Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Field Guide to Cannes 2013: Part 2

The remainder of the films in competition at Cannes. The festival opens May 15.
All materials courtesy of The Cannes Film Festival


NEBRASKA

Directed by : Alexander PAYNE
Country: USA  Year: 2012  Duration: 110.00 minutes



SYNOPSIS
A poor old man living in Montana escapes repeatedly from his house to go to Nebraska to collect a sweepstakes prize he thinks he has won. Frustrated by his increasing dementia, his family debates putting him into a nursing home -- until one of his two sons finally offers to take his father by car, even as he realizes the futility.

En route the father is injured, and the two must rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past. (Don’t worry -- it’s a comedy.)

Shot in black and white across four American states, the film blends professional actors with non-actors and aspires to mirror the mood and rhythms of its exotic locations.


CREDITS
Alexander PAYNE - Director
Bob NELSON - Screenplay
Phedon PAPAMICHAEL - Cinematography
Dennis WASHINGTON - Set Designer
Mark ORTON - Music
Kevin TENT - Film Editor
Patrick CYCCONE - Sound
Richard FORD - Sound
Frank GAETA - Sound

ACTORS
Bruce DERN - Woody Grant
Will FORTE - David Grant
June SQUIBB - Kate Grant
Bob ODENKIRK - Ross Grant
Stacy KEACH - Ed Pegram



ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Directed by : Nicolas WINDING REFN
Country: DENMARK, FRANCE  Year: 2012  Duration: 90.00 minutes



SYNOPSIS
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


CREDITS
Nicolas WINDING REFN - Director
Nicolas WINDING REFN - Screenplay
Larry SMITH - Cinematography
Beth MICKLE - Set Designer
Cliff MARTINEZ - Music
Matthew NEWMAN - Film Editor
Kristian SELIN EIDNES ANDERSEN - Sound
Eddie SIMONSEN - Sound

ACTORS
Ryan GOSLING - Julian
Kristin SCOTT THOMAS - Crystal
Vithaya PANSRINGARM - Chang
Rhatha PHONGAM - Maï
Gordon BROWN - Gordon
Tom BURKE - Billy



ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Directed by : Jim JARMUSCH
Country: UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY Year: 2013  Duration: 123.00 minutes



SYNOPSIS
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover.

Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister.

Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?


CREDITS
Jim JARMUSCH - Director
Jim JARMUSCH - Screenplay
Yorick LE SAUX - Cinematography
Marco BITTNER ROSSER - Set Designer
SQÜRL - Music
Jozef VAN WISSEM - Music
Affonso GONCALVES - Film Editor
John MIDGLEY - Sound

ACTORS
Tom HIDDLESTON - Adam
Tilda SWINTON - Eve
Mia WASIKOWSKA - Ava
John HURT - Marlowe
Anton YELCHIN - Ian
Slimane DAZI - Bilal
Jeffrey WRIGHT - Dr. Watson



SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (Like Father, Like Son)

Directed by : KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Country: JAPAN  Year: 2013  Duration: 120.00 minutes





SYNOPSIS
Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life and living as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not their son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between "nature" and "nurture". In the meanwhile, seeing Midori’s devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family who raised his blood son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a "father" all these years...
The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.

CREDITS
KORE-EDA Hirokazu - Director
KORE-EDA Hirokazu - Screenplay
TAKIMOTO Mikiya - Cinematography
MITSUMATSU Keiko - Set Designer
KORE-EDA Hirokazu - Film Editor
TSURUMAKI Yutaka - Sound

ACTORS
Masaharu FUKUYAMA - Ryota Nonomiya
Machiko ONO - Midori Nonomiya
Yoko MAKI - Yukari Saiki
Lily FRANKY - Yudai Saiki




THE IMMIGRANT

Directed by : James GRAY
Country: USA, FRANCE  Year: 2013  Duration: 119.00 minutes



SYNOPSIS
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.

CREDITS
James GRAY - Director
James GRAY - Screenplay
Richard MENELLO - Screenplay
Darius KHONDJI - Cinematography
Happy MASSEE - Set Designer
Chris SPELMAN - Music
John AXELRAD - Film Editor
Thomas VARGA - Sound

ACTORS
Marion COTILLARD - Ewa Cybulska
Joaquin PHOENIX - Bruno Weiss
Jeremy RENNER - Orlando




TIAN ZHU DING (A TOUCH OF SIN)

Directed by : JIA Zhangke
Country: CHINA, JAPAN  Year: 2013  Duration: 133.00 minutes



SYNOPSIS
An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders.
A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer.
A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her.
A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life.
Four people, four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: that of an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence.

CREDITS
JIA Zhangke - Director
JIA Zhangke - Screenplay
YU Likwai - Cinematography
LIU Weixin - Set Designer
LIM Giong - Music
Matthieu LACLAU - Film Editor
Xudong LIN - Film Editor
Yang ZHANG - Sound

ACTORS
JIANG Wu - Dahai
Meng LI - Lianrong
Lanshan LUO - Xiaohui
Baoqiang WANG - Zhousan
Jiayi ZHANG - Xiaoyu's Lover
ZHAO Tao - Xiaoyu



UN CHÂTEAU EN ITALIE (A CASTLE IN ITALY)

Directed by : Valeria BRUNI TEDESCHI
Country: FRANCE  Year: 2012  Duration: 104.00 minutes


SYNOPSIS
Louise meets Nathan, her dreams resurface.
It's also the story of her ailing brother, their mother, and the destiny of a leading family of wealthy Italian industrialists.
The story of a family falling apart, a world coming to an end and love beginning.

CREDITS
Valeria BRUNI TEDESCHI - Director
Valeria BRUNI TEDESCHI - Screenplay
Agnès DE SACY - Screenplay
Noémie LVOVSKY - Screenplay
Jeanne LAPOIRIE - Cinematography
Emmanuelle DUPLAY - Set Designer
Francesca CALVELLI - Film Editor
Laure GARDETTE - Film Editor
Emmanuel CROSET - Sound
François WALEDISCH - Sound

ACTORS
Valeria BRUNI TEDESCHI - Louise
Louis GARREL - Nathan
Filippo TIMI - Ludovic
Marisa BORINI - La mère de Louise
Xavier BEAUVOIS - Serge
Céline SALLETTE - Jeanne
André WILMS - Le père de Nathan



WARA NO TATE (Shield of Straw)

Directed by : Takashi MIIKE
Country: JAPAN  Year: 2013  Duration: 125.00 minutes


SYNOPSIS
"Kill Kunihide Kiyomaru, and I will pay you 1 billion Yen". This is the ad placed in all the main newspapers in Japan. In placing the ad, the powerful multi-billionnaire Ninagawa puts an irresistible price on the head of the man he believes to be his granddaughter's killer. Realising he has become a target for millions of people, Kiyomaru turns himself in at the Fukuoka Police Station. Four officers are dispatched to bring Kiyomaru back to Tokyo, risking their own life, but now any number of assassins lie in wait on the 1.200km journey. The trip becomes a hellish chase, with potential killers at every turn. Will the police get Kiyomaru to Tokyo to face justice, or will justice of a different nature prevail?

CREDITS
Takashi MIIKE - Director
Tamio HAYASHI - Screenplay
Kazuhiro KIUCHI - Based on the novel by
KITA Nobuyasu - Cinematography
Koji ENDO - Music
Kenji YAMASHITA - Film Editor
Jun NAKAMURA - Sound

ACTORS
Takao OSAWA - Kazuki Mekari
Nanako MATSUSHIMA - Atsuko Shiraiwa
Tatsuya FUJIWARA - Kunihide Kiyomaru