the Cannes film Festival In 2018 : Balance sheet and List of staff

The second week of the Festival has been even more intense than the first one during which I had seen 13 movies. Three years ago, I had seen a lot of movies, but I had not seen all those who were in competition. This year, I set myself as a challenge to see the 21 films selected in the Official Competition, plus a few extras. During this second week, I saw 15 movies, with additional, more two screenings of short films.

See the Official Competition

Do not turn around the pot, I reached my goal ! This year, I have seen the 21 feature films and even the 8 short films that will attempt to win their Palme d’or. On these eight movies, I had a blow of heart for the australian film All these creatures, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the excellent Caroline or Tariki were award-winning.

Side Long-feature films in competition, so I continued on my launched seeing the 12 remaining movies. I loved Lazaro Felice, A story of family, Asako 1 & 2, Under the silver lake, Dogman, Capernaum and The wild pear. I was even more surprised by the last one that I had a lot of fear : last film presented, it lasts over three hours, and most importantly, I had not really hooked up to Winter Sleep, which had allowed its director to win the Palme d’or a few years ago. Burning, war and Blackkklansman I have not particularly marked, while I don’t like Ayka, both in the way of filming it that in the narration. I can’t really pronounce myself on the confusing A knife in the heart, a genuine proposal for a film that exceeds the limits of kitsch, feel good turnip assumed, but succeeded all the same to ban it.

In most of these films in competition, I’ve also been seeing a few other films. Big fan of the saga, intergalactic, I couldn’t miss Solo Star Wars Story, that I have not found it unpleasant, in spite of the weaknesses are pretty obvious. I also saw The House that Jack Built, the film is controversial and provoc’ de Lars Von Trier who is, frankly, succeeded. Finally, I saw the comedy In the freedom of Pierre Salvadori. A small bead of absurd humor that is carried by the duo Pio Marmai / Adèle Haenel, who won the prize of the Quinzaine des réalisateurs.

What kind of films to the List ?

For a reminder, here is the list of films in the official competition (Click on the links to discover the critiques and analysis of the films)

Everybody knows, a film that iran’s Asghar Farhadi

In war, French film by Stéphane Brizé

Dogman, Italian film by Matteo Garrone

The book of images, French film by Jean Luc Godard

Asako 1 & 2, japanese film of Ryusuke Hamagushi

To please, to love and to run fast French film by Christophe Honoré

The daughters of the sun, French movie Eva Husson

The eternals, a chinese film by Jia Zhang-Ke

An air of family, a japanese film by Hirozaku Kore Eda

Capernaum, lebanese film from Nadine Labaki

Burning, movie Korean Lee Chang Dong

BlacKkKlans Man, film américain de Spike Lee

Under the silver lake film américain de David Robert Mitchell

3 faces, film, iranian, Jafar Panahi

Cold War, Polish film by Pawel Pawlikowski

Lazzaro Felice, an Italian film by Alice Rohrwacher

Yomeddine, film the egyptian A. B. Shawky

Leto, a Russian film by Kirill Serebrennikov

A knife in the heart, a French film by Yann Gonzalez

Ayka, Russian film of Sergey Dvortsevoy

The wild pear, Turkish film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

My to-do List personal

Palme d’or : Leto

Grand prize : Capernaum

Prix de la mise en scene : Cold War

Best actor : Marcello Cast (Dogman) and Zain Alrafeea (Capernaum)

Best actress : Zhao Tao (The eternals)

Jury prize : Lazzaro Felice and The wild pear

Award for the best screenplay : Asako 1 & 2

Some choices were quite difficult, especially the one of not giving any price for the film, Kore Eda, the great A family resemblance, but the selection was high quality and he had to make a choice. I have long hesitated between Leto and Capernaum for the Palme d’or. The first was a stroke of heart is immediate, while the second is the movie that made me the most upset of the festival. The grand prix had initially been created to reward a film more accessible to the general public, it seemed logical to make this choice, even if I wouldn’t be at all disappointed if Capernaum went home with the Palme d’or.

My prognosis for the Winners of the Jury

Palme d’or : Lazzaro Felice

Grand prize : Capernaum

Prix de la mise en scene : Cold War

Best actor : Marcello Cast (Dogman)

Prix d’interprétation féminine : Samal Yeslyamova (Ayka)

Jury prize : An air of family

Price scenario : the Three faces

As a reminder, the jury is composed of Cate Blanchett – President (Actress, producer, australia), Chang Chen (Actor, chinese), Ava DuVernay (Writer, director, producer, and american), Robert Guédiguian (Director, screenwriter, producer, French), Khadja Nin (Author, composer, performer, and burundi), Léa Seydoux (Actress, French), Kristen Stewart (Actress, american), Denis Villeneuve (Director, writer, canada), Andrey Zvyagintsev (Director, screenwriter, Russian).

The Palme d’or at the Cannes film Festival, will she be able to recover well to be Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) as I guess ? Response in a few hours !

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