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“Annette” and “Memory”: films from Cannes will be shown at the 12th Odesa International Film Festival


The 12th Odesa International Film Festival starts the announcement of the programme of the out-of-competition section International Gala Premieres. The first films, participants of the 74th Cannes Film Festival and applying for Palme d’Or, are: “Annette” by Leos Carax, and “Memoria” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


The film Annette will open the Cannes Film Festival, which will begin on July 6. The film is also presented in the main competition. Annette is the first film by Leos Carax after the Holy Motors, which was released in 2012 and was voted the best film of the year by Cahiers du Cinéma magazine. The main roles in Annette were performed by Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

Leos Carax is a famous French director, screenwriter and actor. He is a winner of the Berlin Film Festival, a two-time nominee for the Cesar Award, the winner of the honorary Golden Leopard of the Locarno Film Festival and he participates in the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival for the third time. In his sixth, but first English-speaking film Annette, director in the form of rock opera shows the history of stand-up comedian and opera star, whose life is turned upside down by the birth of their daughter Annette with an unusual gift.

Screenwriters were brothers Roy and Russell Mael, the founders and participants of the Sparks cult group, who have been working on the creation of the musical for several years before meeting with Carax. They also became co-authors of the music for the film.

The film Memoria for director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the first film he shot in English and outside his native Thailand. The film is also a participant of the main competition of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The action of the film, where the main role was played by Tilda Swinton, takes place in Colombia.

According to the story, Jessica comes here from Scotland. Since a woman was frightened by a loud noise at dawn, she cannot fall asleep. In Bogotá, while visiting his sister, Jessica meets archaeologist Agnes, who studies human remains discovered during the construction of the tunnel. The heroine meets a fisherman Hernán during a trip to the excavation site. They share memories by the river. Jessica takes possession of a sense of clarity at the end of the day. The film Memoria is dedicated to the colonial history of Colombia and how collective memory generates a sense of fear.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai independent director, screenwriter and producer is considered a master of a “slow” cinema. He shoots non-traditional films from the point of view of narrative: Mysterious Object at Noon, Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century. His film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” was awarded the Palme d’Or of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

Soon will be announced the full programme of the out-of-competition section International Gala Premieres.

The 12th Odesa International Film Festival will take place from 14 to 21 August.

With the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency


Source: OIFF