The director of The Immigrant signs his big return to Cannes.
After exploring science fiction in Ad Astrawith Brad Pitt, James Gray puts his feet back on Earth with his new film, Armageddon Time. A very personal project, based on his own childhood in 1980s Queens, New York. A nostalgic vein initiated by the Rome by Alfonso Cuaron and who has been inspiring filmmakers for several years, by Quentin Tarantino (OUATIH) to Kenneth Brannagh (Belfast) via Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Richard Linklater (Apollo 10½).
To tell this very autobiographical story, Gray has assembled a nice cast, led by Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong, the star of Succession. The young Michael Banks Repeta seems to him to embody the character inspired by the director, whose best friend is an African-American boy (Jaylin Webb). Following an incident, the first is sent to a private school whose father Donald Trump sits on the board of directors.
Almost 10 years later The Immigrant, Armageddon Time therefore marks the great return of James Gray to Cannes, a festival where he has already presented four works but from which he nevertheless always left empty-handed. The first images of the film, whose photography is provided by the great Darius Khondji, have been unveiled:
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