Latin American Films selected for the Cannes 2011 – Official Selection (full list)

25/04/2011 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

A surprising generational and stylistic head-to-head is in store for the competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22, 2011), whose official selection was unveiled at midday today in Paris by delegate general Thierry Frémaux. Indeed, 19 titles are screening in competition, including eight by newcomers to this level, an enormous proportion that shows a desire to re-boost the potential of the Cannes event.
Big names in world cinema will put in an appearance as usual with four former Palme d’Or winners (Lars von Trier, Nanni Moretti and brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) and seven previous award winners on the Croisette: Pedro Almodóvar, Aki Kaurismäki, Paolo Sorrentino, Alain Cavalier, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Naomi Kawase and Terrence Malick.

But above all, the 2011 edition opens a window onto a totally new panorama of talent with one director making his second shot (Bertrand Bonello) and eight newcomers to the Palme d’Or race: Maïwenn Le Besco, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn, Radu Mihaileanu, Takashi Miike, Joseph Cedar, Markus Schleinzer and Julia Leigh (the last two with their debut features). Four women directors have been selected this year, which is a record number.

With 12 titles, Europe dominates the competition by far. Those vying for honours include three French directors (Bonello – see news, Cavalier and Maïwenn – see news); two Italians (Moretti – see news, and Sorrentino, with his first English-language film, starring Sean Penn – see news); and Spanish icon Almodóvar (see news), who has in the end accepted his invitation to Cannes after considering giving it a miss.

Turkey’s Bilge Ceylan acts as a bridge between Europe and Asia, which has two Japanese directors in competition (Kawase and Miike with a samurai film) and Israel’s Cedar.

While South America is completely absent from the 2011 Palme d’Or competition, Australia is represented by Leigh and the United States by Malick (who returns to the competition he first discovered back in 1979) and Drive by Denmark’s Winding Refn.

The out-of-competition line-up looks particularly attractive, with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris as opening film (see news); Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Jodie Foster’s The Beaver; and Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest (which looks back at Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign for the last presidential elections ).

Official Selection


The Skin I Live In (Spain) – Pedro Almodóvar
L’Apollonide (France) – Bertrand Bonello
Footnote (Israel) – Joseph Cedar
Pater (France) – Alain Cavalier
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey) – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Hanezu no Tsuki (Japan) – Naomi Kawase
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium) – Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Le Havre (Finland) – Aki Kaurismäki
Sleeping Beauty (Australia) – Julie Leigh
Tree of Life (US) – Terrence Malick
Polisse (France) – Maïwenn
The Source (France) – Radu Mihaileanu
We Have a Pope (Italy) – Nanni Moretti
Ishimei (Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) (Japan) – Takashi Miike
Michael (Austria) – Markus Schleinzer
We Need to Talk About Kevin (UK) – Lynne Ramsay
Melancholia (Denmark) – Lars von Trier
This Must Be the Place (Italy) – Paolo Sorrentino
Drive (US) – Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition

Opening Film

Midnight in Paris (Spain/US) – Woody Allen

The Conquest (France) – Xavier Durringer
The Beaver (US) – Jodie Foster
The Artist (France) – Michel Hazanavicius
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (US) – Rob Marshall
Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Jeff Zimbalist (IN)

Midnight Screenings

Wu Xia (China) – Chan Peter
Day of GraceEverardo Gout (Mexico)

Special Screenings

Labrador (Denmark) – Frederikke Aspöck
Le Maître des Forges de l’Enfer (France) – Rithy Panh
Michel Petrucciani (US) – Michael Radford
Tous au Larzac (France) – Christian Rouaud

Short-films in competition

Ghost – Ma Dahci(KR)
Badpakje – Wannes Destoop (BE)

Soy tan feliz Vladimir Durán (AR)
Bear – Nash Edgerton (AU)
Kjottsar – Lisa Marie Gamlem (NO)
Meathead – Sam Holst(NZ)
Ce n’est rien – Nicolas Roy (CA)
Paternal Womb – Megumi Tazaki (JP)
Cross – Maryna Vroda (FR)

Cinefondation selection

Cagey Tigers – Aramisova (FAMU – CZ)
Suu et Uchikawa – Nathanael Carton (NYU – SG)
A viagem – Simao Cayatte (Columbia University – US)
Befetach Beity – Anat Costi (Bezalel Academy – Il)
The Agony and Sweat of The Human Spirit – D. Jesse Damazo & Joe Bookman (University of Iowa- US)
Bento Monogatari – Pieter Dirkx (Sint-Lukas University – BE)
Der brief – Doroteya Droumeva (dffb – DE)

Duelo antes da noiteAlice Furtado (Universidade Federal Fluminense – BR)
Drari – Kamal Lazraq (La fémis – FR)
SalsipuedesMariano Luque (Univeridad Nacional de Cordoba – AR)
La festa de casamientoGaston Margolin & Martin Morgenfeld (Universidad del Cine – AR)
L’estate che non viene – Pasquale Marino (Centro Sperimentale de Cinematografia – IT)
Big Muddy – Jefferson Moneo (Columbia University – US)
Al Martha lauf – Ma’ayan Rypp (Tel Aviv University – IL)
Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang – Son Tae-gyum (Chung-Ang University – KR)
Der wechselbalg – Maria Steinmetz (HFF “Konrad Wolf” – DE)

Source: Fabien Lemercier for Cine Europa

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