Today’s announcement that Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) will preside over the jury in Cannes, whose seventy-second edition will run from May 14 through 25, puts a hint of spring in the air. Iñárritu, who takes turns winning Oscars for direction with his friends and compatriots Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro (they’ve won five of the past six), has told Steve Chagollan in the current issue of DGA Quarterly that he’s currently working on a project “about the stupidity of men. Which is a huge source as inspiration.”
The news from Cannes follows a series of announcements that are beginning to give shape to the next few weeks and months of the calendar. Perhaps the most exciting of these comes from Bologna, where the thirty-third edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato will take place from June 22 through 30. The reputation of this festival of new restorations and discoveries as a sort of cinephilic heaven grows with each passing year. The first wave of programming features strands devoted to Hollywood director Henry King, Jean Gabin, silent film star Musidora, Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, Felix E. Feist (a strand curated by “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller), “uncategorizable artist” Eduardo De Filippo, post-WWII West German cinema (curated by Olaf Möller), and the golden age of South Korean cinema.