Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 – 22), indieWIRE is publishing an updated compilation of articles from indieWIRE, our blog network and other outlets.
Curious about Lars Von Trier’s reaction to becoming a “Persona Non Grata” at Cannes? indieWIRE was able to interview the exiled director, who spoke directly about the recent controversy. “I was extremely stupid,” he said, “but on the other hand we should worry about not being able to talk about certain things.”
Stephanie Sigman has been making waves with her first lead role in Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala.” indieWIRE profiled the actress, asking her about taking on such a demanding part and her plans for the future.
indieWIRE lead critic Eric Kohn was not pleased with “This Must Be the Place,” calling the film “too much of a godawful mess to merit serious moral scrutiny.” Kohn also got a chance to look at “Drive” late last night, praising the film for being “a hyperactive love letter to road rage with unapologetic glee.” Finally, Kohn reviewed “Oslo, August 31st,” which he deemed “a powerful, upfront document of a recovering drug addict confronting the demons of his past.”
The festival selected the three winners for the Cinéfondation prizes. The awards went to Doroteya Droumeva’s “The Letter,” Kamal Lazraq’s “Drari” and Son Tae-gyum’s “Fly by Night.”
indieWIRE continued to update the Cannes Guide to All the Films. Make sure to check it out here.
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James Rocchi reviewed the new Ryan Gosling vehicle, “Drive,” for The Playlist and gave it very high marks.
Rocchi also saw “Bonsai,” coming out of the theater with a good impression of the new film from Chilean director Christian Jimenez.
The Playlist put up a trailer of Joachim Trier’s new film, “Oslo, 31 August.”
Anne Thompson went back on the Oscar beat, this time from Cannes.
Around the Web
A number of anticipated titles hit La Croisette late in the festival. One of the most anticipated was the Sean Penn starrer, “This Must Be the Place.” Here are some early reviews from The Guardian (mixed) and Time Out London (mixed),
For more on “Drive” “This Must Be the Place,” check out Maclean’s summary of the films’ two press conferences.
Reuters took a break from the films and reported on the AmfAR gala that took place near the festival. The annual Cinema Against AIDS dinner raised over $10 million.
[Compiled by Michelle Koh, Daniel Loria and Nigel M. Smith]