Cannes Adds Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote,’ Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’

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Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.

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Three films were also added to the competition lineup, bringing the total to 21 films vying for this year’s Palme d’Or: French director Yann Gonzalez’s “Un couteau dans le coeur (Knife + Heart)” starring Vanessa Paradis; Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka;” and Turkish director and 2014 Palmed’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree).”

In addition, Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney,” a doc about the late pop star Whitney Houston, will join the Midnight Screenings series, along with Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” starring Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, and Sofia Boutella.

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The festival also added three new films to the Un Certain Regard program: Alejandro Fadel’s “Muere, Monstruo, Muere;” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others)” and Ukranian director Sergey Loznitsa’s “Donbass.”

This year’s festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

 

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‘Fahrenheit 451’s Ramin Bahrani Sets Celebrated India-Set Novel ‘The White Tiger’ At Netflix As His Next Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has set the Man Booker Prize-winning Aravind Adiga novel The White Tiger as a feature film. The novel is being adapted by Ramin Bahrani, who intends to make it his next directorial outing. Bahrani most recently directed 99 Homes, and he recently wrapped an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 for HBO starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. Mukul Deora is producing the new project through Watchtower Pictures, and Prem Akkaraju and…

HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Director Says Why Ray Bradbury Novel Is More Relevant Than Ever

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Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451” is more relevant now than ever before, director of HBO’s adaptation Ramin Bahrani said Thursday.

I think it’s pretty obvious, right?” Bahrani said when asked why Bradbury’s dystopian story is especially relevant in Trump’s America. The director, co-writer and executive producer of HBO’s adaptation of the novel spoke to reporter at the network’s panel during the Television Critics Association winter tour.

We started working on this a year before the election,” Bahrani said. 

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Politically things are going in a very strange direction in terms of what is real and what is not real,” he continued. “I think we’ve been going in that direction for a long time, it’s just now kind of being revealed to us more clearly. So I think from a high level, that’s a problem.”

But Bahrani wasn’t ready to lay all the blame on the current president, adding that we as a culture have become beholden to technology and having information at our fingertips.

I don’t want to focus so much on [Trump] because I don’t want to excuse the 30, 40 years prior to that. He’s just an exaggeration of it now,” Bahrani said.

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“I don’t want us to forget what Bradbury said, that we asked for this,” he said, adding that we as a people elected Trump to office. Also, “we are electing again this thing in my pocket,” he said, pulling out his smartphone. “We are electing to give it all away to this.”

“Between the technological advancements in last 20 years and politics, I think Bradbury’s biggest concern about the erosion of culture is now… and the speed at which this is advancing is exponential.”

“Will we actually get ahead of the dam, or will it just be a flood and up to some other generation to bring back all of Bradbury’s heroes?”

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HBO’s film “Fahrenheit 451” takes place in an “alternate tomorrow,” Bahrani said, because many of the technologies Bradbury imagined are “right here, right now.”

The film stars Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Boutella.

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Don’t Blame Donald Trump Because ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Dystopia Is Now, Director Says – TCA

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Director Ramin Bahrani rejected TV critics’ efforts to describe his adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian ’50s novel Fahrenheit 451 as a condemnation of President Donald Trump.
Blame Google, blame Facebook, blame your smartphone – we’re all culpable, he insisted.
“I don’t want to focus so much on him,” Bahrani said when asked to compare the novel’s infamous book burnings and Trump’s various attacks on the First Amendment. “Because I don’t want to excuse the 30, 40 years…