2013 Cannes Film Festival – Day 9

gray-rennerSometimes, much-anticipated films disappoint while other movies that were under the radar take you by surprise. As the festivals nears its conclusion, we were hoping that the best was yet to come, even though the showings of James Gray (photo : Moland Fengkov), Roman Polanski and Jim Jarmush’s entries late in the festival were presaging they would just be minor works.

The day started with the screening of James Gray’s The Immigrant starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremie Renner. Despite a great cinematography and strong performances from Cotillard and Renner, the film failed to create emotions and excitement.

kim novakThe actor Mads Mikkelsen was also back, following his win last year (The Hunt), this time speaking French in d’Arnaud des Paillères’ Michael Kohlhaas, the story of a horse dealer fermenting a little revolution as a revenge ploy. Once again, despite a beautiful photography and a good cast, this film didn’t meet our expectations because of its dull script.

So far, the event of the day wasn’t part of the competition but rather the presence of actress Kim Novak who was here to present a restored version of Hitchcock’s masterwork Vertigo. Fortunately things kept getting better after that. The surprise came from Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, a dark vampire comedy set in Detroit, which is bound to get cult status thanks to its fine dialogues and rock’n’ roll soundtrack.

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Moland Fengkov

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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