Each year, the Cannes Film Festival brings the bulk of the film world to the French Riviera for two hectic weeks of movies and dealmaking. For filmmakers, a coveted slot in the Cannes lineup has the power to broadcast new cinematic achievements on a global scale. This year’s program has been no exception, with several movies being heralded as great accomplishments even though only a select few have had the chance to check them out. Can you trust the hype?
This year’s festival certainly has provided moviegoers with a lot to anticipate, from awards season fare like Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Pixar’s “Inside Out” to weirder potential breakouts such as the Colin Farrell vehicle “The Lobster,” set in a future where being single is illegal. There have also been plenty of movies met with mixed-to-negative reactions, most notably Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees” and Gaspar Noé’s sexually-charged 3-D drama “Love.” What does it mean for the future of titles when they’re subjected to immediate judgement from the Cannes crowd?
Setting those questions aside, Cannes doesn’t just showcase the best (and sometimes the worst) of contemporary cinema. It also provides a window into the state of the industry in its own terms. Distributors, sales agents and executives flock to the French Riviera to promote their upcoming products and set the stage for more. They’re all trying to present an optimistic look at their future prospects, but the media is keeping close tabs on these antics, and we’re among them.
This week, Indiewire’s weekly film podcast Screen Talk gathered with some of its faithful listeners from around the world at the American Pavilion for a live recording of our 47th episode, where dug into many of these topics. Co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson were joined by their colleague Nigel Smith for a lively debate about their highlights and disappointments from the festival as well as other major talking points from recent Cannes headlines. You can listen to the episode above, but don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes. Check out all of our 2015 Cannes Film Festival coverage here, and follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent film and TV news — including reviews, interviews, and so much more. Follow Kohn, Thompson and Smith on Twitter for additional updates on Indiewire’s daily coverage.