Dystopia, nostalgia and fighter planes | the jewish general

More than two years after the pandemic, the show on Croisette seemed like an evocation of the art house cinema. It was the old hands of the film industry that presented their new productions here. Including David Cronenberg, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Ethan Coen.

The Ukraine war overshadowed the Cannes Film Festival. The organizers had clearly positioned themselves in advance: no official Russian delegations were invited and Russian films were not accepted into the competition. Only a movie by Kremlin rival Kirill Serebrenkov Tchaikovsky’s wife It found its way into the festival programme.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was shown at the opening parade. In his video message to Charlie Chaplin, he noted: “If there is a dictator, if there is a war for freedom, everything depends again on our solidarity. (…) We need a new Chaplin to prove that cinema is not silent these days.

horror However, the program accompanying the Ukrainian war hastily seemed unbalanced. In the opening film, the horror-comedy movie coupe! By Michel Hazanavicius, Blood Spatter. with Mariopoli 2 A documentary film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius was automatically added to the programme. The film maker was allegedly arrested by the Russian military while filming in April and killed while trying to leave the city. However, his fiancée Hanna Bilobruwa managed to secure the material.

Then came a shattering moment in Cannes. When the fighter planes flew over the Festival Palace, Belobrova was standing on a balcony and wanted to throw herself to the ground. Nobody told her that the French Air Force honored Tom Cruises Top Gun: Maverick Aircraft sent.

The story of the unworldly boy Paul Graf is touching.

In David Cronenberg’s The Miserable Body Horror Film future crimes It is about the horrific exploration of the inner worlds, even about the removal of organs or tattoos. Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen) and Caprice (Léa Seydoux) are a strange artist couple. The future world in which they live leads humans in their evolution to mutate and develop new organs. By their will alone, they can recreate it.

Saul develops so many of these non-functional physical extensions that he at one point decided to remove them and present them as art. Caprice helps him as a surgeon. His ‘creations’ were enlisted in a ‘register board’ specially prepared for the new devices.

Soon the central part of their work became a coffin-like dissection kit, from which remote-controlled scalpels stick out like tentacles, creating incisions. “Surgery is the new sex” is a popular saying. Sexual life occurs through cutting and injury, through penetration of knives and scalpels into the other body. One visitor to the festival admitted his confusion: “It’s actually like every year in Cannes. Once again I did not understand Cronenberg.

polygamy Valeria Bruni Tedeschi shared les amanders Biographical drama set around 1990 at the Drama School of Nanterre and heavily influenced by nostalgia. The clique of actors threw themselves into life drunk almost at the end of the 80s.

Aspiring actresses study at the famous École Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans in Théâtre des Amandiers. There Bruni Tedeschi himself studied. Her ex-husband Louis Garrel plays the neurotic Chéreau. Micha Lescot slips into the role of Pierre Romans. Filled with enthusiasm, they enjoy their youth, polygamous sex, drugs – and experience their first tragic love.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher presented her new short film at the end of the festival If a student. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi also plays in the Disney children’s movie. It’s a fairytale-like story set in an orphanage. In the audience discussion, Rohrwacher explained how her love for Godard made her into cinema and that she now employs an almost all-female team because the most qualified people she works with are women.

Run outside the official competition problem in mind, Biography of Exceptional Musician Jerry Lee Lewis by Ethan Coen. Musically, the movie pulls you away, but the endless adulation of the male musician, who takes pride in a child-friendly relationship with his 12-year-old cousin and has many relationships, is a long way from the film’s brilliant, satirical action. Quinn upset brothers.

child problem Celebrate the second week Armageddon Time From the James Gray world premiere – and it was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s film festival. Anne Hathaway plays Esther Graff, the Jewish mother of a 12-year-old who grew up in Queens in the 1980s, in the drama Gray. The story of the unworldly boy Paul Graff (Banks Repetta) is touching.

His family fled to the USA during World War II and assimilated there with great success and cultivated Jewish traditions. Of course, the Pauls family, who originally came from Ukraine, also suffered from anti-Semitism in the United States: “We have enough Spinowitz here,” they were told before the surname was changed.

Paul is a problem kid. Struggling, he’s a dreamer who teases at school (for example by portraying his teacher Mr. Turtletop as a dove) and befriends an African American boy. On a school trip to the Guggenheim Museum, he was fascinated by Kandinsky. Since then he has dreamed of becoming an artist.

Prepare His grandfather Aaron (Anthony Hopkins) encouraged him to pursue his dreams. Before he dies, he will make the boy promise him that he will always be “human.” It’s a touching film that made a huge impression in Cannes. Perhaps the fact that the film did not receive an award can be explained by the fact that Italian and French films have always been preferred here.

Oddly Shocking Movies Like titans By Giulia Docorno (Golden Palme 2021) Remained, except for Cronenberg future crimes out this year.

In light of the few “Jewish” films on the Croisette, James Gray’s film was a consolation. Although there was a pavilion, there were no Israeli productions this year.

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