Gone with the Woman (Tatt av kvinnen) (Director: Peter Næss): Combine the director of Elling (review) with the star of The Bothersome Man (review) and you have something that I am very tempted to make room for. Trond Fausa Aurvaag stars as the nameless Him who falls, bewildered, into love for the first time only to have his heart broken. Then, just when he’s getting over her, she returns. This sounds like a typically dry Nordic comedy, and check out that poster.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 s&acaron;pt&acaron;mîni şi 2 zile) (Director: Cristian Mungiu): Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Mungiu’s film follows a pregnant young woman and her best friend in 1980s Romania as they try to obtain an illegal abortion. This could be grim, but the reviews have been positive.
Chacun son Cinéma (To Each His Own Cinema) (Director: Various): This omnibus film was assembled in honour of Cannes 60th anniversary this year, and brings together 33 directors. Each contributes a three-minute short on the theme of what cinema meand to them. According to the Cannes press release, “Each director was totally free to make his own three-minute film on the theme of the movie theatre, a place sacred to the world’s film buffs.” Though this is already available on DVD in Europe, it seems somehow wrong not to see the film in the setting it honours, on a giant screen in a darkened room filled with film buffs like me.