Most French film folk have come to Cannes from Paris. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
came from Ulaghai, Inner Mongolia.
You would expect no less from Annaud, a helmer who shot “The Lover
” in Vietnam, Brad Pitt
starrer “Seven Years in Tibet
” partly in Tibet, and tiger sibling tale “Two Brothers
” in Cambodia.
A singular director by any standards, Annaud’s films lie at a unique halfway house somewhere between Hollywood (with their high concepts and bold ambitions) and French arthouse (in the urgency of their themes).
“I love movies where you have the huge scale of, say Mongolia, and then intimacy with extreme close-ups,” he said at Cannes, where he plans to stay for less than 24 hours to show early footage of “Wolf Totem
,” which he is shooting over the course of four seasons in Mongolia.
” is “just up my alley,” Annaud said. It’s set on the vast plains of Inner Mongolia,