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Jonathan Demme Remembered / Judging Cannes / Inarritu Talks VR in NY / 30th Telluride Film Festival Re-visited
It is Thursday, April 27, 2017...No really...it s.
JONATHAN DEMME REMEMBERED
The news of Jonathan Demme's death yesterday was a shock. He was 73, so I suppose, in terms of age, it isn't that anomalous but Demme always seemed so vital that he didn't seem to be 73.
Demme's best known work was the five Oscar winner Silence of the Lambs. I was a huge fan of the Thomas Harris book long before it became a film and when it came out in 1991 I was skeptical that anyone could make the film version stand up to the novel. I was pleasantly surprised. It's one of those rare films that succeeds as well as its source material. Demme (and screenwriter Ted Talley) proved me wrong.
Demme won an Oscar for direction and the film won Best Picture as well as Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Jodie Foster) and Actor (Anthony Hopkins). It became the first film since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) to win the Big Five Oscars.
Demme also had other memorable efforts including Philadelphia and Something Wild.
In 1987 his documentary effort Haiti Dreams of Democracy appeared as a part of the 14th TFF screening on Telluride Community Television.
The official announcement of jurors for the Plame d'Or for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has been revealed.
We already knew that the jury would be presided over by Pedro Almodovar and it had slipped that actress Jessica Chastain would be a jury member as well. The group was completed yesterday with the official confirmation of Chastain along with actor (and surprise choice) Will Smith as well as directors Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth). Additional members of the jury are Fan Bingbing, Agnes Jaoui and musician Gabriel Yared.
As always, the jury composition is eclectic and varied. Where will they land for the Palme.
Alejandro Inarritu's virtual reality project Carne y Arena is set to play at Cannes and this week the Oscar winning director was in New York as a member of a Tribeca Film Festival conversation focused on VR and his project.
I'd be very interested should TFF chose to invite Inarritu and present the project over Labor Day weekend but the challenges are interesting.