CANNES IS IN FULL SWING: THE CRITICS ARE SPEAKING
The 70th Cannes Film Fest has roared into life and we begin the process of parsing critical responses as a method of gauging the possible Telluride fortunes of the films that make up the variety of programs. Of course, it' still early. As I type this on Monday morning, less than half of the Palme competition films have played. With that noted, here's what the critical consensus is to this point (and only mentioning films that have publicly screened)
First, looking at Reini Urban's massive and constantly updated compilation of critical response among Palme d'Or competition films at the top is Robin Campillo's 120 Battements par Minute with a 7.10 composite rating on a 10 point scale.
Urban' current top three:
1) 120 Battements par Minute (7.10)
2) Okja (6.41)
3) The Square (6.38)
Among all films in all categories with sufficient critical response to give a reasonable indication of how it's playing the top film so far has been Agnes Varda's Villages, Visages with a 7.57 score.
The complete Urban list is here.
The Todas Criticas compilation has 120 BPM on top of the Palme films with a 6.63 rating. Todd Haynes Wonderstruck is right behind at 6.6.
Todas Criticas is here.
Loveless leads the Screen Daily critical collective with a 3.2 composite (out of 4). Screen Daily's grid is here.
Ioncinema's group of critics have Loveless and 120 BPM locked together with a 3.5 average rating (out of 5). The Ioncinema chart is here.
INARRITU MAKES A SPLASH WITH VIRTUAL REALITY AT CANNES
We've be following the reports from France concerning Alejandro Inarritu's V.R. installation Carne y Arena. Reportedly lasting about six minutes and focused on immersing the "viewer" in the world of the current refugee crisis. Reports also indicate that it can experienced by one person at a time and is established in a warehouse.
The experience is said to be headed for Los Angeles this summer.
In as far as Telluride is concerned, I'm still dubious about our chances but...
Details about the V.R. experience can be found here from Indiewire as well as here from The Hollywood Reporter.
HANEKE'S HAPPY END: MORE CLIPS
I had a link in my last post to a single clip from Michael Haneke's Happy End. That has expended to three clips that are now accessible from this story at The Film Stage.
Haneke's first film since Amour is set to bow at Cannes in Palme competition today. As a matter of fact, depending on when you're reading this, it may have already have happened.
That's it for now. More on Thursday...
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