Cannes-talk continues, as Thierry Frémaux has announced a few new additions to this years official lineup, where Gasper Noé’s Love finally sees its world premiere sans-Competition.
For many – me included – the Argentinian provocateur is one of the most significant voices in contemporary cinema, and one could be excused to consider it the potential highlight of the entire festival – which says a lot when you take a look at these movies. Noé has previously described Love as “a sexual melodrama between a boy and a girl and another girl”, and stated that he hopes “guys will have erections and girls will get wet”. Did I mention this is also a 3D movie? I for one cannot wait to see Noé’s return to feature films post-Enter the Void, as both that and his more controversial movie, Irréversible are both personal favorites of mine.
It’s strange that it’s neither in Competition, nor in Uncertain Regard, but presented as a special Midnight Screening. We don’t know why this is, but it feels to me like the easiest way for the Cannes-committee to put some distance between themselves and the movie, as critical backlash is sure to follow a Noé-production.
Guillaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love and Chronic by Michel Franco has been added to the Competition, while José Luis Rugeles’ Alias Maria, Yared Zeleke’s Lamb, Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour, and Naomi Kawase’s AN will be shown in Un Certain Regard, where the latter will be presented at the opening. Robert Guédiguian’s Une histoire de fou has also been added with a special screening.