Cannes in 60 Seconds - 2009

The second day of the Cannes Film Festival showcased the programmers' commitment to auteurs. Instead of helium balloons in celebration of the family-friendly, animated Up, one of the key screenings was for a very adult drama about an inflatable Air Doll.

Key Screenings: Francis Coppola's Tetro bowed with a red carpet premiere tonight to open the Directors' Fortnight section, while the Un Certain Regard section opened with Bahman Ghabadi's No One Knows About Persian Cats and Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll. Screening in the main competition were Lou Ye's Spring Fever and Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank. Park chan-wook's Thirst screened for the press. [Thanks very much to B-Side's "festival genius" unofficial guide to Cannes, which makes it easy to get a quick sense of what's playing each day.]

Films Sold. Three deals were announced for non-Cannes titles today, and indieWIRE has the details: Jack the Ripper-themed The Red Riding Trilogy (IFC Films), Aleksandr Sokurov's The Sun (Lorber HT Digital), and Jeff Stilson's doc Good Hair, featuring Chris Rock (Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment).

Blog Talk. Peter Kneght provides a good roundup at indieWIRE. Frankly, though, David Hudson at IFC's The Daily provides the best, most comprehensive overview of the fest and the individual films (e.g. Tetro). I've cherry picked of couple of quotes that David found, and added a few others from Day Two.

"Officially, it was the third film I watched here at Cannes, and besides Pixar's Up, it's the best live-action film I've seen so far." -- Alex Billington of First Showing, deeming Park Chan-wook's Thirst the "best" ... of two live-action movies he's seen so far. There's a poster pull-quote for ya!

After the jump: Even more choice review quotes!


"Another beautifully composed example of social realism." -- Gabriel at Picturehouse Blog, describing Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank.

" I see it's already time for some mild contrarian grumbling from yours harshly." -- Mike D'Angelo at A.V. Club, before describing Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank as "basically just a contemporary gloss on the classic British kitchen sink/angry young (wo)man drama."

"Scrappy and overlong, it works better as a documentary than as a drama, though its ending is both unexpected and deeply moving." -- Sukhdev Sandhu at The Telegraph, writing about No One Knows About Persian Cats, which is set in the underground music scene in Iran.

"it cant be ignored that it is precisely this type of movie- deliberately inflammatory in parts and consciously provocative- that inspires debate and dialogue which together are the twin pillars of knowledge to the detriment of ignorance." -- Simon Gallagher at Obsessed with Film, reviewing Lou Ye's sexually-oriented Spring Fever.

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