Les Olympiades(Paris, 13th District) by Jacques Audiard, Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and France by Bruno Dumont premiere in Cannes.
What the Critics say...by Alexa Dalby
CAUTION: Here be spoilers
Shot in the French capital during the pandemic… [this] black and white drama…follows Emilie, Camille, Nora and Amber — four young adults who are friends and sometimes lovers. It showcases exciting new talent including Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba and Jehnny Beth, as well as Noémie Merlan, who starred opposite Adele Haenel in Portrait Of A Lady On Fire…The pic is based on New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine’s Killing And Dying, a collection of graphic short stories.
Jacques Audiard is the director of acclaimed movies including A Prophet, Rust And Bone, and Palme d’Or winner Dheepan. Paris, 13th District marks his follow-up to The Sisters Brothers</em>, the western starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal.
“…this director [Apichatpong Weerasethakul] really can convince you that the living and the dead, the past and the present, the terrestrial and the other, do exist side by side. Memoria is a beautiful and mysterious movie, slow cinema that decelerates your heartbeat…Weerasekathul is an artist who demands that you return your thoughts to the unsolved and unspoken mysteries of existence: that we are born, live, die and all without ever knowing why, or often even wanting to know. But he approaches these phenomena as calmly as he might questions of agriculture or engineering…This is the first movie that Weerasethakul has made outside Thailand and with a non-Thai cast. The setting is Colombiaw…It left a residue of happiness in my heart…”-apichatpong-weerasethakul-tilda-swinton”>Guardian
“The director’s abiding fascination with dreams, nature, time, solitude and of course memory flows like liquid through this lyrical enigma, which maintains his characteristic aesthetic purity of long static takes, meditative pacing and intimacy negotiated from a coolly scrutinizing distance.” – Hollywood Reporter