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The annual Cannes Film Festival is always a busy marketplace for genre features from all over the world, and every so often, a few sneak into the official competition/screening side as well. That’s the case in this year’s Director’s Fortnight section, whose lineup was just announced.
Variety reports that among the Fortnight features are Mexico’s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (SOMOS LO QUE HAY, pictured left) and Uruguay’s THE SILENT HOUSE (LA CASA MUDA). The former, directed by Jorge Michel Grau (apparently no relation to the Jorge Grau of THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE), is about a mother and her three teen children who are cannibals, and have to figure out how to fend for themselves after the death of the father, who had previously always provided for them. You can see the movie’s (mostly Spanish-language) Facebook page here.
THE SILENT HOUSE, from debuting filmmaker Gustavo Hernandez, boasts that it’s the first horror film shot in a single, continuous 74-minute take, and is based on a true case from 1944 in which a pair of mutilated bodies were discovered in an old farmhouse. You can see the movie’s trailer below and its official website here. “Genre films are really important to me, and I decided to screen them like other titles in the main program, and not only in Special or Midnight screenings,” Frederic Boyer, who heads up the Fortnight, tells the trade. The 2010 Cannes fest runs May 12-23.
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