FC @ Cannes 2019 – Ten films by not-so-famous filmmakers

Posted on May 13, 2019

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Cinephiles will recognise these names, but these filmmakers deserve to be known in the circles beyond. Here’s my list of hotly anticipated less-than-mega films.

  1. See Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange and especially Little Men, and you’ll see the exquisite, low-key textures Ira Sachs brings to his dramas. FRANKIE may be his big break-out, with its high-profile cast of Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson and Marisa Tomei. The story is about three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during a single day of a vacation. Sachs says the script has a theatrical quality, and Huppert says the film is “very, very different from anything I’ve done before”. The historic resort-town setting of Sintra, in Portugal, is icing on the cake.
  2. Diao Yinan took home the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival for Black Coal, Thin Ice, and before that, he had an Un Certain Regard premiere for Night Train (2007) — so he’s not exactly “not-so-famous”. But he’s definitely low-profile, and his new film will hopefully push him out of his corner. THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is about the leader of a biker gang who sacrifices everything for his family, goes on the run, and finds himself involved with a woman he meets. It sounds like a socko genre piece like Black Coal, Thin Ice, while similarly addressing socio-economic realities in contemporary China.

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