Stretch of the Imagination

I’ve learned my lesson about getting too excited by films after watching Mister Lonely in Cannes last year. My high hopes had never been dashed so severely. However, I’m finding it hard not to be excited about a script I’ve just read entitled Stretch. It is to be directed by Charles de Meaux who has produced most of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films. It will star Romain Duris, written by Douglas Coupland. The cinematographer is Chris Doyle. Music by Devendra Banhart. What can go wrong?!
It’s set in Macau, where Duris is a jockey (banned for drug-taking in his native France) his winning streak gets him noticed by the most notorious trainers and his desire for fame and money leads him dangerously embroiled in the gangster underworld.
I think I can fairly safely say that this film will look stunning. I’m extremely curious about how this mixture of ingredients will work, and just a little worried that it could all be too overpowering.

Winnipeg

As there are no images available yet for Stretch here’s a picture of my current favourite filmic horses from Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, which is released in the UK today.

Posted by Frances Harvey on July 04th 2008 | Home Page | 7 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

7 Responses

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I hear what you say about not getting too excited about films. I’m afraid I’m already too excited about The Dark Knight.

    I know the critics say it lives up to the hype but I still fear I might come out of the film thinking its overrated. Thanks for adding me on Twitter too!

  2. Lewis Bostock Says:

    In Auckland, New Zealand, we’re currently at the mid point of our annual International Film Festival. My Winnipeg was the first film I watched. And I loved it — clever, wry and imaginative.

    The screenplay was more of a personal essay. Still. My Winnipeg was a very good personal essay.

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