Jérôme Salle's 'Zulu' Chosen as Closing Film of 66th Cannes Festival
by Alex Billington
April 12, 2013
We're almost a month away from the start of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, meaning the official selection is going to be announced soon. In advance of that announcement, they've revealed the film chosen to close the festival on May 26th - Zulu, starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, directed by Jérôme Salle (seen above). It's well known that closing night films are usually the more weaker fare, but this sounds interesting nonetheless. Cannes also released a first look photo (seen below) of Bloom and Whitaker along with details on the film playing at the festival this May. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will kick things off May 15th.
Zulu, co-written and directed by Jérôme Salle (of Anthony Zimmer, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, The Burma Conspiracy) adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey, is a thriller shot entirely on location in South Africa. The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, played by Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study. The score was composed by Alexandre Desplat. First look:
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, May 15th with Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and includes Steven Spielberg as President of the Competition Jury. The full list of films for Selection will be announced on Thursday, April 18th at the press conference and online at festival-cannes.com. We'll be returning for a 5th year in a row to cover the festival in France and will likely catch a screening of this film.