FC @ Cannes 2019 – Ten films by famous filmmakers

Posted on May 11, 2019

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When I say ‘famous’, I mean people like the Dardenne brothers, who are the equivalents of a Spielberg at Cannes. Here’s my personal list of hotly anticipated biggies.

  1. I’ll begin with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. They have won the Palme d’Or twice (for Rosetta and L’enfant), and they are back in Competition with THE YOUNG AHMED. A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran. Despite a subject that could fan the flames of anti-Muslim hysteria, I’m hoping the Dardennes will turn their typically empathetic gaze towards the boy. And the religion.
  2. Ah, Terrence Malick. Auteur or poseur? I have found the post-Tree of Life films, which have opted for mood and idiosyncratic image over plot, a struggle to sit through. But this time, the director has said, “I’m backing away from that style now”. (In other words, hallelujah, there’s a story!) A HIDDEN LIFE is about Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian who was a conscientious objector to the horrors of World War II. As with The Young Ahmed, this is an intriguing match between a hyper-dramatic subject and a filmmaker who, in The Thin Red Line, paused to marvel at blades of grass even amidst the horrors of war.

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