BROKER (LES BONNES ÉTOILES) directed by KORE-EDA HIROKAZU
Kore-eda’s work, including the Palme-winning Shoplifters (2018) is rightly revered. But he has always had a sweet tooth for whimsy and sentimentality, says The Guardian.
CLOSE directed by LUKAS DHONT
Close presents a profoundly felt portrait of two inseparable friends, until a manipulative midway twist shatters the spell – it’s about adolescent friendship and responsibility, revolving around two 13-year-old boys (Gustave De Waele and Eden Dambrine) whose intense bond is tested when they start secondary school.
However, as audiences at Cannes discovered with shock, Dhont’s layered, exquisitely shot work, which covers a whole year of changing seasons, is about so much more: betrayal, shame, denial, love and eventually healing and growth.
“I was much more aware of myself, and I knew a lot of people looked at me,” Dhont explained at the Cannes press conference, “I wanted to do something with the same intensity and passion as Girl.”
One of the strongest films to premiere in this year’s Competition, Close has huge potential for awards across the board, says Todd McCarthy.
SHOWING UP directed by KELLY REICHARDT
Photographed in the soft, indie-stonewashed colours that are part of this director’s signature, subtlety and reticence are the keynotes of this diverting if downbeat new picture, says The Guardian.
UN PETIT FRÈRE (MOTHER AND SON) directed by LÉONOR SERRAILLE
Told over twenty years, a delicate but wrenching film about the immigrant experience – a tough single mother (Annabelle Lengronne) and two vulnerable sons settling (or not) in France from Côte d’Ivoire.
LE PUPILLE (LES ELEVES) directed by ALICE ROHRWACHER
37-minute short The Pupils (the Italian title is Le Pupille) is a coming-of-age fable centred around innocence, greed and fantasy that follows rebellious little girls at a Catholic boarding school in the run-up to Christmas during an imaginary wartime.
MASCARADE (MASQUERADE) directed by NICOLAS BEDOS
UN CERTAIN REGARD
CLOSING CEREMONY and AWARDS
Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
L’ENVOL (SCARLET) directed by PIETRO MARCELLO
GOD’S CREATURES directed by SAELA DAVIS & ANNA ROSE HOLMER
SHORTS PROGRAMME 2 (HAPPY NEW YEAR, JIM / MARIA SCHNEIDER, 1983 / BEBEN / JITTERBUG / DES JEUNES FILLES ENTERRENT LEUR VIE)
UN BEAU MATIN (ONE FINE MORNING) directed by MIA HANSEN-LØVE
REVOIR PARIS (PARIS MEMORIES) directed by ALICE WINOCOUR
MEN directed by ALEX GARLAND
Writer-director Alex Garland’s third feature Men is his boldest and most provocative creation to date.
LE PARFUM VERT (THE GREEN PERFUME) directed by NICOLAS PARISER