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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Almodóvar has brought to Cannes his Juliet

At the 69th Cannes film festival honored the outstanding actor Robert De Niro. 22 hours in the Palace of the lumière brothers to get there was impossible.

photo: Gennady Avramenko

The audience dressed in tuxedos and bow ties, evening dresses, mysterious masquerade masks patiently languished in the queue. But, having stood an hour on his feet, someone had to leave the festival area: in regular clothes, jeans and jackets are not allowed. 72-year-old De Niro is not just a ride on the black car to the red carpet. He was accompanied by a motorcade of motorcyclists as a sign of special respect. When fans and onlookers greeted the actor with shouts and applause, he welled up with tears. Then showed cuts of the films with the participation of De Niro’s new picture — “Stone fists” by Jonathan Jakubowicz, where he played the trainer of the famous boxer. The next day was at 7: 30 a.m. observer “MK” had to knock in a queue to get on the competitive screening of Pedro almodóvar’s “Juliet”. Things were carefully inspected, opened cosmetic bags, wallets. It is best to go with an empty bag to 10 times a day not to wait until it was turned inside out.

In fact, the heroine of Almodovar’s name is Julieta, but we decided to disguise the dissonant name, and called the film “Juliette”. On the eve of the show in the press box, reporters found a yellow envelope. Each pink heart is made of plastic and marked “A&J”. Almodóvar and Juliet — Shakespeare almost. But Pedro was not Romeo. At the heart appeared the name of the daughter of the main heroine named Antia. She ran away from his mother and 13 years not made itself felt, after her father was killed during the storm. On his shoulder was a tattoo of a heart with the names of native women. The poor mother every year on the day of birth the prodigal daughter bought a cake, stick a candle in it, and then he flew into the trash. Almodovar made a film in his trademark style, but she lacked the sensuality and great beauty, what we always expect from him. Except that at the beginning the screen fills the color of blood silk dress, and it folds resemble pulsating vagina. The story itself is quite Shakespearean passions, but misty and invented. Apparently, this time “the Golden palm” will pass by glorious master.

While the ratings of critics in the lead of the German picture “Toni Erdmann”, telling about the father and daughter, which, unlike almodóvar’s heroines find a common language. Comes on the heels of “Tony Erdmann” “Paterson” by Jim Jarmusch. People have defended for almost two hours and were not included in this gentle film about a bus driver who not only in the soul of a poet, but he writes poetry. In the morning he goes in flight, watching the passengers and the city outside the window, are born in the head of the line. Then goes home, where he meets a lovely woman with several trays of cakes. She builds incredible outfits in the tone of their culinary products. So they live modestly and happily. The picture is touching and crystal clear, and this is different from many other festival opus. Something she recalled a documentary short film “Countryman” Anastasia Zverkova, which dreamed of a hero of the Soviet Union and came here from Mali to Russia. He drives a tram in Irkutsk, watching the city life with humor and love, and in the evenings at the local TV station read out weather reports…

In the Russian pavilion will present the film absolutely unexpected people. The leader of the group “Mumiy Troll” Ilya Lagutenko has invested his own money into the picture of “SOS sailor” — the journey of his group from Vladivostok to USA. As the Director invited an American music video Director Danny Drysdale. On the advertising poster — faceted storm in a teacup and a sailboat on the waves. On the beach of the hotel “Carlton threw a Russian party; promised a concert of Lagutenko, but in the end he did not act.

Another unexpected hero of the day — producer and Director of short film “afloat” Sergey Sarkisov, member of the twenty wealthy people on the Forbes list. Creative producer of the film was his son Nikolay Sarkisov, in the past plastic surgeon, and now a Director too. His father decided to debut in 57 years. He wants to film “the Brothers Karamazov”, “the Life of Klim Samgin”, the works of Hemingway. “This is a real male writer, — said Sergey Sarkisov. But unlike him I don’t like hunting and fishing. Don’t understand people who decorate their homes with dead bodies of animals. In our family everything is built unusual. I, for example, in 50 years, got the tattoo — after, as did my son. He was an excellent surgeon, but became a Director. We could invite the Director from the side, but, as my dad says, the money should stay in the family. Why limit ourselves to its terms. By the way, present in the hall and my mom. Her film “afloat” not liked”.

Already arrived in Cannes Isabelle Huppert to present a picture of Paul Verhoeven’s “She”. At one of the events devoted to the gender question, the French star appeared in a dress with a huge butterfly on his chest, and it attracted attention. Cost of the Kyrgyz Director Ernest Abdyjaparov (writer of “Heavenly pastures” recently in Moscow the prize “Nika”) to wear national headdress and appearing on the film market, as it was covered with temperamental producers from Turkey and Ireland, began to be photographed with him.

Surprised by the bold neckline is an American actress of the older generation Susan Sarandon. She also took part in discussions about women in film. She was asked a question about woody Allen, whose son Ronan Farrow during the festival, said that, perhaps, is the son of Frank Sinatra. With woody Allen he is not talking after he molested adopted daughter soon-And married her. But at the opening ceremony of comedian Laurent Lafitte remembered Roman Polanski, a longtime punished for a sex crime, and unfortunate joke: maybe they are Allen one step-daughter seduced. All this Susan Sarandon said: “Sexually abusing the child, he is not right.” Her words about woody Allen immediately made the rounds on the festival.

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