Monday, 16 May 2016


Nine films into the official competition slate at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - currently, a third of titles are from female directors; by the festival's end, that figure will be a seventh, since every single feature still to come is from a male director. The third and final female-directed film was today's From the Land of the Moon by Nicole Garcia, which was also apparently the weakest, racking up pans on par with the worst so far, only without the positive reports to balance it out. Jim Jarmusch's Paterson can account for that, though: reviews for his film - one of two new works from Jarmusch screening at Cannes this year - are almost unanimously ecstatic! Expect more articles on this one to turn up through the night and into tomorrow - it is pretty late here in Western Europe, after all.

With word still technically out on Paterson, it's tough to place it exactly on the Palme Poll. Even tougher is that it shares roughly the same level of acclaim as current leader Toni Erdmann. Will they reward the veteran filmmaker or the ambitious one? I'll wager the latter for the time being, though may change my mind any moment soon. At the other end of the scale, there's far less doubt: From the Land of the Moon takes last place, no questions asked.

It was a busy Sunday on the Croisette, with several more competition titles screening for critics. Two were in Un Certain Regard, each regarded with varying degrees of admiration: a little (Eran Kolirin's Beyond the Mountains and Hills) and a little more (Bogdan Mirica's Dogs). That admiration was largely reserved, however, for a couple of other works: Israeli Critics' Week comedy One Week and a Day from Asaph Polonsky, and, in particular, 66-minute animated film My Life as a Courgette from Claude Barras in Directors' Fortnight. That wasn't the case for its fellow Quinzaine screeners, though, as Rachid Djaidani's Tour de France met mixed reports and Nathan Morlando's Mean Dreams met altogether mean ones.

Little change in the sidebar polls, though both One Week and a Day and My Life as a Courgette claim respectable positions in their respective cases - second for each.

Official Competition
From the Land of the Moon (Nicole Garcia)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
Un Certain Regard
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Eran Kolirin)
Dogs (Bogdan Mirica)
Critics' Week
One Week and a Day (Asaph Polonsky)
Directors' Fortnight
Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando)
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras)
Tour de France (Rachid Djaidani)