It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.
But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..
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Critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s second collaboration with Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams, is now available for free on Hulu. The film tells three stories starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Not nearly as great as his debut feature Amores Perros, 21 Grams is still worth checking out. Leave your comments about the movie in the comments.
Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s (21 Grams, Babel) Biutiful, which begins shooting in Barcelona next week. Inarritu wrote the script himself, his first stand alone effort after much-publicized break-up with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga.
According to Variety, Spanish-language film is about “a man embroiled in shady dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend, now a policeman.” Argentine actress Maricel Álvarez is also rumored to be involved with the project. Rodrigo Prieto will return as director of photography. Prieto was the cinematographer on all Inarritu’s films, Brokeback Mountain, 25th Hour, 8 Mile and Frida. The music will be composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, Academy Award Winner for Brokeback Mountain and Babel.
Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Alfonso CuarÃ³n (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) and Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu (Babel) have joined together as a team. The Mexican director trio, who conceived the idea independently, are attempting to sell themselves in an “all-or-nothing, five-picture deal,” according to the LA Times.
The three directors created arguably three of the top 10 movies of 2006, and they know it. They are hoping that an American studio to bankroll the five films for $100 million. That’s a deal and a half if you ask me. Carlos CuarÃ³n (Rudo y Cursi) and Rodrigo GarcÃa (Passengers, Six Feet Under) would also be included in the deal, which the paper says will likely include at least two Spanish language films. Sources also claim that all five films have been identified and budgets had been estimated, but some of the projects do not yet have finished scripts. Universal will likely end up with the five-picture deal.
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