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Cannes Film Festival | It’s time to say au revoir

LiveMint logoLiveMint 23-05-2014 Sunil Doshi

As the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close, one can see booths in the festival market being dismantled, packing material everywhere, long queues at the taxi stand and railway station and people rushing to say their goodbyes. Among the trends this year is the biopic, especially of a personality caught in a crisis. This year alone, Cannes showed many such films, including Grace Of Monaco, Amour Fou, Mr. Turner, Yves Saint Laurent, Foxcatcher, Jimmy’s Hall and Clouds Of Sils Maria.

On the whole, Cannes remains an exclusive club for some prominent film-makers whose movies have been shown and rewarded in previous editions. There’s little room for emerging and promising film-makers. Some of the exclusivity has rubbed off on the town of Cannes itself, which is working against its own interests by overpricing food and accommodation. Cannes has become very, very expensive in recent years. People have undoubtedly cut their budgets, and the film market was not active as in earlier years, with fewer booths and people.

Back to the Competition, where the penultimate screening of Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan wowed critics and viewers alike with its restraint and its screenplay. Leviathan has emerged a potential Palme d’Or winner, but one more film remains to be seen—Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche.

I am betting that Mr. Turner, Winter Seed, Timbuktu, Leviathan, Mommy, Still the Water, Jimmy’s Hall and Two Days, One Night will pick up trophies across categories. My own bets are on Winter Seed, Leviathan, Timbuktu and Two Days, One Night. The leading candidates for the Best Actor prize are Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner, Gaspard Ulliel for Yves Saint Laurent, Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon for Mommy and Marion Cotillard for Two Nights, One Day. My favourite is the superb Dorval for Mommy.

Sunil Doshi is a producer, talent agent and founder-director of Lumiere Movies and The Adaptation Company. He lives in Mumbai and France.

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