More than twenty years ago, Spike Jones directed the famous film “Being John Malkovich”. A slightly abstract plot, along with the main character played by John Cusack, allowed us to look inside the head of a famous American actor. This crazy artistic concept is a good reflection of the current state of most Cannes participants, who probably want to know what is hiding deep in their minds. Vincent LyndonThis year he was the head of the main competition jury.
Perhaps the excellent French actor remembers well what the taste of the most important awards Cannes is, because he played the main role along with Agathe Rouselle in “Titan” Julia DocornuThis is the winning movie last year.
Jury composition is always the subject of press speculation and debate about the business model that is adopted when determining the final verdict. And is it all determined by the president’s strong personality trying to force his mind at all costs, or is it done in a more democratic way? It’s a kitchen, of course, and we’ll probably never know, but curiosity remains.
Looking at this year’s lineup, completed by the festival organizers, you can be sure that it does not lack personality, but also artists who represent not only different cinematic cultures, but also a different creative philosophy. Besides Kan’s favorite director, an experienced Iranian director Asghar FarqadiThere was a place for one of the most interesting European artists of the younger generation Ladja LeeWho showed some greats here three years ago “Les Miserables”. American point of view Jeff Nichols intersects with european Joachim Trier. Finally, there is room for four talented actresses: Noomi RabasAnd the Rebekki HallAnd the Jasmine Tracy And the Debekki Padukone. Brainstorming content.
Around This year’s Golden Palm Twenty one movie fights from all over the world. Among them, the vast majority of them, new productions of Kahn players, like brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc DardenneAnd the Christiana MungioAnd the David CronenbergAnd the Claire Dennis if Chanwook Garden. Cannes, like any other, is known for the fact that once you bet on a particular artist, he remains faithful to him for many years. Which is evident from this year’s selection. Young cinema and relatively new faces during the seventy-fifth jubilee were represented by a few – Lucas Dönett, Ali Abbasi and Said Rustaie, each of whom were a strong link between the selected proposals.
Until nearly the last day of the festival, it seemed he wouldn’t have a clear favourite. The strong and equal level of selection for competition led to the fact that none of the titles could be spoken of in terms of the Iron Palme d’Or candidate.
When I asked fellow journalists from different countries what their types were, they basically all referred to a different title. If the audience is to be believed, the Golden Palm (the second winner in 2017 for “The Square”) should go to Swede Ruben Östlund for the film “Triangle of Sadness”. No other competition proposal has garnered a long standing ovation after the show as a scathing satire of the fashion community, internet influencers, and various types of millionaires. This is important, because viewers in Cannes express likes or dislikes in a very direct way and when they don’t like something, they can simply boo the movie.
If we are guided only by the ranking of journalists conducted by the magazine “Screen” (and they have repeatedly shown that they have a nose), then the happiest man on the Cote d’Azur on Saturday evening will be a South Korean Chanwook Garden. The director, known as the example from the “Revenge Trilogy”, surprised to present this year’s elegant noir romance ‘Decision to leave’where the highest average combined among the titles shown.
I didn’t mention any favourite. To the surprise of many, this changed with one of the last competition shows in which it was presented “Close” Belgian director Lucas Daunt. It’s a beautiful, poignant, and beautifully written story of boyish friendship, tragedy, and trying to come to terms with trauma. And in connection with this parade at the Festival Palace, the phrase “Golden Palm” was used most often. Is it worth? naturally!
The above arrangement puts a big chance Jerzy Skolimowski. The enthusiastic reception after the show was confirmed in press notes, which led to its presentation at the beginning of the festival. “IO” In honorable third place. The Polish director’s film appealed to the foreign press, indicating not only the excellent work in the workshop, but also the deep, pro-environmental message that emanates from this allegorical story.
When I asked about the secret of the success of “IO” a Serbian journalist friend, he said one very important thing that I think fit perfectly in the context of this year’s Palme d’Or competition. He has argued that he values older professors so much (as he mentioned the case of the great Darden brothers and “Tori and Luketa”) so much because they can cut their story short to 90-100 minutes. And this, as you know, requires a sharply clear vision and creative discipline.
Something is up, because you can count movies under two hours this year on the fingers of one hand. It was, in a sense, “suffered” by feature films during this edition, one of which sparked private controversy. I’m talking about the Russian “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” directed by Kericho Serebnikov. The festival was accused of inconsistency, because on the one hand the accreditation of Russian journalists was refused, and on the other hand, productions from this country were allowed to enter the competition. One of the people who categorically condemned this decision was the head of the documentary competition jury Agnieszka Netherlands.
On Saturday evening, all eyes will turn to Cannes. If it were up to me, Lucas Donut or Ali Abbasi would get the Palme d’Or for their awesome “Holy Spider.” How will you be? We will find out soon.