The second day of the festival has been opened by a new Julian Schnabel movie "Miral".
Miral - the name of the heroine of the film, as well as the name of red flower growing on the roadside. The movie is just about live flowers - orphaned children after the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The action begins in 1947, when Hind Husseini opens a shelter for homeless children. She gathers orphans from different parts of Palestine. Eventually she becomes stepmother almost to a thousand boys and girls. Frieda Pinto's heroine is in the house of Hindi in the late 1960's and has 17 years of age begins to struggle for the liberation of the motherland.
Raising the subject of the notorious conflict, Schnabel forgot about the main thing - to write interesting characters that the audience can empathize. Unfortunately, Pinto could not pull on a movie.
Applause rang out in the final credits of "Black Sheep" by Ascanio Celestine. Italian film tells the story of St. Nicholas, the patient of psychiatric hospital at the monastery. Nicola was born in the "wonderful sixties", was raised by his grandmother ("she was always old - in 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950 and 1960), because his mother was in the nuthouse. The hero loves old anecdote: "In one nut house there are hundred gates. Two psychos decided to break. They climbed through the 99 gates, and then one of them says: "Listen, I'm tired, let's go back and break tomorrow". Psychos always return, says Nicola. In a sense, he has always been normal, but the concentration of idiots around the boy goes off scale. Eventually he got an imaginary friend, and life in the nuthouse ceased to be boring. But Nicola meeting with the matured girl of his dreams becomes a real nightmare for him.
French drama Happy Few untrained viewer seem like a porn film. There are four heroes - two married couples. Rachel meets Vincent at work. Then they meet for dinner together. Rachel husband Frankie accidentally kisses Teri, wife of Vincent. Couples change their spouses - Rachel sleeps with Vincent, and Frankie with Teri. On the surface it seems that this is just an experiment, but it is not just swing. It is likely that here involved real feelings. However, the director is so fond of showing erotic scenes that almost forgets to back the plot in its original track. Because it's obvious that such an alignment doesn't lead to something good.