Joan's Cannes 2017 blog - Part 2

Posted 25 May 2017 about Joan's Cannes 2017 blog - Day 1.

the killing of a sacred deer

It’s Day 7 of film-watching here and I can honestly say I have seen a much higher general quality than in previous years.

This might be because I've tried if possible to stay outside of market screenings and have managed to see a real array of films from across the various competition strands. I'm 26 films in, and we still have some really exciting treats to come. 

The main competition has included some films that really got my pulse racing. From Yorgos Lanthimos, THE KILLING OF THE SACRED DEER is a very creepy, unsettling and brilliant film about a far from normal family. At moments, this is more DOGTOOTH than THE LOBSTER in tone, and the shock value is very high with a lot less of the laughter we might expect. As a film-maker, it’s clear that Lanthimos is now established as one of the most accomplished directors of our time and I can't wait to go back to his back-catalogue when I get home. 

120 BEATS PER MINUTE tells the story of ACT UP Paris, an AIDS protest, campaign and pressure group operating during the early 1990s. From Robin Campillo, director of EASTERN BOYS and writer of the French modern classic THE CLASS, this film blends to great effect a large number of issues, personalities and a touching love story. Crying for over 40 mins, with make-up streaming down my face, I loved this film. I feel enthused by its power and its message about AIDS, but also about how to organise and make your voice heard. The complexities of protest groups is very lovingly portrayed without judgement of opinion and with a strong heart at the core. Can't wait to screen this one in Sheffield!

After the splintered destruction of FORCE MAJUERE, Ruben Östlund’s new film THE SQUARE is another hit! I laughed so much at the incredibly well observed characters working in the gallery, the fragile masculinity on display (a returning theme,) and the absurdity of the ensuing story. AT 140 mins, it should be a slog but I was completely engaged throughout and really think this film will be well received critically here and when it plays to UK and International audiences. 

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Joan Parsons

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