CANNES, France (AP) — There was Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman, red runner glorious and a stand of new Academy Award contenders — though this was also a year a tellurian financial predicament exploded onto film screens during Cannes.
“La Crise” — as a French call it — bedeviled Robert Pattinson‘s disaster-bound billionaire in David Cronenberg‘s “Cosmopolis,” a impoverished Glasgow lady in Ken Loach‘s “The Angels’ Share,” a bare-knuckle fighter in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” and a disturbed mobsters in Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly.”
We live in concerned times, and that feeling was reflected during a French Riviera film festival that’s a scapegoat for frocks and froth, as good as for critical cinema.
The mood seemed to be mirrored by a weather. Several days were unseasonably cold and stormy, branch red-carpet photocalls into rain-lashed ordeals.
In a face of this angst, a jury rewarded love, giving Cannes’ tip prize, a Palme d’Or, to Austrian executive Michael Haneke for “Amour,” a starkly absolute film about an aged integrate coping with a wife’s worsening health.
Second and third prizes went to Matteo Garrone’s Italian joke “Reality” and Ken Loach‘s whiskey-tasting comedy “The Angels’ Share,” and there were behaving honors for Denmark’s Mads Mikkelsen for “The Hunt” and Romania’s Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for “Beyond a Hills.”
Although a festival had a clever American flavor, there were no prizes for a collection of films that examined a United States, past and benefaction — mostly by a lens of non-American directors.
Australia’s John Hillcoat decorated Prohibition-era bootleggers in “Lawless” and Brazil’s Walter Salles crossed a nation in his instrumentation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat classical “On a Road.” New Zealand-born Dominik set “Killing Them Softly,” a thriller starring Brad Pitt as a secular Mob enforcer, opposite a backdrop of a 2008 U.S. presidential election, while Canada’s Cronenberg sent Pattinson’s widen limo opposite a Manhattan of confidence threats and Occupy-style protests.
Cronenberg pronounced that “it seemed during points that we were operative some-more on a documentary.”
American directors also looked prolonged and tough during their country. Lee Daniels influenced a passionate and secular politics of a 1960s South into a death-row thriller in “The Paperboy,” while Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” spun a modern-day “Huckleberry Finn” story among Mississippi River fishing families whose approach of life is threatened.
It would not be a Cannes Film Festival though moments of debate — and craziness.
The former was supposing by a deficiency of any womanlike directors from a 22 films in a festival’s categorical competition. The conditions drew letters and petitions in France and a United States, and even a tiny criticism by feminist organisation La Barbe in front of Cannes’ famous red carpet.
Cannes executive Thierry Fremaux responded that he chose films only on merit, though a festival betrothed to make a larger bid to hunt down films by women.
The baffling and weird were supposing by a surreal coming of a demon in a Mexican family home in Carlos Reygadas’ “Post Tenebras Lux” — that won a directing esteem — and by flattering most everything, including a parking lot full of articulate widen limos, in Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors.”
While Carax’s puzzling imagining on opening and existence is doubtful to lure Hollywood’s Academy, there was copiousness during Cannes that will.
There was no film this year with a apparent mainstream crossover interest of final year’s dermatitis Cannes movie, “The Artist,” that went on to win 5 Oscars.
That film was acquired by The Weinstein Co., that this year has picked adult “The Sapphires,” a expansive low-pitched about an Australian Aboriginal lady organisation that played out of foe during Cannes. It skeleton a tumble recover in a U.S.
The likeliest claimant for an Oscars boost might be “Mud,” an positive and relocating third underline from 33-year-old executive Nichol. The film gives Matthew McConaughey a standout purpose as a mystic-minded refugee holed adult on an island in a Mississippi, and also draws strenuously healthy performances from child actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland.
McConaughey also appears in “The Paperboy,” that facilities an attention-grabbing opening from Kidman as a moist femme fatale. It could win her an Oscar nomination, and there could also be one for Marion Cotillard’s heated opening as a torpedo whale tutor who has a comfortless workplace collision in “Rust and Bone.”
And there’s expected to be a plain assembly for “Killing Them Softly,” a taut, 1970s-style crime thriller that sees Pitt play asocial true male to some superb impression behaving from a likes of James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.
Cannes is a bizarre mix of high-art earnest and Hollywood chutzpah, where a latest Haneke masterwork coexists with Sacha Baron Cohen roving a camel down a strand Croisette as “The Dictator.”
Even for showbiz veterans, it can be a conspicuous experience, as McConaughey detected during a celebration premiere of “The Paperboy.”
“It got a smashing acclaim and I’ve never gifted that,” he said. “I’ve never finished stage, and so I’ve never unequivocally gifted an evident response live like that. It was good to take a exhale and say, ‘Feel this. Feel this, McConaughey. This is a special, once-in-a-lifetime thing.’”
Associated Press Writer Thomas Adamson contributed to this report.
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