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21 May
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  • Cannes Classics: "Kanal" by Andrzej Wajda

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:09 AM

    The great films of Polish director Andrzej Wajda are being honored by the Cannes Classics film heritage program with the screening of a restored print of Kanal. This feature-length black-and-white film, shot in 1956, is the story of the final days of the Warsaw rebellion of late September 1944. Do not expect a portrayal of...
  • Cannes Classics: "Maurice Pialat, L'Amour Existe"

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:20 AM

    Director Maurice Pialat always drew upon real life. Everything people say, do, or invent turns up one day in his films. The makers of this documentary devoted to Pialat, one of the all-time greats of French cinema, Maurice Pialat, l'Amour Existe, based their own film on his correspondence. Antoine Pialat and Gérard...
  • Music Lesson: Howard Shore

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:36 AM

    In follow up to Christopher Doyle in 2005 and Alexandre Desplat in 2006, it is composer Howard Shore giving the Music Lesson at this 60th edition. A long time collaborator with such talented directors as Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, James Gray or Tim Burton, the composer was accompanied by another favored director, David...
  • Musical Prelude: Eric Neveux and his Cult Songs from Cult Movies

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:07 AM

    Tonight's musical prelude concert on Macé Beach, open to the public, features DJ Eric Neveux. He has put together a program of songs from cult movies which he will begin playing at 8:45pm. This will be followed at 9:30pm by the screening of the film Man of Iron by Andrzej Wajda, Golden Palm winner in 1981. Note that...
  • Red Carpet Arrivals: "A Mighty Heart"

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:50 AM

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Photo Copyright AFP
  • Red Carpet Arrivals: "Import Export"

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:48 AM

    Paul Hofmann, Ed Lachman, Veronika Franz, Wolfgang Thaler, Ulrich Seidl, Ekateryna Rak and Michael Thomas Photo Copyright AFP
  • Adami's 15th Cannes Talents Event

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:45 AM

    For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Cannes Festival is hosting the Cannes Talent event sponsored by Adami, the agency which defends the intellectual property of directors, actors, and musician-performers, and distributes royalty payments. This year's Cannes Talent program is a synergy of the skills of 26 budding actors,...
  • Press Conference: “A Mighty Heart”

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:53 AM

    A Mighty Heart, an Out of Competition entry, brought to Cannes producer Brad Pitt and lead actress Angelina Jolie who met the press along with director Michael Winterbottom; actors Archie Panjabi, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan and Gary Wilmes; producers Marin and Nathanael Karmitz. Also present was Mariane Pearl whose story was...
  • Out of Competition - Special Screening: "Centochiodi" by Ermanno Olmi

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:26 AM

    A longtime regular at the Cannes Festival, Ermanno Olmi has come to present his new film Centochiodi, as a feature at the Special Screenings for this 60th anniversary event. The Italian director was selected for the 1963 Competition with I Fidanzati (The Engagement), in 1978; for Albero degli zoccoli (The Tree of Wooden...
  • Out of Competition - Special Screening: "Ulzhan" by Volker Schlöndorff

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:23 AM

    Winner of the Golden Palm in 1979 with The Tin Drum, Volker Schlöndorff returns to the Croisette to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Cannes Festival, presenting a film in a Special Screening. The German director has come to show us Ulzhan, a journey to the heart of the endless Central Asian steppe. Charles (played by...
  • Press Conference: Import Export

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:13 AM

    Meeting the press for the presentation in the Official Competition of the film Import Export were the feature's director, crew, and leading members of the cast. Those attending were director Ulrich Seidl, actors Paul Hofmann and Michael Thomas, actress Ekateryna Rak, cinematographers Ed Lachman and Wolfgang Thaler, and...
  • Un Certain Regard: "La Soledad" by Jaime Rosales

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 22.05.2007 at 9:14 AM

    Following the success of his first feature-length film, Las Horas del Día, winner of the international critics' prize FIPRESCI at Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, 2003, Jaime Rosales returns to the Croisette to present La Soledad in the section Un Certain Regard. Spanish director/screenwriter Rosales studies the fate of...
  • Un Certain Regard: "And Along Come Tourists" by Robert Thalheim

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:10 PM

    Selected for the program of Un Certain Regard, And Along Come Tourists is Robert Thalheim's second feature-length film. From the perspective of a young German, he describes daily life in a Polish town made famous by Nazi crimes, and how difficult it is to find an appropriate means of respecting the victims' memory. ...
  • Un Certain Regard: El Baño del Papa by Enrique Fernández and Cesar Charlone

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 10:45 PM

    Presented in the Un Certain Regard section, El Baño del Papa is a first film co-directed by Enrique Fernández and César Charlone. Competing for the Golden Camera award, this comedy is set in a small village in Uruguay, where the inhabitants are frantically preparing for a special event: a visit from Pope...
  • Press Conference: “Paranoid Park” by Gus Van Sant

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:18 AM

    The film crew of Paranoid Park were on hand to answer questions from the international press today. Present were director Gus Van Sant, actors Lauren McKinney, Taylor Momsen, and Gabe Nevins, cinematographer Chris Doyle, and producers Marin and Nathanael Karmitz. Excerpts follow. Gus Van Sant spoke about youth:...
  • All the Cinemas of the World: Spotlight on Lebanon

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 27.05.2007 at 12:52 PM

    Today, the Lebanese motion-picture industry takes center stage on the All the Cinemas of the World program, an effort to show a broad range of films being produced in the world with a country-by-country presentation. Audiences will be able to observe that film production is thriving in Lebanon, the second country to be...
  • Out of Competition - Special Screening: "Boxes" by Jane Birkin

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 27.05.2007 at 9:47 AM

    Jane Birkin comes to the Cannes Festival this year to present Boxes, the first film she has ever directed. As an actress, she has been a regular in the past, appearing to promote such Competition selections as The Pirate (1984), Daddy Nostalgia (1990) and La Belle Noiseuse (The Beautiful Troublemaker, 1991). As her first ...
  • Out of Competition: "A Mighty Heart" by Michael Winterbottom

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 8:13 AM

    British director Michael Winterbottom, who served as a Cannes Festival juror in 1998, has already presented films in a parallel section (Jude, 1996) and in Competition (Welcome to Sarajevo, 1997; Wonderland, 1999; and 24 Hour Party People, 2002). This is the first time one of his features has been selected for an Out of...
  • Competition: "Paranoid Park" by Gus Van Sant

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 21.05.2007 at 4:58 PM

    Winner of both the Golden Palm and Best Director awards in 2003 for Elephant, director Gus Van Sant returns this year with Paranoid Park, a feature-length film in which the characters are once again teenage boys. This adaptation of Blake Nelson's novel of the same name follows 16-year-old skateboarder Alex, who accidentally...
  • Competition: "Import Export" by Ulrich Seidl

    the 21.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 26.05.2007 at 12:57 PM

    Import Export, presented in Competition, marks the return of the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl to Cannes, five years after having presented his startling Dog Days. His new film tells the story of two characters on opposite tracks: a young Ukrainian nurse who goes to Austria to find employment, and a young Austrian man who...

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