April 23rd, 2015

abba - waterloo (eurovision 1974)

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 2

The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
(Taiwan)

In Competition



Synopsis:

A female assassin begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with a man she's supposed to kill. Set during the mighty Tang Dynasty-period in China. Starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen.

This is the director's first martial arts film ever, and also his first film since Flight of the Red Balloon, which opened Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard in 2007. He has also had films in competition 7 times so far. Personally, I can't wait to see what he has been able to do with this film, even though the plot seems a bit "been there, done that". Still, I'm anticipating a great reception.
abba - waterloo (eurovision 1974)

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: Cannes Edition, part 3

My Mother (Mia Madre), directed by Nanni Moretti
(Italy)

In Competition



Synopsis:

A filmmaker is swept up in the emotional turmoil of moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment and dealing with a teenage daughter and a hospitalized mom. All this inevitably boils over into the political film she’s making about factory workers at odds with management. Starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro

This film has already been released in Moretti's native Italy to rave reviews, and it is expected to take a prize at Cannes as well. Moretti has had five previous films in competition, winning Palme d'Or for his film The Son's Room in 2001.

Here is the official Italian trailer: