On day 5, the competition at Cannes Film Festival presented two films, The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones and The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher, taking place in the nature and wild open spaces.
The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones
Homesman is a western-like movie relating the journey of three women, gone crazy because of the harsh conditions of life in the American West of 1854, crossing the Nebraska on a wagon, guided by Mary Bee Cuddy, a strong and independent pioneer. On the road to Iowa, where these wome seek refuge, they cross the path of a kind of fearless crook, who, having deserted the army, lives according to no great principle.
To get out of an impossible situation where he risked his life, he agrees to lend a hand to the woman and the two protagonists form an unusual tandem of partners who cope together with the harshness and dangers prevalent in the vast expanses of the Border.
With a career spanning over four decades, Tommy Lee Jones made his debut in the film Love Story. He received the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Sam Gerard in The Fugitive (1994), which also earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 2005, Tommy Lee Jones has played in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada that he produced and directed. The movie which was premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival, earned Tommy Lee Jones the Best Actor Prize and the Best Screenplay one to Guillermo Arriaga.
With Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Alice Rohrwacher
In a quiet village in the countryside of Umbria, at the end of summer, comes a young offender under a rehabilitation program. At the same time, the filming of “Wonderland Village”, a game show, is invading the region. These changes will undermine the strict rules that keep Gelsomina’s family away from the world. The girl, who lives with her parents and three younger sisters, grew up in the margin of society on a dilapidated farm that produces honey. The father, convinced that the end of the world is near, prones privileged and exclusive relationship with nature…
The film tells the difficulties faced by the country or the small towns that have endorsed the reputation of pure, out-of-time places… With hindsight, it is clear that these places are very different and that the purity is a kind of prison, in which people lock themselves to safeguard their economic revenue.
With Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo and Monica Bellucci.
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