Cannes film festival 2016: day 4

Cannes film festival 2016: Rebecca Hall

Cannes film festival 2016 : day 4 with Rebecca Hall (c) Moland Fengkov

It’s already the weekend, which means scenesters are flocking into town, hoping to get into the most exclusive parties on the beach.  But rather than lamenting those drunks who come to parasite the festival – which of course we’re not part of  – let’s get back to business!

The official selection has strong social aspirations so far. In Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical, a broke and uninspired screenwriter has bisexual relationships and becomes a dad, while in Bruno Domont’s Ma Loute, degenerate bourgeois have to deal with cannibal fishermen. Jodie Foster takes on capitalism and the media in Money Monster while Ken Loach addresses bureaucratic struggles in I, Daniel Blake. Park Chan-Wook’s Agassi portays a love story between a hereiss and her maid and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey follows a teenage girl on the road. While all these movies have different premises, they portray society and its different types of violence.

Today, we at least got the chance to take a break from these social themes with Steven Spielberg’s BFG which was shown out of competition and stars Mark Rylance and Rebecca Hall (see picture). Other than that, we still have the same feeling that the selection is so far solid but lacks a spark. That said, movies like Ma Loute and American Honey are slowly raising the bar, making us suspect that the best is yet to come.

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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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