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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 48 | volume IX | May-June,2006



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 48May-June,2006
Gallery Reviews

Art Completely Devoted to Political Engagement

On 59th Film Festival of Cannes 17-28 May, 2006

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Sunčica Unevska

Cannes Jury

    The fifty-ninth Film Festival of Cannes brought a lot of politics and history, many engaged films that fiercely turn to fascist regimes, torture, wars and historical injustices. This was the spirit of the complete festival, which tool place from 17 to 28 May, and in ended in the same way, when one of the most artistic juries so far (Kar Wai Wong, Ziyi Zhang, Monica Bellucci, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Patrice Leconte, Lucrecia Martel and Elia Suleiman) awarded first of all, the engaged films and films with a cause, which obviously turned into jury’s cause. Still, and maybe because of this, the Festival of Cannes managed to make some kind of a review of the recent film production in the world and show what preoccupies the younger film generation. It is definitely the reality, everything that happens around them, regardless whether it is related or not to the historical field, in a documentary way, which presupposes documentary to artistic approach. In other words, the film as always, showed that it is a reflection of the events around it, that is, to the extent that everything is politicized, forced and manipulative, it reflects to film and art in general.

Grand Prize: Flandres by Bruno Dumont

    Golden Palm went to Ken Loach and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”, a movie that is very engaged in showing the brutality of the British war, British imperialism (alluding to its existence and now), and the Irish war for independence. The Grand Prix went to the French movie “Flandres” of Bruno Dumont, an upsetting and cruel story of war that has no sides and one’s own misfit, and the group award for male role went to Magreb countries actors, who play in the movie “Indigènes” of Rashid Bouchareb, which speaks of the Arab soldiers who fought for France, and were forgotten by history. All of these movies were made like documentaries, very authentic and strong, and the movie is in the service of the truth spoken or sought, in the function of the goal – to speak against; against politics, against injustice, against the regimes in which people are forgotten. This was the case with the Argentinean movie “Crónica de una fuga” of Adrián Caetano, which speaks of the prisoners in Buenos Aires in 1977, who will manage to escape and who will be the first ones that will testify against the fascist regime in the 80-es. This was the case

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