The Festival de Cannes is underway and hopefully there will be a few interesting movies launched here to look forward to. Some of the ones I am interested in are: Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt (and as it is always the case when it comes to every movie based on the author’s books, here, here and here, the costumes, see below, already have my attention); Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, with Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix; The Sea of Trees by Gus Van Sant, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
As much as I love watching movies in the comfort of my own home and expanding our films collection, the cinema still remains a unique experience and a preferred form of escapism. And as Joel Coen, co-presiding over the competition jury this year, says, that’s one of the goals of film festivals. “There’s something very special about sitting in a cinema with a big crowd of people and watching a movie on a big, 80ft screen. Nothing can compare with that. That’s something that film festivals like this keep alive.”
photos: 1-Hervé Chigioni based on a photograph of Ingrid Bergman by David Seymour / 2,3: Carol movie stills