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Argentine director Damián Szifron vies for the Palme d’Or

Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifrón, left, will compete in Cannes.
Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifrón, left, will compete in Cannes.
Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifrón, left, will compete in Cannes.

Argentine director Damián Szifrón (best-known for his memorable TV-series Los Simuladores) will be competing in this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival along big industry names such as Jean-Luc Godard, Tommy Lee Jones and David Cronenberg.

His latest film Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) is a co-production between Pedro Almodovar’s Spanish production company El Deseo and the Argentine Kramer & Sigman Films.

Ricardo Darín, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Darío Grandinetti are some of the most renowned names who star in this film that combines different independent stories with a mixture of drama, suspense, humour and violence.

Szifrón’s latest work is the only Latin American feature among the 18 selected pieces that will be vying for the festival’s Gran Prix. Nevertheless, fellow Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso will participate in the Un Certain Regard section (chaired by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero) with Jauja and Colombia’s Simón Mesa Soto will be contending in the short films competition with Leidi.

In the Palme d’Or chase, Szifrón’s film will be wrestling with Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (a film that takes aim at today’s media-crazed society) and renowned French Nouvelle Vague director Godard, who will be presenting Adieu Au Language (Goodbye to Language), a film “impossible to summarize” according to Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s director.

Several other Cannes veterans are back, including Britain’s Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne — who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or. Michel Hazanavicius, the French director of the Oscar-winning silent film The Artist returns as competitor.

Films by two women — Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy — are also in the running. Event organizers have faced recent criticism for not selecting more films by female directors.

Herald with AP, Télam

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