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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog

Gist: This is an existential World War II drama made with German, Latvian, and Dutch funding. Once again employing dire humanity, revenge, and societal collapse, In the Fog is based on a novel by Belorussian writer Vassily Bykov and portrays “a man trying to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances”, which sounds just about right for the bleak Russian. Like his debut, Loznitsa will once again call on the talents of Romanian Director of Photography Oleg Mutu, who lensed such modern classics as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.

Prediction: While My Joy wasn’t exactly a blockbuster success in the 2010 Main Competition, taking home no prizes and hardly anyone outright raving about it, the film definitely has its supporters, and it was nothing if not a bold first step into fictional storytelling for the experimental documentarian. Look for this to play in Competition again, or at the very least UCR.

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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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