Cannes Film Festival 2022 Day 11

 

Competition

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 

Michelle Williams stars in Kelly Reichardt’s first Cannes Competition entry, a wry comedy about a solitary sculptor – a beautifully crafted, modest gem.

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.

PREMIERE

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 

Virginie Efira (Benedetta) stars in this latest drama from French director Alice Winocour (Proxima), about a woman who survives a deadly terrorist attack in the heart of Paris

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 

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