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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Sandrine Bonnaire’s J’enrage de son absence

Gist: After a ten-year long absence, Jacques comes back into Mado’s life. Of course, she is by now married to someone else and has 7 year-old boy, so she’s not exactly chomping at the bit to get back with her former lover. While this film looks to be less overtly autobiographical than the beautiful French actress’ first feature – 2007’s Her Name is Sabine – publicity materials cite a heavy personal account embedded in this film’s narrative.

Prediction: Bonnaire’s debut film was screened in the Directors Fortnight five years ago, but this jump into scripted narrative, and a big name like William Hurt attached, could initiate an upgrade into a fight for the Palme.

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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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