In place of the usual Fistful of Thoughts, it's only appropriate that we have A Fistful of Cannes this week, since it wrapped yesterday morning and the winners have been announced. In normal Cannes fashion, there was a lot of WTF going on, with a real nail biter for the Palme that resulted in a lot of controversial reactions. Of course I have no opinion, since I've seen none of these films, but let's go ahead and break this on down, winners style!
|Dheepan [Jacques Audiard]|
Apparently, Dheepan didn't get the same kind of rousing response from critics in Cannes as films like Carol and The Assassin, and so this win is being questioned by many and being perceived as a weak win. I don't care what anyone has to say, honestly, since I have loved both of the Audiard films I've seen (Rust + Bone and A Prophet) and so I'm all for him being a Palme winner.
|Son of Saul [Laszlo Nemes]|
Son of Saul, a Holocaust drama, is getting a lot of great ink out of Cannes, and many thought it was going to win the Palme. Apparently this was a favorite of Xavier Dolan's, so I'm very intrigued to check this one out.
|Hou Hsiao-hsien for The Assassin|
The Assassin losing the Palme apparently caused a real stir, since the press interviews with the jury seemed to focus on why this won for it's director and NOT the Palme itself (that and the tie in Actress, which we'll talk about in a second). I know nothing about this other than the fact that the reviews were great and the film is a martial arts film, which doesn't sound very Palme d'or to me, but now I'm really intrigued.
|Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man|
While it seemed almost clear that Michael Caine was the frontrunner for the Actor prize once Youth screened, once Lindon's performance was seen and reviewed, it seemed like Caine was out of the race. Some thought that maybe we'd see a tie, but by that point many were talking about Roth's performance in Chronic instead of Caine and so, it appeared that Caine was SOL. He was, for it was Lindon's performance in The Measure of a Man that won out with the Cannes jury. No tie hear; that was saved for...
|Rooney Mara for Carol & Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi|
This is blowing my mind right now. Cate Blanchett's reviews out of Cannes were, like, astronomically good. Like, frontrunner for the Oscar (although I'm not predicting that yet) good, and this happened. Her co-star, Mara (who also had very good reviews) wins the Actress award in a TIE with an actress who is not Cate Blanchett! Yes, despite lesser reviews, Dolan was apparently a scrappy fighter for getting Bercot recognized, and she was. I have to say, I'm VERY excited for Carol, and less excited (although optimistic) for Mon Roi.
|Chronic [Michel Franco]|
I missed the reception for this, but I've seen on Twitter a few calling this win for Chronic a joke, so I'm not sure if it's hate for the film itself or for Franco.
Prix du Jury
|The Lobster [Yorgos Lanthimos]|
I'm not going to lie, I think The Lobster is my most anticipated film of the year. Lanthimos is such an interesting director with a lot to say and a very unique voice, and the reviews for this film have been very, VERY good (which I have to admit I was a little shocked to see). I'm awaiting his masterpiece, and maybe this is it. I really liked both Dogtooth and Alps (although I didn't love either), but they showed so much potential, and from what I gather, this capitalizes on that potential. And that cast!
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Matt discusses his favorite actresses working today
Irene talks about movies so awful they're actually great
Ruth reviews Tomorrowland (I'll be reviewing that soon)
That Moment In discusses The Fifth Element
Nathaniel is talking Oscar potential straight out of Cannes
Luke talks Mad Men
Dell is hosting a blogathon all about sad clowns!
Jenna and Allie review
I Love You, Man The Wedding Ringer
Sati dishes on a slew of stuff