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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Raymond Depardon’s Journal de France

Gist: This is a travelogue that documents six years of Depardon and his large-format camera roaming around France. He revisits important places from his past as a reporter – Chad, Venice, Cannes – and rummages through previously unseen footage from his archives – an interview with Jean-Bedel Bokassa, film of Jean-Luc Godard, and other extraordinary glimpses of private and public life.

Prediction: Depardon is pretty familiar with Cannes folk, and we have every reason to assume that this self-reflexive work, which is every bit the dedication to France as it is to his own career, will wander into the familiar Un Certain Regard.

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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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