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April 19, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU —Céline Sciamma

PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE: (Céline Sciamma) — IN COMPETITION 

"Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all."

Céline Sciamma

If you've been fortunate enough to have seen other films by Céline Sciamma, such as "Water Lillies," "Tomboy," or "Girlhood," then you know what a powerful filmic storyteller she is. Sciamma gets to depths of social, emotional, and intellectual truths that other filmmakers only dream of ever achieving. I predict that "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" will prove every bit as engaging as Sciamma's past films. This Competition film could walk away with the coveted Palme d'Or this year. 

April 18, 2019

CANNES OFFICIAL SELECTION 2019

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Sadly I won't be headed to the Rivera this year — most likely I will cover Cannes next year — but from the selection, 2019 looks like an off year for the festival anyway. Critics who attend Cannes every year like to hypothesize that Cannes flip-flops annually between good and bad years.

I will, however, be filing notes on this year's festival from my NYC location. However thin this year's offerings, there are some filmmakers whose efforts are promising. Jim Jarmusch, Elia Suleiman, Arnaud Desplechin, Bong Joon-Ho, Céline Sciamma, Jessica Hausner, Karim Aïnouz, Kantemir Balagov, Ken Loach, Marco Bellocchio, Ira Sachs, Annie Silverstein, Corneliu Porumboiu, Nicolas Bedos, Asif Kapadia, Claude Lelouch, Werner Herzog, Lee Won-Tae, Bruno Dumont, Midi Z, Christophe Honoré, Danielle Lessovitz, Mati Diop, Justine Triet, Pippa Bianco, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have movies I'd go out of my way to see at the festival. 

I typically see about 28 films during the festival, so the above list would be doable regardless of how daunting it might seem.

My skip-it list would include films from Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodóvar, and Nicolas Winding Refn (because 10 television episodes do not a "film" make).

Rocketman

My guilty-pleasure pick would be Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic "Rocketman," even though another rock star biopic seems redundant. I'm just curious to see what The Strypes bandmates broke up the best touring rock band to do with their talents.

Cannes Official Selection

The Dead Don't Die

Competition Films
The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) – opening film
Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

Un Certain Regard

Adam (dir: Maryam Touzani)

Dylda (dir: Kantemir Balagov)

A Brother’s Love (dir: Monia Chokri)

Bull (dir: Annie Silverstein)

The Climb (dir: Michael Covino)

Evge (dir: Nariman Aliev)

Liberté (dir: Albert Serra)

Invisible Life (dir: Karim Aïnouz)

Jeanne (dir: Bruno Dumont)

Room 212 (dir: Christophe Honoré)

Papicha (dir: Mounia Meddour)

Port Authority (dir: Danielle Lessovitz)

Summer of Changsha (dir: Zu Feng)

The Swallows of Kabul (dir: Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)

A Sun That Never Sets (dir: Olivier Laxe)

Zhuo Ren Mi Mi (dir: Midi Z)

Out of Competition

The Best Years of a Life (dir: Claude Lelouch)

Diego Maradona (dir: Asif Kapadia)

La Belle Époque (dir: Nicolas Bedos)

Rocketman (dir: Dexter Fletcher)

Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell (TV series – dir: Nicolas Winding Refn)

Midnight Screenings
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (dir: Lee Won-Tae)

Special Screenings
Family Romance, LLC (dir: Werner Herzog)
For Sama (dir: Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)
Que Sea Ley (dir: Juan Solanas)
Share (dir: Pippa Bianco)
To Be Alive and Know It (dir: Alain Cavalier)
Tommaso (dir: Abel Ferrara)

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