Five movies from Cannes that you don't have to wait for at home
The 72nd Cannes Festival is over a week ago and we are slowly coming to focus our attention on the upcoming Karlovy Vary program. Before that, however, we picked up the top five Cannes feature films that will be seen in Hungary in the next six months, and added a wish list to see if any of the domestic distributors hit them.
Cannes' most attention-grabbing movie was the ninth and last-to-last shot of The Once Upon a Time, The Canvas, The Doggie, The Brutal Bride, and Django's Unleashed Director, Once Upon a Time ... Hollywood. We stood in line for two hours to get to the first screening and fortunately succeeded: Tarantino pays homage to his favorite film genres, Hollywood iconic actors, directors and monsters in a 160-minute epic. While the dialogues aren't spinning like they used to and the brigantines' multi-threaded tension doesn't really pay off, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and a bunch of wonderful actors come entertained to the last minute, not to mention the epic finale .
Our favorite of the official riders this year was the satirical drama of Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja), who also convinced the jury led by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu that he was rewarded with a Golden Palm (as we predicted). The Parasites follow the excavation of an underground family as they lay the house of a wealthy family with more and more lies and sins. They are all overwhelmed, vile, cheaters, and endlessly entertaining.
The French director of Tomboy and Tchaikov was first featured in the official competition program, and with his love story in the 18th century, he immediately took off critics and the jury, winning the Best Screenplay Gold Palm and Queer Palm last weekend. In the story of the girl in the fire (self translation), a painter arrives on a storm-strewn island in Brittany, far away from civilization, to paint a portrait of a young woman living there. Over time, passionate love develops between the two women, facing all the entrenched social expectations of their age. One of the festival's most sensitive films, a wonderful portrait of two tabloid women - Adele Haenel and Noémie Merlant - would have easily won the Best Actress award, but was replaced by the less interesting Little Joe starring the Golden Palm.
Heavy dust at the festival with a tight one and a half hour movie Child and Two Days, One Night Brother: Young Ahmed's protagonist is a twelve-year-old Belgian boy who, with a misunderstanding of the Qur'an, attacks his teacher with a knife because she wants to teach in an innovative spirit Arabic. The course of events raises many serious questions about the boy's personality, extreme religious practice, prejudice and jihad. The brothers' efforts were rewarded with the Golden Director, best director.
One of the most important figures in the Romanian new wave, Corneliu Porumboiu (Revolutionaries, Law Enforcement, Linguistics), returned to Cannes in 2015 after another treasure trove of comedy. The hero of the whistle-blowers (also his own translation) is a corrupt cop (known locally as Sunshine and Yesterday, Vlad Ivanov), who is sent to a luxury island by mafiao to learn an ancient whistle language that he can use near the police. As we learn, more and more secrets are revealed from both sides, the boundaries between good and bad blur until we know exactly who the whistle is.
Terrence Malick (Rainbow, Heavenly Days, Tree of Life) is a three-hour, hypnotic historical drama about an Austrian farmer who did not want to surrender to the Nazis and confronted not only himself but his entire family with the villagers. An amazingly meticulous, twisted visual world with a bitter internal monologue and a lack of visibility in a repressive system. Terrence Malick's last three feature films have avoided Hungarian cinemas, so it's time for an exception.
The film, which everyone was singing at the festival after the first screening, had no chance to get to the second screening. In The Witch Director's Newest Movie, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson clash in black and white on top of a lighthouse. Our heart breaks for falling behind and to fill this gap as soon as possible.
Mati Diop's first feature film was a lot of good news for us, and last Sunday this ghostly refugee film won the same award as Saul's son in 2015 - the prestigious Grand Jury Prize.
Attila Hartung's first feature film is a close-up of Z-generation members born after the turn of the millennium. Unrestrained party nights in Budapest, Youtube challenges and scandal are the core of Falka, but a video abuse breaks the balance. It is lively, youthful, full of alternative Hungarian bands, talented young faces and some serious lessons.
Who Remained is a soul-lifting, light-hearted and warm-hearted story of the healing power of love in post-WWII Budapest. This year Barnabás Tóth's film represents Hungary in the international film category at the Oscar.