Archive for April 24th, 2009

Cannes Competition ‘09

24th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The BBC reports the twenty films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The following list includes the writers of all the projects, which per usual, have been omitted:

À l’Origine (In the Beginning)
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Writer: Xavier Giannoli
Country: France

Antichrist
Director: Lars von Trier
Writer: Lars von Trier
Country: Denmark

Bright Star
Director: Jane Campion
Writer: Jane Campion
Country: New Zealand

Bakjwi (Thirst)
Director: Park Chan-wook
Writers: Jeong Seo-Gyeong & Park Chan-wook
Country: South Korea

Das Weiße Band (The White Ribbon)
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Country: Germany

Fish Tank
Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer: Andrea Arnold
Country: UK

Inglourious Basterds
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Country: US

Kinatay (The Execution of P)
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Writer: Bing Lao
Country: Philippines

Les Herbes Folles (Wild Grasses)
Director: Alain Resnais
Writers: Alex Reval & Laurent Herbiet, adapted from the novel L’incident by Christian Gailly
Country: France

Looking for Eric
Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty
Country: UK

Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Country: Spain

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
Director: Isabel Coixet
Writer: Isabel Coixet
Country: Spain

Soudain le Vide (Enter the Void)
Director: Gaspar Noé
Writer: Gaspar Noé
Country: France

Spring Fever
Director: Lou Ye
Writer: Lou Ye
Country: China

Taking Woodstock
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: James Schamus, adapted from the books by Elliot Tiber &
Tom Monte
Country: Taiwan-US

The Time That Remains
Director: Elia Suleiman
Writer: Elia Suleiman
Country: Palestinian territories

Un Prophète (A Prophet)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Writers: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, & Abdel Raouf Dafri
Country: France

Fu Chou (Vengeance)
Director: Johnnie To
Writer: Ka-Fai Wai
Country: Hong Kong

Vincere (To Conquer)
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writers: Marco Bellocchio & Daniela Ceselli
Country: Italy

Visages (Face)
Director: Tsai Ming-liang
Writer: Tsai Ming-liang
Country: Malaysia

The festival will be opened by Pixar’s 3-D animation Up, which is co-directed by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, and written by Bob Peterson. French actor Isabelle Huppert has been named jury president, one of only four women to head the panel during the festival’s six decades.

RTE Player in Beta

24th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ is currently beta-testing its new online Player facility, a free online catch-up service which lets Irish viewers watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they are broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two television.

There are new programmes available every day, and include Entertainment, Arts, Music, Irish Language, Drama, Religious, News, Current Affairs, Factual, Lifestyle, and Young Peoples’ shows.

Currently, there are two short films available to watch until early May: “My Dad”, written and directed by John Vaughan, and “Badly Drawn Roy”, written by Alan & Frank Shannon, and directed by Alan Shannon.