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Cannes: Un Certain Regard


Cannes: Un Certain Regard

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Veteran director Gus van Sant is in Cannes presenting his latest film, Restless, which opened the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.

The director won the Palme D’Or for his film Elephant in 2003

The film centres on the themes of love and death.

Miss Bala

Also screening in this section is Miss Bala. Set in Mexico it tells the story of a young girl in a beauty pageant who mistakenly gets caught up in the world of organized crime.

The film has received mostly favorable reviews.

The film’s director Gerardo Naranjo said it is not a film about drugs:

“I think that we are offering an alternative vision to this problem, everyone describes this as a ‘narco-picture’, but we don’t show a single image of drugs, we don’t even mention drugs in the whole film.”

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sean Durkin’s psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The story surrounds Martha, who spends two years living as part of an abusive cult in upstate New York. One day she escapes the compound and returns home to live with her sister.

Director Sean Durkin was fascinated by the subject:

“I was interested as I was reading about cults and things I was interested in these women. You can see these pictures or footage of these women they are just totally gone and I was wondering how they got there, what happened to them.”

Twenty-one movies from 15 countries compete at the Un Certain Regard section.

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