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Cannes So Far: Indiewire’s Mid-Festival Wrap-Up

Cannes So Far: Indiewire's Mid-Festival Wrap-Up

The 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is now at its halfway mark, and although we are still waiting on major directors like Alexander Payne, Roman Polanski, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh to unveil their films, the festival has already provided a promising amount of buzz and excitement. From the glamor and star power supplied by opener “The Great Gatsby” to the more quiet engrossments provided by competition entries “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Past,” it seems that there will be something for everyone throughout the course of the festival, which closes on May 25. Here are just a few of the noteworthy occurrences so far.


Martian Zombies and Liev Schreiber Can’t Quite Salvage ‘Last Days on Mars’
Despite its impressive visuals and a solid first act, ‘Last Days on Mars’ devolves into a stupid and uninspired zombie flick that ruin’s the movie’s initial promise.

At Nearly 4 Hours, Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ Adds a Valuable Chapter to ‘Shoah’
After his epic 1985 Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” filmmaker Claude Lanzmann shows that he is still very much capable of mining engrossing material about the atrocity, with his latest “The Last of the Unjust” covering the Czech ghetto Therienstadt.

Why ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Isn’t the Minor Coen Bros. Movie It Looks Like
The Coen Brothers surprised and impressed with “Inside Llewyn Davis,” their 1960’s-set tale of a fledgling folk musician thanks to a revelatory performance by Oscar Isaac in the title role as well as a catchy score by T. Bone Burnett.

‘The Dance of Reality,’ Alejandro Jodorowsky’s First Film in 23 years, is a Return to Form
Legendary cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to the filmmaking scene after over two decades without losing any of his brazenly surreal panache. 

How Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Past’ Confirms His Mastery of Human Behavior
Arriving on the heels of his Oscar-winning 2011 drama “A Separation,” “The Past” sees Iranian director Asghar Farhadi leaving his native country for France, while still maintaining his steadfast devotion to his characters’ emotions.

Teens Living Dangerously in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” and Francois Ozon’s “Young and Beautiful”
Two films explore overeager youth, both yielding interesting results: Sofia Coppola’s depiction of teens robbing celebrity homes in the real-life-inspired “The Bling Ring,” and Francois Ozon’s “Young and Beautiful,” which portrays a young girl who becomes a prostitute online.


‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ Doomed Lovers Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck on Cannes Reception and Those Terrence Malick Comparisons
The two stars talk to Indiewire about the experience of premiering 1970’s-set crime love story “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” on the Croisette.

‘F*ck yeah, let’s go:’ Robin Wright Discusses Playing Robin Wright in Ari Folman’s Divisive Cannes Drama ‘The Congress’
Robin Wright discusses her fruitful career and her last role playing, well, herself in Ari Folman’s “The Congress.”

How Jeremy Saulnier Went From Corporate Videos to Premiering ‘Blue Ruin’ at Cannes
Just over a month ago Jeremy Saulnier was in Cleveland shooting corporate videos. His latest feature film “Blue Ruin” just premiered at the Director’s Fortnight. Saulnier discusses the making of the movie as well as his experience on the Croisette.

Why Director’s Fortnight Didn’t Decide On It’s Lineup Until the Last Second
Édouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, talks to Indiewire about how this year’s lineup was barely decided in time and the criteria they use for selecting films to be shown as part of the Fortnight.

Baz Luhrmann Addresses His ‘Great Gatsby’ Critics at Cannes and Talks About Film Alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
Having already come out stateside before opening Cannes less than a week later, “The Great Gatsby” garnered a healthy box office but not very enthusiastic responses from critics. Director Baz Luhrmann and the cast discuss the film’s bold use of anachronistic music as well as the mixed reception.

The 10 Best Things Sofia Coppola and Emma Watson Said at ‘The Bling Ring’ Cannes Press Conference
Director Sofia Coppola discusses what inspired her to make the film , and Emma Watson discusses her career after “Harry Potter” and how watching ‘The Hills’ helped her prepare for role part of Nikki.

The 9 Best Things Said by the Coen Bros., Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake at the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Press Conference
The directors and stars of the film talk about the humorous onset vibe, their love of folk music and their unique plans for the soundtrack release.


Five Minutes of Nicole Kidman as ‘Grace of Monaco’ is Not Enough: The Weinstein Co. Underwhelms With Their Cannes Preview
After their stellar showcase of pre-trailer footage at Cannes last year, The Weinstein Company left many unimpressed with its plethora of trailers already available to watch online. Their most high-profile exclusive, five minutes of footage from the upcoming Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco,” did little to build excitement or anticipation.

RADiUS-TWC Makes First Major Deal of Cannes: Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Blue Ruin’
The pocketbooks are coming out in a big way for Fortnight entry “Blue Ruin,” with RADiUS-TWC announcing that it has acquired the rights to the thriller and will prepare it for a theatrical release in the Fall.

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