Cannes 2019: Why Elton John Wasn’t the Only Big Story at the Start of the Festival

Screen Talk, episode 234: How "Rocketman" played on the Croisette, and what to expect from this year's Palme d'Or race.
Nicolas Winding Refn, Miles Teller. Actor Miles Teller, left, and director Nicolas Winding Refn pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Too old to Die Young' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France2019 Too old to Die Young Red Carpet, Cannes, France - 17 May 2019
Jury photocall, 72nd Cannes Film Festival, France - 14 May 2019
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Alice Rohrwacher, Elle Fanning, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Maimouna N'Diaye and Kelly ReichardtJury photocall, 72nd Cannes Film Festival, France - 14 May 2019
Elle FanningJury photocall, 72nd Cannes Film Festival, France - 14 May 2019
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The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has a whole second week to go, but its first few days were filled with activity, from the deadpan zombie comedy of Jim Jarmusch’s opening night film “The Dead Don’t Die” to a starry evening with Elton John on the red carpet for “Rocketman.” In between, there were also films from Senegal (“Atlantics”) and Brazil (“Barcuaru”) with many more to come. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson find each other in the American Pavilion (where it was a little windy, our apologies) to talk through the buzz at this year’s festival and anticipate the films yet to screen. Anyone on the ground for this year’s festival is invited to next week’s live recording of Screen Talk at the American Pavilion on Wednesday, May 22, at 2:15 p.m. For more information, go here.

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