First up is a look at at Matteo Garrone's "Reality" (previously known as "Big House"). Starring Claudia Gerini, Aniello Arena and Loredana Simioli, exact plot details are still under wraps, but the as the title hints, this time around the writer/director is taking a look at reality television, and at the very least, this image suggests a lighter movie than the excellent but heavy "Gomorrah." This will be the director's second trip to the Croisette and certainly audiences will be eager to see what he's brought this time around. "Reality" is slated for an August release in France, and there is no U.S. distributor at the moment.
Next is a peek at Im Sang-soo's "The Taste Of Money." The director returns to Cannes after screening his talked-about remake of "The Housemaid" in 2010, this time with another tale where loyalties are at play. The story focuses on Youngjak, the secretary of Mrs. Baek, who is the leader of a powerful Korean industrial giant. Tasked with looking after the affairs of this private and morally questionable family, Youngjak is soon caught in a spiral of domination and secrets, lost between his principles and the possibility of rapid career advancement to a more comfortable life. Youngjak must choose sides to survive in this world where money, sex and power are kings. Kim Gang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Hyo-jin, On Ju-wan and Maui Taylor star and overall, it sounds very promising. The film is slated for an October release in France, and is also looking for a U.S. distributor.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16-27.