Richard Lormand (World Cinema Publicity) is not the only great publicist one meets at the festivals, but he is unique and his missives are so unique that I want to just publish them as he writes them. I wrote about him last year and will not repeat it here. Richard limits his work to the top festivals such as Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Cannes, sometimes Karlovy Vary and San Sebastian, and he limits his work to what he considers the best. His taste must be correct because his films go on to win the top prizes. So see what he has in store for us in Cannes!!
It's back to the Croisette for us soon and I'm still busy preparing, but here's the lowdown on my Cannes films (by date of play):
Oslo, August 31st directed by Joachim Trier: I knew absolutely nothing about this film and it blew me away, so I won't tell you too much. I've since seen Mr Trier's equally excellent Reprise and I'm just as impressed, and even more with the director himself, as I get to know him and his approach to filmmaking. Outstanding lead performance. Captivating film. It reaches deep inside. Screening in Un Certain Regard. ISA: The Match Factory
Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (Ichimei) directed by Takashi Miike: Yes, Takashi Miike is back already with a new film after presenting 13 Assassins in Venice and Toronto only a few months ago. This one's an epic, too, but much more a nod to the traditional Japanese cinema of yesteryear. Breathtakingly beautiful... Oh and it's the first 3D film in the Cannes competition. Get your glasses on! And pull out your hankies, it's a tearjerker. Screening in Competition. ISA: Hanway
Wishing you all a great festival!
see you soon,
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