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.
Lars Von Trier’s comments at the Wednesday press conference for “Melancholia,” in which he joked about sympathizing with Hitler and possibly being a Nazi, racketed up even more controversy today. The Cannes Board of Directors declared Von Trier a “Persona Non Grata,” meaning he is unable to physically collect any awards for his film and his future with the festival is in question. Von Trier could also face legal action from France, where anti-Semitic remarks can lead to six months in prison or a € 22,500 fine. indieWIRE reported on the latest development in this scandal.
There has been some confusion about the technicalities of becoming a “Persona Non Grata.” It seems Von Trier would still be eligible to receive the Palme d’Or but would be unable to attend the ceremony.
Speaking of the Palme d’Or, indieWIRE offered a round-up of the top five contenders for the coveted prize. Click here to read about the five front runners, including “Melancholia” and “The Tree of Life.”
indieWIRE lead critic Eric Kohn reviewed Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In,” starring Antonio Banderas as a deranged plastic surgeon. Kohn was only so-so on the dark medical thriller, stating Almodóvar “lets the mess pile up and enjoys it.” Kohn was a much bigger fan of Jafar Panahi’s “This is Not a Film,” calling it “a moving expression of frustration, as well as an eloquent indictment of Iranian society.”
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“Yes, the director was being a prize ass, to the surprise of absolutely no-one. But we’d think that the official reprimand, and subsequent apology would have been the end of the story, without the need to blacklist the director. If Von Trier had stood up and outlined racial supremacist views, that would have been one thing, but he was nowhere near that, and even clarified his views at the time, and to ban Von Trier from the festival only a few days after parading Mel Gibson, a man on record as making genuinely racist and anti-Semitic statements, down the red carpet for the out-of-competition premiere of “The Beaver,” a move designed to generate publicity just as much as Von Trier’s comments were, is an act of staggering hypocrisy.”
The Playlist also delivered their thoughts on Almodovar’s turn to the dark side, “The Skin I Live In.” Overall they liked the film, stating, “Much like its fellow Cannes Competition selection entry “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Skin I Live In” is an unsettling dance of thanatos and eros, death and sex; unlike the Australian film’s slow and swooning ballet, Almodovar gives us a swift and shimmering tarantella, the dance that began as a folk remedy for venomous spider bites.”
Back to Von Trier. Eric Kohn offered his three reasons why the director doesn’t “offend us Jews.” Click here to read why.
Around the Web
The L.A. Times chatted up director Nadine Labaki about her personal project, “Where Do We Go Now.”
The Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins examined the classical music tendency of this year’s festival.
Pedro has a new movie in Cannes and the first round of reviews are out! Check out what Movieline (positive), Obsessed with Film (positive), The Hollywood Reporter (positive), Screen Daily (positive) and The Guardian (positive) had to say about it.
[Compiled by Michelle Koh, Daniel Loria and Nigel M. Smith]