles to add their slate, including one of our most-anticipated films of the year. Asghar Farhadi will return to the festival with The Salesman, which reunites him with regulars Shahab Hosseini (About Elly, A Separation) and Tareneh Alidoosti (About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday). Playing in competition, it was reported the drama centers on a couple performing together in Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman.
Other titles includes the Mel Gibson-led action thriller Blood Father (see the railer here) and David Mackenzie‘s Starred Up follow-up, the western crime drama Hell or High Water, scripted by Sicario’s Taylor Sheridan and starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. Check out the additions below.
The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Un Certain Regard
Opening film: Eshtebak (Clash) by Mohamed Diab (Egypt)
- Jordan Raup
Cannes Films Festival has also added David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” to Un Certain Regard and announced that Mohamed Diab’s “Clash” will open that section of the official selection. Meanwhile Jean-Francois Richet’s “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson snatched up a Midnight Screening slot.
Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of Cannes Film Festival has also added three films to the Special Screenings section: Jonathan Littell’s “Wrong Elements” from the U.S. and a pair of French pics, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet’s “La Foret de Quinconces” and Karim Dridi’s “Chouf.”
More to come.
- Elsa Keslassy
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