Good Thursday to all...
CANNES: TURNING INTO THE HOME STRETCH
They've past the half way point in France at the Cannes Film Festival and the response and buzz has begun to heat up. Let's start by taking a look at the critical response thus far from the collected wisdom assembled by Ioncinema:
Parsing the numbers reveals that the critical favorites still remain "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Past" at a collective 3.7 rating each with "A Touch of Sin" parked at third with a 3.3.
Films that have played as of this morning (EDT) that haven't been compiled include Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" which both seem to have been divisively received (judging only by the twitter traffic I've seen) and "Blue is the Warmest Color" ("La Vie d'Adele") which is getting mostly good buzz and some speculation vis-a-vis the Best Actress prize there at Cannes.
J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost", the mostly wordless one man show starring Robert Redford that's playing out of competition has gotten what seems to be a rapturous response. Quite a bit of Best Actor Oscar talk surrounding Redford's performance and a really interesting question for is Telluride followers...could this film featuring the founder of that other American film festival set in a Rocky Mountain town make the Telluride lineup? That would be very interesting.
Meanwhile, friend of the blog, Christopher Schiller passed along this connection to an even broader critical collective that is tracking Cannes as well:
Looks as if they really like "Blue is the Warmest Color" as well.
I have also included a link here to The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg's analysis of the festival at its halfway point:
There has been a good deal of speculation that "Like Father, Like Son" might have the legs to secure the Palme d"Or.
Newly released Cannes-tailored clips continue to issue forth and I have snagged a few that might be in the Telluride mix including a new one from James Gray's "The Immigrant" from The Playlist. The link also includes an interview with Gray:
And I have added a link to the same site for the aforementioned "All is Lost":
Here's an alternative link and story from Rope of Silicon:
Cannes concludes on Feb. 26th.
More on Monday as Cannes concludes...