As the world’s biggest filmmakers, actors and movie-lovers flock to the south of France for the prestigious annual Cannes International Film Festival, World Movies celebrates with over two weeks of award-winning programming and red carpet specials. From 14 – 18 May we’re screening Cannes award-winning films every night, with the World Movies Premiere of Che (starring Benicio del Toro) over two big nights.
Che: Part One – The Argentine – Monday 14 May 8.30pm
The first part of this Cannes award-winning film from director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brockovich) tells the story of Latin revolutionary Ernesto ‚ÄúChe‚Äù Guevara and features a career-defining performance Benicio del Toro. From his first meeting with Fidel Castro in 1955, to their victorious revolution in Cuba, and Che’s impassioned UN speech – the beginnings of his iconic life are examined in this stunning film.
Che: Part Two – Guerilla – Tuesday 15 May 8.30pm
With a different look and feel to the first film, Che: Part Two continues the story of Latin revolutionary Ernesto ‚ÄúChe‚Äù Guevara. Arriving in Bolivia, Che seeks to instigate revolution and raises a small guerrilla army. However as his health fails and supplies dwindle, his troops begin to lose morale. The US steps in to help the Bolivian Army defeat him, and he is forced to muster the fight of his life.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Wednesday 16 May 8.30pm
Winner of the Palme d’Or 2010, this is the wonderfully whimsical story of Uncle Boonmee as he recalls his past lives from his deathbed, surrounded by loved ones and the caring ghosts of his wife and son.
OnTour – Thursday 17 May 8.30pm
Joachim leaves his friends and family to start a new life in the US, only to return with a troupe of burlesque performers. Winner of two awards at Cannes Film Festival 2010, including Best Director.
Linha De Passe – Friday 18 May 8.30pm
This touching Brazilian drama by co-directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas focuses on four brothers’ attempts to rise out of the poverty of Sao Paulo’s concrete slums.