Film ~ Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.

These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.

  1.   Aquarius       Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins

Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.

2. Julieta                  Country: ESPAÑA. Length: 96 mins

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.

3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi  Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins

Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film  director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.

4.  Personal Shopper            Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins

French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.

5. The Last Face                   Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins

A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!


Film ~ We Are Your Friends

Directed by Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends features an aspiring DJ, Cole Carter (Zac Efron) who is searching for his path in life for fame and fortune in California.

Among three friends, Carter enters a social scene for music. The music is EDM. It’s about the bass and movement for dance. Connecting to the crowd and making an impression is what matters most. Finding influential sounds from all around him, he’s able to create an original sample. It’s assembled in a creative way evoking emotion. That type of collective conscious that arises often at music festivals. We can all do it when opportunity is presented.

The film captures the essence of the millennial struggle. We are all doing different things in the real world. We each expect to be at a certain point by a particular age. So we hustle and we try. Everyone can find themselves in one of the characters. Are you the DJ, promoter, drug dealer or solid friend?

We all have a dream and often wonder are we doing enough? We can do more. There’s a true message, if you have/can find your skill, just go all in to be successful. Good vibes, I loved this film!