The Festival de Cannes 2013 competition ended today with two films presented by legendary directors: Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski and Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch. Both filmakers are regulars of the Festival.
During Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive Red Carpet, French living legend Alain Delon, with French Minister of Culture Aurore Filipetti clinging to his arm, was long acclaimed. Alain Delon was invited by the Festival de Cannes 2013 for the Cannes Classics screening of Plein Soleil (Blazinf Sun) by René Clément.
Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski
79-year-old Roman Polanski belongs to the circle of filmmakers who have their director chair with their name on the Croisette. He returns this year with an adaptation of a novel by Sacher-Masoch based on the play by David Ives.
Thomas, a playwright who is preparing to stage his play, is unsuccessfully auditioning actresses: no one has the stature needed to play the lead. As he prepares to leave, Vanda arises as unbridled energy tornado. Vanda embodies all that Thomas hates. She is vulgar, brainless, and would stop at nothing to get the role. Yet. as she pretends to be perfect, he gives in and let her defend her candidacy. At his amazement, she provided props and costumes, and she amazingly well understands the character. The hearing continues and Thomas attraction for Vanda turns into obsession.
Venus in Fur cast: Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almaric. Roman Polanski is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival that he attended since his first film (The Knife in the Water) in 1962. He was present at Cannes since, with or without film, and was President of the Jury in 1991. He won the Palme d’Or with The Pianist in 2002.
Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch
A romance drama vampire film that Jim Jarmusch described as a “crypto-vampire love story”.
The scenario of Only Lovers Left Alive is partly inspired by Mark Twain’s latest book, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, mainly for the character names. Adam, a depressed musician and his lover, Eve, are beings on the sidelines, leading a bohemian life. Intelligent and sophisticated, yet they are still inhabited by their vampires animal instinct. Like all modern vampires – in films – they have traveled the world and seen many amazing things, but continue to live in the darkest reaches of society, escaping authorities like shadows. Their concession to modernity: to survive, they must be certain that the blood that makes them live is pure, healthy and uncontaminated.Their secular love story is soon disrupted by the arrival of Eve’s little sister, an extravagant and uncontrollable girl. The film takes place almost entirely at night in the cities of Detroit and Tangiers. Only Lovers Left Alive is strarring Tom Hiddleston (Adam), Tilda Swinton (Eve), Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt.
Jim Jarmusch access notoriety at Festival de Cannes with Down By Law in 1986 and won the Grand Prix of in 2005 for his film Broken Flowers.
Venus in Fur Red Carpet
Only Lovers Left Alive Red Carpet
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