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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper

Gist: Starring Ye Liu, Daniel Wu and Chen Chang, we can expect sword-fights and excellent production design. Here’s how the Wild Bunch folk pitch it: The Qin dynasty falls and Yu rules. Wary of his treachery, Yu’s advisers plot to kill Liu at a great banquet, but the emperor spares his life. From this ‘last supper’, Liu will wage war against Yu.

Prediction: It doesn’t look like Hou Hsiao Hsien will unveil his Qin dynasty pic anytime soon, and Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts biopic is being tagged as a no-show – so this would mean that this epic Asian war tale might find a spot in the Main Comp. The filmmaker has yet to show off his skill set on the Croisette, so Lu Chuan’s filmography includes: 2002’s The Missing Gun which was presented in Venice, 2004’s Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (when I discovered the helmer) was a Tokyo Film Fest favorite and 2009’s City of Life and Death took a spot at San Sebastian.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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