The greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema will be brought together today at Cannes Classics. Scheduled to be screened are: Luis Buñuel, Mrinal Sen, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino!
Tristana (1970) by Luis Buñuel will be the first film to be screened at Cannes Classics today at 3:30 p.m. in the Salle du Soixantième. One day a bourgeois gentleman takes in an orphan, Tristana (Catherine Deneuve), who quickly turns into his mistress. Having left him for a painter, she comes back to him several years later seriously ill. Luis Buñuel, who the Festival honoured in 2000 by inaugurating a cinema named after him, won the Best Director award for Los Olvidados in 1951 and the Palme d’Or for Virdiana in 1961. The film will be screened in the presence of a Spanish delegation comprised of Álex de la Iglesia, Isabel Coixet, Fernando Trueba, Marisa Paredes, Rossy de Palma, Pilar López de Ayala, Elsa Pataky and Bigas Luna.
A previously unreleased film will be screened at Cannes Classics at 8:45 p.m. in the Salle du Soixantième: a preview of the documentary Hollywood don’t surf! by Greg MacGallivray and Sam George. The film tells the story of fifty years of surfing in film, a popular genre in the US a few decades ago. Several legends of American cinema featurein the documentary, including Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.
Finally, Khandahar (The Ruins) by Mrinal Sen, made in 1983, is due to be screened at 8:30 p.m. in the Salle Buñuel. Three friends from the city go on holiday in the country and discover the ruins of a manor house occupied by a young girl and her mother who are desperately awaiting the advent of a saviour. A retrospective of Mrinal Sen’s filmography was supposed to take place at Cannes last year, but it was cancelled due to poor quality negatives. Khandahar was subsequently restored frame by frame in the Archives de Pune at the request of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.