At the end of the traditional fifteen-day marathon, we leave the Cannes Film Festival with a hint of disappointment regarding the competition, which – with a few exceptions we admired – lacked truly outstanding works this year. Thus the “routine” of great writers less inspiring than usual, the dizzying presence of a few films stuck in academicism or drugged with noise, will prevail over aesthetic risk-taking. The regret is all the more acute that films belonging to this latter category were present in the official selection, but in other sections. eyes closed By the Spaniard Victor Ayres, a formidable filmmaker after thirty years of silence, or eureka by the great inventor of Argentine forms Lisandro Alonso, to name a few of these two works selected for the first Cannes Festival, could have single-handedly restored this failed aesthetic balance.
But let’s not hide our excitement: the jury is chaired by Robin Östlund, Swedish director with two orders of gold Sadness triangle (2022) and Square (2017), on the Palme d’Or Fall AnatomyWritten by Justine Triet, one of the most creative works in the competition. Co-written by director and fellow director Arthur Harari, this film, remarkably off-kilter, follows the criminal trial of a writer (Sandra Holler) accused of murdering her husband (Samuel Theiss).
On the stage of the Palais des Festivals, Justine Trier will be the only artist in this gala dedicated to her thanks for offering a word of poetry, evoking “The historic challenge of pension reform has been shockingly rejected and suppressed.” also rebelled against “The commodification of culture advocated by the neoliberal government”, which of these In the process of breaking French cultural exceptionalism. Justine Triet is the third woman to receive the highest award at Cannes after Jane Campion with her Piano lesson (1993) and Julia DeCourneau with Titanium (2021).
Two of the most powerful works of this competition will also be awarded the Grand Prix for area of interest By the Englishman Jonathan Glazer, an exemplary and brilliant film about the representation of death camps, and the Jury Prize for dead leaves Signed by this singer of freedom and wistful humor is Finn Aki Kaurismäki. Which award list generates a forgotten great, we will consider Last summer, A film about the insane audacity that marked Catherine Breillat’s return to the cinema for delusion by the Italian Alice Rohrwacher, whose poetic power finally charmed her youth (spring)by the Chinese Wang Ping, and his extraordinary ability to project reality.
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