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  • A Chopard employee holds the palm after sanding it during a demonstration of the making of the Palme d'Or trophy for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland April 25, 2018.

    A Chopard employee holds the palm after sanding it during a demonstration of the making of the Palme d'Or trophy for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland April 25, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 May 2018
Opinion

The festival will feature several Latin American and Spanish films from various genres.

Starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin, the film “Todos lo Saben” (Everybody Knows It, in English) will open the Cannes Film Festival this Tuesday. The drama is leading a heterogeneous Spanish and Latin American presence at the festival, uniting the acclaimed and debuting filmmakers.

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Asghar Farhadi, who received a Golden Globe Award as well as two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in the past, directed the film that was filmed in Spain. The film will be the only Spanish language film nomination for the Palm d'Or, the highest prize awarded by the festival. This is the first time a non-English or non-French language film is opening the festival since Pedro Almodovar's “La mala educación” (Bad Education, in English) did so in 2004.

Most of the other Spanish speaking films will be featured in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) section, aimed at showcasing different points of view, visions, styles, and non-traditional narratives, selected from “cultures near and far.”

Among the films in the Un Certain Regard section are the Argentinian directors Alejandro Fadel's “Die, Monster, Die,” a horror film, and Luis Ortega's “The Angel,” a biographical film about the serial murderer Carlos Robledo Puch. The Brazilian director Renee Nader Messora and the Portuguese Joao Salaviza will screen “Chuva e cantoria na aldeia dos mortos” (Rain and Singing in the Village of Dead).

But it's in the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), a parallel, an independent and non-competitive section of the Cannes festival, where Latin America and Spain will showcase seven feature films and two short films, out of 30 that will be screened.

The acclaimed filmmaker Ciro Guerra, the first Colombian to be nominated to an Academy Award for his non-English language “El abrazo de la serpiente” (Embrace of the Serpent), will inaugurate the Directors' Fortnight with his new action movie “Pájaros de verano” (Summer Birds), which he directed along his wife Cristina Gallego.

The Directors' Fortnight will also feature “The Silent Ones,” from the Brazilian director Beatriz Seigner and “Buy Me a Revolver,” from the Guatemalan-Mexican Julio Hernandez Cordon, described by the organizers as “a great crossover between Peter Pan and Mad Max.”

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The Argentinian Agustin Toscano returns to Cannes to present “El Motoarrebatador,” after being awarded the jury's special mention in 2013 for his film “The Owners,” and the Spanish Arantxa Echevarría will screen her debut film “Carmen and Lola” a love story between two Roma teenagers.

Among the short films, the Colombian Juanito Onzaga will show the documentary “Our Song to War,” filmed in Bojaya, a village in northeastern Colombia, and the French director will show “The Crosses,” filmed in Bogota.

In the International Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique), founded in 1962 to shed light on starting filmmakers and open the space for different ways of telling stories, will showcase “Diamantino,” a film about a fiction Portuguese soccer player, a Portuguese, French and Brazilian production.

The Chilean filmmaker Felipe Galvez will show “Predatory” (Rapaz), a short film about a group of citizens taking justice by their hand, catching and torturing a burglar before the police come.

The critics' week will also homage Carlos Diegues, the leading figure of the Brazilian Cinema Novo, by showcase “O Grande Circo Mistico” in a special session where the Spanish Raul de la Fuente will also show “Another Day of Life,” based on the journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski's account of the Angolan Civil War.

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