Michael Fassbender and French actress Marion Cotillard star in the final competition entry in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. They play the leads in an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Scottish play.
Theatrical suspicion prevents thespians mentioning the title but of course it is Macbeth one of the playwrights darkest plays.
It is described as a “Macbeth” for our times with Michael Fassbender the Scottish king who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and his Lady Macbeth, Marion Cotillard haunted by the loss of a child.
It is a psychodrama, the protagonists romantic relationship spiralling out of control because of their psychological traumas.
Much of the dialogue has been cut but that oft quoted line, “Out damned spot”, is retained.
A portrait of the personal life of former Chilean President Salvador Allende by his granddaughter Marcia Tambutti has won the best documentary.
The journals of two explorers who travelled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century inspired director Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” which won the Art Cinema Award.
Now the jury under the guidance of the Coen brothers must decide which film will be presented with the Palme d’Or prize at the 68th edition of the festival. They will lock themselves away from the fans and the Mediterannean sun to debate and discuss the entries. Sunday night will bring the announcement of the winner. The champagne is on ice.