Gediminas Kukta. Cannes notes. What made you content, unhappy and offended over the past days of the competition? | Tradition

These have been the times once I lastly noticed motion pictures that lastly regarded like trendy cinema when it comes to themes and cinematography and never a long time previous cinema. It turned more and more tough to cowl all of them intimately with at most an hour between periods, so I’ll cowl just a few of them briefly.

The private favourite of the competitors stays the identical – it’s the crime musical of French director Jacques Audiard, who already gained the Palme d’Or for Dypana “Emilia Perez” (Emilia Pérez). The movie takes you to Mexico and tells the story of the acquaintance of the lawyer Rita (memorable position of Zoe Saldaña) with the drug cartel boss Manitou. He asks Rita for a favor – to search out the perfect cosmetic surgery clinic that may determine to meet his lifelong dream of lastly changing into a girl.

A nonetheless from the film “Emilia Perez”

Audiard masterfully combines crime with musicality, brutality with tenderness, intonations of Greek tragedy with the tragedy of the present scenario within the nation. It is an interesting, energetic and efficient film from the primary minutes, the aesthetic catchiness of which doesn’t overshadow the topic – each about human and nationwide drama.

When Manito lastly turns into Emilia (Karla Sofía Gascón), it is exhausting to not see the story of this angel with a diabolical previous as an allegory for the hypocrisy of all of Mexico within the struggle towards the shadow of the cartels that darkens the nation. Because the plastic surgeon says within the film, you may change the physique, however not the soul.

French Coralie Fargheat additionally underwent physique transformations “Substances” (The Substance) theme. It’s the solely pure horror movie within the competitors program that instantly jumped to the highest of the Display screen journal journalists’ score desk after its screening (it was later overtaken by Sean Baker’s Anora).

Elizabeth Spark (Demi Moore) is a Hollywood actress whose star is slowly fading. She remains to be married health classes on the morning TV present, however the producers are already searching for a youthful contender to take her place. In the future, after studying a couple of mysterious program that may restore youth, Elizabeth decides to experiment. She drinks a particular serum and minutes later a youthful model of herself, Sue (Margaret Qualley), is born from her physique.

Now Elizabeth and Sue should observe strict pointers to keep up a wholesome stability between their two existences. The system is straightforward: whereas one is awake for seven days, the opposite should go to sleep. When it is time to change roles, all it’s a must to do is switch the life-sustaining substance from one physique to the opposite, and there is not any delay or harmful unintended effects await. Girls will threat stealing one another’s most treasured asset – time.

A still from the movie

Nonetheless from the film “Substance”

In fact it does. A fierce struggle between two ladies for magnificence and youth begins, which Fargheat directs with out leaving the framework of the physique horror style. Nevertheless, if her colleagues who create unique horror movies attempt to clarify the actions of the characters with some type of childhood trauma or psychological issues, the world created by Fargheat, quite the opposite, has little contact with actuality, and intense colours, sterile areas and promoting aesthetics solely additional emphasize the conditionality of the story. .

However do not be fooled. Displaying graphic violence is just not an finish in itself, because it appeared to some critics. Behind the blood, bare our bodies and physique transformations there’s a delicate however apparent subtext in regards to the cult of youth, the grimace of the sweetness business and the dictates of the objectifying male gaze, which finally turns ladies into monsters.

At first, I nonetheless questioned if “Substance” wouldn’t have been higher suited to this system of the Midnight screenings, however later I relaxed and appreciated the braveness of Cannes to not bypass style cinema and invite the movie to the competitors. In any case, if you wish to rejoice cinema, it must be as numerous as potential. Particularly one that offers pure leisure.

Jia Zhang-ke’s movie drama gave the impression to be the exact opposite of this movie “swept by the tide” (“Feng liu yi dai”) is an elegiac journey of two folks in direction of one another by way of totally different eras, cities and the director’s personal work.

Jia Zhang-ke makes use of excerpts from totally different of his movies starring his spouse and muse Zhao Tao. It’s her heroines who’re the glue that holds episodes which might be distant in time. At first of the movie, the heroine remains to be a younger woman with lengthy hair (excerpts from “Unknown Pleasures”), later we see her touring by way of the territories that may quickly be destroyed by the development of the Three Gorges Dam (movie “Nonetheless Life”). And within the final half, we meet her within the instances of covid, working in a shopping mall, the corridors of that are lined by well mannered and useful robots.

A still from the movie

A nonetheless from the film “Drown by the Flood”

“To drown within the flood” is identical favourite of Jia Zhang-ke, solely a bit extra fragmented, documentary and fewer emotionally affecting. He once more observes pure landscapes, structure and other people, and with these photos he speaks in regards to the nice modifications in China, which appear international and distant to the easy and quiet existence of his heroes.

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, the favourite of the competition, additionally makes use of an anthropological view of the world. Proven within the competitors “Parthenopes” In Parthenope, the principle character, an anthropology pupil, retains asking her professor what anthropology means, however she by no means will get a concrete reply all through the movie. And it is smart in its personal manner.

However allow us to attempt to reply. In quite simple phrases, anthropology is the science of human and human modifications in time and area. Within the case of the movie, that area is town of Naples, the time is a number of of its a long time, and the observer of those modifications is the enchantingly stunning Parthenope.

The title of the heroine is, after all, stuffed with meanings. In Greek mythology, Parthenope was one of many water-born and water-dwelling sirens who needed to seduce Odysseus. When that failed, she drowned. Roman mythology presents a barely totally different ending to the parable. In it, the centaur Vesuvius, who fell in love with Parthenope, was become a volcano, and the siren into town of Naples.

A frame from the movie

A body from the film “Parthenope”

It might appear that these mythological and anthropological planes put together the bottom for a very mental cinema, however later you keep in mind that Sorrentino was by no means a severe thinker of cinema. Within the new work, it’s extra apparent than ever. The promise of intellectuality is changed by an expensive spectacle and easily fetishistic admiration of the digital camera (male gaze) on the curves of the heroine’s bare physique. We have now already seen all the things in “The Nice Magnificence”, “Youth” and “The Younger Pope” – sadly, the director doesn’t formulate something new and attention-grabbing.

And whereas watching the opposite three movies within the competitors, it was tough to show a blind eye to the contradictory biographies of the administrators who made them or the personalities they speak about.

Kirillo Serebrennikova “Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie” (“Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie”) turned out to be a slippery work in each sense – each when it comes to the chosen character, the author Eduard Limonov, who was supposedly a dissident, however on the finish of his life he overtly expressed pro-Russian views, in addition to Serebrennikov’s personal unclear place in relation to the character, in addition to ideologically. However maybe the reply to why a movie about this character was wanted proper now is just not far to search for…

Ali Abbasi “The Apprentice” The Apprentice, in regards to the rise of Donald Trump’s empire, is a severe contender for Greatest Actor (Sebastian Stan), however except for that position and the brilliantly recreated Eighties period, it lacks substance, although the outline promised an nearly Faustian story. And realizing that within the upcoming US presidential elections, Trump will make an commercial out of something, a Cannes award for a movie about him could be a very tasty morsel.

And right here is American Sean Baker Anorathough it provides a burst of power and an excellent lead actress Mikey Madison, makes you query the choice to inform the story of a name woman’s acquaintance with the son of a Russian oligarch and to name in Russian actors, who, it seems, haven’t severed their working relationship with their nation.

However evidently “dissidents” and “good Russians” solely hassle me, an Japanese European. When studying the critiques of international colleagues, these info are normally ignored.

Due to this fact, the center particularly recovers when watching the drama of Portuguese Miguel Gomes “The Grand Tour” (Grand Tour). Probably the most anticipated movies of Cannes personally takes us to Burma through the First World Battle and tells the story of a British officer, Edward, who awaits the arrival from London of his fiancee Molly, whom he has not seen for seven years, however panics on the fateful second and escapes by practice to Singapore. Molly decides to observe… The 2 characters start a grand tour by way of Asia – from Singapore to Saigon, from Manila to Osaka.

Still from the movie

Nonetheless from the film “The Grand Tour”

Gomes immerses the viewer in an orientalist fantasy, on one aspect of which is Edvard, who’s working away from love, with a feverish consciousness, and on the opposite, the idealist Molė, who believes in everlasting love. It is not simply cities which might be altering. Dramatic photographs are changed by documentaries. Melancholia – comedian episodes. And the stylized world of the previous – episodes from the current.

Undoubtedly, this is likely one of the most unique movies of the competitors, the fantastic thing about which isn’t revealed instantly. The “Grand Tour” beckons to take his route once more. However I’ll do this already in Lithuania.

I’m making a last level within the notes of Cannes. I am going for a well-earned ice cream and a swim.

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2024-05-25 23:47:44

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