74th Festival de Cannes: The cinema is back
The 74th edition, which kicks off on 6 July, on unusual dates and in sweltering temperatures, far from the spring temperatures we are used to, will run until the 17th. The festival will have an Official Selection jury chaired by Spike Lee – who also stars in the festival poster, flanked by Californian palm trees in evocative black and white – and made up of actresses Mélanie Laurent, Mylène Farmer and Maggie Gyllenhaal, actors Tahar Rahim and Kang Ho Song, directors Mati Diop and Jessica Hausner and director Kleber Mendonça Filho. Read more.
74th Festival de Cannes: we all love Julie
Joachim Trier’s dazzling The Worst Person in The World, which is in the official competition, deserves our full recognition. The French title, Julie (in 12 chapitres) gives us a better idea of its nature. The young Julie (superb Renate Reinsve) is portrayed over several years, from the transition to university, where her fickle professional vocation leads her to change from one to another, until she reaches an amusing maturity, through intimate, amorous, sexual and family experiences. Read more.
74th Festival de Cannes: Benedetta
One of the most expected films in competition was Benedetta, by Paul Verhoeven, who presented Elle (2016), starring Isabelle Huppert, at the 2016 edition. French actress Virginie Efira plays the 17th century nun, the protagonist of Judith C. Brown‘s Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, which, based on the true story of Benedetta Carlini, a Theatine nun credited with visions and miracles, has been adapted for film. Read more.
74th Festival de Cannes: Mundruczó and Enyedi
Two Hungarian directors have participated in this year’s Cannes with mixed results. Kornél Mundruczó is competing for the third time at the Cannes festival, with the magnificent film Evolution. With a visual language that dares surrealism, it reflects on the legacy and unfinished business of the Second World War. For her part, award-winning director Ildikó Enyedi flounders with her adaptation of Story of My Wife, starring Gijs Naber, Léa Seydoux and Louis Garrel. Read more.
74 Festival de Cannes: Fantastic Lamb, The Innocents, Titane
The Festival de Cannes has selected three outstanding fantastic films for this year’s edition, two in Un certain regard: Lamb (Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021) and The Innocents (Eskil Vogt, 2021); and a third in Competition, Titane (Julia Ducournau, 2021). All these films are committed to the integration of different people, taking their abilities to the extreme, manifested in different powers, but always appealing in the end to generosity and love. Read more.
74th Festival de Cannes: Wes Anderson, nostalgia for the yearbook
All the clichés of French culture are covered in The French Dispatch, from the revolutionary spirit of the salon or the barricade, May ’68, all the cinematic aesthetic references of the 50s and 60s, without forgetting the house of Mon oncle, the gendarmes, haute cuisine, the bourgeois-intellectual families, the artistic curse… Wes Anderson’s contribution is, as in previous films, the perspective from which a different culture is observed. Read more.
74th Festival de Cannes: The memory of Weerasethakul and Oliver Stone
Apichatpong Weerasethakul premieres Memoria at Cannes. Shot in Colombia with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton (also associate producer), Daniel Giménez Cacho and a small cameo by Jeanne Balibar, the Thai filmmaker transfers to the jungle of another continent his perpetual pondering of existence, its nexus with the past and the future and the benefits of listening to what is not audible to everyone, literally here. Read more.
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