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Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” are in, Bertrand Bonello’s “Paris Is Happening” is out, and a few other key titles remain too close to call as the Cannes Film Festival prepares to announce its biggest and most tightly packed official selection lineup in recent memory.
While many of the titles reported in Variety’s recent in-depth festival overview remain on the docket as expected, one can expect any number of surprise last-minute decisions and switcheroos as the selection process goes down to the wire. Although the buzzy likes of Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” were locked in for out-of-competition slots weeks ago, the fate of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, remains up in the air.
The competition is said to be maxed out, and will likely exceed its usual volume of 20 titles or fewer. As a result, »
- Justin Chang
Paris is Happening
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Writer: Bertrand Bonello
Following the horrific bombings in Paris which occurred in late November, Bertrand Bonello’s latest, Paris is Happening, sounds like risky business, indeed. With a plot concerning youths planting bombs around the City of Lights, the subject matter may hit too close to home for most tastes, though it will also lead to significant anticipation if/when the title is eventually programmed. Bonello has built an impressive filmography, with titles like the Pasolini inspired Tiresia (2003) and 2011’s exquisite House of Pleasure courting equal parts critical praise and derision. He’s yet to score the international attention he deserves, even though his last title was the unauthorized Ysl bio, Saint Laurent (2014).
Cast: Vincent Rottiers, Laure Valentinelli, Jamil McCraven
Production Co.: Pandora Filmproduktion, Rectangle Productions
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic) Wild Bunch (international).
Release Date: Currently in post-production (and with »
- Nicholas Bell
2 items from 2016
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