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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au langage

Gist: A synopsis won’t go very far toward describing a Godard film. Likely to dive into academic and philosophical territories within an essayistic sprawl, the simple version of the plot is that it’s said to be about a couple who no longer speak the same language and must communicate through the medium that is their dog. It’s a bit like saying that Film Socialisme is about the hijinks on a cruise ship where everyone speaks different languages – it kind of is, but then that’s only touching the surface. Oh, and it’s in 3D – Godard’s newest favorite toy. Expect a lack of English subtitles, as Godard said ‘adieu’ to anglophiles long ago.

Prediction: If it is in fact finished, it will be in Cannes, though maybe not in Competition where it should be. Godard made a point of insisting that Film Socialism be played in Un Certain Regard in 2010, eliding a Competition slot solely because he likes watching movies in the Debussy more than the Lumiere – not that he showed up to watch the film, anyway. This sentiment probably hasn’t changed, so look for UCR once again. Update: Film is not going into production until this Summer. Looks like Cannes 2013 folks!

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Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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