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On the occasion of the celebration of its 70th edition, a brief history of the Festival de Cannes

From 1946 to 1992, from René Clément to Victor Erice, sixteen history-making films of the Festival de Cannes

AI NO KORÎDA Nagisa OSHIMA 1976 - 01:43

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

ALL THAT JAZZ Bob FOSSE 1979 - 02:03

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.

BABATU, LES TROIS CONSEILS Jean ROUCH 1976 - 01:35

The only historical film of Jean Rouch & Co., Babatu. The 3 advices traces the warrior epic of the Zarma chief Babatu who conquered Gurunsi country, prospering as a result of the slave trade.
Damouré, Lam, Tallou, some «guest stars» and a few others, bring to life the adventures of those famous warriors of the 19th century. In between unbridled improvisation and reenactment – benefiting from the screenplay of the historian, writer and politician Boubou Hama from Niger – a movie still relevant today...

BLOW-UP Michelangelo ANTONIONI 1966 - 01:51

Blow-Up is the story of a day in the life of a photographer and what he experiences during that day. At the park, he takes pictures of two people and later on, through the photographs, he discovers something he had failed to see. An element of reality that appears real and, as a matter of fact, it is.
However reality has a quality of freedom about it that is hard to explain. By the end of the day the photographer has learnt a few things, like playing with an imaginary ball, which is not too bad of a result, after all. Blow-Up is, perhaps, like Zen: the moment you explain it, you betray it.

Synopsis by Michelangelo Antonioni

CZŁOWIEK Z ŻELAZA Andrzej WAJDA 1981 - 02:33

The continuation of Wajda’s picture of 1976 – ‘Man of Marble’ (‘Człowiek z marmuru’). The year 1980. Workers of the Gdansk Shipyard are on strike. The son of Mateusz Birkut, Maciek Tomczyk, is one of the shipyard workers and also an activist of the strike committee. Winkel, a radio reporter, is given an assignment to make a report which would disgrace Tomczyk and the strike committee. However, after the conversation with Agnieszka – now Tomczyk’s wife - imprisoned for supporting the strike, he changes his view on the demands of the workers. He decides never to make the report.

EL SOL DEL MEMBRILLO Victor ERICE 1992 - 02:20

The realistic painter Antonio Lopez tries to paint a quince tree which he had planted in the garden of the house which he now uses as his studio. With the coming of winter, the ripe quinces fall from their branches, signaling the end of the artist's labour, as the fallen fruits begin on the ground their process of decomposition. Then, and only then, at night, will the painter recount a dream.

ILA AYN? Georges NASSER 1957 - 01:21

A family lives poorly in a village in the Lebanese mountain. One day, the father abandons his family and leaves for Brazil, considered an Eldorado by a great number of his compatriots. Twenty years pass. The mother raises her children with great difficulty. The elder has a family and the younger one is getting ready to immigrate to Brazil. One day a ragged old man arrives in the village.

KORHINTA Zoltán FÁBRI 1955 - 01:30

In a village subject to serious social change, young Mari Pataki, humble but promising farmer's daughter, is forbidden by her father from seeing her lover. All he cares about is farming, and making a fortune in the future. He decides to marry her off to another rich and old man with whom he's making business. 'Land marries land' he keeps saying, believing the old Hungarian farmers' law to be unchangeable. But the young lover is ready to overcome all obstacles to win Mari's love.

LA BATAILLE DU RAIL René CLÉMENT 1946 - 01:25

During WWII, railway workers were active in the shadow to fight the Nazi Occupation at the risk of their lives: intelligence, clandestine transport, sabotage. In June 1944, after the D Day, the struggle carried out by the Résistance-Fer network is intensifying. Athos, the head of a marshalling yard, and his deputy Camargue, are going to do all they can with the help of numerous railwaymen to slow down the advance of German reinforcements towards Normandy. A great classic of post-war cinema that recalls authentic scenes from the Résistance, the Battle of the Rail is a tribute to all the anonymous who took part in the liberation of the country.

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR Henri-Georges CLOUZOT 1952 - 02:31

In Central America, an oil company offers a large sum of money to whom will agree to drive two trucks loaded with nitroglycerine on 500 kilometers of trails to extinguish a fire in an oil well. Four adventurers are chosen and begin a long and very dangerous journey…

MATZOR Gilberto TOFANO 1969 - 01:29

Tamar lost her husband to the 1967 Six Day War, and now wants to put her pain behind her and find new love. However, her late husband's friends and family expect that she remains in mourning for the rest of her life in order to keep his memory alive. Unlike most films made in Israel shortly after the 1967 war, Siege did not reflect the euphoria of victory, but succeeded in capturing feelings of fear and mourning. The film had its world premiere in Competition at the 22nd Cannes Film Festival in 1969, and was later selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards.

NARAYAMA BUSHIKOU Shôhei IMAMURA 1983 - 02:13

Director Shohei Imamura has produced a number of well-known and newsworthy films with a vitality-filled touch that pierces the humanity lurking deep within the Japanese heart. This film, a joint production by Toei and his own Imamura Productions, is a drama of the soul that seeks the essence of universal human themes: life and death, parent and children relationships.
Based on a masterpiece by Shichiro Fukazawa, and set in a poor village deep in the Shinshu mountain range, the film tells the story of a son who must carry his mother on his back after she turns 70 and abandon her near the summit of Mount Narayama on a snowy day in accordance with the local laws -- a bloodcurdling tale of how people face their death as they live with such gruesome local customs.

SKUPLJACI PERJA Aleksandar PETROVIC 1967 - 01:22

Plain of Vojvodina, Serbia, where many Gypsies live.
Married to a woman much older than him with whom he has already had many children, Bora is often absent. His job as a feather worker takes him from village to village. On the road, he falls in love with Tissa, a young, vagabond and wild Gypsy on the run. Her brutal and possessive father-in-law Mirta makes a wedding proposal to a young Gypsy, hoping to keep her close to him. But Tissa rejects her young husband and, unbeknownst to everyone, leaves with Bora in the mountains to get married by a monk. But very quickly, Tissa gets bored and runs away again, decided to join Belgrade...

SOLEIL Ô Med HONDO 1969 - 01:38

In an unnamed French colony in West Africa, black men line up before a white priest for baptism and renaming—the first step in a process that simultaneously deracinates and subjugates them. In France, colonial blacks, encouraged by propaganda, arrive to seek a better life. What they find is unemployment or a handful of ‘dirty’ jobs, unacceptable living conditions, naked racism, and bureaucratic indifference. Searching for a new form, Med Hondo has eschewed all conventional narrative. From the stylized and surreal opening sequences to the episodic adventures of a particular man, the director presents a series of imaginative set pieces, linked by voice-over narrative, that investigate and dramatize a complex of interrelated themes. A scathing attack on colonialism, the film is also a shocking exposé of racism and a brutal and ironic indictment of Western capitalist values.

YOL - THE FULL VERSION Serif GÖREN - Yilmaz GÜNEY 2017 - 01:53

In the period following the military fascist coup of September 12th, 1980 in Turkey, at the time when repressive measures were being brought to bear in all areas of social life, leave permits for those in semi-open prisons are suspended until further notice. In order to qualify for leave, the detainees are required to have served a third of their sentence and have a record of faultless conduct. Insult, physical maltreatment, repression, forced labour and arbitrariness are normal in Turkish prisons. For those detainees who await leave, only one attitude remains: resignation and submission.

1951-1999: A short history of short films presented by the Festival de Cannes.

A program curated by Christian Jeune and Jacques Kermabon.

 

A program curated by Christian Jeune and Jacques Kermabon. 

 

Spiegel van Holland by Bert Haanstra (1951, 10 min, Holland) 

La Seine à rencontré Paris by Joris Ivens (1958, 32 min, France) 

Pas de deux by Norman McLaren (1968, 13 min, Canada) 

Harpya by Raoul Servais (1979, 9 min, Belgium) 

Peel by Jan Campion (1986, 9 min, Australia) 

L'interview by Xavier Giannoli (1998, 15 min, France) 

When the Day Breaks by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tily (1999, 10 min, Canada) 

Pas de deux by Norman McLaren (1968, 13mn, Canada)

Pas de deux by Norman McLaren (1968, 13mn, Canada) © RR
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