Cannes 2019

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Dark Clouds Over Cannes

Cannes 2019

Dark Clouds Over Cannes

The sorry state of the world resulted in a Cannes lineup filled with dark, dystopian visions, which also happened to be one of the strongest of recent years.

By Colin MacCabe

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Directors’ Fortnight’s Old Hands and Fresh Faces

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Directors’ Fortnight’s Old Hands and Fresh Faces

Once again, Lav Diaz and Takashi Miike did what they do; but the Fortnight also showcased a wide range of promising talent.

By David Hudson

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Melodrama, Debauchery, Comedy: Un Certain Regard

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Melodrama, Debauchery, Comedy: Un Certain Regard

Nadine Labaki’s jury has selected an eclectic range of award winners from this year’s program.

By David Hudson

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Competition Highs and Lows

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Competition Highs and Lows

The awards have been presented, the red carpet rolled up, and now we can gather a little perspective on this year’s competition.

By David Hudson

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A Leading Palestinian Auteur Looks Toward the Light

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A Leading Palestinian Auteur Looks Toward the Light

Elia Suleiman, who returned to Cannes this year with his latest film, talks with us about comedy as a form of political resistance.

By Bilge Ebiri

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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

One family infiltrates another in one of this year’s top critical favorites.

By David Hudson

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Critics’ Week Awards and Highlights

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Critics’ Week Awards and Highlights

Our survey of this year’s edition begins with the first animated feature to take the top award.

By David Hudson

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Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers

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Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers

Most critics won’t allow a comically absurd premise or a convoluted plot stand in the way of a good time.

By David Hudson

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

Everyone’s all in for the first two acts of this love letter to Los Angeles—but for many, the third is a deal-breaker.

By David Hudson

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A Filmmaking Family Takes to the Streets

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A Filmmaking Family Takes to the Streets

Legendary activist filmmaker Fernando Solanas joins his son and daughter in Cannes for their latest project, a chronicle of the long, hard fight for abortion rights in Argentina.

By Bilge Ebiri

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Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse

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Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in a two-hander that’s scoring some of the best reviews at this year’s festival.

By David Hudson

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Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life

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Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life

Malick’s rendering of the true story of a conscientious objector has split the critics.

By David Hudson

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Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child

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Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child

Setting the Haiti of 1962 next to present-day Paris, Bonello weighs the impact of French colonialism.

By David Hudson

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Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake

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Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake

Triple crosses follow double crosses in this slick crime thriller.

By David Hudson

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Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory

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Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory

For many, the semi-autobiographical film is one of Almodóvar’s best in years.

By David Hudson

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Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You

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Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You

While a few find the family drama heavy-handed, most critics are enthusiastically cheering on Loach’s latest competition entry.

By David Hudson

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Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe

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Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe

The Austrian director, a Cannes regular, is in competition for the first time with a chilly tale of a happiness-inducing flower.

By David Hudson

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Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

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Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

Critics are finding the young Russian director’s second feature to be bleak yet irresistibly masterful.

By David Hudson

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Mati Diop’s Atlantics

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Mati Diop’s Atlantics

Diop’s debut fiction feature is a love story, a detective story, and a ghost story.

By David Hudson

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Ladj Ly’s Les misérables

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Ladj Ly’s Les misérables

Ly’s fiery fiction feature debut alludes not only to Hugo but also to Fuqua, Kassovitz, and Spike Lee.

By David Hudson

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Mendonça and Dornelles’s Bacurau

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Mendonça and Dornelles’s Bacurau

Moving from the merely unsettling to the outright bloody, the Brazilian directors come down hard on their new government.

By David Hudson

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Annie Silverstein’s Bull

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Annie Silverstein’s Bull

Initial response to Silverstein’s first fiction feature is ranging from warm to very warm indeed.

By David Hudson

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Quentin Dupieux’s Deerskin

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Quentin Dupieux’s Deerskin

Within a brisk seventy-seven minutes, Dupieux and Jean Dujardin escort us into the mind of a potential psychopath.

By David Hudson

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Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die

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Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die

The star-studded zom-com has been met with a first round of mildly appreciative reviews.

By David Hudson

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