The record of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is a bit “amazing”, to paraphrase Vincent Lindon, the president of the jury, who on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière referred to the “stunning quality of the works presented ”. It was expected that the selection would be based on the tastes of the members of the jury (“de gustibus non disputandum”, we know) but, inevitably, certain decisions can not be ignored.
Correspondence from Iulia Blaga (Cannes)
The awarding of the trophy to Swedish Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness” festival comes as a surprise because the press did not expect this satire of contemporary society with often grotesque accents to gather the unanimity of the jury.
The film did not unite critics either. Or Lindon, although she said on stage that she failed to impose her opinions because the other jurors defended their points of view, stated at the announcement of the trophy: “We were all shocked by this film”. Does that mean they fell for the Palme d’Or? Hard to believe.
Noah’s New Ark, a yacht of excess
Five years after his first Cannes trophy for “The Square”, Östlund triumphs with a new, more acidic prank, starting with the fashion world (where physical beauty is the currency). The story revolves around a super-luxurious yacht with rich people, arms manufacturers, Russian businessmen, influencers taking pictures of the food they don’t eat, staff refusing any orders, an army of Filipinos at work downstairs and a Marxist American captain. alcoholic (Woody Harrelson).
This crazy ship, a miniature world, is attacked by pirates and fails on a desert island. Here the power relations are reversed.
Without being either right-wing or left-wing (in the soon-to-be-published “Freedom” interview with readers), he said his mother had been a communist since the 1960s, and Östlund was taking everyone by surprise. It is not a bad choice at all that it was preferred for Palme d’or, the film is very good.
Clip “Triangle of Sadness”:
“Close”, the most applauded film
According to the rules, the jury could – and was expected given the quality of the films – to give prizes ex-aequo (less at the Palme d’Or) to retain as many titles in the list. Although he had a choice, the jury preferred to award three prizes to three Belgian films. Of these, Lukas Dhont’s “Close” was the only one that really deserved something, and fortunately it won an important Grand Prix.
At 32 years old and in his second feature film, Lukas Dhont was the winner with the warmest applause, and judging by the sympathy with which Lindon greeted him, we can assume that the chairman of the jury wanted him to take the trophy.
“Close” is an emotional film about two very good friends, with a still uncertain sexuality, whose sensitivity is destroyed by some bad jokes from schoolmates. Dhont said on stage that he wanted to make a film about tenderness and dedicated it to “the tenderness and courage to choose love over fear.”
“The Eight Mountains”, the first gift for Belgium
The Belgian-Italian co-production “The Eight Mountains” by Felix von Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, a screenplay for Paolo Cognetti’s bestseller, did not drive critics crazy. They generally praised the beauty of this film shot in the Alps, but felt that the story of the friendship between two men who have known each other since childhood is not so strong a conflict as to impress the jury too much (as IndieWire wrote). They were wrong. The jury succumbed slightly.
video The Eight Mountains:
“Tori et Lokita ”, the second gift
The third Belgian prize was also a gift, this time for the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, to whom the festival offered the 75th Anniversary Prize. “Tori et Lokita” does not live up to the titles that won so many awards at Cannes – Palme d’Or for “Rosetta” (1999) and “L’enfant” (2005), Screenplay Award for “Le silence de Lorna ”(2008), Grand Prix for“ Le gamin au vélo ”(2011) and the Directing Award for“ Le jeune Ahmède ”(2019), but the festival probably wanted to offer this anniversary award to an iconic name.
Or, the Dardennes are legends and they launched a style that fed on the New Romanian Cinema – and including Cristian Mungiu who was sacrificed this year (and whose film the Dardennes also co-produced).
video “Tori and Lokita ”:
“MRI” would have deserved a place in the list for the intelligence of the story that starts from a local intrigue, and evolves into a complex construction about the world we live in, dominated by discrimination and intolerance. The foreign journalists I spoke to at Cannes did not catch him very well, considering him loaded and with insufficiently explained elements. Which, of course, is what they wrote in the chronicles.
Trailer “NMR ”:
“Stars at Noon”, the erotic thriller left without action
Another more than bizarre decision of the jury was to give Claire Denis the Grand Prix (this award was given ex-aequo) for a film that many critics considered useless. “Stars at Noon”, an adaptation of Dennis Johnson’s novel starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn, is about an American journalist who claims to be investigating in Nicaragua, but prostitutes herself and begins an affair with a mysterious Englishman.
The movie is meant to be an erotic thriller, but it’s more erotic than a thriller. It was on the penultimate place in the quotations of foreign critics from Screen.
The choice of Claire Denis, a respected French filmmaker who is in competition for the first time at Cannes, seems to tick off the desire to award a female director given that the festival has been criticized for choosing only four in the Palme d’Or race. films directed by women out of a total of 21 titles.
video “Stars at Noon ”
“Decision to Leave, ”says Park Chan-wook
It’s almost outrageous that Kelly Reichardt’s wonderful film “Showing Up” – an example of true auteur cinema – has been completely overlooked. If, indeed, the jury wanted to award a prize to a film made by a woman and considered that “Stars at Noon” is better than “Showing Up”, this calls into question the ability of its members to distinguish quality.
The director’s award went to Park Chan-wook for “Decision to Leave”, the most beloved film by critics this year, a murder mystery romance about a police officer who falls in love with the main suspect in a homicide case. Using less violence and less sex than in previous films, the South Korean compensates with an inevitable dose of romance for an impossible love story inspired by “Brief Encounter” (by David Lean, 1945).
Trailer “Decision to Leave ”:
Zar Amir Ebrahimi, female performance award for “Holy Spider”
The award for female performance went to Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, the lead singer of Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider” journalist, which tells the story of an Iranian serial killer who killed 16 prostitutes in the name of religion. Although he did not have an extraordinarily percussive performance, Tsar Amir Ebrahimi has a whole story behind him. She was a popular actress in Iran, but when in 2006 the former fiancé uploaded images of an alleged sextape with her on the internet, a huge scandal broke out in Iran, a country full of taboos against women, and she was forced to emigrate. He now lives in France.
“This film is about women, about the body, it’s a film full of hatred, sex, everything that is impossible to show in Iran,” said Zar Amir Ebrahimi, receiving the award. “Holy Spider” was cast in Jordan.
Song Kang-ho Male Performance Award for “Broker”
Because the jury did not want the record to be too diverse this year, it also offered the Male Performance Award to a South Korean actor, the famous Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”) for “Broker”, a South Korean production cast by the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda in South Korea. The decision was strange and because in “Broker”, the story of people approaching trying to sell a newborn, there is not a single main character.
A few hours before the closing ceremony of the festival, “Broker” also received the Ecumenical Jury Prize.
“Boy from heaven”, screenplay award
Egyptian-Swedish filmmaker Tarik Saleh received the Screenplay Award for “Boy from Heaven”, a well-directed film about the son of a fisherman who arrives in Cairo with a scholarship and is courted by the authorities to become an informant and influence the choice of a new imam. Critics were quite divided, some considered it quite conventional, others said it was captivating.
Clip “Boy from Heaven”:
“EO”, Jury Prize
Finally, veteran Jerzy Skolimowski (84 years old) also received the Jury Prize, as did The Eight Mountains. His film “EO” is inspired by Robert Bresson’s “Au hazard Balthazar” (1966).
Before the festival, Skolimowski wanted to make it clear that he did not remake Bresson’s film, but rather paid homage to it, taking on the idea of the donkey passing from one master to another to bring it to the present day, when it ends in a slaughterhouse in Italy (the film is a Polish-Italian co-production.).
Very visually crafted and with almost no lines, this film, for which six donkeys were used, is not human-centered, unlike Bresson’s. When he went on stage to pick up his award, Skolimowski (who hadn’t made a film in seven years) didn’t thank the team, but the six performers. And to make them understand, he ended his speech with an “i-hooo!”
What movies can Romanians watch
Among the films in the list, Independența Film has already acquired “Triangle of Sadness”, “Decision to Leave”, “Tori et Lokita” and “Holy Spider”. Many of the films selected this year at Cannes will be included in the program of the Les Films Festival in Cannes in Bucharest in the autumn.
Palme d’Or: “Triangle of Sadness” by Ruben Östlund
Grand Prix (ex-aequo): “Close” by Lukas Dhont and “Stars at Noon” by Claire Denis
Best Director: Chan-wook Park for Decision to Leave
Best case scenario: Tarik Saleh for Boy from Heaven, directed by Tarik Saleh
Jury Prize (ex-aequo): “EO” by Jerzy Skolimowski and “Le otto montagne” by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen
Prize of the 75th edition of the festival: “Tori et Lokita”, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Female Performance Award: Tsar Amir Ebrahimi for “Holy Spider”, by Ali Abbasi
Male Performance Award: Song Kang-ho for “Broker” by Hirokazu Kore-eda
The full list of awards, including the Short Film Awards, the Un Certain Regard Awards, the Caméra d’Or Award and La Cinef, can be seen here.
It was announced yesterday afternoon that the l Oeil d or award for best documentary at the festival was given to the Indian film “All that Breathes” by Shaunak Sen, about two brothers from Delhi who save migratory birds, while the Special Jury Prize he received “Mariupolis 2” by Mantas Kvedaravicius, which was filmed in Mariupol, about which Libertatea wrote here.
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