The competion of Cannes Film Festival 2014 opened tonight with Palme d’Or winner Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner and Mauritanian director Abderrhamane Sissako presenting Timbuktu.
Mr Turner by Mike Leigh
Mr Turner recalls the last years of the life of British painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). Turner is a famous artist, a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He lives surrounded with his father who served him as his assistant, and his devoted housekeeper. Uncompromising and extraordinarily prolific, he was inspired by his many trips to make his paintings.
While participating in the aristocracy life, he has his habits in brothels. Eccentric, anarchic, whimsical and sometimes rude, he undergoes public ridicule or sarcasm from the establishment despite the fame he enjoys. The death of his father deeply affects him and Turner prefers to be on his own.
However, his life changes when he meets Mrs Booth, owner of a boarding house by the sea Capable of being selfish and deceitful, evil or generous. Turner was a man of great passion and had the spirit of a poet. Mr Turner raises the issue of the gap between a very mortal man and his eternal work.
Mike Leigh won the Palme d’Or in 1996 with “Secrets and Lies”
With Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
Timbuktu by Abderrhamane Sissako
After Bamako, Mauritanian director Abderrhamane Sissako takes us to Timbuktu, where recent atrocities committed by fundamentalist inspired his film.
In Timbuktu fallen under the yoke of religious extremists, unspeakable crimes have been committed, initially in the almost total indifference of the media and the world.
In the desert, Kidane leads a simple and peaceful life with his wife, daughter and a shepherd boy 12 years In town, residents suffer helplessly as the reign of terror imposed by jihadists who have banned music and laughter, cigarettes and even football. Women have become shadows that try to resist with dignity. Improvised courts give every day their tragic and absurd sentences. The fate of Kidane and his family changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou , the fisherman who took aim at his favorite cow GPS. He must now cope with new laws of the occupants who came from somewhere else.
Abderrhamane Sissako brandished his camera as a weapon and shoot with nobility and dignity to the new faces of obscurantism in Africa.
With Ibrahim Ahmed and Toulou Kiki
Mr Turner Red Carpet
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