Monday, May 9, 2011

Cannes Film Festival 2011

Cannes Film Festival 2011
Cannes contenders
Celebrities and film critics flock to Cannes, France, every spring for the annual Cannes Film Festival, and this year a notorious American director will open the festival with his romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" .We review the 19 films -- and the stars -- from around the world competing for this 'year's top prize.
'La piel que habito'
Title translation: "The Skin I Live In"


Director: Pedro Almodovar 

Cast: Antonio Banderas 

Plot: A surgeon seeks revenge on men who raped his daughter.
'L'apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close'
Title translation: "House of Tolerance"


Director: Bertrand Bonello

Cast: Hafsia Herzi Adele Haenel 

Plot: The happenings in a Parisian brothel in the 20th century.

Director: Alain Cavalier

Cast: Vincent London 

Plot: Little is known about the story line of this film, except that it is likely in a self-reflective, documentary style.
'Hearat Shulayim'
Title translation: "Footnote"


Director: Joseph Cedar

Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Shlomo Bar-Aba

Plot: The rivalry between a father and son is explored.
'Bir Zamanlar Andolu'da'
Title translation: "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"


Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan 

Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan

Plot: The film follows a doctor living in Anatolia.
'Le Gamin au velo'
Title translation: "Boy With a Bike"


Director: Dardenne brothers

Cast: Cécile De France

Plot: After being abandoned, a young boy is left with an unfit child care provider.

'La Havre'

Director: Aki Kaurismäki 

Cast: André Wilms ,Kati Outinen 

Plot: A shoe shiner tries to save an immigrant child.
'Hanezu No Tsuki'
Title translation: "Moon of the Red Flower"


Director: Naomi Kawase

Cast: Tôta Komizu, Hako Ohshimo

Plot: Set in the Asuka period.
'Sleeping Beauty'

Director: Julia Leigh

Cast: Emily Browning , Michael Dorman 

Plot: An erotic fairy tale about a young college student drawn into a mysterious world.

Director: Maïwenn Le Besco

Cast: Maïwenn Le Besco,Ricardo Scamarcio 

Plot: A journalist covering crime falls for one of her sources.
'The Tree of Life'

Director: Terrence Malick 

Cast: Brad Pitt ,Sean Penn 

Plot: Tells the science fiction tale of a young boy's life set in '50s Texas.
'La source des femmes'
Title translation: "The Source"


Director: Radu Mihăileanu 

Cast: Hafsia Herzi , Leïla Bekhti 

Plot: The women of a small village threaten to withhold sexual intimacies in this battle of the sexes dramedy.
'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'

Director: Takashi Miike 

Cast: Ichikawa Ebizo , Eita 

Plot: A 3-D reimagining of a 1963 film about an aging samurai who is on a mission to regain his family's honor.
'Habemus Papam'
Title translation: "We Have a Pope"


Director: Nanni Moretti 

Cast: Michael Piccoli ,Nanni Moretti 

Plot: Centers on the relationship between a newly elected pope and his therapist.
'We Need to Talk About Kevin'

Director: Lynne Ramsay 

Cast: John C. Reilly , Tilda Swinton 

Plot: The mother of a teenage boy deals with the aftermath of his high school shooting spree.

Director: Michael Schleizner 

Cast: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger

Plot: Follows the last five months of the lives of a 10-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man.
'This Must Be the Place'

Director: Paolo Sorrentino 

Cast: Sean Penn ,Eve Hewson ,Frances McDormand 

Plot: A retired rock star sets out on a mission to find his father's killer, an ex-Nazi.

Director: Lars von Trier 

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Keifer Sutherland 

Plot: Two sisters struggle with their relationship before a potential demise.


Director: Nicolas Winding Refn 

Cast: Ryan Gosling ,Christina Hendricks , Carey Mulligan
Plot: A stuntman must escape a contract on his life after a heist goes wrong.

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