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From the sound of the reports coming from Cannes, there are only a handful of must-see premieres so far: Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats, Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job, and Mike Leigh’s Another Year. The one title that had the most potential to swing in either direction, is Olivier Assayas’ 5 1/2 hour epic, Carlos. IFC acquired the film before Cannes, and plans a multi-platform release that serves its massive running time (and, the fact that it was made for TV overseas). The film premiered today in Cannes, and the praise is already deafening.

From his quickie review, Todd McCarthy says “‘Carlos’ is everything ‘Che’ wanted to be and much, much more—a dynamic, convincing and revelatory account of a notorious revolutionary terrorist’s career that rivets the attention during every one of its 321 minutes. In what is certainly his best work, French director Olivier Assayas adopts a fleet, ever-propulsive style that creates an extraordinary you-are-there sense of verisimilitude, while Edgar Ramirez inhabits the title role with arrogant charisma of Brando in his prime. It’s an astonishing film.” I need to see this ASAP.

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