Cannes 2022 – Day 6: Valérie Bruni-Tedeschi revisits Les Amandiers, Ethan Coen evokes Jerry Lee Lewis and Dupieux smokes the Croisette

Every day, between the film, the interview and the fact of the day, the hot spot live from the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Laugh of the day: Smoking makes you cough

We don’t really know what image you have of the films at Cannes, even less of what happens during the screenings, but we want to put things right: we have a lot of fun, in fact, on the Croisette. On Saturday, the press howled with laughter at the new Ruben Östlund, Without filterbut the one who was to put the big atmosphere at this weekend’s midnight session was Quentin Dupieux with another film with a tobacco title: Smoking makes you cough. A pure Dupieux – a horde of stars stuck for 1h20 in an absurd camera – which this time uses the genre super felt, these Japanese series with costumed heroes fighting against latex aliens. Between us, we laughed a lot more in front of the disarray of the Tabac Force (the Lacoste/Zadi/Lellouche/Demoustier/Amamra team we fire) than in front of Ruben’s endless scato-political farce.

Interview of the day: Ali Abbasi for Les Nuits de Mashhad

Nights of Mashhad marks the big comeback of Ali Abbasi, four years after he blasted Cannes 2018 with his second feature Border – incredible and horrifying story of a Swedish customs officer with a monstrous physique who meets her twin – selected for Un certain regard. His new film, in competition for the Palme (and in theaters on July 13), retraces the hunt, in 2001, for a serial killer of prostitutes in the Iranian city of Mashhad, which is home to a holy place of Shiite Islam. A social and paranoid thriller that would have had the right to a 7-minute standing ovation. The filmmaker explains here the stakes of his plunge into hell.

The revelation of the day: Charlotte Le Bon, director of falcon lake

Charlotte Le Bon had already moved on to directing in 2018 with the short film Hotel Judith, but it passes here at length. adaptation ofA sister, the graphic novel by Bastien Vivès, the film tells a coming of age story and explores the overflowing sexual urges that arise in adolescence. She does not just deliver a flat adaptation, she brings her personal touch to it. By moving the plot from Île aux Moines to his native Quebec. By reversing the roles in relation to the book: here it is a 13-year-old boy who lands with friends of his parents whose daughter will help him with his sentimental education. But above all by taking this teen movie to the edge of fantasy, with a ghost story that we end up being convinced is anything but imaginary. A film with a bewitching atmosphere further served by the quality of its direction of actors (Joseph Engel, revealed at Louis Garrel, and Sara Montpetit in the lead). This first will not remain without a future.

Movie of the day: The Almond Trees by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi tackles the Himalayas. Telling about the School of Almond Trees run in the 80s by Patrice Chéreau within the theater of which he was also the director. A school that marked the history of French theater and of which she was one of the students. How to capture such an intimate subject while placing it in an era (the AIDS years) and portraying the roots and driving force of this acting profession, as Chéreau thought them? Valeria Bruni – Tedeschi takes up this triple challenge with superb. Precisely because she kept within her what constituted the matrix of this teaching: a total commitment, a border more than blurred between what we are, what we live and what we play. The tone of his film marries that of the rehearsals and performances of Chéreau at that time. But what turns out to be the most fascinating in this teeming puzzle is without context the reflection on the way of being an actor, of living this job decidedly like no other, this ability to abandon oneself with the risk of getting lost in it. And she does it by bringing together a phenomenal band of actors dominated by the one who plays her: Nadia Tereszkiewicz. The palette of feelings on which she evolves seems to have no limit. His bursts of laughter are as stunning as his crying spells or these outbursts of rage. Chéreau would have loved it!


Document of the day: Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind by Ethan Coen

When was released last winter on Apple TV+ The Tragedy of Macbeth, signed by the only Joel Coen, he said to himself that the Coen brothers had split because Ethan was tired of the cinema. In fact, not that much, since he has just signed a documentary on Jerry Lee Lewis, which he presented today at Cannes in a special session. The singer of Great Balls of Fireaka the ” killer “, curved pianist and wildest singer in the history of rock’n roll, is a golden subject, but the youngest of the Coens has only drawn from it a cushy documentary, a compilation of extracts from concerts and TV appearances, all flamboyant, inevitably, full of madness and arrogance bigger than life by Jerry Lee, but linked together by an impersonal montage. Not that serious. Let’s say it’s just a boogie-woogie aperitif before the arrival ofElvis (the biopic signed Baz Luhrmann) on the Croisette.

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