Cannes Film Festival 2016: Day 1

Cannes film festival 2016: 1st Day

Cannes film festival 2016: 1st Day with Kirsten Dust

The opening of the 69th Cannes film festival was marked by the screening of Woody Allen’s Café Society (out of competition), the American filmmaker being accompanied by his leading cast including Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg. While the jokes about Jews and a cruel movie industry are pretty effective, the love story is reminiscent of James Gray’s Two Lovers but feels futile and passionless. Café Society is entertaining but fails to surprise, once again showing that the filmmaker’s inspiration has been diminishing the last few years.

The official competition kicked off with Cristi Puiu’s Sierra Nevada and we can certainly be thankful it was scheduled at the beginning of the festival as this 3 hour long movie required all our energy to be fully appreciated. Centering on members of a family grieving their father, this is mostly an opportunity for family secrets to be revealed. Too long, dense and chatty, Sierra Nevada is however worth watching for its cast’s strong performances. A wide variety of themes are tackled from adultery to religion, communism and 9/11, leaving us washed-out at the end of the screening.

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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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