If it isn’t one [film festival], it’s another

The 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival began just yesterday (man, “Historias extraordinarias” was some kind of underwhelming) but the cinema gods already want us to look ahead to yet another film festival: Cannes 2010.

The lineup for the annual film extravaganza’s 63rd installment was announced this morning in Paris. Among the films to be shown are new works by Xavier Beauvois, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Abbas Kiarostami (whose new film, “Certified Copy,” is set in Italy and stars Cannes poster-girl Juliette Binoche; very curious…), Takeshi Kitano, Mike Leigh, Nikita Mikhalkov, Bernard Tavernier, Apichatpong Weerasethakuhl, Manoel de Oliveira (how does he manage to keep on keepin’ on?), Jean-Luc Godard (“Socialism” is finally set to premiere, but I’ll believe it when I see it), Cristian Puiu, Hong Sang-soo, Ridley Scott and Woody Allen.

Of course, more movies will be added to this list in the months to come. The rest of the announced lineup can be viewed, courtesy of David Hudson, over at the Auteurs.

P.S. If you’re curious how Day One of the Wisconsin Film Festival went, be sure to read Kenneth Burns’ coverage over at the Isthmus. Be glad you didn’t stick around to see “Historias,” K.B.; I can’t recall the last time I saw a film so convinced of its own po-mo credentials and so eager to try to jerk its audience around for no good reason (operative word here being “try”). Also, the DV image, as a friend remarked to me, resembled a massively blown-up YouTube video.


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