The big news is obviously the confirmation of the presence of Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers who are aiming for a third Palme d’Or this year, which would be a great first in the history of the event.
Two Days, One Night tells the story of Sandra’s (Marion Cotillard) race against time. With the help of her husband (Fabrizio Rongione), she has only one weekend to go see her colleagues and convince them to give up their bonus so that she can keep her job.
Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, presented it as a Belgian western, evoking Fred Zinnemann’s The Train Whistles Three Times.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are regulars at the Cannes Film Festival. Apart from the Palmes d’Or, awarded to Rosetta and L’Enfant, Le Silence de Lorna received the screenplay award and Le Gamin au Vélo the Grand Prix. The icing on the cake is that Émilie Dequenne and Olivier Gourmet each won a new acting award.
We already knew that the film that would open the 37th Cannes Film Festival would beOlivier Dahan‘s Grace, co-financed by Wallimage/Bruxellimage. It is now known that the projected version will be the one intended by the director. There is no question of the programmers proposing an alternative or expurgated version.
Next week, the Cannes selections for the other sections such as the Directors’ Fortnight, the Critics’ Week and the ACID section will be announced. Some films co-produced by Wallimage and Wallimage/Bruxellimage are likely to be included.