66th Cannes Film Festival

Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker aren’t at all hard on the eyes, are they? Orlando and Forest are heating up the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The two are there for the premiere of their movie ‘Zulu.’ Co-stars Conrad Kemp (in the main pic) and director Jerome Salle (you can see a picture of him in the gallery) were also on hand. This movie sounds really interesting. Here’s the synopsis:

As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town.

One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un -and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of apartheid still resound in the shadows of a society struggling toward reconciliation.

I hope this gets distribution in the US: it sounds like a good movie! Forest is Ali; Orlando is Brian. ‘Zulu’ isn’t your typical Hollywood fare of big special effects and thin plots- LOL. Not every movie at Cannes gets a distribution deal. If ‘Zulu’ doesn’t get one for theatrical distribution, I at least hope it goes to DVD. Does this movie pique your interest at all?