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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2013 at 2:30PM

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey.
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"Zulu"
"Zulu"

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The contemporary film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey. It has nothing to do with the famed 1964 Cy Endfield war classic "Zulu" starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine.

Here's a more in-depth plot synopsis:

The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Bloom and Whitaker are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study.

The fest will open with Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," with the entire lineup to be announced on April 18.

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Forrest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.