Cannes Film Festival Review

Sophia Loren set as guest of honor

HONG KONG – The Cannes festival has unveiled a 22-feature selection for its Cannes Classic section of historical and restored films.

Headlining the selection are Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars,” Wim Wenders’ “Paris Texas,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Cruel Story of Youth,” Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro,” and King Hu’s “Dragon Inn.”

Sophia Loren is set as the guest of honor and will attend both the screening of Vittorio de Sica’s “Marriage Italian Style” and Edoardo Ponti’s 25 minute short film “La Voce Humana,” which marks Loren’s most recent cinema role. The Italian diva will give a masterclass, an on-stage conversation in the Salle Bunuel.

As a tribute to Marcello Mastroianni, who features on this year’s Cannes festival poster, there will be a screening of “8½” in a version restored by French companies Gaumont and Éclair.

The Classics section will also include two documentaries about cinema: Roger Ebert study “Life Itself,” by Steve James; and “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films,” examing the history of Cannon and producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.

The festival noted that all the films will be screened as 2K or 4K DCP packages, according to the preferences of the rights owners, but that for the first time ever there will be no 35mm projections.

Features 
“Per Un Pugno Di Dollari” (“A Fistful Of Dollars”) dir. Sergio Leone (1964)
 
“Paris, Texas” dir. Wim Wenders (1984)
 
“Regards Sur Une Revolution : Comment Yukong Deplaça Les Montagnes” dir. Marceline Loridan and Joris Ivens (1976)
 
“Cruel Story Of Youth” (“Seishun Zankoku Monogatari”) dir. Nagisa Oshima (1960).
 
“Wooden Crosses” (“Les Croix De Bois”) dir. Raymond Bernard (1931)
 
“Overlord” dir. Stuart Cooper (1975)
 
“La Paura” (“Angst’) dir. Roberto Rossellini (1954)
 
“Blind Chance” (“Przypadek”) dir. Krzysztof Kie?lowski (1981)
 
“The Last Metro” (“Le Dernier Metro”) dir. François Truffaut (1980).
 
“Dragon Inn” dir. King Hu (1967)
 
“Daybreak” (“Le Jour Se Leve”) dir. Marcel Carné (1939)

“Color Of The Pomegranate” (“Sayat Nova”) dir. Sergei Parajanov (1968)
 
“Leolo” dir. Jean-Claude Lauzon (1992)
 
“Gacious Living” (“La Vie De Chateau”) dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1965)
 
“Jamaica Inn” dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1939)
 
“Les Violons Du Bal” dir. Michel Drach (1974)

“Blue Mountains” (“Les Montagnes Bleues”) dir. Eldar Shengelaia (1983)
 
“Lost Horizon” (“Horizons Perdus”) dir. Frank Capra (1937)

“The Bitch” (“La Chienne”) dir. Jean Renoir (1939)
 
“Tokyo Orinpikku” (“Tokyo Olympiades”) dir. Kon Ichikawa (1965)
 
“8½” (1963) dir. Federico Fellini

Documentaries
“Life Itself” Steve James (2014)

“The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story Of Cannon Films” dir. Hilla Medalia (2014)  
 

More to come.

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