Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Could “On The Road” be Kristen Stewart’s ticket to high critical acclaim? Though Kristen Stewart’s career outside of “Twilight” has focused on independent films, her most recent projects have yet to win critical acclaim. With the exception of “Welcome to the Rileys” (which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), neither “The Yellow Handkerchief” nor “The Runaways” has been up for critical awards. Yet, last week, ION Cinema named “On The Road” as one of 20 films predicted for screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Given Brazilian director Walter Salles’ track record at Cannes, the prediction might just be right.
Salles’ “Linha de Passe” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” were each nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded to competing films. At the 2004 festival, “The Motorcycle Diaries” won the François Chalais Award (which rewards the film most dedicated to the values of life affirmation and of journalism) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (which rewards the film most dedicated to exposing the depths of human beings). Could “On the Road” be next?
Given the combined critical cred of the players—Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Kirsten Dunst, and Jose Rivera—such a fate could be likely. Writer Jose Rivera won accolades for “The Motorcycle Diaries”; Kirsten Dunst for “Interview with the Vampire”; Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant for “Apocalypse Now” and “Milk”, respectively.

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