Joan in Cannes - Day 3

Posted 14 May 2016

Cannes 2016 - Day 3

Another early dash to the Debussy for the early morning screenings. Opening these early ones up in another cinema is a great idea, making the whole process much smoother and less stressful so well done Cannes for this. 

Park Chan-wook’s HANDMAIDEN, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, is a rich, luxurious telling of a really great story. For me, this was rather too indulgent both in terms of explanation and re-telling many elements but also ended up rather creepy in the sex scenes. I'm sure it will find an audience but it's not one I'll be queueing up to see again. 

APPRENTICE, a film about capital punishment in Singapore and the role of an executioner never really got going enough to grip but was a nice moral tale nonetheless. 

A very hot-ticket - and I have been very lucky so far - was TONI ERDMAN, which is really, really brilliant! It's a hilarious two hander between a father and daughter as they encounter each other in her real-life, not simply familial visits. At times tragic and others absurd, this comedy had me really laughing out loud and when the standing ovation(s) finally came to an end I was welling up watching the director and cast be overcome slightly with pride. 


On a high, I legged it round to Olympia cinema for ADULT LIFE SKILLS, a new British comedy from Sheffield's own Rachel Tunnard. A film about what happens when a life is on pause and grieving takes over, mixed with what to do when you are approaching 30 and need to get your shit together. Very funny and warm and I am a total fan! Can't wait to welcome Rachel to Sheffield for a Q+A very soon and would recommend to all. 

After another mad dash, I gave up trying to reach the Salle Du Soixantième, a cinema on the roof of the Palais, as the traffic policing and general organised chaos sent me on a massive detour instead of where I needed to be. How about some overhead paths or tunnels in the future? It's all getting a bit silly down there at peak times :)

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