What is the program for this Wednesday July 14? Here are the details.
The highlights of yesterday:
Julia Ducournau surprised everyone with Titanium, his second film far removed from Grave: “Titanium is the story of a perpetual metamorphosis all in crumpled sheet metal and swollen skin, it is above all one of the shocks of this 2021 vintage.” Another director, Valérie Lemercier, conquered the Croisette with Aline, his true-false biopic of Celine Dion, which was screened out of competition, and Louis Garrel, who directed The crusade, selected within the new Cinema & Climate category, answered our questions in the company of Laëtitia Casta, who plays her partner in this film where a couple discovers that their young child has sold their valuables to set up a mission ecological in Africa.
Cannes 2021 – day 8: the titanium shock, Valérie Lemercier, Louis Garrel and a lamb
In competition :
How would you react if you had to live again under the same roof as your ex-wife and your ex-mother-in-law? This is a question that Simon Rex can ask himself, in Sean Baker’s new film, Red rocket. The actor takes on the features of Mikey Saber, a former pornstar who returns to his hometown of Texas penniless, and where he is hardly appreciated. But a good meeting can change everything. Sean Baker is also the director of the comedy-drama Tangerine, for which he won the Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. In 2017 he also presented his film The Florida Project at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, in the Directors’ Fortnight category.
With an international cast, the Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi offers us her new film To Feleségem Története (My wife’s story), an adaptation of the Romand language of the same name by the writer Milán Füst. With – among others – Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel or even Romane Bohringer, we follow in this film the story of a captain who, following a bet with a friend, promises himself to marry the first woman who will pass the carries the cafe in which it is. Enter Lizzy. The director is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, since in 1989 she won La Camera d’Or for her film My twentieth century. Jacques Audiard has hit hard this year, adapting three short stories by American writer Adrian Tomine to make his film The Olympics. We follow the adventures of Émilie, Camille, Nora and others, friends, sometimes lovers, often both. It is no longer necessary to present this director, at the origin of great films like a prophet, which propelled Tahar Rahim’s career and a role for which he won a César for Best Actor in 2010, The Beat That My Heart Skipped or Rust and bone, with Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, four Césars and a nomination in the official selection of the Festival de Cannes.
Rust and Bone: “The film is better than my short story collection from which it is adapted!”
Out of competition :
Don’t count on the (very, very) short synopsis of Hug me tight to understand Mathieu Amalric’s new film. The actor (many times Caesarized) and director seems to have wanted to be brief about his intentions regarding this story. All we know is that the film is sublimely carried by the Luxembourgish Vicky Krieps, who seems “to be a woman who goes away”, and that we could see alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, or even much more recently in Bergman Island. Mia Hansen-Love’s new dramatic comedy is also presented in competition at the same Cannes Film Festival. Mathieu Amalric adapted the play by Claudine Galéa, I am coming back from far, to make this film.
Tighten me strong, by Mathieu Amalric.
In some perspective :
In the Un certain regard category, we find Freda, by Géssica Géneus, which tells the story of a young woman, Freda, who lives with her family in a poor district of Port-au-Prince. While many are tempted by the idea of leaving Haiti, she wants to believe in her country.
Women do cry, by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, immerses us in Bulgarian patriarchal society, in a family mainly made up of women, around a man, a martial father. The announcement of the illness of one of the girls plunges the family into an overwhelming dynamic.
Crossed destinies, in a small Chinese town. Yong An Zhen Gu Shi Ji (Ripples of Life), by Shujun Wei portrays Gu, a restaurant owner, turned upside down by the arrival of a film crew in her city, she who dreamed of a different life than hers. At the same time, a former resident turned movie star, Chen, is hoping for a return to live up to her memories. Shujun Wei has already presented a short and a feature film twice at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2018 and 2020. Second feature film for Anaïs Volpé, after Heis: Chronicles, here she is back behind the camera with Between the waves. This film follows two young, ambitious and dreamy best friends, Margot and Alma, who nothing seems to stop. The main actresses, Souheila Yacoub and Déborah Lukumuena have previously been seen in Climax but also Low Floor (also selected this year at the Fortnight) for the first, and in Divine for the second. Italo-Iraqi director Haider Rashid is directing a new film, Europa, a drama with very current geopolitical issues. In this film, we follow Kamal, a young Iraqi migrant who fled his country who will find himself fighting for his life as he tries to cross the border to reach Europe.
Feathers, by Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy will be featured this morning in the Critics’ Week selection. It’s an absurd comedy-drama in which a self-effacing wife and mother stuck in a monotonous life finds herself becoming the matriarch when her bossy husband is turned into a hen after a bad magic trick. The director is also behind the film The last days of a city, drama on the consequences of the Arab Spring in various countries. A story of love and desire, by Layla Bouzid, will then be screened as the closing film of this selection. It tells the story of Ahmed and Farah, who through Arab literary discoveries gradually fall in love, but Ahmed tries to resist the desire …
Critics’ week will be followed by Prize-giving ceremony.
Special cinema and climate screenings:
I Am So Sorry, by Zhao Liang discusses the dangers of nuclear power. This documentary takes us on a very special journey, from Chernobyl to Fukushima. The Year of Everlasting Storm, Anthony Chen, Afar Panahi (and others) is a true love letter open to the seventh art and its storytellers.
Orson Welles’ semi-documentary, F for Fake (Truths and Lies), released in 1973 reviews the Elmyr affair of Hory, a Hungarian emigrant who was one of the greatest forgers of all time and resold copies of works by Picasso, Matisse or Modigliani by deceiving the best experts. Montand is ours, by Yves Jeuland, is a documentary on one of the greatest national actors. On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, and the thirty years of his death, look back on an exceptional career. Az Prijde Kocour (One day a cat), by Vojtech Jasny released in 1965, tells the story of Robert, a teacher from a small village who tries to put his students on the road to respect nature. But the arrival of the beautiful Diana, accompanied by a cat with very special glasses, will change his plans …
The beach cinema:
No screening this evening, but a fireworks display organized on the occasion of the National Day.
More info in our special Cannes Festival file