Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard

First introduced in 1978 by festival president Gilles Jacob, the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival runs parallel to the main competition and provides an opportunity for a wider range of films including many from first time directors, as well as innovative and artistically daring works that would not fit the main programme.

This year's initial lineup was announced on April 19 and currently consists of 17 titles representing 16 countries. However, I expect that a few films will be added in the coming weeks to round the number to 20. There are four films from first time directors, and two from female directors.

English actor/director Tim Roth is the president of the 2012 Un Certain Regard Jury which will choose the award winners from this section.

Update April 30: Djeca, Gimme the Loot, and Renoir were added to the Line-up.

Read on for a full overview of the films in the 65th Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard section or see the Main Competition films:

Un Certain Regard Film
Miss Lovely
directed by Ashim Ahluwalia
India India

This is the first feature film from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia who has directed two previous documentaries. It's set in mid 1980's Bombay and follows two brothers who produce sleazy low budget horror films. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, and Anil George.

Un Certain Regard Film
La Playa (The Beach)
directed by Juan Andrés Arango
Colombia Colombia

This is the first film from Colombian director Juan Andrés Arango. A drama that follows a young Afro-Colombian boy searching for his lost younger brother in the streets of Bogota. It stars Luis Carlos Guevara, Jamés Solís, and Andrés Murillo.

Un Certain Regard Film
Les Chevaux De Dieu (God's Horses)
directed by Nabil Ayouch
France France, Morocco Morocco
, Tunisia Tunisia

This is the French/Moroccan/Tunisian director's sixth film. It's a drama centered on a young boy from a poor family, loosely inspired by the May 16, 2003 terrorist attacks in Morocco.

Un Certain Regard Film
directed by Aida Begic
Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is the Sarajevo born director's fourth film, and the second to premiere at Cannes. She previously won the Critics Week Grand Prize for her 2008 film Snijeg (Snow). This latest film is centered around two orphans amidst the reconstruction efforts in present day Sarajevo.

Un Certain Regard Closing Film
directed by Gilles Bourdos
France France

This is the French director's fourth feature. A biopic set in 1915, following the famed Impressionist painter in his twilight years. It stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Michèle Gleizer, and Romane Bohringer.

Un Certain Regard Film
Trois Monde
directed by Catherine Corsini
France France

One of only two female directors in this section. Corsini's 2001 film Replay was previously screened in the main competition. This is said to be a contemporary drama about guilt, justice, forgiveness, and redemption following an accident between three people whose paths should never have crossed. It stars Raphael Personnaz, Clotilde Hesme, and Arta Dobroshi (The Silence of Lorna).

Un Certain Regard Film
directed by Brandon Cronenberg
Canada Canada, USA USA

This is the debut feature from Brandon Cronenberg, son of the famous director David Cronenberg. A horror film about a clinic that harvests viruses from sick celebrities in order to sell them to obsessed fans. It stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, and Malcolm McDowell. Sounds very interesting.

Un Certain Regard Film
7 Dias en la Habana (7 Days in Havana)
directed by Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noé, Laurent Cantet
France France, Spain Spain, Cuba Cuba

A feature length portrait of Havana consisting of seven chapters, with each segment directed by a different filmmaker. It stars Daniel Brühl, Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, and Jorge Perugorria.

Un Certain Regard Film
Le Grand Soir (The Big Night)
directed by Benoit Delépine, Gustave Kervern
France France

This is the fifth feature from this directing duo. A comedy about two half brothers who go on a road trip in search of their father. It stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Albert Dupontel, Yolande Moreau, and Brigitte Fontaine.

Un Certain Regard Film
Laurence Anyways
directed by Xavier Dolan
Canada Canada, France France

Many expected this Canadian director's highly anticipated film to be selected in the main competition. His two previous films Heartbeats (Un Certain Regard) and I Killed My Mother (Director's Fortnight) also had their premieres at Cannes and he won the Prize of the Youth both times. This is the story of a man who confesses to his fiancée that he longs to become a woman, asking for her to support him in this transformation. It stars Nathalie Baye, Melvil Poupaud, Monia Chokri, and Yves Jacques.

Un Certain Regard Film
Después de Lucia (After Lucia)
directed by Michel Franco
Mexico Mexico, France France

The director of the controversial 2009 film Daniel & Ana, follows it up with a drama about the relationship between a father and his teenage son after the death of his wife. It stars Tessa Norvind, Gonzalo Vega Jr., Tamara Yazbek, and Hernan Mendoza.

Un Certain Regard Film
Aimer à perdre la raison (Loving Without Reason)
directed by Joachim Lafosse
France France, Belgium Belgium, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Switzerland Switzerland

This is the Belgian director's first time at Cannes. It's a drama about a troubled and complicated relationship starring Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, and Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta, 1999 Best Actress).

Un Certain Regard Film
Gimme the Loot
directed by Adam Leon
United States USA

This is the American director's debut feature film. The story follows a rivalry between two gangs of graffiti artists in New York. It stars Ty Hickson, Zoë Lescaze, Joshua Rivera, and Tashiana Washington.

Un Certain Regard Film
directed by Darezhan Omirbayev
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

A Kazakhstani director who previously won the Un Certain Regard Prize in 1998 with his film Killer. This one will be an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

Un Certain Regard Film
La Pirogue (The Canoe)
directed by Moussa Toure
France France, Senegal Senegal

The Senegalese director's fourth feature film. A drama about undocumented immigrants who attempt to paddle the 900 mile distance from Dakar to the Canary Islands.

Un Certain Regard Film
Elefante Blanco (White Elephant)
directed by Pablo Trapero
Argentina Argentina, Spain Spain

The Argentinian director's second film in this year's selection tells the story of two friends from the Buenos Aires slums who choose different paths in their struggle against violence, corruption, and injustice. It stars Ricardo Darin, Jérémie Rénier, and Martina Gusman.

Un Certain Regard Film
Confession of a Child of the Century
directed by Sylvie Verheyde
France France

The second female director in this section, French director Sylvie Verheyde (Stella), adapts the 1836 autobiographical novel by Alfred de Musset. It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty, Lily Cole, August Diehl, and Volker Bruch.

Un Certain Regard Film
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate
directed by Koji Wakamatsu
Japan Japan

This latest film from the prolific Japanese director is a biographical tale about the last days of right-wing nationalist Japanese author Yukio Mishima who attempted a coup in 1970 by taking a General hostage in the Ministry of Defense. It stars Arata Iura.

Un Certain Regard Film
directed by Lou Ye
China China

This highly regarded Chinese director's last 3 titles all screened in competition at Cannes, but this time he is in the Un Certain Regard section with a crime drama about a businessman who leads a double life. It stars Hao Lei, Qin Hao, and Qi Xi.

Un Certain Regard Film
Beasts of the Southern Wild
directed by Benh Zeitlin

This is the American director's first feature film. It premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival winning the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award. The fantasy drama film stars Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

Which of these films are you looking forward to the most?


The Angry Lurker said...

I'm lost, who do we see as winning?

FrontRoomCinema said...

Thanks for this list BT, gives me a clue on who to look out for in the coming year!

Michaël Parent said...

Probably Brandon Cronenberg's and Dolan's. Other than that there is probably very interesting ones but none that really got me for now...

Pete said...

I'd only heard of 'Beasts...' before this.  Thanks for posting.  I think antiviral sounds like it might be cool (or terribly silly but I hope cool).  I also like the sound of La Pirogue.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Honestly I don't know enough about the field to set any odds. But as a fan I'm pulling for Xavier Dolan.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Details are still sketchy on a few of them. Hopefully more info will surface soon.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

 Go Canada Go!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah Beasts was one of the only ones I was aware of before the announcement too.

Got my fingers crossed for Antiviral. I've always hoped that Cronenberg would one day return to his body horror roots, so I guess his son doing it is the next best thing.

Jason said...

The only films that grab my attention are Antiviral (interesting concept and from Brandon Cronenberg) and Koji Wakamatsu's latest picture 11.25. Despite reading around Mishima and some of his writing I have never really looked into him all that much. Wakamatsu is such a dedicated film-maker that you just know this is going to be interesting.

G said...

I love the concept of anti-viral as well....hopefully they do it justice

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I'm not familiar with Mishima, and the handful of films I've seen from Wakamatsu have been underwhelming, but the story does sound like an interesting one for sure.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Got my fingers crossed for it.

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