Bora Bora, by Albert Serra, will be in the competition section of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from May 17 to 28. This Thursday afternoon, the organizers of the contest have announced 17 films that complete the various sections (Competition, Out of competition, Cannes Première, A certain look, Midnight Sessions and Special Screenings) of the event. Almost all of them, feature films produced or co-produced in France, such as Bora Bora, international title of Tourment Sur Les Iles, de Serra, a regular filmmaker at Cannes. His previous film I released, won the special jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section in 2019.
Together with the work of Serra (Banyoles, 46 years old), the contest has announced in the competition section the presence of Le otto montagne, of the Belgians Felix van Groeningen (Beautiful Boy, Alabama Monroe) and Charlotte Vandermeersch, and A petit frere, by Leonor Serraille. In the other sections there will be the new films by creators such as Serge Bozon, Dominik Moll, Emmanuel Mouret, Louis Garrel or the Chilean Patricio Guzmán, who presents his latest documentary, My imaginary country in special screenings.
When the bulk of the Cannes program was made public on April 14, the absence of Spanish and Latin American films in general was surprising, when in previous days several specialized media had included quite a few feature films in Spanish among their lists. It was only named Sunday and the fog, by the young author Ariel Escalante, from Costa Rica, which will premiere in the section A certain look, which for two years the contest has been dedicating to beginning directors. Finally, in the other two contests that are held in parallel to the festival, the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, there will be Spanish works. In the Fortnight, Elena López Riera will make her feature debut with Water, starring the neophyte Luna Pamies together with Bárbara Lennie and Nieve de Medina. López Riera’s first short, Village (2015) premiered precisely in the Fortnight, and Water He has already participated in the residencies of the Cinéfondation de Cannes. With her third short film, those who wish, won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno festival. Two Spanish short films will compete in Critics’ Week: strings, of Estíbaliz Urresola Solaguren, and Nisam Je Stigao Vokheti, by Anna Fernandez de Paco.
Except for the participations of Pedro Almodóvar, since Tokyo Sound Maps, of Isabel Coixet, in 2009, there had been no other Spanish filmmaker in the Cannes competition. In 2016, Serra himself presented in a special screening The death of Louis XIV. Among other previous successes, the Catalan won the Locarno Festival in 2013 with Story of my death. From Bora Bora It is known that Benoît Magimel and Sergi López act in it, and that it focuses on a writer who returns to her native island of French Polynesia after having triumphed with a novel. But she returns in the midst of a creative crisis, disoriented, and faced with the impossibility of writing new works, she decides to accept a simultaneous translation job with an ambassador. A strange love attraction begins between them. Little by little she realizes the cynicism of international politics, with a latent threat of new nuclear tests by the French government.
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