Cannes Film Festival 2015: Performances to watch!

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Cannes Film Festival 2015

From Salma Hayek’s lustful heart-eating to Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Macbeth, here’s a look at some of the most eagerly anticipated – and potentially prize-winning – performances from this year’s Cannes competition.

The Tale of Tales

Salma in ‘The Tale of Tales’

Few Salma Hayek fans could have pictured the dazzling Mexican actress devouring a monster’s heart with gusto, her face smeared in blood. Italy’s Matteo Garrone clearly has, and his fantastically dark fable will serve you just that. Loosely based on a seventeenth-century Neapolitan fairy tale collection, “The Tale of Tales” is the first English-language effort by the director of “Gomorrah” and “Reality” – and by far his most ambitious project to date. This is reflected in a star-studded cast that includes Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones.

Marguerite and Julien

The host country can’t seem to get enough of Anaïs Demoustier these days, and her presence in at least one of the five French entries in this year’s main competition was surely mandatory. French cinema’s bubbly new icon stars in Valérie Donzelli’s “Marguerite and Julien”, alongside co-writer Jérémie Elkaïm. The tale of forbidden love between siblings is based on an unproduced screenplay written for François Truffaut.

Chronic

Chronic

Three years ago, British actor Tim Roth chaired the Un Certain Regard jury that awarded its top prize to Michel Franco’s “After Lucia” (2012). Roth was so impressed with the film that he asked the Mexican director to make another one for him. The result is “Chronic”, Franco’s first English-language drama and the sole Latin American entry in this year’s competition. Roth stars as a troubled nurse who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. One of cinema’s great chameleons, he should have no difficulty adapting to Franco’s austere, restrained style.

The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man

Ken Loach isn’t coming this year, but Cannes will see the return of the French actor Loach must surely call upon if he ever makes a film on this side of the Channel. Vincent Lindon has long been a fixture of French social dramas and Stéphane Brizé’s “The Measure of a man” seems tailor-made for him. Lindon stars as an unemployed 50-year-old who lands a job as a supermarket security guard, but soon faces a moral dilemma.

Carol

Cate Blanchett is already being touted as a possible Oscar winner for her role in “Carol”, Todd Haynes’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel about a clandestine lesbian love affair in 1950s New York. The Australian has already won two Academy Awards but is yet to earn any silverware at Cannes. She may encounter stiff competition from her partner in the film, New York native Rooney Mara – unless, of course, they pick up a joint award.

The Assassin

Over the years, revered Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien has cast his favourite actress as an epileptic pop singer in modern-day Taipei, an exquisitely dressed pool hall waitress in 1960s rural Taiwan, and a refined courtesan in an early 20th century Chinese brothel. Five years in the making, his latest work sees the gorgeous Shu Qi take on martial arts as a deadly assassin in Tang-era China. The $15 million production also marks Shu Qi’s reunion with Chang Chen, her partner in Hou’s spellbinding “Three Times” (2005).

Macbeth

Macbeth

Australian helmer Justin Kurzel’s dark and bloody take on the bleakest of Shakespearean tragedies is one of the most buzzed-about entries. Marion Cotillard reportedly spent weeks with a voice coach trying to grasp Lady Macbeth’s Scottish accent, but ultimately gave up. Then again, there’s nothing like a French-sounding femme fatale to persuade her indecisive husband (Michael Fassbender) to spill royal blood.

The Lobster

Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos has developed something of a cult following since his bizarre and brilliant “Dogtooth” won the Un Certain Regard prize in 2009. His first English-language film, in which single people are turned into animals should they fail to find a mate, sounds of a piece with his previous surrealist movies. It comes with a star-studded crew including a mustachioed Colin Farrell alongside Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. Festival director Thierry Frémaux has warned that “The Lobster” is “the kind of film one doesn’t fully understand” – presumably implying we’ll grasp precious little of it.

My King

My King

If you haven’t heard of Emmanuelle Bercot yet, this year’s festival is about to change that. “Standing Tall”, her latest directorial effort, has been selected to open the festival – a rarity for a French movie with weighty themes (in this case juvenile delinquency). She will be back on the red carpet later on, alongside the ubiquitous Vincent Cassel, for their role in “My King” by French helmer Maïwenn, whose “Polisse” won the Jury Prize in 2011.

My Mother

A darling of the Coen brothers, who head the Cannes jury this year, John Turturro stars as a brash and boastful American actor in “My Mother”, the latest effort by Italy’s 2001 Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti. With his hideous Italian and outrageous dance moves, Turturro is set to give a comic edge to an otherwise delicate and sentimental film about a filmmaker struggling to cope with a collapsing set and her mother’s fatal illness.

Valley of Love

Valley of Love

A year after the unofficial screening of Abel Ferrara’s shocker “Welcome to New York”, featuring Gérard Depardieu as a sexaholic Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France’s biggest film star will be back on the red carpet for Guillaume Nicloux’s California-set “Valley of Love”, which also stars Cannes veteran Isabelle Huppert. It’s been 41 years since the two giants of French cinema first met on the set of Bertrand Blier’s “Going Places”. This time they play two famous actors who reunite in Death Valley after the death of their son. Both are former award winners on the Croisette and inevitable contenders for another prize.

Youth

Two years after falling short with his enthralling “The Great Beauty”, Paolo Sorrentino is back with a new film about old people called “Youth”. Starring the likes of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz, “Youth” is the story of a retired orchestra conductor vacationing in an Alpine resort who receives an invitation to perform for a very special audience. This is the Italian director’s second English-language picture, after “This Must Be the Place” (2011), arguably his least successful work. We will soon find out whether Caine can match the cultivated melancholy so perfectly expressed by Sorrentino’s Italian fixture Toni Servillo.

Louder than bombs

Louder than Bombs

Jesse Eisenberg will be suiting up as the evil Lex Luthor in upcoming superhero juggernaut “Batman vs Superman” next year. Before that, the hyper-articulate US actor frontlines the new, eagerly-awaited feature by Norwegian prodigy Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31”). “Louder than bombs”, also starring Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne, has been described as a “Rashomon”-like drama revolving around a deceased war photographer whose husband and two sons discover a secret about her past as a retrospective of her work is being put together.

Sea of Trees

It’s been three years since Matthew McConaughey’s last Cannes showing, for his parts in “Mud” and Lee Daniels’ hugely underrated “The Paperboy”. This year he teams up with Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe in the latest entry by the 2003 Palme d’Or winner, Gus Van Sant. “Sea Of Trees” is the tale of a suicidal American who befriends a Japanese man in a mysterious forest at the base of Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death.

Sicario

Sicario

There’s no Tex-Mex dope story without Benicio Del Toro and sure enough the veteran Puerto Rican will star in “Sicario”, the latest thriller by Québécois director Denis Villeneuve. A 2008 Cannes laureate for his role as Che Guevara, Del Toro plays a sicario – Latino slang for hitman – in Villeneuve’s $32 million action-packed drama that also features Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin as US agents battling a drug lord on the mean streets of Ciudad Juarez, the world’s crime capital.

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  • apache

    The Prof is a polished lawyer and we hope he will not talk too much but concentrate on the full intray at the State Law office. Congrats

  • Anonymous

    Well, hand picked is the right word. The fellow is learned just like Betty Murungi,and given that the president can nominate anyone including his friends or tribe. But was this wasn’t any competitive and transparent manner.BTW is Uhuru related to Muigai?   RAO was cheated with posts of controller of budget/auditor general. Kibaki won this one.Lets see what the parliament does.

    • Denno

      hahaha! Rao always gets cheated.

    • Denno

      It’s like trading one bull with two goats.

      • Daggie

        @Denno, i couldnt have said it better.., lol.., two skinny malnourished goats, if i may add..,

  • Excellent! Do you tribalists ask for the tribe of your doctor?

  • Jukwaalakatiba

    Kibaki has refused to let go tribalism, He is atypical tribalist.

    • kiraiqu

      and the other GUY who appointed the othe 2 is not. huh…

      • Elly

        They are Both a bunch of Tribalists.. and no one should act surprised on that, they have showed it through out the time they have been in power..

      • Me, Myself & I

        Raila nomiunated a luhya & luo….Well, some may say same difference! But wow, Kibaki really is a tribalist!!!

  • P Kigen

    Come on, serious horse trading here, lets rise up against the two gentlemen. Hati take 2 smaller posts and I take this other one………..come on

    • kiraiqu

      Come on…….  you didnt see it coming?

  • Daggie

    sounding disappointed.., all i can say is this – To prof: (pointing two fingers at him).., we are so watching you..,

  • Anonymous

    Betty murungi should file a case on this attorney’s hand picking.There was no competitive process and that others were not given a chance.

    • Jelnam18

      Betty is good but there is no way she was the better candidate that Githu. Her close association with Hon Orengo could be a cause of conflict of interest too!

      • Elly

        How about Githus Closeness to the president? wont that cause a conflict? in short you argument that Betty’s closeness would have been a cause for conflict is not Valid!

        • Me, Myself & I

          In fact, the man is Uhuru’s cousin. Thank God the Ocampo 6 case is ‘out there’ otherwise……

  • Jelnam18

    Prof Muigai’s credentials speak for themselves. If we remove our ethnic lenses we will realise that he was way the best person for the job. 

  • Anonymous

    You cannot compare Harvard graduate versus Columbia Univ grad down at the Bronx. Come on guys. . Betty was the best choice

  • Angelgabs25

    this is total nonsense. parliament should reject all the nominees until due process is followed……………. their corrupt life perhaps. a vetting is needed for for the three. Kenyans must know them b4 they take office.

  • Me, Myself & I

    Well as per the new constitution, the new AG does not have security of tenure, unlike Wako. Which means, should the next government not want him, he’s out! Looks like he’ll be a 1 year AG.

  • Simbaleake

    this is a con

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