The moving return of Deneuve
Cannes experienced one of its most anticipated moments on Saturday: the return to the light of Catherine Deneuve, eighteen months after a stroke and fifty-seven years after her baptism in Cannes for “Umbrellas of Cherbourg“by Jacques Demy, Palme d’Or.”I am happy that Cannes and the cinema were able to resume as before. It’s moving for me …“, confided the visibly moved actress, radiant in a long black velvet dress. The large Lumiere auditorium reserved a long standing ovation for her. In”In his lifetime“by Emmanuelle Bercot, the 77-year-old actress plays the mother of a thirty-something (Benoit Magimel) condemned by cancer.
Sean Penn no hard feelings
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Obviously without hard feelings, five years after being crushed by the critics with a film presented at Cannes, Sean Penn is back on the Croisette with “Flag Day“, a film in competition for the Palme d’Or in which he plays alongside his daughter. The true story of a father who robs banks and counterfeiters who amazes his child with his magnetism. Bredouille so far, Sean Penn is competing for the Palme d’Or for the third time as a director.
Covid: Léa Seydoux uncertain
French star Léa Seydoux, one of the most anticipated on the Croisette with four films including three in competition, has tested positive for Covid-19 and “waiting for instructions from his doctor“to find out if she will be able to go to Cannes. Tested several days ago but vaccinated, the actress is”asymptomatic“, according to a spokesperson. It is expected in particular for”The French Dispatch“by Wes Anderson. In addition, Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate of the festival, assured that there was”no Cannes cluster“, wanting to silence”rumors” on this subject.
Corsini and Marmaï “yellow vests” at Cannes
“If Macron ever accepted, I would go see him and tell him to double the salaries of all caregivers“, replied the French director Catherine Corsini on Saturday during the press conference for her film”The divide“, one of the French films in competition, to a journalist who asked her if she had a message for the President of the Republic. Hospital caregivers overwhelmed and destitute,”yellow vests“beaten up by the police, social classes who look at each other: with”The divide“, Catherine Corsini exposes the tears of French society. Pio Marmaï, who plays a truck driver”yellow vest“, confided for his part that he had been”really sensitive to the trajectory“of his character.
A star cow in Cannes
She responds to the sweet name of Luma. It is an English dairy cow already darling of the 74th edition. She is the star of “Cow“by Briton Andrea Arnold. Festival-goers discovered the intimate and moving life of Luma in this film, not quite an animal documentary.”Cow“is an invitation to question the viewer on his relationship to nature, following the parallel destinies of the cow and her calf. Without dialogue, the film offers a sensory experience dominated by mooing.
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And “Annette“of Leos Carax always prances at the head of”palmoscopes“Cannes,”Julie (in 12 chapters)“, the Norwegian Joachim Trier, very well received, won in second position, dislodging”Ahed’s Knee“of the Israeli Nadav Lapid who finds himself fourth, according to the panel established by Screen International.”Everything went well“by François Ozon finds himself on the third step of the podium, while”Languages“, by Chadian Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, was the least attractive. As for French critics surveyed by Le Film Français, Carax is still holding the rope, ahead of Ozon’s film and”Julie (in 12 chapters)“. Only Les Cahiers du cinema estimate ”Benedetta“Palmable. Eric Neuhoff du Figaro, Thomas Sotinel du Monde and Céline Rouden de La Croix have ”not liked at all“the life of the lesbian nun brought to the screen by Verhoeven.