Joan in Cannes - Day 5 & 6

Posted 17 May 2016

Joan in Cannes - Day 5 & 6

Starting with LOVING on Monday, Jeff Nichols' period drama chronicling the Loving couple who were married at a time when interracial marriage was illegal in their state. A great story, of course, and some fantastic performances from both Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, this is sure to be popular with critics and audiences alike.

The word on the street was all about PATERSON and somehow I managed to get a ticket. After another sun burning session in the queue and a very odd display on the red carpet (Jim Jarmusch and the stars refusing to smile or really emote at all) I was probably not in the best mood for this film. It's certainly miles better than ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE but still didn't really float my boat. A bus driver/poet and his increasingly zany wife failed to really connect with me, and although I do love films where not much happens I found this one quite frustrating.


The Screen International UK party was next on the agenda and 5 days in I finally was on the sand and loving it!

Tuesday's starter was the hilarious, melodramatic and glowing JULIETA. I am a full on Almodóvar fan and this did not disappoint, despite a few confusing moments. His confidence as a filmmaker shines through and it is a pleasure to watch with colours of the Spanish sunshine.

RAW - this one had me seriously intrigued and it was a very full house. A young vegetarian veterinary student discovers she has a hunger that cannot be quenched. With graphic scenes of violence, a pumping soundtrack and a refreshingly feminist angle, this is sure to be a real festival hit but might struggle to play widely as it is a horror film, after all.


Quick march down the Croisette to see MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE, which as well as the best title ever, is also a brilliant animation and a great story. Courgette is a nine year old boy who finds himself in an orphanage with a wonderful group of children, each dealing with their own issues and looking for a family. The film deals with some very serious stuff in a tender and realistic way. By the end, I was very wet-faced and considering how we must find a way to play this, but not sure yet what that might be as it is a film about children and looks like a children's film but actually I think adults would like it a lot!

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