The Cannes Film Festival has woken up from it’s ridiculousness — they still do not get a pass on the fact that there are no female filmmakers in the competition — and have announced the Australian film The Tree written and directed by Julie Bertuccelli as the closing film of the 2010 festival. It will screen out of competition.
These things matter because look at the cover of the Cannes website now:
Right next to Russell Crowe’s big bad arrow is a little girl on a tree. You can check out the site here.
Here’s a description:
After the sudden death of her father, eight-year-old Simone shares a secret with her mother, Dawn. She’s convinced her father whispers to her through the leaves of her favourite tree.
As the branches of the tree start to infiltrate the house, and the roots destroy the foundations, the family is forced to make an agonising, but ultimately liberating, decision.
The Tree explores the capacity of imagination as a means to survive and the unstoppable power of life asserting itself over sadness.
The Tree is produced by produced by Sue Taylor and Yaël Fogiel and adapted from the novel adapted from the novel, Our Father Who Art in the Tree by Judy Pascoe.
Bertucelli also made the film Since Otar Left.
‘Tree’ to close Cannes (Variety)