Michael Haneke, the Austrian filmmaker and darling of the Cannes film festival won the Palme d’Or for his latest film, “The White Ribbon” and no one seems to be acknowledging the giant elephant in the room. Isabelle Huppert, the President of the jury this year, was the leading lady in two of Haneke’s previous movies and obviously has a close relationship with him (a conflict of interest I pointed out when the official lineup was announced). But maybe it’s just that no one cares. After all, the director is a major heavyweight in arthouse cinema and has a wide following around the world. If you ever glance at my list of all time favorite films, you’ll immediately notice that I’m a part of that following. Whether or not the jury’s decision was swayed by its less than objective President, I’m happy to see Haneke awarded what’s arguably the most prestigious prize for an achievement in filmmaking. Hopefully, “The White Ribbon” lives up to it.
The Busan cinematheque is screening a handful of French movies starring Juliette Binoche. I’m a little surprised to see some of her best films (”Blue,” “Cache” and “Flight of the Red Balloon”) missing, but I’m also excited to see her earlier, more underground work for the first time.
When: May 27 – 31
Where: Busan Cinematheque
In French with English Subtitles:
Rendez Vous (Andre Techine, 1985)
Jetlag (Daniele Thompson, 2002)
Bad Blood (Leos Carax, 1986)
In French without English Subtitles:
Paris (Cedric Klapisch, 2008)
Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax, 1991)
For screening information, please visit http://cinema.piff.org/main/theater/month_list.asp
* Tomorrow night, “Will It Snow for Christmas?” (Sandrine Veysset, 1996), about a rural family with an authoritative patriarch, is playing in lieu of one of the five Juliette Binoche movies.