Genre Details in Cannes

By Michael Lerman | "Lincoln Blogs" by Michael Lerman May 25, 2007 at 3:32AM

Genre Details in Cannes

One of weirdest trends I've noticed since I've been to Cannes (that's right, I'm in Cannes - I know, I should blog more) is the insurgence of references to genre films in high art dramas.

Right off the bat, the first film I saw was Hou Hsaio Hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon. Peppered with filmic references of all kinds, the film's first frame features a child looking up at the sky, talking to the balloon which is off camera and leaning on a subway stop. Directly in the center, attached to the subway stop, is a large poster for the Magnolia released Brittish horror comedy Severance.

The second screening, Waterlillies, a moody lesbian coming-of-age drama, saw a group of synchronized swimmers performing to the score of Battle Royale.

And so on . . .

Here's to celebrating all types of cinema from all over the world. Now if only the selection itself contained more genre pieces. Obviously, they are everyone's mind. If it's good enough for Hou Hsaio Hsien, should be good enough for us.