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Day 2 & 3 – Highlights

Do we have a Palme D’or?  

It’s still fairly early to tell, but the buzz around Pawel Pawlikowski’s second venture into Polish post-war depression with Cold War (Zimna Wojna) has fast turned into the talk of the town. In what is supposedly the second film in a black and white post-war trilogy dramas, with Ida becoming an international phenomenon in 2013 and winning Pawlikowski the Oscar for best foreign language of the year, Cold War is a poetic journey, a whimsical love story, orchestrated with such preciseness that can only compete with its own score – enchanting and not missing a single note. We are taken to Poland after the WWII, where two lovers have to overcome the challenges of their different backgrounds and pursue happiness in Berlin, Paris and back in Warsaw – experiencing not only a socio-political cold war, but also one constructed of emotions, passions, personal boundaries and sacrifices. If a single word was to be used to describe the tone of Pawlikowski’s Cold War is melancholy, so vividly expressed in the physique, the motion, the proportions, the presence of nature, the sounds, the dialogue that one can see colours behind its sharp black and white hues.

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The film was presented at the Grand Theatre Lumiere in the presence of the director and full cast, along with many guests including Julianne Moore and jury president Cate Blanchett, who joined the five minute non-stop standing ovation when the lights went back on. So far, Cold War is expected to be among the jury’s favourites and why not, collect more than one awards next Saturday. Cold War has secured distribution in the UK and will be out in cinemas later this year.

A film that caused some controversy, coming out with mixed reviews is Christophe Honoré’s 90s gay drama Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer, et Courir vite). Carrying a personal attachment to the story due to losing many friends and idols to AIDS two decades ago, Honoré creates an homage to the emotional journey and an era that became revolutionary  for gay rights and equality in France. Many come to quick conclusions, trying to compare or even expect Sorry Angel to be a continuation of 120 BPM, last year’s Palme D’or by French Robin Campillo or Luca Guadagnino’s Call me by your name, despite that Honoré’s story is probably a combination of both, set within the background of the first, but keeping the intimacy of the latter. Sorry Angel is the story of Jacques, an HIV positive Parisian writer in his mid thirties who meets much younger Arthur, a dreamer who aspires to move to Paris and live the perfect romance. Emotions, sentimentality, physical attraction are in the centre of Honoré’s attention, exploring memories through the mind of Jacques who sees in Arthur the vibrant and dynamic youth he couldn’t have, and through the eyes of Arthur who seeks spiritual validation and an escape in Jacques’ structured world. (Interviews with Christophe Honoré and actors Pierre Deladonchamps & Vincent Lacoste coming up soon – keep an eye on here).

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Director of Un Certain Regard film Rafiki Wanuri Kahiu participated in a panel at the American Pavilion titled ‘Diversity of African Stories’ discussing the struggles of creating a film, banned in own its country of origin, Kenya, due to its LGBT content. The film has received great response at its first screening and is an important step toward a more inclusive African cinema, opening up to new horizons.

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Unifrance celebrated yesterday morning French-Indian coproductions and Indian Cinema in France, with a cocktail reception in their new Cannes location.

Screen International, in collaboration with the Panama Film Commission celebrated their presence on the Croisette for another year with a sparkly dance party on one of the greatest rooftops in town, overlooking the old town and castle.

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