Soon we’ll know

Just wanted to direct your attention toward some recent news re: the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The newest film by Jia Zhangke, a “documentary” (after last year’s excellent “24 City,” the quotation marks are entirely necessary) entitled “I Wish I Knew,” will premiere as part of the festival’s Un Certain Regard portion, alongside new films by Manoel de Oliveira, Cristi Puiu, Hang Sang-soo and Jean-Luc Godard.

I’ve yet to be let down by a Jia film—always so rich with visual curiosity and offbeat dramatics—though I’m not quite as gushingly enthusiastic about his overall body of work as some. Even so, “I Wish I Knew” has some seriously high expectations to live up to, especially in the light of MOMA’s recent retrospective—but that’s just how it goes when you’re a critical darling. Who’s paying for my plane ticket?

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