May 15, 2009
Cannes 2009: The Tomato Report ? Thirst?s Vampires Descend on the Croisette
Park Chan-wook is best known for his exceptional Vengeance Trilogy -- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance -- three blood-soaked, expertly drawn films that seemed to challenge all that had come before. When he announced plans to explore vampire mythology, he set genre hearts aflutter and the result of those plans is Thirst, which screened yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival.Korean mainstay Song Kang-ho plays Father Sang-hyun, a man conflicted by carnal feelings for his friend's wife and sent to Africa to participate in a medical experiment designed to eradicate a virus which causes painful boils on the skin and, eventually, death by blood loss. The antidote they're developing is ineffective; he dies and is brought back to life symptom-free.
May 10, 2009
Cannes 2009: RT's 10 Most Anticipated Movies
The Cannes Film Festival will screen nearly 100 films as part of its Official Selection and associated sidebars when it kicks off next week in the Southern France town. The festival runs from 13-24th May and there are plenty of exciting new movies to keep an eye out for as they premiere on Cannes' infamous Croisette. To save you the hassle of having to research the whole programme, RT has helpfully chosen ten films we're most excited to see. Join us as we take a journey through the Cannes Film Festival 2009, kicking off with our daily coverage on Wednesday.