The Cannes Film Festival is now in full swing and this year's edition features a surprising strong line-up of documentary titles, including Charles Ferguson's INSIDE JOB, Sophie Feinnes' OVER YOUR CITIES, GRASS WILL GROW, Frederick Wiseman's BOXING GYM and Stephen Kijak's STONES IN EXILE, plus the latest from Danish filmmaker Janus Metz, a regular on the 2009 festival circuit with LOVE ON DELIVERY.
Thom Powers has a preview of all of these and more titles at the Stranger Than Fiction blog. Powers will be in Cannes scouting for both the Toronto International Film Festival as well as his inaugural DocNYC. He says that in his five years of attending Cannes, he's seen a steady increase in nonfiction's presence at the fest.
On his Facebook page, Thom is already pointing to the growing row over DRAQUILA: ITALY TREMBLES, a film by Sabina Guzzanti that targets Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's actions after a 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila. Italian Culture Minister Sandro Bondi is skipping the festival over Cannes' decision to screen the work.
It's a latest documentary broadside to garner the ire of Berlusconi and his team. Erik Gandini's acclaimed VIDEOCRACY (winner of the jury prize at Sheffield) screened last year in Toronto and has been a sensation in Europe and censored in Italy.