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Cannes 2019

CANNES – It was a long night for Chloë Sevigny and the cast of Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.“ A late night premiere led to a late night afterparty and an official press conference that was perhaps a bit too early for…

CANNES – Imagine you wake up, but something is missing. In fact, a lot is missing. You are, simply, your hand.  That is, in effect, the first scene of Jérémy Clapin’s animated marvel “I Lost My Body,” which debuted at the 2019 C…

It consumed, delighted, and maddened many of us, even from afar, but the 2019 Cannes Film Festival is finally done. South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho‘s social satire “Parasite” won the coveted Palme d’Or prize (a first for Sou…

The 2019 Oscars were very good to the programmers of the Cannes Film Festival. After an almost desolate 2018 where it was represented by just a few Foreign Language Film nominations, the French mainstay saw a major turnaround as “BlacKkKlansman&#…

An overstuffed, stylish crime story about an unpredictable underground world, impressive visual poetry might be on display again in Yinan Diao’s “The Wild Goose Lake,” his latest action-noir, but narrative cohesion is sorely lacking. Following the visu…

CANNES – Being a part of a film festival jury means you will never satisfy everyone. It’s part of the gig. For the jury of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, they were lucky enough to be handed a slate that featured few outright “bad&#822…

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has come to an end and, as expected, the competition jury made many of the media who had reviewed and screened the film both exhilarated and exhausted.  The Palme d’Or went to Bong Joon-ho‘s masterpiece, &#8220…

28-year-old writer-director Kantemir Balagov shocked and astonished many at Cannes just two years ago with his startlingly assured debut feature, “Closeness,” which won a FIPRESCI prize in the Un Certain Regard section. He returns in UCR selection agai…

With her third film “Sibyl,” French director Justine Triet explores the transgression of boundaries. These barriers exist between the home and the workplace, they separate fiction and reality and regulate the flow of memories from the past to the prese…

CANNES – Elia Suleiman has made very few films over his career. In truth, “It Must Be Heaven,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is only his fourth film since 1996. When he does release new work, however, it’s al…