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    Cannes Film Festival May 16-27, 2023


    JOHNNY DEPP AS KING LOUIS XV IN THE CANNES OPENING FILM, MAÏWENN'S JEANNE DU BERRY

    A stellar lineup (as usual) includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, and Wes Anderson

    Cannes. First look.
    The festival is off and running and Johnny Depp got an ovation for playing a French king for a few minutes, his "comeback." There are new films by Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Glazer, Todd Haynes. Harrison Ford is to be seen doing his last turn in the "Indiana Jones" franchise. This probably will be Ken Loach's last film; but Wim Wenders'? Will it be his?

    There are also big international names such as Aki Kaurismäki, Nanni Moretti, Catherine Breillat, Alice Rohrwacher. There's the Turkish heavyweight Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the remarkable Marco Bellocchio, who's 83, the cultish Takeshi Kitano. A more sOlemn Japanese master, back for the first time since PARASITE won the Palme d'Or in 2019, IS Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose new film “Monster” is the first film he has shot in Japan since his Palme winner “Shoplifters.” Martin Provost, who has celebrated midwifery and the towering wartime female FRench writer Violette Leduc, not has one about the universally loved painter of interiors, PIerre Bonnard. Lisando Alsnso who produced the haunting, unforgettable LOS MUERTOS, is back. The challenging and powerful UK black auteur Steve McQueen has something that runs four hours. Almodóvar has something very short! Con Ethan Hawke. And much, much more.

    But maybe the best of Cannes is the films from names we don't know yet. Because what comes in this most hallowed and exciting of the world's cinematic festival venues always matters.



    Maïwenn's movie was inspired by Sofia Coppola's where the character of Jenne du Berry was played by Asia Argento. Here Maïwenn plays her herself. It's also got Louis Garrel and Melvil Poupaud in it. It may be mediocre, but it is also sumptuous. TRAILER.
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    Cannes Film Festival May 16-27, 2023

    A stellar lineup (as usual) includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, and Wes Anderson

    LIST OF THE MAIN FESTIVAL FILMS (subject to update):

    IN COMPETITION

    JEANNE DU BARRY by MAÏWENN – Opening Film Out of Competition
    CLUB ZERO by Jessica HAUSNER
    THE ZONE OF INTEREST by Jonathan GLAZER
    KUOLLEET LEHDET (FALLEN LEAVES) by Aki KAURISMAKI
    LES FILLES D’OLFA (FOUR DAUGHTERS) by Kaouther BEN HANIA
    ASTEROID CITY by Wes ANDERSON
    ANATOMIE D’UNE CHUTE (ANATOMY OF A FALL) by Justine TRIET
    KAIBUTSU (MONSTER) by KORE-EDA Hirokazu
    IL SOL DELL’ AVVENIRE (A BRIGHTER TOMORROW) by Nanni MORETTI
    L’ÉTÉ DERNIER (LAST SUMMER) by Catherine BREILLAT
    KURU OTLAR USTUNE (ABOUT DRY GRASSES) by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN
    LA CHIMERA by Alice ROHRWACHER
    LA PASSION DE DODIN BOUFFANT (THE POT–AU–FEU) by TRAN ANH Hùng
    RAPITO (KIDNAPPED) by Marco BELLOCCHIO
    QING CHUN (YOUTH) by WANG Bing
    MAY DECEMBER by Todd HAYNES
    THE OLD OAK by Ken LOACH
    BANEL E ADAMA by Ramata-Toulaye SY | 1st film
    PERFECT DAYS by Wim WENDERS
    FIREBRAND by Karim AÏNOUZ
    BLACK FLIES by Jean-Stéphane SAUVAIRE
    LE RETOUR(HOMECOMING). by Catherine CORSINI
    ELEMENTAL by Peter SOHN – Closing Film Out of Competition

    UN CERTAIN REGARD

    LE RÈGNE ANIMAL by Thomas CAILLEY – Opening Film
    LOS DELINCUENTES by Rodrigo MORENO
    (THE DELINQUENTS)
    HOW TO HAVE SEX by Molly MANNING WALKER | 1st film
    GOODBYE JULIA by Mohamed KORDOFANI | 1st film
    KADIB ABYAD (THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES) by Asmae EL MOUDIR
    SIMPLE COMME SYLVAIN by Monia CHOKRI
    (THE NATURE OF LOVE)
    CROWRÃ by João SALAVIZA, Renée NADER MESSORA
    (THE BURITI FLOWER)
    LOS COLONOS by Felipe GÁLVEZ | 1st film
    (THE SETTLERS)
    OMEN by BALOJI | 1st film
    (AUGURE)
    RAN DONG (THE BREAKING ICE) by Anthony CHEN
    ROSALIE by Stéphanie DI GIUSTO
    THE NEW BOY by Warwick THORNTON
    IF ONLY I COULD HIBERNATE by Zoljargal PUREVDASH | 1st film
    HWA–RAN (HOPELESS) by KIM Chang-hoon | 1st film
    AYEH HAYE ZAMINI by Ali ASGARI, Alireza KHATAMI
    (TERRESTRIAL VERSES)RIEN À PERDRE by Delphine DELOGET | 1st film
    LES MEUTES by Kamal LAZRAQ | 1st film
    (HOUNDS)
    HE BIAN DE CUO WU by WEI Shujun
    (ONLY THE RIVER FLOWS)
    SALEM by Jean-Bernard MARLIN
    UNE NUIT by Alex LUTZ – Closing Film Out of Competition
    (STRANGERS BY NIGHT)


    OUT OF COMPETITION

    INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY by James MANGOLD
    GEO–MI–JIP by KIM Jee-woon
    (COBWEB)
    THE IDOL by Sam LEVINSON
    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by Martin SCORSESE
    L’ABBÉ PIERRE – UNE VIE DE COMBATS by Frédéric TELLIER

    MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

    KENNEDY by Anurag KASHYAP
    OMAR LA FRAISE by Elias BELKEDDAR | 1st film
    (THE KING OF ALGIERS)
    ACID by Just PHILIPPOT
    HYPNOTIC by Robert RODRIGUEZ
    PROJECT SILENCE by KIM Tae-gon

    CANNES PREMIERE

    KUBI by Takeshi KITANO
    BONNARD, PIERRE AND MARTHE by Martin PROVOST
    CERRAR LOS OJOS (CLOSE YOUR EYES) by Victor ERICE
    LE TEMPS D’AIMER (ALONG CAME LOVE) by Katell QUILLÉVÉRÉ
    PERDIDOS EN LA NOCHE (LOST IN THE NIGHT) by Amat ESCALANTE
    L’AMOUR ET LES FORÊTS (JUST THE TWO OF US) by Valérie DONZELLI
    EUREKA by Lisandro ALONSO

    SPECIAL SCREENINGS

    MAN IN BLACK by WANG Bing
    OCCUPIED CITY by Steve MCQUEEN
    ANSELM by Wim WENDER
    RETRATOS FANTASMAS by Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO
    (PICTURES OF GHOSTS)
    LITTLE GIRL BLUE by Mona ACHACHE
    BREAD AND ROSES by Sahra MANI
    LE THÉORÈME DE MARGUERITE by Anna NOVION
    (MARGUERITE’S THEOREM)
    AS FILHAS DO FOGO by Pedro COSTA | Short Movie
    (THE DAUGHTERS OF FIRE)
    EXTRANA FORMA DE VIDA by Pedro ALMODÓVAR | Short Movie
    (STRANGE WAY OF LIFE)
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    HOMECOMING (CATHERINE CORSINI)

    For daily coverage check out The Film Verdict which gives scheduled first screenings:

    17 MARCH
    19.00 MONSTER
    by KORE-EDA HIROKAZU
    22.15 HOMECOMING
    by CATHERINE CORSINI
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    OCCUPIED CITY (STEVE MCQUEEN)

    JEANNE DU BARRY (Maïwenn).
    In his review for the GUARDIAN lead critic Peter Bradshaw gives it a 3/5. He calls it "a preposterous confection of a movie, like one of the rich sweetmeats being languidly nibbled at court. . ." but adds that it's :handsomely furnished: and "costumed with blue-chip character actors in the supporting roles" and features "wonderful locations" and "interiors at the Palace of Versailles itself." Not coming here anytime soon, though.

    OCCUPIED CITY (Steve McQueen)
    This "moving meditation on wartime Amsterdam" gets five stars from Bradshaw. It's a monumental, patient depiction of day-to-day life under Nazi rule based on McQueen's wife Bianca Stigter’s Dutch-language book Atlas of an Occupied City, Amsterdam 1940-1945. The four-hour film shows contemporary images of places in the city while narrating what happened in them under Nazi occupation. The effect is to "ask hard questions of what we think about the gulf between past and present," show us the past ain't so far away after all.

    TIGER STRIPES (Amanda Nell Eu)
    This is Bradshaw's 3rd Cannes 2023 review, a film by a Malasian filmmaker that depicts a repressive girls school and focuses on a natural rebel and is a "supernatural-realist drama and coming-of-age chiller" about the female body and sexuality, "with hints of Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg and Apichatpong Weerasethakul." It's "a bit derivitive" and "sometimes seems to be treading water in narrative terms" but nonetheless provides a "very woozy and hallucinatory experience."


    TIGER STRIPES (AMANDA NELL EU)
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    ANSELM (WIM WENDERS)

    ANSELM (Wim Wenders)
    Wim Wenders’ "reverent 3D portrait of artist Anselm Kiefer" writes Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN, gets four stars from him. "The creator of paintings, photographs, colossal installations and illustrated book artefacts is celebrated but in some quarters criticised for his engagement with German fascism and the Holocaust, mediated through his lifelong love for the poetry of Paul Celan." Shows Kiefer's 40-hectare studio in the South of France that's virtually "his own city state." A TRAILER showing Kiefer riding around another studio on a bike shows the ateliers may even be more jaw-droppingly monumental evan than the paintings. Looks like a "wow" of an art doc. This may also make you run to refuge in the upcoming [I]Close to Vermeer for contrast and solace... Small really is beautiful, ain't it? The film doesn't show assistants, but Kiefer obviously has used an army of them.

    STRANGE WAY OF LIFE/ESTRAÑA FORMA DE VIDA (Pedro Almodóvar)
    It gets four stars from Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN, who says "Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke sizzle in Almodóvar’s queer cowboy yarn." It's an "entertaining divertissement," a 30-minute short that's a "queer western with a hint of kink." "There is some very robust and old-fashioned storytelling here." It is "certainly good to see Almodóvar back in the saddle at Cannes." But are we ready for a gay Western - even now? TRAILER Sony Pictures Classics.


    STRANGE WAY OF LIFE (PEDRO PASCAL)
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    MONSTER (KORE-EDA)

    From the GUARDIAN:

    Homecoming review – Catherine Corsini’s tragic family drama misses an inner life - two stars (Bradshaw).

    Monster review – 'Hirokazu Kore-eda’s hydra of modern morals and manners' - four stars (Bradshaw). Monster Review: "Kore-eda Hirokazu Hides Surprise Plea for Acceptance Beneath Much Darker Themes" - Peter Debruge, Variety. Action revolves around a fire, and at the end we find out who set it.

    Youth review – heart-stopping stories in China’s sweatshop capital - four stars (Bradshaw). Doc by Wang Bing (Dead Souls, Cannes Special Screening 2018). "Exceptional" (Deadline), "unflinching" (Variety).

    The Delinquents review (Rodrigo Moreno) – beguilingly surreal slow-motion Buenos Aires [bank] heist tale. "If Pedro Almodóvar and Eric Rohmer teamed up to compose a meanderingly long crime caper it might look like this" - five stars (Bradshaw)


    More details later today.
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    PHOEBE WALLER0BRIDGE AND HARRISON FORD

    INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY (James Mangold) - "Harrison Ford cracks the whip in taut sequel. . . There’s still much to dig about the octogenarian archeologist as he teams up with Phoebe Waller-Bridge to re-defeat the Nazis....Indiana Jones still has a certain old-school class." Three stars (Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN)



    THE DELINQUENTS

    THE DELINQUENTS (Rodrigo Moreno) – beguilingly surreal slow-motion Buenos Aires [bank] heist tale. "If Pedro Almodóvar and Eric Rohmer teamed up to compose a meanderingly long crime caper it might look like this" - five stars (Bradshaw reviewing the 3-hour Buenos Aires film for the GUARDIAN.)

    ANIMAL KINGDOM by Thomas Cailley imagines another kind of covid."While the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, French director Thomas Cailley (2014's LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT) was imagining another kind of coronavirus, one he’d cooked up before the crisis, but which suddenly took on new real-world relevance. In “The Animal Kingdom,” a mysterious malady is sweeping France" Featuring Romain Duris, Paul Kircher of Honoré's WINTER BOY, Tom Mercier of SYNONYMS and WE ARE WHO WE ARE. Peter Debruge reviews it in Variety.
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    HOW TO HAVE SEX , MIA MCKENNA-BRUCE

    HOW TO HAVE SEX review – "An education in consent for 24 hour party people
    Tara and her friends decamp to a garish holiday resort on the lookout for her first sexual experience in Molly Manning Walker’s strong debut feature" - (Four stars from Peter Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN). Premiered in the Un Certain Regard section.

    BLACK FLIES (SEAN PENN). "Fresh-faced rookie Tye Sheridan is led through a world of medical grimness by a grizzled Penn in a tale full of lifeless cliche... There are some strident cliches alongside redundant self-harming machismo in this sub-Schraderesque movie about New York paramedics." Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Two stars from Peter Bradshaw (GUARDIAN).



    SEAN PENN, TY SHERIDAN IN BLACK FLIES
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    HARRISON FORD RECEIVES HONORARY PALME D'OR AT CANNES (WITH THIERY FREMAUX).
    The 80-year-old veteran actor was presented with the accolade ahead of the world debut screening of his new film Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny. Harrison Ford has said he is "deeply moved and humbled" to receive an honorary Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
    When asked on Friday how he felt about the response of the fans on the streets and the reaction of the audience inside the gala screening, Ford’s eyes filled with tears and he found it hard to speak for some seconds.

    “Indescribable,” he eventually said. “I can’t even tell you. The welcome is unimaginable and it makes me feel good.”
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    CATE BLANCHETT IN THE NEW BOY

    THE ZONE OF INTEREST (Jonathan Glazer)
    Glazer adapts Martin Amis’s chilling Holocaust drama. Focusing on the everyday domesticity of the Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss’s family might only reflect the horror indirectly, but the film pulls the banality of evil into pin-sharp focus, reports Peter Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN, giving it four stars. Note: Martin Amis has just died at 73.

    THE NEW BOY (Warwick Thornton)
    "Cate Blanchett’s boozy nun indulges possible second coming in woozy wartime saga"...
    "Blanchett in imperious zealot mode is hard to resist, but Warwick Thornton’s story of orphans and evangelists in the 40s outback never quite fulfills its promise," says Bradshaw, who gives the movie three stars in his Cannes GUARDIAN review. A minor effort from the hitherto interesting Australian director., says Bradshaw, who gives it three stars.

    BANEL & ADAMA (Ramata-Toulaye Sy)
    This Senegalese village love story with echoes of Romeo and Juliet is Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s Cannes Competition debut film, which pairs reluctant chief Adama and troublesome widow Banel as they battle local hostility to continue their relationship - A FILM " with relevant things to say about community, a woman’s place and the climate crisis", it gets three stars from Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN.
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    STILL FROM ABOUT DRY GRASSES

    ABOUT DRY GRASSES (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
    An "absorbing, Chekhovian drama of a teacher-pupil crisis" says the GUARDIAN, giving this challenging 3 hour 17 minute potentially controversial Competition film by the notable Turkish director four stars. "Nuri Bilge Ceylan Paints the Minutiae of Misanthropy on a Vast, Ravishing Canvas" says Guy Lodge in Variety. The subject is an ethically bankrupt rural high school art teacher, a "a cynical, manipulative monster" (Lee Marshall, ScreenDaily) accused (justifiably) of sexual predation of a girl student. It's said that this may be an even harder to take film from this hard to take filmmaker, but as, I guess, a fan, this sounds absolutely fascinating - and highly relevant to this post-#MeTo world.
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    ROBERT DENIRO AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO

    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON (Martin Scorsese)
    Bradshaw: "Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone star in this macabre western about serial murders among the Osage tribe in 1920s Oklahoma, which reflects the erasure of Native Americans from the US. . . Martin Scorsese’s western true-crime thriller is about the US’s Osage murders of the early 1920s, based on the nonfiction bestseller by David Grann. With co-writer Eric Roth, Scorsese crafts an epic of creeping, existential horror about the birth of the American century, a macabre tale of quasi-genocidal serial killings which mimic the larger erasure of Native Americans from the US." It's "an instant American classic." Five stars from Bradshaw. GUARDIAN. Peter Debruge (Variety) judges it to be "overlong" but "never slow." David Rooney (Hollywood Reporter) calls it "epic" and "searing." Also with Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser.

    FOUR DAUGHTERS (Kaouther Ben Hania)
    (GUARDIAN:) "Fact and fiction mix in mother’s heartbreak over Islamic State... Actors and real people re-enact the past to understand why two daughters left Tunisia to fight for IS in Syria, leaving the rest of the family behind". A unique hybrid "metafiction" (as Jessica Kiang calls it in her Variety review) with a troubling topic, for sure, but only three stars from Bradshaw. Kiang gives a through description and may like FOUR DAUGHTERS rather better. She says it "may operate better on a scene-to-scene basis than as a holistic narrative," but that "within those individual scenes there are plosive little puffs of insight" that are "sometimes provocative, sometimes moving, and sometimes, unexpectedly, very funny." Not sure whether the underlying theme of having children who disappear to become terrorists is served though.
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    NATALIE PORTMAN AND JULIANNE MOORE

    MAY DECEMBER (Todd Haynes)
    Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore play different angles on a tabloid enigma. Haynes explores the impossibility of ever truly knowing what motivates others" says Peter Debruge in Variety in a "layered look at the actor’s process" unfolding "as a young star attempts to understand a true-crime subject 20-odd years her senior" in preparation for a for-TV dramatization. Xian Brooks of the GUARDIAN gave it three stars, saying it's "too knowing and too glossy to drive its message home."
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    Two from Cannes Critics Week:


    (EX) PERIENCE OF LOVE

    THE RAPTURE Iris Kaltenback)
    A Parisian midwife takes a strange interest in her best friend’s baby in this slow-burn thriller, says Lisa Nesselson in her Screen Daily review. The person in question is played by Abdelatif Kechiche star Hafsia Herzi. "The first feature from writer/director Iris Kaltenbäck suggests she’s a talent to watch."

    (EX) PERIENCE OF LOVE (Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni)
    "A doctor advises a happy couple the best thing they can do for their relationship [to have a baby] is to track down all their exes and hook up with them again in whimsical second feature from Belgian/French filmmaking duo Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni," explains Catherine Bray in Variety writing about this high concept comedy that she finds "very watchable" and thinks might work well as a bigger budget US remake.
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    THE BREAKING ICE (Anthony Chen]
    The Singaporean director, here filming a kind of three-way romance on China's icy border with North Korea, exhibits "an arresting fluency and openness" and a style that owes something o the French New Wave, says Peter Bradshaw of the GUARDIAN, who gives it three stars. Both BANDE À PART and JULES ET JIM have been mentioned. Some plot points are dropped or devices make no sense but "All three performances, however, are tremendous," and Chen's filmmaking "has an arresting fluency and openness." Jeffrey Zhang in PLAYLIST says the film is "a humanist triumph." Un Certain Regard section. There is a terrific TRAILER. Magical!

    In Competition:

    ANATOMY OF A FALL/ANATOMIE D'UNE CHUTE (Justine Triet).
    "There’s a bracing and chilly high-mindedness about Justine Triet’s psychothriller, about a suspicious death whose only reliable witness happens to be blind", says Peter Bradshaw, who gives it four stars in the GUARDIAN. That blind person is the dead man's devastated eleven-year-old son. Triet's previous films were THE AGE OF PANIC (2013), IN BED WITH VICTORIA (2016), AND SYBIL (2019). Critics admire the lead performance by Sandra Hüller as the German writer put on trial for murder when her less successful French writer husband falls to his death (it could well be a suicide). Joh Frosch in HOLLYWOOD REPORTER calls this a "rivetingly complex" drama. Peter Debruge elucidates that complexity further in VARIETY.

    Special premiere:

    EUREKA (Lisandro Alonso)
    I loved Alonso's 2004 LOS MUERTOS and wrote one of my most passionate early rreviews. He has somewhat gotten away from me since. I understand he is considered a key figure of "slow cinema," and that JAUJA is his most"popular" and "accessible" film, but it lost me. Viggo Mortensen of JAUJA features also here in the first of three segments, in academy ratio, which turns out to be a segment of a B&W TV cowboy movie. The second part features the everyday dealings of an Indian reservation. The third shifts to an earlier time and South America. How the parts segue is complicated, perhaps cosmic. This is why Bradshaw, who gives the film four stars, calling it "a barmy yet rich experimental enigma," says it shows filmmakers aren't "storytellers" as current industry cant would have it.


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