Olmi, Schlondorff, Lelouch and Birkin on show
As part of its 60th anniversary, the Cannes Film Festival has chosen to pay homage to three previous Palme d’Or-winning directors by presenting their new films, and to British-born actress-singer Jane Birkin, who is making her directorial debut.
The first director in the tributes this afternoon was Italy’s Ermano Olmi (1978 Palme d’Or for The Tree of Wooden Clogs), whose philosophical fable One Hundred Nails [+see also:
film profile] (see Making of) marks the filmmaker’s last work of fiction, as he has announced that he will make only documentaries from now on (see news).
Also in today’s programme is Ulzhan [+see also:
film profile] by German director Volker Schlondorff (1979 Palme d’Or for The Tin Drum), a poetic and contemplative adventure set in Kazakhstan, scripted by Jean-Claude Carrière and starring Philippe Torreton.
This Monday’s tributes will close with the screening of Jane Birkin’s debut, autobiographical feature Boxes [+see also:
film profile], which features a star-studded cast that includes director Michel Piccoli (member of this year’s official competition jury), Géraldine Chaplin, Annie Girardot , Lou Doillon, Natacha Régnier, John Hurt and Tchéky Karyo.
On Thursday, Cannes will be paying homage to Claude Lelouch (1966 Palme d’Or with A Man and a Woman), who will be presenting his latest film Roman de gare [+see also:
film profile], starring Dominique Pinon and Fanny Ardant.
The €4.21m feature was produced and is being sold by the director’s own outfit, Les Films 13, and has been pre-sold to Canal+.
(Translated from French)
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