Cannes 2015: It’s a wrap
Posted 26 May 2015 about Cannes 2015: Day 1, Cannes 2015: Day 2, Cannes 2015: Day 3 and Cannes 2015: Day 4 and Cannes 2015: Day 5 & 6.
As I sit on the Eurostar on my long journey home from Cannes
I am able to reflect on what, I think has been the best festival yet for me.
Lots of good films, despite none that I am obsessed with, very few bad films,
and the lack of ticket stress that blighted my daily routine in previous years.
We wait now for the award winners to be announced tonight in
the main competition, with Son of Saul
and Carol tipped to be the top
prizes I am hopeful that Carol triumphs. My prejudice is mostly due to the fact
that I haven’t seen Son of Saul, after trying several times and not getting in,
it is now my nemesis film. Not only does this purely selfish reason lead me to
campaign for Carol, but it is also an adaption of a wonderful Patricia Highsmith
novel, who I love. It shows a period of
relatively recent history when women’s rights, gay rights and frankly human
rights were troubled. The legal battle in the film is truly heartbreaking and utterly
believable. The romance on screen is breath taking, and it really feels like
that powerful kind of love that stops you in your tracks. Both actresses, Cate
Blanchett and Rony Mara, give fantastic performances, the sound and music is
incredible and all-in-all this film has to be in the race for oscars this year.
Other highlights of the last few days have been the opportunity
to see the guy from The Raid Iko Uwais doing kung-fu on stage to introduce the
truly insane Yakuza Apocalypse, from
the potentially equally insane Takeshi Miike. Following this live demo, Miike
himself appeared on screen, dressed as a geisha to introduce his film. The film
included giant frog headed monsters, a man with a beak, yakuza vampires and all
kind of hilarity ensues. I would love to explain the plot, but it was very much
lost on me. If anyone can explain please let me know.
always the film I was most excited about. Fassbender and Cotilard in an
adaption by Justin Kurtzel, director of the terrifying and haunting Snowtown. Set
in Scotland, in medieval times the adaption appears to be fairly traditional.
However, as soon as the film starts you know that this is going to be unlike
any previous work, with the landscape, sound and purely cinematic qualities
bringing this wonderful work to life. I felt pretty sorry for anyone in the
audience not a native English speaker or a french reader as the Shakespearean
dialogue has not been simplified for our modern times (thank goodness) and was
hard to follow at first even for me, until I tuned into Shakespeare mode. The incredible
battle scenes, remarkable performances and clearly very talented direction make
this a sure fire hit in the UK and beyond. I am already looking forward to
In total this festival I managed to see 35 films, which is
not bad considering my ticket allocation seemed to be rather limited and I
failed several times after long queueing sessions. I return to Sheffield
covered in mosquito bites but totally enthusiastic for the upcoming cinema