Cannes 2016 – A First Impression

George Miller

George Miller, President of the Cannes film festival 2016 Jury

After making a successful comeback last year with the stunning Mad Max: Fury Road which was shown out of competition, the Australian filmmaker George Miller presides this year’s Cannes jury. While this is great news, the experience shows that a visionary president doesn’t mean the most groundbreaking works will win as choices made by the Coen brothers and David Cronenberg’s juries can attest – Dheepan and Rosetta respectively won the top prizes.

When it comes to the rest of the jury, there’s a lot of glamour this year, most particularly with the presence of the American actress Kirsten Dust (Melancholia), the French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis (The Girl on the Bridge), the Italian actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man), the Danish Actor Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) and the veteran actor Donald Sutherland. The award-winning directors Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul) and Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) round up the jury, along producer Katayoon Shahabi.

As for the film selection, this year’s Cannes film festival competition seems pretty promising and eclectic, mixing conventional drama with genre films and even comedy (Bruno Dumont’s Ma Loute). Lots of usual suspects are back, some of them – such as Pedro Almodovar, Xavier Dolan, Olivier Assayas – mastering the art of getting their films ready just in time to be selected for the official competition. Other strong contenders include Cristian Mungiu, the Dardenne brothers and Ken Loach and a few movies are already creating some buzz, most notably Xavier Dolan It’s Only The End Of The World which stars Marion Cotillard, Olivier Assayas’ Personal shopper with Kristen Stewart as well as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon. Let’s not forget about other directors such as Paul Verhoeven, Andrea Arnold, Jeff Nichols, Brillante Mendoza and Asghar Farhadi who, despite being under the radar, might end up stealing the show.

All this sounds very exciting and we’re looking forward to the festival’s opening in a couple days!

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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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