The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight line-up has been announced. VoilÃ :
"Elle s’appelle Sabine" — Sandrine Bonnaire
"Foster Child" — Brillante Mendoza
"Gegenueber" (Counterparts) — Jan Bonny
"Ploy" — Pen-ek Ratanaruang
"PVC-1" — Spiros Stathoulopoulos
A list of the shorts program and more can be found with Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE.
We have to acknowledge the weirdness of William Friedkin‘s "Cruising" being offered up as a Fortnight special screening. The 1980 film, which stars Al Pacino as an undercover cop who delves into New York’s leather bar scene in pursuit of a serial killer who’s been preying on men, attracted considerable criticism when it first came out for the Hollywood lameness of its portrayals of homosexuality and its possible homophobia. Now, we suppose, it’s undergone a bit of a critical reclamation, but…why is the film being reearthed now? Because people now consider it good? Because of its important as a cultural artifact? Or, most likely, because Friedkin’s been making mention of a long-in-coming DVD release of the film?
Otherwise, Corbijn’s previously announced "Control" remains the most promising entry, but we’re also excited about the Ratanaruang (â™¥! â™¥!); actress Bonnaire’s directorial debut, a doc about her sister; Bahrani’s follow-up to his acclaimed (well, we were only so-so on it) "Man Push Cart"; "La Influencia," the directorial debut of Aguilera, who worked as assistant director on the fearsome "Battle in Heaven."