Top Picks of Cannes 2021 – TV Channels


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American director Spike Lee arrives on July 16, 2021 to attend the 27th annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala at Villa Eilenroc in Cap d’Antibes, southern France, on the sidelines of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

The Cannes jury headed by American director Spike Lee will select his Palme d’Or on Saturday, and the competition is wide open, in part thanks to a backlog of films postponed by the pandemic.

Here are some of the movies that are making the buzz and what some of the world’s biggest moviegoers have to say about them:

(From left to right) American actor Stephen Park, French actor Mathieu Amalric, American actor Adrien Brody, Franco-American actor Timothee Chalamet, Franco-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri, American director Wes Anderson, British actress Tilda Swinton, American actor Bill Murray, American actor Benicio Del Toro and French music composer Alexandre Desplat pose during a photocall for the film “The French Dispatch” at the 74th Festival de Cannes in Cannes, southern France, July 13, 2021 (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

– ‘The French Dispatch’ –
The latest Wes Anderson, about expatriate journalists in the fantastic French town of Ennui-sur-Blase, is Everything You Love or Hate about The King of Eccentricity, dialed up to 11.

“The level of detail that adorns the screen will leave you speechless,” said The Playlist, while Spaniard El Pais called it “no fun clown joke”. Ouch! The BBC got it right: “There is nothing quite like ‘The French Dispatch’, other than Anderson’s other films, of course.”

French actor Vincent Lindon kisses French director Julia Ducournau during a photocall for the film “Titane” at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 14, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

– ‘Titanium’ –
Cannes always needs a festival of shock and this insane story of a woman getting brutal revenge, while having sex with cars, she was.

Critics have been shocked, especially in a good way. “All the way back I noticed my teeth chattering from the adrenaline,” Vulture said, while UK magazine Little White Lies said it was a “heady mix of fat, blood and gasoline “.

(From L) Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie, Danish director Joachim Trier, Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve and Norwegian actor Herbert Nordrum pose during a photocall for the film “Verdens Verste Menneske” (The Worst Person of world) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 9, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

– ‘The worst person in the world’ –
Norwegian Joachim Trier combines the joy of adult women and romantic comedy with flawless emotional drama, and made lead actor Renate Reinsve an overnight star.

Variety described him as “just lovely (with) his own bittersweet poetry” while the British Daily Telegraph critic used a quote from the film to describe his feelings on Twitter: “Pretty cerebral, but it turns me on. also”.

(From L) French actress and singer Jehnny Beth, French actor Makita Samba, French director Jacques Audiard, French actress Lucie Zhang and French actress Noémie Merlant pose during a photocall for the film “Les Olympiades” (Paris 13th) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 15, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

– ‘Paris, 13th arrondissement’ –
A very gendered and keenly observed take on modern love is new ground for Frenchman Jacques Audiard, but The Telegraph said it was “fabulous, heady stuff – one of the best films of a great Cannes” .

French magazine Premiere said it was “romantic and connected to the present moment, but also like a meeting of past classics ‘Chungking Express’ and (Woody Allen) ‘Manhattan’ – love at first sight.”

(From L) American actress Suzanna Son, American actor Simon Rex and American actress Bree Elrod pose during a photocall for the film “Red Rocket” at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, in the south of France, July 15, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

– “Red rocket” –
US independent director Sean Baker takes gold with little-known actor Simon Rex as a Motormouth pornstar trying to find success in a small town in Texas.

Although the character is a monster, the movie “never loses its vibrancy or biased humor” and is a “loud good time,” Variety wrote, while IndieWire called it “a Roman candle from a movie. who wonders if America’s pathological narcissism will ever burn itself down.

American director and president of the jury of the 74th Cannes Film Festival Spike Lee (C) poses with the members of the jury (from L) Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho, French actress and director Melanie Laurent, Franco-Senegalese director Mati Diop , Austrian director Jessica Hausner,
French-Canadian singer Mylene Farmer and Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot upon their arrival for the opening ceremony and screening of the film “Annette” at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in southern France on 6 July 2021. (Photo by Valéry HACHE / AFP)

– ‘Annette’ –
France’s mad genius Leos Carax will always be a big divide for audiences, but his star-studded English debut on a celebrity couple (Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard) and their odd daughter was one of the early favorites for the Palme d ‘Gold.

Télérama in France called it “flamboyant rock opera” and Le Monde “heartbreaking and inspired”. In contrast, Vanity Fair said it was a “dull and long – really long – piece of self-esteem smoothing.”

(From L) French actress Clotilde Courau, French actor Olivier Rabourdin, Belgian actress Virginie Efira and Dutch director Paul Verhoeven pose during a photocall for the film “Benedetta” at the 74th Festival from Cannes to Cannes, in the south of France, on July 10, 2021 (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

– ‘Benedetta’ –
Lesbian nuns in a 17th-century convent had to attract attention, especially when critics saw how they used a portable statue of the Virgin Mary.

The Playlist found him “a hoot, but … it’s not particularly penetrating,” while Deadline argued that he mixes “brash and outrageous vanities with serious intelligence.” The Guardian was unimpressed, warning that Dutch director Paul Verhoeven “might have to make contrite whispers in the confessional for this one”.

Iranian planner Parisa Gorgin, Iranian actress Sarina Farhadi (2nd L), Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (3rd L), Iranian actor Amir Jadidi (C), French producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (3rd R), the Iranian editor Hayedeh Safiyari (2nd R) and cinematographer Ali Ghazi (R) pose with other cast members before the screening of Farhadi’s film “Ghahreman” (A Hero) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 13, 2021 (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

– ‘A hero’ –
Iranian two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi is on familiar ground with a thorny moral drama about a man finding a bag of gold and choosing to return it despite his own debts – or did he?

The Hollywood Reporter said it was “a very good film about honesty, honor and the price of freedom”, although Variety felt that it “speaks to our heads (and sometimes makes us scratch them. ) more than it does to our hearts.

Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda (left) and producer Yuichiro Saito pose during a photocall for the film “Belle” at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 15 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

– ‘Beautiful’ –
One of the best pieces of advice played outside of the main competition, but already considered an Oscar contender: Japanese Mamoru Hosoda’s latest animation follows the emotional roller coaster life of a shy teenage girl in a 21st century version of ” The beauty and the Beast “.

He received a 14-minute standing ovation this week and the Hollywood Reporter said his “wildly imaginative future world takes your breath away.”

A guest arrives for the screening of the film “Bi-Sang-Seon-Eon” (Declaration of Emergency) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 16, 2021. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)
(From L) South Korean actor Yim Si-wan, South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, South Korean director Han Jae-rim, South Korean actor Song Kang-Ho arrive for the screening of the film “Bi-Sang-Seon-Eon” (Declaration of Emergency) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 16, 2021. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)
British actor Orlando Bloom arrives on July 16, 2021 to attend the 27th annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala at Villa Eilenroc in Cap d’Antibes, southern France, on the sidelines of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

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