22 maggio 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 vince la Plama d'Oro a Cannes
La Repubblica: A Cannes trionfa il film sulle bugie del presidente Usa
Migliori attori gli asiatici Maggie Chung e Yagira Yuya
Palma d'Oro 2004 anti Bush
vince "Fahrenheit 9/11" di Moore
Il regista: "Che avete fatto? Sono stupefatto!"
E dedica il premio "ai ragazzi in America e in Iraq"
ANNES - Al 57esimo Festival del cinema di Cannes ha prevalso l'attualità. La Palma d'oro è andata a "Fahrenheit 9/11" dello statunitense Michael Moore, il film che con minuzia giornalistica racconta le bugie dell'amministrazione Bush e denuncia l'errore dell'intervento in Iraq. Era dal 1956, anno in cui fu premiato "Le monde du silence" di Jacques-Yves Cousteau e Louis Malle, che la Palma d'Oro non veniva assegnata a un documentario. Per il suo film precedente, "Bowling for Columbine" - indagine sulla diffusione e l'uso delle armi negli Usa - Moore aveva vinto un Oscar l'anno scorso.
"Ma cosa avete fatto?". Sono state queste le prime parole di Michael Moore dopo aver vinto la Palma d'oro per Fahrenheit 9/11. "Avete fatto tutto questo per mettermi nei guai - ha detto emozionato Moore - Abbiamo avuto non poche difficoltà".
"Avete dato una nuova luce a questo film - ha proseguito Moore - le persone vogliono la verità ma ci sono altre persone che vogliono nascondere la verità. Avete fatto uscire la verità dall'ombra. Un grande presidente repubblicano americano una volta disse che se si dice la verità alla gente, la libertà sarà salva. Quel presidente era Abraham Lincoln, un altro tipo di presidente".
E ancora: "Ieri ero in America per consegnare dei diplomi nella scuola di mia figlia, ho ricevuto una chiamata in cui ci si diceva di tornare a Cannes senza dirci perché. Per questo motivo vorrei dedicare la Palma d'oro a mia figlia, ai ragazzi in America e in Iraq e a tutti quelli che soffrono per le azioni degli Stati Uniti".
Quindi un auspicio: "Ho la speranza che le cose inizieranno a cambiare, ci sono milioni di americani che la pensano come me. Spero che questo premio possa dare nuova speranza al mondo. Spero che coloro che hanno perso la vita in Iraq almeno non siano morti invano".
(22 maggio 2004)
La terribile verità di Michael Moore turba Topolino !
From the Chicago Tribune: Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' slams Bush as Cannes crowd cheers
By Michael Wilmington
Tribune Movie Critic
"Shock and awe" is the reaction that political moviemaker Michael Moore says he wants for his new film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," which premiered to capacity Cannes Film Festival audiences Monday.
That's what he may well get.
Moore's movie, which is mired in U.S. release problems after Disney nixed the participation of its subsidiary, Miramax, is his toughest, gutsiest, funniest picture yet. A scathing look at the Bush administration, before and after the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks, "Fahrenheit" is replete with a radical analysis of the war's true aims, heart-rending footage of those killed and their survivors (American and Iraqi) and typical Moore saucy humor about the failings of the mighty.
"This time" though, the director told the Cannes press, "I was the straight man. ... Bush wrote the funniest lines."
As for the film's release problems, Moore told the Tribune Sunday evening that the film still didn't have a releasing company, "and I'm surprised." But, he later elaborated, The film "will have a distributor. I'm completely confident Miramax will make sure Americans will see the film."
Moore has been a lightning-rod figure ever since the 1989 release of "Roger and Me," his impudent chronicle of his Quixote-like pursuit of then-General Motors chief Roger Smith to confront Smith with the dire results of GM's plant closures in Moore's hometown, Flint, Mich.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" has a title inspired by "Fahrenheit 451," the Ray Bradbury tale and Francois Truffaut film about a book-burning future society. But it might have been called "George W. and Me," so relentlessly does Moore try to track the president and his inner circle to their secret places.
The first part of the film deals with the Florida dispute in the 2000 presidential election, numerous connections among Bush, his family and friends and the bin Laden family and Saudi Arabian ruling elite. It also examines the Bush administration's seeming disinterest in worldwide terrorism or bin Laden before 9/11.
"We had a president who was asleep at the wheel," Moore reiterated.
What follows 9/11 in the film though, is even more disturbing: a portrayal of a nation in the grip of fear ("I wanted to show how [we're] manipulated.") and of a war fought with dubious premises and painful results.
"Fahrenheit" balances scenes of raw anguish (notably with Lila Lipscomb, distraught Flint mother of a dead American soldier) and increasingly surreal looks at Bush and his colleagues, primping for cameras and incessantly repeating their pre-Iraq War litany on "weapons of mass destruction." (The movie though spends relatively little time on the weapons and United Nations battles. "That's old news," Moore said.)
Moore's last documentary, "Bowling for Columbine," was one of the big hits of the 2002 Cannes fest, where it received the 55th anniversary prize and one of the longest continuous standing ovations in Cannes history. The ovation that followed "Fahrenheit 9/11" broke that record; some observers estimated it at 20 to 25 minutes. But what concerns the director more this time, however, is not so much the French reaction, but the American one.
"I hope to influence people to leave the theater and become good citizens," he said. In response to a question about the movie's possible intended effect on Bush's re-election campaign, he quipped, "You have to get elected, before you get re-elected."
"Americans," he said, "once they're given the information, they act accordingly and act from a good place.
"This film is a mystery unraveling. I wanted to say something about the times in which we live: post-9/11 America, how we got to where we're at, what has happened to us as a people. And have a good time doing it."
Bush got a crack back at Moore during the film. Confronting the director/journalist at a news conference, Bush flashed his impish grin and says, "Behave yourself, will you? Go find real work!"
In 1989, President, George (H.W.) Bush actually saw "Roger and Me" at a private screening, without Moore present. Asked if he would like to show "Fahrenheit 9/11" to the current President Bush, Moore gave a vigorous assent. "If there were ... a White House screening, I would attend it.
"And I would behave myself."
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