Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Cannes Film Festival: Day 10

Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz, Sils Maria Photocall © AFP
  • Day 10 - Friday, May 23

  • Recap of the tenth and final day of premieres at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes), which runs until May 25, 2014.

    The final two Compétition films were screened today:
    • Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas (France).

      The latest from acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas who makes his fourth competition appearance at Cannes. A film in English starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, and Juliette Binoche.

      Official Synopsis:
      At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
    • Leviathan (Левиафан) by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia).

      The Russian director returns to Cannes for the third time with his fourth feature film. He previously received the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize (2011: Elena).

      Official Synopsis:
      A modern day retelling of the Biblical story of Jobs set in contemporary Russia.
    • Competition Film
      Clouds of Sils Maria
      directed by Olivier Assays

      Critical response:
      "In the shadows of the late Bergman and Antonioni, Olivier Assayas delivers a film silently gnawed away from the inside by the duo Eros and Thanatos and fluttering on the edge of pent-up or repressed violence"Fabien Lemercier (Cineuropa)
      "Given its narrow range of concerns, Clouds of Sils Maria will be mostly of interest to aficionados of theater, acting and the notion of how real and fictional lives can blur to those involved."Todd McCarthy (The Hollywood Reporter)
      "This is a complex, bewitching and melancholy drama, another fearlessly intelligent film from Assayas and a strong end to this year’s consistently impressive Cannes competition programme."Robbie Collin (The Telegraph)
      "It's a doleful, multi-layered expression of time-passing and culture changing to fit the world in which exists. Its subtly and tenderness are never forced and its performances usher in messy, confusing humanity by the hundredweight."David Jenkins (Little White Lies)
      "The best thing about Olivier Assayas’s contrived new film is the attractive scenery of the Swiss alps and lakes, and even they begin to seem oppressive and tedious after a while."Richard Mowe (Eye For Film)
Competition Film
Leviathan (Левиафан)
directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Critical response:
"His filmmaking has always been superb, but he's never taken on the state of his nation in the way he does here. And that makes "Leviathan" not just masterful but also hugely important."Oliver Lyttleton (The Playlist)
"Mikhail Kirchman’s cinematography is striking, a marvel to behold at all times, whether he deals with dark interiors or vast landscapes."Dan Fainaru (Screen Daily)
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25, be sure to return for our daily coverage!

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Good to hear the excellent reception for Sils Maria as I love, love, love that pic of Chloe and Juliette. Now that is how you do a Cannes photocall photo. Yet, I'm intrigued by Leviathan over the reviews it's getting. I guess the Palme d'Or will be a surprise, except for Captives which stunk up the joint and made Ryan Reynolds cry to his no-talent ho.

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