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Cannes 2012: Directors' Fortnight Honors "No," "El Taaib," "Camille Rewinds" & Shorts

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 25, 2012 at 2:24PM

While films from the Cannes Directors' Fortnight are not given official festival awards, they are honored by organizations. This year, Pablo Larrain's "No," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, a surprise stand-out at Cannes...
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"No": When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.

"El taaib": Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a « repenti ». But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it's the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.

"Camille Rewinds": Camille was sixteen years old when she met Eric. They fell madly in love and had a daughter…25 years later: Eric is leaving Camille for a younger woman. That’s New Year’s Eve, and Camille suddenly finds herself back in her past. She is sixteen again and has returned to her parents, her girlfriends, her childhood… and Eric. Will she flee and try to change the course of their lives? Will she fall in love with him again, even though she knows how their story will end?

"The Curse": Fatine has ventured far from the village to meet her older lover. When she is caught by a small boy, all she wants to do is go home.

"The Living Also Cry": Ze is a dockworker in Lisbon. He watches enviously the ships he will never board. He dreams of leaving his wife and the slum. He has been saving money in secret to travel to Sweden. But one night he gets home to discover that his wife found his savings and spent them on a new washing machine.

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