An early morning screening of We Need to Talk About Kevin set me into a deeply disturbing frame of mind. Tilda Swinton stars in the film, which is based on the book by Lionel Shriver. It’s fictional, but based on events like Columbine, where Swinton plays the mother of a son who goes on a killing spree at his high-school. It’s deeply devastating how she lives with the death he has created. She is excellent in this role, and there is already buzz about her notching up award nominations for Best Actress. Director Lynne Ramsay’s debut is well shot, with red featuring very prominently throughout the film. It’s all in the details – and this film is full of them.
From there it was straight to another sad and dealing-with-death film, Restless. I wanted to see what kind of competition our Oliver Hermanus has in the Un Certain Regard section! It was a good film, with Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper (who I think we are going to see a whole lot more of in the future; he also happens to be the late Dennis Hopper’s son).
In the afternoon, I went by the South African Pavilion to catch up with CEO of the Cape Town Film Studios Nico Dekker. This time last year, he told me about how Judge Dread was going to be shooting there. He says now that it has all happened it has opened doors for the studio to play host to other big international major and independent film companies. He said they’d be releasing the names of the new films shooting there soon.
Elsewhere in Cannes, while films about death were being screened inside, outside the likes of Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black were living it up for Kung Fu Panda 2. Brad and Angie are always the darlings of Cannes, and I am looking forward to his new film, debuting next week with Sean Penn, directed by Terence Malick, called The Tree of Life. This weekend also sees the new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides come to Cannes, along with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.