Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cannes Closing Film

Faye Dunaway Featured on 2011 Poster
French Writer / Director Christophe Honoré's film, Les Bien-aimés (The Beloved), will be screened on the Closing Night of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Sunday May 22, 2011, following the closing night ceremony. At the ceremony before the screening, Robert De Niro and his jury will present the Festival awards.

This is not the first time at Cannes for Honoré. His first film in competition at the Festival was Les chansons d’amour (Love Songs) in 2007, for which he won Best Director. LOVE SONGS was nominated for a Palm d'Or.

This year, he returns for another walk on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals accompanied by the French film pedigree of cinematographer Rémy Chevrin, composer Alex Beaupin, actors Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Paul Schneider.

In case you do not known, actress Chiara Mastroiani, also in LOVE SONGS, is the daughter of the late Italian actor, Marcello Mastroianni and actress Catherine Deneuve. 

Les Bien-aimés, filmed mainly in Canada, is set in the Prague of the sixties, London of the eighties, the world of 9/11/2001, and Paris of today. It is described as a singular, melancholy and romantic work of art. Prior to production, Honoré stated his attempt with the film was to contrast the 60s, those years of love and revolution and sexual liberation, with the 90s, the era permeated with the ominous threat of AIDS and an overall fear of commitment.

THE BELOVED, a dramatic musical, is an overt homage to Jacques Demy, especially his film, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964, one of my all-time favorites. Demy, who was married to French actress Agnés Varda, was born in France in 1931, and died in Paris in 1990 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

With this movie, Honoré, one of the world’s most talented and original young filmmakers of his generation, befittingly closes this 64th Festival de Cannes. Les Bien-aimés, recently out of post production, is screening out of competition, and no release dates have been set.

The Festival opens May 11. To access Official Site in English, click the title of this post.

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