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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

#72. Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

Gist: With Once Upon a Forest, Luc Jacquet invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. “For the first time, we will be able to watch a rain forest growing before our eyes…Only cinema can offer this unique voyage into a completely untamed universe, a world of perfect balance in which each living thing – from the smallest to the largest – plays an essential role. The film will deliver a complete sensory immersion in the primaeval splendor of one of nature’s richest mysteries, inviting the audience to enter, discover and marvel at a universe of untold treasures while joining its voice to the ever-growing awareness of the need to preserve our world.” So, basically, Jacquet got tired of waiting on Terry to finish Voyage of Time and went ahead and did it himself.

Prediction: Sounds like the kind of fartsy non-movie Cannes loves to program as a Special Screening. The film is a Wild Bunch title, therefore it has a damn good chance of showing up on account of every year there are a gajillion Wild Bunch films all up and down the Croisette. March of the Penguins premiere at Sundance, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he shoots for another major festival unveiling, such as Cannes.

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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