The directors in MAESTROS have long since established themselves as beamimg headlights on the highway of film history, yet here achieve fresh new takes on genres and literary classics.
Apparently, a director is never too old to play with new genres. Francis Ford Coppola jumps, with no lack of humor, into the 3D wave, with 'Twixt', his homage to gothic horror. And the unstoppable Abel Ferrara tests his strength with the end of the world, in the apocalyptic drama, '4:44 Last Day on Earth'.
The literary classics are highly sought after by the great auteurs. The Canadian and unique Guy Maddin has adapted James Joyce's notoriously unfilmable novel, 'Ulysses', with his new film, 'Keyhole'. Chantal Akerman's feverish post-colonial dream, 'Almayer's Folly', kicks off from Joseph Conrad's novel, and Alexander Sokurov allows 'Faust' to sell his soul to the devil, in a double adaptation of Goethe's novel and Bulgakov's 'The Master and Margarita'.
Childhood and betrayal receive a dream-like treatment in Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'I Wish', and a heart-breaking one, in the Dardenne brothers' Cannes-darling, 'The Kid with a Bike'. The challenges behind adultery is the juicy theme of both Philippe Garrel's ménage à quatre story, 'That Summer', and Terence Davies' upper class drama, 'The Deep Blue Sea'.