April 16, 2015

Top Filmmakers at Cannes 2015

A few hours ago, Cannes Film Festival announced its official selection. Let us have a look at the ten most high-profile film-makers whose films will premiere this year at the most reputed film festival on the globe.

  • Jacques Audiard (62-year old French film-maker): With his latest, 'Dheepan', Audiard has earned his fourth Palme d'Or nomination, after 'A Self-Made Hero' (won Best Screenplay at Cannes 1996), 'A Prophet' (won Grand Prix at Cannes 2009) and 'Rust and Bone' (2012).
  • Matteo Garrone (46-year old Italian film-maker): He has been nominated for Palme d'Or for the third time with 'The Tale of Tales' that stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly. His first two nominations have both won him Grand Prix, 'Gomorrah' (2008) and 'Reality' (2012)
  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou (68-year old Taiwanese film-maker): This is his seventh Palme d'Or nomination. The Jury Prize he won for 'The Puppetmaster' (1993) is the only award this Cannes regular has won so far. Can his latest martial arts film, 'The Assassin', achieve the feat that 'Flowers of Shanghai' (1998) and others could not?
  • Hirokazu Koreeda (52-year old Japanese film-maker): Following the success of 'Like Father, Like Son' (2013), for which he won the Jury Prize, Koreeda is back with his fourth Palme d'Or nomination in 'Our Little Sister'.
  • Nanni Moretti (61-year old Italian film-maker): His latest, 'Mia Madre', has earned him his seventh Palme d'Or nomination. He has already won the top award once for 'The Son's Room' (2001) and Best Director prize for 'Caro diario' (1994).
  • Gus Van Sant (62-year old American film-maker): 'The Sea of Trees' starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe is his fourth Palme d'Or nomination. He has already won the top prize once for 'Elephant' (2003).
  • Paolo Sorrentino (44-year old Italian film-maker): 'The Early Years' aka 'Youth' is Sorrentino's eighth feature film, and his seventh Palme d'Or nomination. Well, this is some record. He has won awards for 'Il Divo' (2008) and 'This Must be the Place' (2011).
  • Jia Zhangke (45-year old Chinese film-maker): His last film 'A Touch of Sin' had won the Screenplay award at Cannes. His latest, 'Mountains May Depart' is his fourth Palme d'Or nomination.
Other prominent names nominated for the top prize are Todd Haynes ('I'm Not There.' (2007)), Yorgos Lanthimos ('Dogtooth' (2009)), and Denis Villeneuve ('Incendies' (2010)). 

  • Naomi Kawase (45-year old Japanese film-maker): Her first film won her the Camera d'Or in 1997 for 'Suzaku'. Since then she has earned four more Palme d'Or nominations, including a Jury Grand Prix in 2007 for 'The Mourning Forest'. Her latest, 'Sweet Red Bean Paste' will open the Un Certain Regard section this year.
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa (59-year old Japanese film-maker): One of the biggest name in Un Certain Regard category, his latest is titled 'Journey to the Shore'. His earlier nominations in this category, 'Seance' (2000) and 'Tokyo Sonata' (2008) have both won him awards. He has been nominated for Palme d'Or once for 'Bright Future' (2003)
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul (44-year old Thai film-maker): Three of his films have won awards at Cannes, including a Palme d'Or in 2010. This time he will be competing in the Un Certain Regard category with his latest, 'Love in Khon Kaen'.
The Un Certain Regard category also features Corneliu Porumboiu, who won Camera d'Or in 2006. Two Indian film-makers, Neeraj Ghaywan and Gurvinder Singh will be in competition with him.

  • Woody Allen (79-year old American film-maker): The veteran with close to 50 films as director has struggled to have a great impact on the major festivals, including Cannes. He has won only one award at Cannes so far, for 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' (1985). This time too, his film 'Irrational Man' is to be screened out of competition. 
  • Arnaud Desplechin (54-year old French film-maker): He has made seven feature films before his latest work and five out of those have earned Palme d'Or nominations. His eighth film, 'My Golden Years' will screen out of competition as a part of Directors' Fortnight.
  • Philippe Garrel (67-year old French film-maker): Despite being from France, Garrel is a Venice favourite, with six Golden Lion nominations and two Silver Lion wins. Only one of his previous films ('Frontier of the Dawn') have earned a Palme d'Or nomination. His latest, 'In the Shadow of Women' will also play out of competition as the inaugural film of 'Directors' Fortnight' sidebar.
  • Takashi Miike (54-year old Japanese film-maker): For someone who has directed close to a hundred films, just two Palme d'Or nominations must look like a dismal record! His latest underworld war epic will be screened out-of-competition.
Jaco Van Dormael, the Belgian film-maker and Camera d'Or winner of 1991 will present his latest, 'The Brand New Testament' in Directors' Fortnight section. Gaspar Noe's latest, 'Love', will have a midnight screening. The festival will also hold out-of-competition screenings of George Miller's latest 'Mad Max' movie and Natalie Portman's directorial debut 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'.

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