Friday, 22 May 2015

CANNES REPORT - FRANCO'S CHRONIC


Michel Franco is turning into something of a Cannes mainstay - his second feature, After Lucia, won the Un Certain Regard award at the festival three years ago, and his latest, Chronic, was entered into the main competition this year, albeit a little late. No doubt Thierry Fremaux is impressed with the filmmaker's stylistic similarities to another Cannes fave, Michael Haneke, and many critics are impressed with Franco too. Alas, in a clear demonstration of the selection criteria, the reviews for Chronic aren't quite as strong as those for After Lucia were, but they're generally pretty positive. In line for particular praise is lead Tim Roth, who joins a host of other strong contenders for Sunday's male acting award. An interesting detail: Roth was the president of the Un Certain Regard jury that rewarded Franco with his prize in 2012.