Tuesday, May 26, 2009

:: Creme de la Cannes ::

Latitude: 43° 33' 0" N
Longitude: 7° 1' 0" E

Question: What is the location of Cannes, France?

Oh, I’m sorry. We were looking for, “What is the iconic city where thousands convene for one unifying reason -- their love for film.

In its 62nd year, the selections for 2009’s Palme d’Or award are top heavy with Asian films. Six of the twenty honorees were from Asian filmmakers hailing from countries such as Korea, Philippines and China. The films’ storylines, diverse and innovative in their own right, explore the topics ranging from homosexuality to vampiric priests.

’s Park Chan Wook follows a priest-turned-vampire in “Bak-Jwi” while “Visage” is set in Paris and ironically follows a filmmaker while he is attempting to make a film. The notorious Lou Ye submitted another masterpiece surrounding the affair between a married man and his openly gay lover. Ye’s filmmaking is officially banned by the Chinese government after an un-approved submission to the festival two years prior. With his “Spring Fever” release, he stands alongside his fellow Chinese filmmakers proclaiming, “They need freedom to create.”

What began in 1946 to allow free film expression sans government censorship has once again come full circle and is now a rite of passage for international film makers abroad.

Thank goodness for film festivals, eh? ;)

:: SDAFFvietca ::

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