Cannes Film Festival 2015 Recap

When we heard that the Cohen brothers would be president of the Cannes 2015 jury, we were hoping that some audacious work would take home the glorious Palme d’or.

As the festival was unfolding, day after day, it became clear that several movies could pretend winning the much-coveted prize – at least in most festivalgoers’ eyes – the likes of Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jacques Audiard, Paolo Sorrentino, Nanni Moretti and Laszlo Nemes (see photo below) being name-dropped here and there accompanied by an abundance of superlatives.

Laszlo Nemes, Cannes film festival

Grand Prix winner Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul) at the 2015 Cannes film festival

As a result, just like every year, some were disappointed with the Jury’s decisions but what is sure is that, despite strong competition, French actor Vincent Lindon (see photo below) certainly deserved his award for best performance in The Measure of a Man (read our review). Son of Saul (read our review) also rightfully deserved its Grand Prix, being one of the most memorable films shown here.

Vincent Lindon, Cannes Film Festival

Best Actor winner Vincent Lindon at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The first real surprise came from Emmanuelle Bercot (Mon Roi) winning for best actress, even though her performance bordered on hysteria – we would have definitely preferred to see Zhao Tao win for her role in Mountains may depart. Even more surprising, Ms. Bercot shared her honor with Rooney Mara (Carol) whose onscreen partner, Cate Blanchett, left empty-handed.

Sienna Miller,  Cannes Film Festival

Jury member Sienna Miller at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The fact that Michel Franco’s Chronic won for best script was also puzzling as the movie was built on a thin, repetitive storyline. On the other hand, the weird, original Lobster got a merited accolade with the Jury Prize. Same thing with Hou Hsiao Hsien, his direction being worthy of a prize, the meditative sword film The Assassin looking gorgeous.

Last but not least, the most questionable choice was by far Deephan winning the Palme d’Or. More restrained than Rust and Bone (read our review), Jacques Audiard’s latest entry had a good premise but turned into a Charles Bronson-style vigilante flick in its second half; and with so many strong movies in the running, one can be disappointed that the jury lacked cohesion in its choices.

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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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