Not just old glories, it's time for emerging talents in Cannes
Until a week ago his name was a little-known treasure outside the French borders. Today Ladj Ly, the 38-year-old filmmaker from Mali, is the name that bounces everywhere, with Amazon (as certified by Variety) defeating Netflix to win the US rights to his debut feature film Les miserables. In other words, the electric shock (copyright is by Le Monde) that thundered Cannes (in Italy it will come out thanks to Lucky Red). Self-taught, renamed the French Spike Lee, he made his bones filming in 2005 the riots of the banlieu after the death of the two teenagers Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré and he founded together with a group of friends (Romain Gavras, Kim Chapiron and the photographer Jr ., companion of adventures and works of Agnès Varda), the collective Kourtrajmé, school of free cinema for the children of the suburbs, the miserable novels. He dreamed of the Quinzaine for his film, Ladj Ly, is now one of the eligible candidates in the palmarès. «The world of cinema is opening up. Little by little we too are managing to tell our stories ».
In an edition so careful to celebrate its old glories (Alain Delon, Jean-Luis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée), between certainties (Isabelle Huppert) and collectors of golden palms (Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers) it was seen , also very new. Emerging talents and confirmations that contribute to redesigning the maps of the international cinema ecosystem. Faces and names imposed by the excellent reception of their works.
Great success for Céline Sciamma, certainly not a revelation but a debutant in the competition. His Portait de la jeune fille en feu was very popular, critics let themselves be seduced by his laws of desire, both erotic and cerebral. US rights are fought over by Sony and Netflix. His is an increasingly influential name: in 2018 she was the animators of the 82 women monteé de marches led by Cate Blanchett, this year she supported the appeal of the filmmakers in favor of participating in the vote in the Europeans. Also for its protagonist, to which it has been linked, Adèle Haenel Cannes 72 is a consecration. The antidiva was here with three films, he collected covers and praise. "It is the most important film of my life - he admitted -, because it refers to our love story and its end, without it being the end of the world. This story has built us and will live in it forever. "
Pure Mati Diop has reason to be satisfied: with Atlantique she has conquered her place on the scene, not only as an actress. Eyes also on Hafsia Herzi, 32 years old, interpreter for Kechiche since Cous cous: she brought to the Semaine de la critique You deserve a lover, her first direction, much appreciated. It is now one of the first line names. Like Jèrémy Clapin, acclaimed debutant with J’ai perdu mon corps, an animated feature film at the Semaine. The jury of the Golden Chamber will struggle to choose the best first work 2019.
Triumphal march for the French-Algerian Zahia Dehar protagonist of Easy girl by Rebecca Zlotowski (Quinzaine) renamed «Pretty woman version #metoo». A former model, he risked ending his career prematurely due to a scandal involving some players. Finally, full consecration for two outsiders in the race: the Korean Bong Joon Ho with Parasite (to be released for Academy Two) and Corneliu Porumboiu (La Gomera), the crazy face of the Romanian nouvelle vague.