Two Ir­ish films make this year’s Cannes slate

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The key pro­grammes for Cannes, which be­gins on May 11th, have all now been an­nounced. The good news for the home in­dus­try is that two Ir­ish pro­duc­tions have se­cured prom­i­nent spots.

Paolo Sor­rentino’s This Must Be the Place, star­ring Sean Penn as an age­ing rock star hunt­ing a Nazi war crim­i­nal, will com­pete in the main competition. Re­becca Daly’s de­but film, The Other Side of Sleep, a spooky thriller con­cern­ing a life­long sleep­walker, will play in the semi-of­fi­cial Direc­tors’ Fort­night strand.

Much of the Sor­rentino pic­ture, sup­ported by the Ir­ish Film Board and co-pro­duced by El­e­ment Films, was filmed on these shores. Daly’s film fol­lows such Ir­ish pro­duc­tions as Garage and Ali­cia Duffy’s All Good Chil­dren by ap­pear­ing in the pres­ti­gious side­bar event. Daly be­comes the first fe­male Ir­ish di­rec­tor to com­pete in the Caméra d’Or race for best first pic­ture.

The main pro­gramme, com­pris­ing films com­pet­ing for the Palme d’Or, is po­ten­tially much tastier than last year’s lack­lus­tre line-up. At­ten­dees can catch new films by the Dar­dennes, Nanni Moretti, Pe­dro Almod­ó­var, Aki Kau­ris­mäki and Lars von Trier.

And then there’s Ter­rence Mal­ick’s much-de­layed The Tree of Life. To the puz­zle­ment of many, the in­trigu­ing epic is cur­rently due to open in the UK and Ire­land on May 4th. It is not un­heard-of for a competition film to open in a ma­jor ter­ri­tory be­fore Cannes kicks off, but the strat­egy does re­main pretty un­ortho­dox. The pic­ture will not ar­rive in the US un­til the end of May.

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