May 30, 2006


The big news is that Wang Chao's LUXURY CAR won the top Un Certain Regard prize. Past winners include THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, MOOLADE and BLISSFULLY YOURS so a US release looks good.

A round-up of translated info on ELECTION 2 and SILK's press and public screenings breaks down as follows.

Apparently ELECTION 2 gave its press screening to an almost sold-out house and was applauded enthusiastically at the end. A Chinese reporter asked a French reporter what he thought of the movie and was told that he loved it. And at the public screening there was reportedly screaming from some audience members when Louis Koo feeds the dogs.

Not so great over at the SILK press screening which featured considerable inappropriate laughter and walk-outs throughout.

The Pang Brothers' eye candy movie, RE-CYCLE, got panned in Variety (although they admit that it looks great) and Cannes even let the cast and crew walk up the red carpet although according to the rules they should have been restricted to the less prestigous blue carpet.

And hints are squirming out about Venice's possible line-up. Marco Muller, the festival's director, was seen at the Cannes reception for THE BANQUET so it looks like that one may be a gimme. And it sounds like Kore-eda's HANA is likely, as well.

Finally, Wong Kar-wai gave a shout-out to the sexiness of the jury this year, noting at the press conference that this was "the most hot-looking jury I've ever seen." Variety says he's talking about Zhang Ziyi and Monica Belluci but we all know he's talking about himself. And can we just mention how fabulously kitschy it was that the Cannes stage was decorated like the Oriental Hotel lobby from Wong Kar-wai's 2046 for the awards ceremony?

(Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who did the translations on these)

the Cannes stage was decorated like the Oriental Hotel lobby from Wong Kar-wai's 2046 for the awards ceremony

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Sorry - quick correction. The ELECTION 2 official screening was to an almost sold-out house, and the enthusiastic reception was at the press screening. No word on how the official screening was received.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | May 30, 2006 9:14:48 AM

So any titles like oh I don't know "Host" or "Election 1" or "2" at this year's NYAFF?

I saw "Krrish" was added recently. Very exciting news.
You guys aren't reshowing "Umizaru" though are you?

Posted by: Simon Abrams | May 30, 2006 9:16:45 AM

Unfortunately, while we have a few titles outstanding (4 actually) none of them are THE HOST or ELECTION 1 or 2.

KRRISH will be a lot of fun, and it's not UMIZARU we're showing it's UMIZARU 2, the sequel which just basically destroyed the box office in Japan when it opened a few weeks ago. I'm a sucker for the first UMIZARU - which was basically TOP GUN for Japan's Coast Guard rescue divers. One of the things we hope to do with the festival every year is bring over the big hits from other countries so that people in New York can gulp down the same flavor of blockbuster, popcorn movie and pop cult hits as folks overseas.

This year I'd describe our big blockbuster line-up as:

UMIZARU 2 (Japan)
KRRISH (India)
GANGSTER (Malaysia)

Whether you like or hate these movies (and I love all of them in one way or another) they're the big hits from Japan, Malaysia, Korea and India and if you're interested in what's entertaining the masses in other parts of the world they're a great place to start.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | May 30, 2006 9:53:36 AM

THE GREAT YOKAI WAR and A BITTERSWEET LIFE are also awesome titles!

Btw, Mr. Grady Hendrix, I have send an e-mail to you. Would you like to check it?

Posted by: no name | May 30, 2006 10:16:38 AM

It is ok now. Thank you, Mr. Grady Hendrix.

Posted by: no name | May 30, 2006 10:25:27 AM

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