Cannes 2014 Day 3: Fire & Ice

*legende* Rosario Dawson.Even though Cannes festival goers and journalists spend most of their day in the darkness of movie theaters, the weather seems to always been on their mind, whether it’s to make conversations or to post some inept comments on social networks. Believe it or not, the weather can actually influence sharply the way a movie will be perceived, some films being seen as a welcome escape from bad weather while darker works might not fare as good – one can particularly remember how Like Someone In Love was warmly welcomed on a rainy day a few years ago.

On this third day featuring pleasant spring temperatures, the festival takes us in opposite – climatic – directions, starting with Atom Egoyan’s Captives , a thriller set in snowy Canada. This movie focusing on the search for a missing girl envelops the audience in its cold, heavy atmosphere but is unable to fully build on its premise, mostly because of poor editing and direction.

After a brief interlude warming up under a dragon’s breath (How To Train Your Dragon 2), back to the snow with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep. This 3 hour + work portrays the end of a relationship between a rich intellectual and his much younger wife. More talkative than the director’s previous works, this is still a magnificent entry about social classes and love.

The day ended with Argentine director Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales, which features a series of shorts about social classes and vengeance.  While this cynical and almost burlesque work can be amusing and surprising at times, this looks more than a series of jokes presented without any mise-en-scene. That said, after spending 3 hours and 15mn with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mr. Szifron did deliver the goods, bringing laughs and relief among the audience.

Photo : Rosario Dawson @ Captives press conference (c) Moland Fengkov.

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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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