The French Chronicle, new film by Wes Anderson, acclaimed at Cannes

In this season of the festival that ended last week, several titles were applauded and are awaited by the public, one of them being The French Chronicle. Anderson’s new production tells the story of Arthur Howitzer Junior (Bill Murray) who turned his travel journals into The French Dispatch, a weekly periodical with political news from around the world, as well as arts and other topics.

Wes Anderson’s French Chronicle

The film will be set in the newsroom of the newspaper in which a group of expatriate writers make up the team. The director intersperses sequences shot in color with sequences in black and white, as well as animations and vignettes. Thus, several plots are intertwined around the dynamics of the fictional newspaper’s editorial production.


Composed of a spectacular cast that was present in force at Cannes, the film appeared on social networks with every photograph taken of its actors and actresses. While everyone was waiting for the traditional arrival in limousines or black cars, on the red carpet, the director opted for the highlight. Thus, accompanied by some interpreters and the composer Alexander Desplat, his entrance was as pompous as the symmetry and colors of his film: in a sumptuous golden bus, escorted by the French police, on motorcycles.

The actor Timothee Calamet he caught the eye with his silver suit and signed autographs for fans. Furthermore, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Benício del Toro e Stephen Park, were the other actors of The French Chronicle who were present. the french Léa Seydoux she just did not attend the event because she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Tilda Swinton, a rainha do festival

Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet e Wes Anderson/Twitter

The whole team seemed to have fun now doing selfies, now filming the crowd. The American Tilda Swinton, who has a 35-year career, was in the cast of five titles exhibited at Cannes. One of them, Memory, from the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul, she plays a farmer who moves to Bogotá and becomes plagued by strange noises. Joe debuted at the Festival in 2004, taking the award a certain look, hair drama Tropic disease and, again, he was awarded, in 2010, with the Palme d’Or, for Uncle Boonme, Who Can Remember His Past Lives. Memory is his first film in English in Spanish.

The other films with Tilda’s participation that were shown are the drama The Souvenir e The Souvenir – part II; The Storms of Jeremy Thomas, documentary; and the restored version of Friendship’s Death, 1987, a surrealist drama.

love letter to journalism

Anderson’s film received the nickname ‘love letter to journalism’. Wes included in the end credits of the work a list of writers and editors who inspired him as Lilian Ross (literary journalist from The New Yorker) e James Baldwin (novelist, dramatist and social critic).

Interestingly, second to magazine Variety, the director did not participate in the press conferences with his cast, a common habit in films that compete in the main category. Still being cheered by the public and specialized critics, the director thanked him and, while trying to leave the theater, said he hopes to return soon with another title.

Delayed numerous times due to pandemic The French Chronicle is scheduled for October 22, in the United States.

Yasmine Evaristo

Visual artist, draftsman, majoring in Letters – Publishing Technologies. Member Abraccine. Film researcher, mainly in the fantastic genre, as well as representation and representation of black people in cinema. Devotee of the holy trinity Tarkovski-Kubrick-Lynch.