- Day 8 - Wednesday, May 22
From Denmark, Only God Forgives by Nicolas Winding Refn.
2011 Best Director winner for Drive returns with his second consecutive film selected to the main competition.
Julian, an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business.
His mother, the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian.
But first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman - and figurehead of a divine justice - who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs.
From Chad, Grigris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
2010 Jury Prize winner for A Screaming Man.
Despite a paralyzed leg that could have barred most avenues, Grigris, 25 year old, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers...
- From Mexico and Spain, La Jaula De Oro by Diego Quemada-Diez.
Competing for the Camera d'Or with his first feature film.
Juan, Sara and Samuel, all 15 years old, flee from Guatemala towards the USA. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the USA-Mexico border but they run into a harsh reality.
- From Kurdistan, My Sweet Pepper Land by Hiner Saleem.
His ninth feature.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Mecca.
There he meets Govend, a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newly-opened school despite her twelve brothers' hostility to the idea.
Recap of the eighth day of the 66th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes), which runs until Sunday May 26, 2013.
Screening In Competition today:
Only God Forgives
directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Quotes from the press conference:
Lead actor, Ryan Gosling was not in attendance.
Lead actor, Ryan Gosling was not in attendance.
"I was always fascinated by that cinematic language. It goes against all conventions. I felt going to Paris and meeting Jodorowski, and asking him about how he does his things, it gave me the confidence to try it out."Nicolas Winding Refn on the influence of Alejandro Jodorowski.
"I like the stoicness the stillness because it makes things extremely cinematic, but in a way that I don't really understand, and that's what really excites me."Nicolas Winding Refn on the influence of Asian cinema.
"A lot of the language appeared during shooting. If it was written and set up weeks ahead then I would have been terrified."Kristin Scott Thomas on her salty dialog
"She had no problem turning on the bitch switch."Nicolas Winding Refn on KST's performance.
"Continually sports head-on collisions of arthouse and trash, pitting extended dream sequences against katana- uzi-weilding cops."Alex Griffith (Next Projection)
"Only stoners who are blown away by gruesome violence and Cliff Martinez scores will have any interest in parsing this tale."Jordan Hoffman (Film.com)
"While you can admire the execution there is little here to engage the intellect as one bloody set-piece moves on to the next."Richard Mowe (Eye For Film)
"The gore quotient in the film is high even for Winding Refn. It’s hard to imagine Steven Spielberg’s jury panel finding anything to like in it."Peter Howell (Toronto Star)
"A failure but a rather magnificent failure, made on Refn’s own terms."Jamie Graham (Total Film)
"Kristen Scott Thomas' performance is the absolute highlight of the film. Sadly, there is too little of her."Jo Ann Titmarsh (Flickering Myth)
"The extreme violence becomes predictable and sometimes more interesting elements are thrown away to satisfy the blood-lust."John Bleasdale (CineVue)
"Some of the most adrenalising moments in motor racing are not the victories but the crashes, and Only God Forgives is the spectacle of a brilliant young director spinning out in style. It’s a beautiful disaster. "Robbie Collin (The Telegraph)
"Dull, but it's also oddly transfixing, and not just in the sheer splendor of its craft."Guy Lodge (In Contention)
"Pregnant-pause glances between characters stretch scenes way past the point of tedium, while the hyper-stylized violence is all foreboding build-up, no cathartic release."Keith Uhlich (Timeout)
"All the aesthetic pleasures in the world mean little, however, when put in service of such one-dimensional characters and shallow moral codes."Jordan Cronk (The House Next Door)
"Too bogged down by rudimentary style gags to leave room for anything else."Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
"A hypnotic fugue on themes of violence and retribution, drenched in corrosive reds."David Rooney (The Hollywood Reporter)
"It will be hard to look beyond the explicit violence and rather thinly drawn plot and characters, but there is much to enjoy and appreciate in the sheer cinematic verve, intelligence and elegance."Mark Adams (Screen Daily)
"As hyper-aggressive revenge fantasies go, it’s curious to see one so devoid of feeling."Peter Debruge (Variety)
"Refn sets his camera on rails for a slow-motion trip to the depths of hell, a territory haunted by an original soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, always perfectly in phase with the image."Domenico La Porta (Cineuropa)
directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
"Struggles by giving the impression that it's always on the brink of heading somewhere, but has no clear sense of which direction to take."Eric Kohn (Indiewire)
"Some lively dance scenes and welcome splashes of humour do help compensate somewhat for a lack of depth in the characterisation."Catherine Bray (Film4)
"Strip away the African context and Grigris is a socially conscious morality play in a grand European tradition stretching back through the Dardennes and Ken Loach to the Italian neorealist movement."Stephen Dalton (The Hollywood Reporter)
"Once his casting was sorted, Haroun perhaps decided to rest on his laurels and left his two leads, Souleymane Deme and Anais Monory, to fend for their lives in a plot that doesn’t hold much water or makes much sense."Dan Fainaru (Screen Daily)
Un Certain Regard Film
La Jaura De Oro (The Golden Cage)
directed by Diego Quemada-Diez
"Does precious little to elevate itself from the endless flow of similar consciousness-raising tales clogging the world's film-festival circuit."Neil Young (The Hollywood Reporter)
"Though it takes some work to engage with the characters at first, the journey makes a powerful impact, encouraging audiences — especially American ones — to re-evaluate the way they look upon undocumented immigrants"Peter Debruge (Variety)
Un Certain Regard Film
My Sweet Pepper Land
directed by Hiner Saleem
"A modern and original film that makes you think without sinking the viewer into gloom and depression. A must see!"Céline Louis (Orange.com) [translated from French]
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