Just present this year in the Cannes competition, Latin America took center stage this Thursday with I dieda, a paradigm film of the most current cinema: shot in Colombia, co-produced by Mexico, starring the British Tilda swinton and led by a Thai laureate Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The film of the winner of the Palme d’Or in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee remembers his past lives, premiered in the final stretch of the contest, whose jury will announce its record on Saturday. Along with Swinton, the French Jeanne Balibar, the Colombians Juan Pablo Urrego and Elkin Díaz and the Mexican of Spanish origin participate Daniel Gimenez.
“It has a touch of melancholy and a kind of suspense,” the director told AFP before the festival about his first film shot outside of Thailand, in English and Spanish.
Juan Pablo Urrego, the director Weerasethakul, Elkin Diaz, Tilda Swinton and the French Jeanne Balibar, with the SOS on the Colombian flag. Photo DPA
The story centers on an orchid farmer who visits her sick sister in Bogotá, but strange sounds, such as roaring, that only she hears, prevent her from resting. So she begins a search to find the origin of the mysterious phenomenon, in a sensorial and contemplative journey that will take her to the jungle.
“For me, making a film, the experience of watching a film, is like a dream, like an immersion,” said the 50-year-old filmmaker. This Thursday, at the end of the gala, Weerasethakul had words of thanks for his team, especially for Swinton.
“It has been a long journey. The confinement is over and this is the first screening of my film … it’s like a great reunion,” he said, to applause. On the red carpet, Elkin Díaz and his co-stars showed a Colombian flag that read “SOS”, to remember the difficult situation that the Latin American country is going through.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tilda Swinton and Juan Pablo Urrego. Photo EFE
Memory, which has Mexican and Colombian production, represents the only Latin American imprint of the maximum competition. In addition to this film, the Mexican producer Piano participates in two other films: the musical Annette Y Bergman Island, with Tim Roth.
On the other hand, among the shorts, two Brazilians compete for the Palme d’Or. Sidereal, by Carlos Segundo, narrates with irony and a certain tenderness the escape of a cleaning woman … into space. She sneaks into a rocket that blasts off from Brazil and by the time her husband and the authorities find out, it is too late. They will have to wait two years for their return.
The director, who has already won the Palme d’Or, surrounded by his actresses, Jeanne Balibar and Tilda Swinton. Reuters photo
August sky it is a “reflection on what it means to be Brazilian now” and a “questioning about the future,” said its director Jasmin Tenucci. This exploration is captured in a young pregnant woman distressed by the health of her baby on the day in mid-August 2019 when an immense cloud of smoke suddenly darkened the city of Sao Paulo: it came from the fires in the Amazon, which burned from over a week ago.
In Una Cierta Mirada, Mexico premiered in parallel this Thursday Fire night, based on the best-seller Prayers of the Stolen and set in the state of Guerrero. Curiously, this film directed by Tatiana Huezo shares a theme with Civil, the other Mexican selected in this section: kidnapping.