Congrats to Laurent Cantet’s Entre Les Murs (The Class) for winning the Palme d’Or and returning national pride back to France ever since 1987 , hope it comes to Telluride. I’m happy that Ceylan and the Dardennes received their consolation prizes as well. I think this was still a great year for CINEMA, since opinions were heavily divided rather than reaching some overrated consensus. It leaves the rest of the world waiting to become his/her own critic.
(Ryan Gosling to reprise his pedagogical persona if there happens to be an American remake?)
The Second Half of 2008:
The Quicktime trailer for Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will appear on the web in a few days, but those who went to see Indy 4 already got their Christmas gift early this year!
Another film I’m dying to see is The Good, The Bad, and The Weird (one of the later Out-of-Competition films), directed by Ji-Won Kim , whose two previous features, A Tale of Two Sisters, and A Bittersweet Life, were some of the best genre-benders I’ve seen in a long time…from familial horror to meditative gangster pic, and now a wacky “kimchi” western along the lines of Sergio Leone. Kim possesses a certain panache that’s never wildly excessive, yet it envelopes mundane source material with a sublime layer of terror and enchantment. Most of all, he’s a damn good interior designer.
(please let the whole video load before playing! Don’t know Korean? Well, just know that the titular characters appear in reverse order)