Vomit, fighter jets and donkeys: the ups and downs of Cannes

(L to R) Swedish actor Henrik Dorsin, Filipino actress Dolly De Leon, British actor Harris Dickinson, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, South African model and actress Charlbi Dean, American actor Woody Harrelson , Danish actress Vicki Berlin and Croatian actor Zlatko Buric attend a press conference for the film ‘Triangle of Sadness’ during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 22, 2022. – AFP pic

Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:31 PM MYT

CANNES, May 28 – No clear favorites have emerged in the race for the Palme d’Or, which will be announced today, but the Cannes Film Festival has certainly delivered some memorable scenes in its 75th year.

projectile vomit

Perhaps the images most seared into the minds of audiences from the 21 competing films came from a prolonged bout of seasickness among the ultra-wealthy passengers of a cruise ship in the brutal social satire triangle of sadness.

The masterful, near-balletic sequence of vomiting projectiles, diarrhea, and overflowing toilets was too much for many people’s stomachs, but it was also the only film to erupt theaters into uncontrollable laughter.

Bad taste overview

play out of competition, Top Gun: Maverick brought a first dose of Hollywood razzmatazz with Tom Cruise’s first trip to Cannes in 30 years.

However, the decision to send the French Air Force display team to roar down the red carpet was seen as rather bad taste by some at a time when the festival was also paying tribute to war-affected Ukrainians. .

A Ukrainian producer said she almost threw herself on the floor at the terrifying sound and burst into tears.

korean party

Some of South Korea’s biggest stars have visited Cannes this year. Lee Jung-jae, the star of squid gamemade his directorial debut with a political thriller Huntplaying out of competition.

In the race for the Palme d’Or, there have been good reviews for Broker about a woman abandoning her child in a “baby box” starring Song Kang-ho (Parasite) and K-pop superstar Lee Ji-eun.

And one of the favorites to win the top prize is director Park Chan-wook, known for his cult film Old boyback in Cannes with a crime novel Decision to leave.

music Festival

It’s been another busy year for music lovers, with a new documentary about David Bowie, Lunar Reveriereceiving rave reviews for its kaleidoscopic and ultra-immersive look at the rock artist.

There was also a documentary about rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis by one half of the Coen brothers, Ethan Coen.

And the red carpet was lit up with the world premiere of Elvisthe new biopic from flamboyant Australian director Baz Luhrmann – although it received mixed reviews, with one reviewer calling it “indecently entertaining” and another “delusional horrific”.

donkey love

The most radical work in the main competition is HEYa film told entirely from the point of view of a donkey.

The film uses innovative techniques to bring the story to life and is considered a dark horse possibility for an award.

It doesn’t necessarily end well, but better than the donkey being beaten to death with a stone in triangle of sadness.

Russia canceled

The war in Ukraine was a constant backdrop to the festival.

Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa showed a timely film about the bombing of cities during World War II, The natural history of destructionas well as a documentary by Lithuanian Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed while filming in Mariupol last month.

The festival banned official Russian delegates, but controversy raged over the inclusion of a Russian film in the main competition, Kirill Serebrennikov. Tchaikovsky’s wife.

He condemned the war but some Ukrainians called for a blanket ban on all Russians, while Loznitsa said such an attitude was “inhuman”. —AFP

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