Cannes 2011: THE ARTIST and ELENA join the lineup

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 4th, 2011

Despite the festival only about a week away, the Cannes Film Festival is still very much rounding out its lineup.

First up, the competition category just got an extra film, as the Michel Hazanavicius film, THE ARTIST, has joined the in competition lineup. The film, starring John Goodman, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell, and Penelope Ann Miller, is a period feature, shot in black and white. It is set in “Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin is a silent movie star: he is handsome, athletic and an excellent dancer. The arrival of talking pictures is going to sink in alcohol, poverty and oblivion for the young actress Peppy Miller sees as a global star driven.”

The Un Certain Regard side of things got a bit deeper as well, as Andrei Zvyagintsev will debut his film, ELENA, which won its funding from the Sundance Institute and NHK. The film follows “an elderly woman who has lived with her rich husband in a large, comfortable home tries to rescue her alcoholic son from poverty and give his family the opportunity for a better life that she alone could not provide.”

Both films sound really fantastic, and should fit right at home alongside the rest of the Cannes 2011 lineup. I think I’m most excited about THE ARTIST, simply for the fact that I’m a fan of black and white photography, but you’d be hard pressed to go wrong with either of these projects.

What do you think?

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  • HarryHoudini

    There is another silent film at Cannes playing at the SFC
    called The Bridge directed by Justin Possenti. I found it simply
    delightful. I guess the silents are making a comeback :)


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