Cannes 2011: LES BIEN-AIMES closing the festival; trailer for THE DAY HE ARRIVES hits

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 28th, 2011


While this year’s Cannes Film Festival hasn’t even started yet, it’s time to look to how it will end.

The festival has announced that the closing night film for the festival will be Christophe Honore’s LES BIEN-AIMES (also known as THE BELOVED). It will play on Sunday, May 22, and stars Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech, and Paul Schneider.

BIEN-AIMES follows stories taking place in four times, following characters that “draw us into Prague of the sixties, London of the '80s, the world of Sept. 11 and Paris of today in a singular, melancholy and romantic work of art.” Personally, I think this will be one hell of a way to end the festival. I’m quite a big fan of the filmmaker, and this cast really sounds quite impeccable. Hopefully the festival will end as a bang, as they promise.

Finally, in other Cannes-related news, the trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s upcoming return to the Croisette (after taking home last year’s Un Certain Regard award) THE DAY HE ARRIVES has appeared, and it looks fantastic (hat tip to Twitch for digging this up). 

The trailer is a spot seen in reverse, and is a really interesting way to promote this already intriguing little project. ARRIVES follows the story of a film professor who visits an elderly critic in Seoul. Count this writer more than in.

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