The 63rd Cannes Film Festival is underway in the south of France, as celebrities, industry workers and filmgoers from all over the world are treated to a week and a half of the finest celluloid offerings from around the globe.
This year’s festival opened with Ridley Scott’s historical fiction blockbuster, Robin Hood.
Scott was unable to make it to the premiere, an unprecedented occurrence for the opening-night film, but understandable, in wake of the director’s recent knee-replacement surgery.
One of the films receiving media buzz, is British director Mike Leigh’s new film, Another Year. The movie is an understated look at two content, future retirees, who despite their normalcy attract a handful of dysfunctional friends and colleagues.
Another film that is receiving excellent reviews is Sabina Guzzanti’s Michael Mooresque documentary, Draquila – Italy Trembles. This film covers the Berlusconi government’s mismanagement and personal profit of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.
The awards will be handed out at the conclusion of the festival, ultimately affecting the box office intake of a handful of lucky recipients. Tim Burton is this year’s President of the Jury.
Unfortunately, it may be a while before the international films reach our Canadian screens. Even then, some of the films might only receive a limited screening, so catching them on DVD or Blue-Ray might be you best option.
An excellent source for world cinema in Vancouver is Videomatica, on West Fourth.
You might have to wait months before they are available, but enjoying truly inspirational movies from the comfort of your bed is a wonderful luxury.
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Set the stage for entertainment.