2013 Cannes Film Festival Blog – Day 7

james francoNow that the festival enters its second week of the festival, let’s have a quick recap. This first week was high in off-screen diversions, from the rain that drenched the red carpet to the shootings that interrupted a live TV show and the theft of 1 million euros worth of jewelry in a hotel room. Fortunately, after a few days, everything went back to normal and movies finally took taken center stage, whether they were good or bad.

Let’s start with what was probably the most questionable official entry so far, Takashi Miike’s action/drama Shields Of Straw, which despite its big budget looks like a high-octane TV movie. Also, Arnaud Desplechin’s film seems to only be here thanks its good cast, including Benicio Del Toro.

As for the usual suspects – Steven Soderbergh, the Coen brothers –, they deliver honest, mastered works but don’t seem strong enough to compete in the official selection. The only thing we can say for sure is that Paul Sorentino’s melancholic La Grande Bellezza seems, so far, to be a favorite while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God forgives seems more irritating than disappointing.

On our end, the most memorable moments remain Amat Escalante’s Helli (read our review) and Amat Kore-Eda’s Like Father, Like Son (read our review). While the Mexican film is enveloped in sober beauty, the Japanese movie offers a fine balance between emotions and storytelling.

Finally, among the relatively good surprises, let’s mention the audacious James Franco (Photo right: © Moland Fengkov) who adapted William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying while it is disappointing to not see Claire Denis’ Les Salauds compete in the official selection.

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Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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