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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Clio Bernard’s The Selfish Giant

#83. Clio Bernard’s The Selfish Giant

Gist: Fascinating little tidbit of info is that Clio Barnard based her adaptation of The Selfish Giant on stories she was told and people that she met whilst making The Arbor. Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name, this contemporary set fable is about two teenage boys who get caught up in the world of copper theft.

Prediction: Directors’ Fortnight. Just when we thought that we found a new docu-helmer (The Arbor received accolades on top of further accolades in 2010), Bernard proved how flexible and uncompromising she was, set on filming a fable and found some major backing for it. Having lensed last year with an experienced supporting cast and a pair of young, first time leads, all arrows are pointing to a major film festival showing.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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