The latest films from the 75th Cannes Film Festival competition were shown on Friday. And the last one that was shown was the Kelly Richart movie “Appearance”. The jury decided on the French actor Vincent Lyndon who will receive the gold medal and the other palms of the festival.
The winner is Sweden’s Robin Ostlund who won his second consecutive Palm Gold with the Triangle of Grief after 2017, winning with the Square. In the 75-year history of the festival, only Austrian Michael Haneke managed to do this.
“Calm” – a story about the ghostly submarine of Albert Serra
On Thursday, Hamburg’s Tamtam Company participated in the production and celebration Albert Serra’s “Pacifiction”, funded by the Moin Film Fund, has its world premiere. In it, the French High Commissioner in Tahiti (Benoit Magimel) constantly feels the pulse of the local population, from which anger can explode at any time. This is even more true as the rumors persist: a submarine has allegedly been seen, and its ghostly presence has announced the resumption of French nuclear testing.
The France-Spain-Germany-Portugal co-production is impressive with powerful images and has been hailed by Britain’s Guardian as a “horrific mystery film” from Tahiti.
“The Holy Spider” and “The Triangle of Sadness” are very powerful films
According to media reports, Ali Abbasi’s movie “The Holy Spider”, which was promoted in northern Germany, had a good chance of winning the Palme d’Or until Saturday. “Robin Ostlund’s ‘Sorrow Triangle’ and Ali Abbas’ ‘Holy Spider’ are very strong films,” says Helge Albers, Managing Director of Moin Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. “I was able to experience two great cinematic performances with a standing ovation. I didn’t measure it, but it was seven to ten minutes easily.” Albers says competition with three Moin Film Fund-funded films is strong.
The world premiere of Östlund’s satirical “Triangle of Sadness” got more laughs than any other film in the competition. A film with “many great ideas,” according to Albers. The battle of quotes and the idea of prostitution as a man for cookie sticks is great. “Role twists, this exaggeration, very contemporary, funny, clever and big. It’s a great movie. I’m sure it would do well.”
“The Burning Days: A powerful film by Amin Albert
Out of competition, “Burning Days” by Emin Alper was shown in the “Un Certain Regard” series. “This is also one of our dear ones,” Albers says. “We supported the film with the German-Turkish Joint Development Fund. We supported it with the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Fund and the Istanbul Festival.” The Development Fund deals with Turkish films without which this would not have been possible. “It must be said that the political situation in Turkey is still very volatile and initiatives are urgently needed to help with the film industry.”
The film “thrown him” at the premiere, says Albers: “He is strong visually and narratively, very courageous, critical of the system, but not in the face, but brilliantly. He also has great actors.” It’s a great movie that covers the entire cinematic spectrum: thriller, crime, courtroom drama, some black and action movies.
75th Cannes Film Festival: “Festival of Normalization”
Generally this is The 75th edition of the International Film Festival is the “Festival of Normalization”. Albers: “North Americans are well represented, but not all of Asia is there. China in particular is completely absent.” Buyers remain wary about the huge film market in Cannes: “We still need a little better understanding of how the market and visitor numbers will develop after Corona.”
A positive aspect can be seen in the distribution of Hamburg titles in Cannes: “The films ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and ‘Holy Spider’ are sold like hot cakes! Both have been sold all over the world, to very good distributors, and will be highly valued. Well.” All the other movies Moin supports are also so good that they definitely sell well.
Another film from Schleswig-Holstein celebrated its world premiere on Friday: the short “Pipen” by director and screenwriter Rudolf Fitzgerald Leonhard, which was produced with the film workshop in Kiel. It is a great pleasure and honor to have the participating filmmakers in Cannes.
In the end, it all comes down to a single moment in Cannes, according to Albers: “The whole cinema hall, the dark screen, the projector turns on and the movie starts. That’s what it all boils down to, no matter what happens. All sales and parties here are accessories.” .