Last year, Isabelle Huppert was the toast of the Croisette thanks to her steely turn in “Elle,” and this year she’s back with “Claire’s Camera.” The film marks her second with director Hong Sang-Soo following “In Another Country,” and for the director, it’ll be his second film this year at Cannes, with “The Day After” screening in Competition.
“Claire’s Camera” — which was actually shot last year on location during the festival — follows a Polaroid-loving woman who strikes up a friendship with a teacher who has been recently fired from her job. Here’s the official synopsis:
On a business trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Manhee is accused of being dishonest, and fired. A teacher named Claire goes around taking photos with a Polaroid camera. She gets to know Manhee and sympathizes with her. Claire is like a person who can see Manhee’s possible future or past selves, through the mysterious power of the beach tunnel. Through taking photos, Claire has acquired the ability to look slowly at things, and to transform objects. Now, Claire goes with Manhee to the café where she was fired. We look forward to seeing Claire’s power at work.
Check out the first trailer and three clips from the film, along with a batch of new images. Cannes runs from May 17-28.