Great minds think alike Vol. 2 – An adaptation and a remake
“The enemy is inside. Garnett is in fact his worst enemy. And this lies at the heart of the film.” – Rachid Bouchareb’s Two Men in Town
Rachid Bouchareb decided to do a remake, Two Men in Town (which is part of the Men on the Edge catalogue and available since 22 April), drawing inspiration from the original Two Men in Town (orig. Deux hommes dans la ville, 1973) by writer/director José Giovanni, which stars Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Mimsy Farmer and Gérard Depardieu no less. Going by an alias instead of his real name: Joseph Damiani, the director of the original 1973 version is himself a former criminal, having spent 11 ½ years in jail before becoming a writer and filmmaker once he was released. The latest adaptation of one his books is Alain Corneau’s 2007 film, Le Deuxième Souffle, starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci.
Sticking to the original storyline of a criminal, released from prison and trying to get another chance at life by staying clear of trouble, but who is inevitably haunted by the crimes he committed, Bouchareb focuses on the inner struggle- the inner enemy- of the protagonist, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker). In this way, he distances himself from the Giovanni’s target: a strong critique of the judicial system. “If Two Men in Town  was able to function as a source of inspiration, Two Men in Town  is far from being a pure and strict remake. […] In this sense the film title [originally La Voie de l’Ennemi and literally translated as The Path of the Enemy] is symbolic. The enemy is inside. Garnett is in fact his worst enemy. And this lies at the heart of the film.”
Watch the trailer of the film that inspired Bouchareb to add his personal fingerprint to the story:
Two Men in Town (1973), directed and written by José Giovanni – the original story with an extraordinary French cast
Two Men in Town (2014) – Rachid Bouchareb
“Lauri Maijala shows the fans of the Hangover films how it’s really done – the Finnish way - with his Gloriously Wasted” – Irina Krohn (Finnish Film Foundation) on Lauri Maijala’s Gloriously Wasted
Gloriously Wasted (Juoppohullun päiväkirja) is Finnish director Lauri Maijala’s the debut feature film,based on the first part of a book series on the accounts of character Juha Berg, a 30 year-old drunk (well-depicted by the alternative English title, Diary of a Drunk). Given his background in writing and directing plays, Maijala selected a popular literary source for his first feature and, in addition to directing it, managed to write the screenplay himself.
What started out in 1998 as a blog by well-known columnist and radio and television host Juha Vuorinen- the eponymous source of his drunkard character Juha Berg- led to the founding of his own publishing house Diktaattori Oy, through which he distributes his book series. Furthermore he has now taken on the role of producer for the adaptation of his literary model.
The film “shows the fans of the Hangover films how it’s really done – the Finnish way”, as claimed by Irina Krohn, managing director of the Finnish Film Foundation. With the trilogy of The Hangover (1, 2 and 3) directed by American director Todd Phillips revolving around THE day after heavy drinking, “the Finnish way” may call for an even greater series of films, as the book series has grown to a total of five by now, with the Finnish titles 1. Juoppohullun päiväkirja (Gloriously Wasted), 2. Tolppa-apina, 3. Raskausarpia, 4. Vaippaihottuma, 5. Dokumentti (published most recently in 2014).
As part of the Scandinavian Collection available from 23 November, meet Juha Berg in Maijala’s adaptation Gloriously Wasted and try to differentiate the “Finnish way,” by checking out the trailer of The Hangover (2009) here:
The Hangover (2009) - Todd Phillips
Gloriously Wasted (2012) - Lauri Maijala
03 November 2015, by Cineuropa