CANNES 2010 REPORT: BIUTIFUL & CARLOS, THE JACKAL


By George Leon

 Biutiful (beautiful)  the story of a man involved in illegal activity who is confronted by an old childhood friend, who is now a police officer. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. It is Iñárritu's first directorial feature since Babel and his first film in his native Spanish language since his debut feature Amores Perros. The film is scheduled to compete for the Palme d'Or

At the heart of Biutiful is the intimate, powerful story of Uxbal, a man who finds himself desperately alone, trying to maintain his balance between survival in a marginal neighborhood and safeguarding the future of his young children who are floating aimlessly through life. So, you can all guess that Bardem is playing Uxbal, and who could be better choice for this kind of role? The perfect guy that we all remember from titles like  No Country For Old Men or The Sea Inside and Between Your Legs.

The film is one of five productions in a $100 million deal between Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, and the film companies Cha Cha Cha, Universal Pictures, and Focus Features International. Soundtrack by Gustavo Santoalla and Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto, AMC ASC.


 Olivier Assayas’ highly-anticipated Carlos has been added to the lineup for the Cannes Film Festival in an Out-of-Competition screening slot in its long 5hr 30min version and also it is to be shown as a three-part TV drama on television Canal+.

 
Assayas’ biography of the famed terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is a five-and-a-half hour opus starring Edgar Ramirez, Julia Hummer and Alexander Beyer and centers on Venezuelan revolutionary Ramirez Sanchez, who lead a terrorist organization that raided OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by French police.
The mini-series is set to air in the US on The Sundance Channel at some point this year, and the shorter version will be released theatrically by IFC Films.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I Liked the poster but I am not excited about the film,it needed another choice for the leading role.

Caroline Hagood said...

I'm pretty excited because I think that Cha Cha Cha, Universal, Focus deal will produce some really interesting works.

FILMCAST Live! said...

The Mexican cinema is going back to a time when it produced outstanding works..The Golden Era of Mexican cinema (40's -60's) was based in Churubusco Studios churning quality comedies, musicals and drama produced in almost an assembly line for an eager worldwide Hispanic audience.

After years of stagnation and bad movie making a new generation of talented Mexicans and Latin-Americans filmmakers are bringing quality work to the silver screen..the triumvirate of Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, with their film company Cha Cha Cha, in association with Universal Pictures, and Focus Features International will be bringing to life interesting screenplays in Spanish and English with an universal appeal and an accusatory demeanor to the toils of the human condition. We should mention also the outstanding contributions to their effort by Rodrigo Prieto, D.P (Babel) and Oscar Winner Guillermo Navarro D.P (Pan's Labyrinth) and Emmnanuel Lubezki.DP (Meet Joe Black, Y tu Mama Tambien) and actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal... and Gustavo Santoalla, composing haunting scores for their films..So it is a new era of Mexican Cinema..prolific in creativity and full of resources from a group of people coming from were their cultural lore is more oral and pictographic than written and reflected by moviemaking in the past by master cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa who created cinematic landscapes for films such LA PERLA 1945, MACLOVIA 1948, ENAMORADA 1948 in a chiaroscuro naturalistic palette of grand scale to bring the stars of the moment Maria Felix, Dolores Del Rio and Pedro Armendariz to an allegoric state of sublime despair or happiness...The combined effort of these new filmmakers are the legacy of the Epoca de Oro of the Mexican Cinema today...

Caroline Hagood said...

Wow, that's the most thorough response ever. It taught me a lot. Thank you.

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