If you’ve been paying attention to Indiewire over the past few weeks, you know that the Cannes Film Festival consumed a lot of our time lately. While the festival finally ended over the weekend, however, there are still many reasons to discuss its lineup. Many of the more notable titles from the program scored distribution, and a lot of them are surefire bets for the fall season circuit. But does that automatically make them Oscar contenders? Not so fast.
While Jacques Audiard’s immigration drama “Dheepan” won the Palme d’Or, that doesn’t guarantee it will automatically make its way into the foreign language race. In fact, there are other Cannes contenders that may already be ahead in that regard. Meanwhile, Todd Haynes’ “Carol” seems like a strong contender for Best Picture — but “seems” is the operative word here. We’re still not sure just how well these movies will be able to sustain their post-Cannes momentum, whatever that means.
In this week’s podcast, deputy editor and chief film critic Eric Kohn and editor at large Anne Thompson seek answers to these questions. As they debate the merits of these festival-acclaimed films, they also ponder their significance to larger audiences, and wonder whether “larger audiences” should be the goal for any filmmaker — especially Cameron Crowe, whose much-derided “Aloha” opens this week. The co-hosts also examine this catastrophic release, and wonder whether Crowe’s filmmaking might be better suited for a different arena.
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