Cannes Film Festival Loses Its Head over “The Headless Woman”
The Daily Competition: “The Headless Woman” by Lucrecia Martel
CANNES,(rushprnews) 05/21/2008 – The Competition continues today with the presentation of The Headless Woman, the latest offering from Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel.
The director, who was a member of the Official Competition Jury in 2006 and who previously was in the running for a Palme dâ€™Or with The Holy Girl, is back on the Croisette with a story about a woman who has a minor automobile accident, which then mysteriously proceeds to wreak havoc with her life.
Actress MarÃa Onetto, in the role of VerÃ³nica, becomes distracted while driving, and runs over something. Some days later, accompanied by her husband, she returns to the â€œscene of the crimeâ€ and finds a dead dog. The incident seems to be elucidated and life goes on, but soon a dead person is discovered.
This film stems from the nightmares that the director experiences and in which she kills someone. “In my nightmares, I am an assassin, and I wake up crying because I no longer believe in God, who could be the only one capable of comforting me with his mercy. The only one I respect,” confides the director. “Then I dry my tears and feel that I am a good person, that it has all been a bad dream and that I would never kill anyone.”
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