Cannes: Competition Titles Added; Gaspar Noe Gets Midnight Screening

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Cannes: Competition Titles Added; Gaspar Noe Gets Midnight Screening


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


The 68th Cannes Film Festival has completed its Official Selection. Headlining the additions are two more Competition titles, taking the number of films in the running for the Palme d'Or up to 19.

The first is Chronic by Mexican director Michel Franco, starring Tim Roth and Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm). The film marks Franco's English-language debut and centres on a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Wild Bunch handles sales

Franco and Roth decided to work together after meeting at Cannes in 2012, where the film-maker's previous feature After Lucia won Un Certain Regard and Roth served on the jury.

The Mexican filmmaker was also in the running for Cannes' Golden Camera in 2009 with his debut feature, Daniel and Ana.

The second title is The Valley of Love, starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, from French novelist, director and actor Guillaume Nicloux.

Nicloux won the Best Screenplay Award at Tribeca last year for The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, a comedic interpretation of a rumoured abduction of the titular writer, starring Houellebecq as himself. His previous film, The Nun, played in Competition at Berlin 2013.

In The Valley Of Love, Huppert and Depardieu play Gérard and Elle, two famous actors who used to be a couple and had a son 25 years ago. They reunite after their son's death and receive a letter from him in which he arranges a meeting in Death Valley, in the very heart of the US. Sales are handled by Le Pacte.

Huppert stars in a second Competition title, Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs. Cannes veteran Depardieu was on the Croisette last year with Abel Ferrara's controversial Welcome To New York, an immodestly-veiled take on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal.

Midnight/Special Screenings

Gaspar Noé, who has been in Official Selection at Cannes five times since 1991, returns with Love, which the Argentinan filmmaker has described as "a love story seen from a sexual point of view". Noé was previously in the running for the Palme d'Or with Irréversible (2002) and Enter The Void (2009).

French director Robert Guédiguian, who was in Competition in 2002 with Marie-Jo and Her 2 Lovers and in Un Certain Regard in 2011 with The Snows of Kilimanjaro, returns with Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad (Une histoire de fou) about a French-Armenian boy who turns to terrorism. …

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