The Festival de Cannes 2013 competition presented today a family road-movie in the USA, Nebraska by Alexander Payne and a love story by Abdellatif Kechiche staging two women, Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
Nebraska by Alexander Payne
Director, Writer, Executive Producer Alexander Payne films his native Nebraska and the landscapes play a major role in the film. The poetic power of the black and white in combination with these landscapes produces an “iconic, archetypal look” to his road movie.
Woody, cantankerous old alcoholic is convinced he won one million dollars to the races as he received some kind of slip telling so. To receive this amount, he must go from Montana to Nebraska. His incredulous son gives in and decides to accompany him, seeking to protect him from what he takes for chimeras. On the way, they meet friends, family and old friends of Woody’s who owes them some money he has not yet… An unknown part of the family’s history is disclosing itself under the eyes of the son. The family tragicomedy includes knife-sharp acting and dialogues.
Crowned with an Oscar for The Descendants, Alexander Payne came on the Croisette in 2002 to present Mister Schmidt, featuring Jack Nicholson as a pathetic blasé retired. The american actor Bruce Dern was for the first time in Cannes with Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in 1970.
Nebraska is starring Bruce Derne as Woody Grant and Will Forte as David Grant
Blue Is The Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche
To make his fifth film, Adèle’s Life, Chapter 1 & 2, Abdellatif Kechiche loosely adapted Julie Maroh’s comic book Blue Is The Warmest color.
Adele leads the classic teenage existence, flirting and dating boys without asking any question, and awakens to sexuality. Her life changes when she meets Emma, a young girl with blue dyed hair. Emma makes her discover all facets of desire and she will finally face the eyes of others, growing adult thanks to Emma’s influence. In the movie, homosexuality is treated as a theme only of love like others, without specific activists claims or intention of shoking. The film mainly tells a love story, love felt the feminine way, between two women and the sex scenes were shot as paintings, sculptures. But then come sentimental loneliness, the break-up, the vacuum that one can feel, this mourning to do, and despite all follow his destiny. This is the first time Abdellatif Kechiche presents a film in the official selection.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour is starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos