Cannes 2011:
Official Selection Film Trailers

By Raindance

It's Cannes again. All the stars are gathering in Cote d'Azur to celebrate.

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Here are the films that are playing in Competition:

OPENING FILM

Midnight in Paris Woody AllenMidnight in Paris
USA

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates

This classic style Woody Allen movie is about a struggling American writer’s love affair with the city of Paris while on a relationship straining trip with his fiancée.

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COMPETITION FILMS

Drive by Nicholas Winding RefnDrive
USA

Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenplay Hossein Amini (based on novel 'Drive' by James Sallis)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks Oscar Isaac and Albert Brook

Most comfortable behind the wheel, Drive is a story of a stunt driver who drives professionally by day, then recreationally or rather criminally as a getaway driver by night. Trouble begins as he falls for his mentor’s wife.

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FootnoteFootnote
Israel

Director Josef Cedar
Writer: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alisa Rosen, Alma Zak

Rival father and son professors at the University of Jerusalem battle mentally for a prestigious honorary achievement award and pride, insecurity and vanity is revealed.

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HanazuHanezu no Tsuki
Japan

Director Naomi Kawase
Screenplay Naomi Kawase (based on novel by Masako Bando)
Starring Tohta Komizu, Hako Oshima, Norio Nishikawa

This Japanese tale is set in modern day Asuka and has flashbacks to the ancient history of the region’s setting.

Trailer Coming Soon

 

 

Hari KiriHara-kiri: Death of a Samurai
Japan

Director Takashi Miike
Writers Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi
Starring Ichikawa Ebizō XI,  Eita, Kōji Yakusho

A remake of a popular classic 1962 Japanese film, this movie is one of the only two to be shown in 3-D during Cannes. Considered epic and violent, this certainly won’t be just another Samurai film.

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The Kid With A BikeThe Kid With a Bike
France

Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Writer Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring Cécile de France, Thomas Doret

This scenic French drama is story of a troubled 11-year-old boy who turns to a hairdresser for care after being forsaken by his father. In her he finds the kindness of a fairy godmother-like figure.

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L'ApollonideL'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
France

Director Bertrand Bonello
Writer Bertrand Bonello
Starring Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette and Jasmine Trinca

A visual orgy of decadence and opulence, this French drama is set in a Parisian brothel at the dawn of the 20th century. It centres on a prostitute who has been left disfigured and scarred with a jokeresque smile by a man.

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Le Havre

Le Havre
Finland

Director Aki Kaurismaki
Writer Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kati Outinen, André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Elina Salo

A shoe shiner is the protagonist of the movie; she saves an African immigrant child at the port of Le Havre in this French comedic-drama.

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Once Upon A Time in AnatoliaOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia
Turkey

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Writer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan
Starring Muhammet Uzunerm, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel

Turkish drama film tells the tense story of a doctor living on the Anatolia landscape with a prosecutor.

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MelancholiaMelancholia
Denmark

Director Lars von Trier
Writer Lars vonTrier
Starring CharlotteGainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst

A sisters relationship is strained and challenged as they react in very different ways to the inevitability of the destruction of Earth as it collides with another, larger planet.

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MichaelMichael
Austria

Director Markus Schleinzer
Writer Markus Schleinzer
Cast Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss

A debut film about the problematic relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man during the last 5 months of the boy's life.

Trailer coming soon

 

PaterPater
France

Director Alain Cavalier
Writer Alain Cavalier
Starring Alain Cavalier, Vincent Lindon

A father and son-like pair of friends alternate from spending their time nursing drinks in bars to suiting up and putting on a show of power just for fun, however the lines between reality and make-believe become increasingly blurred.

Trailer coming soon

 

PolissePolisse
France

Director Maiwenn Le Besco
Writer Maiwenn Le Besco
Starring Maiwenn Le Besco, Karin Viard, Marina Foïs, Joey Starr

One of the four films at Canes to be directed by a woman, Polisse is a story of the understanding of social classes when a married, bourgeois journalist is sent to make a documentary about a boy in a juvenile detention centre and feelings blossom.

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The Skin That I InhabitThe Skin That I Inhabit
Spain

Director Pedro Almodovar
Writer Pedro Almodovar ( based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet)
Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Blanca Suárez

A mind-boggling tale of a plastic surgeon seeking revenge on the men who raped his daughter, all the while engaging in an odd and twisted relationship with his wife who he imprisoned in their home and subjected to lewd sexual acts with strangers.

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Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty
Australia

Director Julia Leigh
Writer Julia Leigh
Starring
Emily Browning

A warped and erotic modern-day fairy tale of a gorgeous university student drawn in by the clandestine life and world of beauty and desire.

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La Source Des Femmes La Source des femmes
France

Director Radu Mihaileanu
Writer Alain-Michel Blanc  & Radu Mihaileanu
Starring Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi, Biyouna

A French comedy set in a remote village in North Africa, a so-called “battle of the sexes” begins as the village women decide to withhold sexual activity from their husbands and boyfriends as protest for having to fetch water from a distant well.

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This Must Be The PlaceThis Must Be the Place
Italy

Director Paolo Sorrentino
Writers Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello
Starring Sean Pean, Frances McDormand

A retired has-been rocker decides to find his father’s tormentors and hopes to reconcile with him after a long estrangement, this movie is set between Italy and the United States.

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The Tree of LifeThe Tree of Life
USA

Director Terrence Malick
Writer Terrence Malick
Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastian

A surreal American sci-fi drama set in the 1950’s; this movie which revolves around a family of five is a poignant and philosophical view on life, nature, parenting, childhood, and the loss of innocence.

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We Have A PopeWe Have a Pope
Italy

Director Nanni Moretti
Writers Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Federica Pontremoli
Starring Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti

A new pope discusses and works through his insecurities brought on by his novel position of responsibility with his therapist. Quite ironically, this movie’s is about the relationship that develops.

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We Need To Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin
UK

Director Lynne Ramsay
Writers Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear (based on a book by Lionel Shiver)
Starring Tilda Swinton, John C.Reilly, Ezra Miller

A mother deals with her sociopathic teenage sons high-school killing spree and bears the guilt of his actions.

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Cannes 2011: Official Selection Film Trailers