Cannes 2022: James Gray, upset against the franchises during the press conference of Armageddon Time

Cannes 2022, Day 3: This Friday took place the photocall and the press conference of Armageddon Time
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: The director took the opportunity to rant against franchises and the excesses of capitalism
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: Producers Marc Butan and Rodrigo Teixeira, Anne Hathaway, Michael Banks Repeta, director James Gray, Jaylin Webb and Jeremy Strong
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong play the parents of the young hero of Armageddon Time
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway, James Gray and Jeremy Strong
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall
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Cannes 2022, Day 3: This Friday took place the photocall and the press conference of Armageddon Time
Cannes 2022, Day 3: The director took the opportunity to rant against franchises and the excesses of capitalism
Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall
Cannes 2022, Day 3: Producers Marc Butan and Rodrigo Teixeira, Anne Hathaway, Michael Banks Repeta, director James Gray, Jaylin Webb and Jeremy Strong
Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong play the parents of the young hero of Armageddon Time
Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway, James Gray and Jeremy Strong
Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall

Cannes 2022, Day 3: This Friday took place the photocall and the press conference of Armageddon Time

Cannes 2022, Day 3: The director took the opportunity to rant against franchises and the excesses of capitalism

Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall

Cannes 2022, Day 3: Producers Marc Butan and Rodrigo Teixeira, Anne Hathaway, Michael Banks Repeta, director James Gray, Jaylin Webb and Jeremy Strong

Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong play the parents of the young hero of Armageddon Time

Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway, James Gray and Jeremy Strong

Cannes 2022, Day 3: Anne Hathaway at the Armageddon Time photocall

The director also attacked the excesses of capitalism and white privilege, themes at the heart of his film.

“It’s impossible to look at my country and not see white privilege as one of the important mechanisms that exists there.” James Gray quickly set the tone during the press conference ofArmageddon Time, which took place this afternoon on the Croisette. If his new film, unveiled yesterday in competition, is inspired by his own youth in Queens, New York, it does not overflow with cutesy nostalgia. On the contrary, the director of The Immigrant films a drama telling in the background “The Disintegration of the American Dream”we write in our review enthusiastic. It follows the young Paul (Michael Banks Repeta), who must in spite of himself move away from his friend Jimmy (Jaylin Webb) when his parents (played by Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong) enroll him in a prestigious school that his friend does not can’t afford. Disillusioned, he tries to find good advice from his grandfather, played by Anthony Hopkins. “The film examines the feeling of betrayal that will take hold of the Jewish child, when his parents decide to enroll him in a more upscale private school and he must then leave his African-American boyfriend on the edge of the (…) He articulates this very personal story with American collective history: the class struggle tinged with racial inequalities that will separate Paul and Jimmy is played out against the background of the election of Ronald Reagan, who for many, at the dawn of the eighties, was synonymous with nuclear peril…. Beneath the surface of the beautiful whispered family drama, James Gray says some very powerful, even shattering things about this great collective lie that was called the American dream. .”

Cannes 2022: Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts shine at the rise of the steps of Armageddon Time, by James Gray

Asked about his vision of current cinema during the press conference, James Gray did not hide his concern about a system that is less and less creative. “The whole thing is to inspire creativity, a world that would create more and more artists (…) Instead, we teach how to do franchises. Before, when we talked about franchises, it was about McDonald’s and Burger King. Now we’re talking about movie franchises. What happened? How did we get here?” Words that struck a chord with the public. Here is an excerpt from this conference, before it was put online in full by the organizers of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

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