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Cannes 2012 daily reviews

All the reviews of the European movies screened during the 65th Cannes Film Festival...

Cannes 2012 daily reviews

Cannes 2012 daily reviews

Cineuropa is back on the Croisette with a strong presence. Our team will cover european presence in all competitions with film reviews and interviews. We also keep an eye on the market and will relay #Cannes2012 Twitter quotes below...

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#Cannes2012 Here we come http://pic.twitter.com/hNFstBIOcineuropa.org
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Love : a second Palme d'Or for Michael Haneke
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DAY 12 - Goodbye and Farewell

THERESE DESQUEYROUX

Claude Miller (Closing film - Out of Competition)
Of Social Constraints and Poison
In the late Claude Miller’s final film, Audrey Tautou shines in the dramatic role of a young woman suffocated by bourgeois conventions...
Screendaily

DAY 11 - Celebration Starts

PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD #cannes2012: DESPUÉS DE LUCIA by Michel FRANCO http://pic.twitter.com/IDsKaQxQFestival de Cannes
Un Certain Regard awards Michel Franco, Emilie Dequenne, Suzanne Clément, Aida Begic, Benoît Delepine & Gustave Kervern http://cineuropa.org/2011/nw.aspx?t=newsdetail&did=221681cineuropa.org
Tous les lauréats UN CERTAIN REGARD / All the UN CERTAIN REGARD winners http://pic.twitter.com/OBw1ushNFestival de Cannes

RENOIR

Gilles Bourdos (Un Certain Regard)
Father, son, and muse
Art and love in 1915, when a young woman meets painter Auguste Renoir towards the end of his life, and his son, future great filmmaker Jean..
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Screendaily

FINAL CUT - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Gyorgy Palfi (Cannes Classics)
Love, Cinema and Final Cut
György Pálfi presents the closing film in Cannes Classics : Final Cut – Ladies and Gentlemen. A collage film made with the most beautiful love scenes in cinema...
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Screendaily

DAY 10 - Cosmopolitan Fumes

COSMOPOLIS

David Cronenberg (Official Competition)
Capitalism’s apocalypse
An obscure, hypnotic tale about the financial crisis and the end of a world in chaos...
Slate
David Cronenberg: "The essence of cinema is the face of a human being that speaks" http://pic.twitter.com/oQ3yT1RWFestival de Cannes

IN THE FOG

Sergei Loznitsa (Official Competition)
A Way of the Cross In The Fog
Sergei Loznitsa has made a tragic masterly work about a moral dilemma in the middle of Nazi-occupied Belorussia...
Vogue
Sergei Loznitsa: "In the film I show that a man can't do everything" #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/D70Lrel7Festival de Cannes

CAMILLE REWINDS (CAMILLE REDOUBLE)

Noémie Lvovsky (Directors' Fortnight)
Camille rewinds into the brillant 1980's
The Directors’ Fortnight closed with Camille Rewinds, a tender and very funny film that catapults its delighted audience into the fluorescent, old school, basically brilliant, world of the 1980s...
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DESPUES DE LUCIA 

Michel Franco (Un Certain Regard)
A cruel world
A family tries to cope after losing their mother in a car crash. Mexican director Michel Franco delivers a gutty film about teenage harassement...
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DAY 9 - Lights & Shadows

POST TENEBRAS LUX

Carlos Reygadas (Official Competition)

Double images and earthly infestation

A poisonous dive into an almighty natural environment where human beings are powerless in the grip of evil...

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Carlos Reygadas : "La vie est un peu transformée dans ce film" / "Life is a little transformed in this film" http://pic.twitter.com/gG1hewVFFestival de Cannes

THREE WORLDS (TROIS MONDES)

Catherine Corsini (Un Certain Regard)
A very heavy secret
A hard-hitting film noir about guilt and a spiral of lies against a backdrop of a corrupt society...
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DAY 8 - Roadsters' journey

ON THE ROAD

Walter Salles (Official Competition)

Somewhere between euphoria and mirage

Brazilian director Walter Salles has adapted no less than a landmark in counterculture literature for his latest road movie, in the vein of his previous film Motorcycle Diaries...

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Walter Salles : "Nous avons cherché à travailler dans un esprit d’improvisation permanente" http://pic.twitter.com/NXWBH3FiFestival de Cannes

SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE 

Ilian Metev (Critics Week)
An uncompromising view
Bulgarian director Ilian Metev’s documentary feature debut follows a three-person medical team as it goes taking care of emergencies around Bulgaria’s capital over a 48-hour shift...
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HOLY MOTORS 

Leos Carax (Official Competition)
To live and relive according to Leos Carax
French cinema’s enfant terrible is back with a visually exceptional, metaphorical film of dizzying heights and delirious depths...
Screendaily
Leos Carax: "Le cinéma est comme une île, une belle île, avec un grand cimetière." #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/e366dRxjFestival de Cannes

7 DAYS IN HAVANA

Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio, and Laurent Cantet 
(Un Certain Regard)
Another week would have been nice
Seven directors with seven different points of view each spend a day in the Cuban capital to take us on an initiatory journey that gives off a great air of unison...
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ERNEST & CÉLESTINE

Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier (Directors' Fortnight)

Inventing a better world

A delightful feature which has everything for children as well as bringing pleasure to adults...

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DAY 7 - Laughing & Crying

THE ANGELS'S SHARE 

Ken Loach (Official Competition)
An opportunity called whisky
Ken Loach dives into the fountain of youth with a social comedy which is often very funny and less innocent than it seems...
Screendaily
Ken Loach: "The British middle class is obsessed with swear words" #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/5c875hr5Festival de Cannes

OUR CHILDREN (A PERDRE LA RAISON) 

Joachim Lafosse (Un Certain Regard)

The horrors of motherhood

Lafosse's fifth feature-length film continues the director's exploration of limits and fractured families...

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LE GRAND SOIR

Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern (Un Certain Regard)
The misadventures of NOT and DEAD.
Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern have made a mastered, wickedly black humoured film, starring two wild actors during the economic crisis...
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AQUÍ Y ALLÁ

Antonio Méndez Esparza (Critics Week)
Rekindling family ties
Spanish filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza set up his camera in a small Mexican village to make a profound, calm, and delicate first film...
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DAY 6 - Seeing is Believing

YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET (VOUS N'AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU) 

Alain Resnais (Official Competition)
A strange rendez-vous.
A brilliant stylistic exercise for the very inventive maestro Alain Resnais in the form of a tribute in mirrors to creation and actors...
Awardsdaily
Alain Resnais: "Je suis un bricoleur“ #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/4Iso84ZgFestival de Cannes

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Abbas Kiarostami (Official Competition)
The Grandfather Experience
After Italy, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami celebrates Japan in his latest film...
Hollywoodreporter
Abbas Kiarostami: "Mon film ne commence pas et ne se termine pas" http://pic.twitter.com/iQ12TvQ3Festival de Cannes

HOLD BACK (RENGAINE) 

Rachid Djaïdani (Directors' Fortnight)
Same ol' song, brotha!
This debut from bestselling French novelist is an impressive take that mixes comedy and dramedy in a low budget feature that was shot in the course of 9 years...
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WHITE ELEPHANTS (ELEFANTO BLANCO)

Pablo Trapero (Un Certain Regard)
Where is God in the shanty towns?
Two activist priests grappling with poverty, gangs, the police, money and spiritual doubts. An effective social-realist thriller...
Screenrush

CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO (DJECA) 

Aida Begic (Un Certain Regard)
Yesterday's children, Today's adults
Bosnian director Aida Begic is back with a second feature about modern day Sarajevo as experienced by a part of the population busy with reconstructing their lives after the war...
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DAY 5 - There Is No Age For Love

LOVE (AMOUR) 

Michael Haneke (Official Competition)
At the heart of life and death.
Michael Haneke has made a refined, deep, and modest masterly work about old age, feelings, and the end of life...
Woopic
Michael Haneke : "Je suis très content d’avoir fait un film simple" http://pic.twitter.com/UMmUfL7OFestival de Cannes

THE HUNT (JATGEN)

Thomas Vinterberg (Official Competition)
A witch hunt according to Thomas Vinterberg
Vinterberg is back in the competition with his best film since Festen, a psychological drama about social fractures that never completely heal.
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Thomas Vinterberg : « Avec internet, le monde est devenu un petit village où foisonnent les rumeurs. » http://pic.twitter.com/4QrjPt7VFestival de Cannes

GRANNY'S FUNERAL (ADIEU BERTHE) 

Bruno Podalydès (Directors' Fortnight)
On hesitating and lessons from the grave
Bruno Podalydès has made a farcical, inventive film featuring his brilliant brother Denis in a role reminiscent of Jacques Tati...
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BEYOND THE WALLS (HORS LES MURS) 

David Lambert (Critics Week)
Is love stronger than absence?
Belgian director David Lambert has made a sensitive first film about love, absence, and the disenchanted reunion of an endearing couple of actors. Selected for the Critics' Week in Cannes...
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CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (INFANCIA CLANDESTINA) 

Benjamin Avila (Directors' Fortnight)
An idealised, family version of resistance
Benjamín Ávila has made a personal film about the dictatorship years in Argentina...
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A SPECIAL DAY (UNE JOURNEE PARTICULIERE)

Gilles Jacob (Special Screening)
The Cannes Film Festival turns 65 this year and Festival President Gilles Jacob has been hard at work on a unique birthday gift...
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DAY 4 - Gods & Monsters

BEYOND THE HILLS (DUPA DEALURI) 

Cristian Mungiu (Official Competition)
Mungiu's prayer carries Beyond the Hills
After his Palme d'Or in 2007, Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu has made a demanding film that is a powerful cry against the harmfulness of ignorance.
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Cristian Mungiu : "J’essaie de faire un autre type de cinéma" / "I try to make a different kind of cinema" #cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/y7eTof5oFestival de Cannes

DRACULA 3D 

Dario Argento (Midnight Screening - Out of Competition)
An anti-twilight take on Bram Stoker classic novel by the Italian master of horror...
Lexpress

GOD'S HORSES (LES CHEVAUX DE DIEU)

Nabil Ayouch (Un Certain Regard)
Paradies is not here
Nabil Ayouch's latest film is an impressive depiction of a Casablanca slum as a breeding ground for terrorism...
Francetv

THE REPENTANT (LE REPENTIS)

Merzak Allouache (Directors' Fortnight)
The dangerous burdens of the past
Merzak Allouache returns with a thriller set at the heart of Algeria's recent murderous past...
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Parismatch

GOD'S NEIGHBORS (LES VOISINS DE DIEU)

Meni Yaesh (Critics Week)
Meni Yaesh's film follows three young men who take it upon themselves to police their Bat Yam neighborhood for transgressions against the letter of religious laws...
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DAY 3 - Escaping Reality

PARADISE: LOVE (PARADIES: LIEBE) 

Ulrich Seidl (Official Competition)
Who is black and who is white?
Austrian film director Ulrich Seidl returns to the Cannes official competition with a story about sex tourism, five years after his radical film Import/Export...
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Ulrich Seidl : « Le tourisme de masse est un moyen de parler du monde » http://pic.twitter.com/EZnxAg0DFestival de Cannes

LAURENCE ANYWAYS

Xavier Dolan (Un Certain Regard)
A third film about the third sex
Xavier Dolan reconstitutes the decade in which he became a man to tell the story of a man's turbulent path to become a woman...
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REALITY

Matteo Garrone (Official Competition)
Matteo Garrone's Reality shock
After the success won with Gomorra, winner of the Jury's Grand Prix in Cannes 2008, Matteo Garrone is back in Competition with a popular tale...
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Matteo Garrone : « Le grand pari de ce film est de trouver le lien entre rêve et réalité » #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/7R29pZPYFestival de Cannes

ALYAH

Elie Wajeman (Directors' Fortnight)
Next year in Israel
FEMIS graduate Elie Wajeman has made a bittersweet first feature about a Parisian drug dealer's Jewish reinvention...
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IN A RUSH (AU GALOP)

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Critics Week)
A man and three women
For his first feature, experienced actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (48 years old) takes the well-trodden path of a quest for identity through sentimental events (or ordeals)...
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DAY 2 - Sand, Bones & Broken Memories

BROKEN 

Rufus Norris (Critics Week)
A patchwork journey into the circle of life
An inventive and very promising first feature by Britain’s Rufus Norris, which mixes comedy and drama with amazing virtuosity...
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MYSTERY

Lou Ye (Un Certain Regard)
husband, wife, and lover

After five years of being banned from filmmaking, Lou Ye returns to China to shoot an intimist drama with hints of a thriller...

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RUST & BONE (DE ROUILLE ET D'OS) 

Jacques Audiard (Official Competition)
Blood, sweat, and tears
A new masterly work by Jacques Audiard who adds poignant melodrama to his realist and violent universe of social film noir...
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Jacques Audiard: "Le film raconte des personnages en temps de crise" #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/bDDr77uwFestival de Cannes

AFTER THE BATTLE (BAAD EL MAWKEAA)

Yousry Nasrallah (Official Competition)
If Tahrir were told After the Battle
Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah is back in Cannes with a fiction - the first real fiction since the beginning of the Arab Spring - about his country's revolution...
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Yousry Nasrallah: "Un engagement politique et un engagement pour le cinéma" #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/cFJQ8DXgFestival de Cannes

ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR

Laurent Bouzereau (Special Screening)
An intimate journey into the life of the famous film director, retracing the tragedies of his private life and his exceptional path as an artist...
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DAY 1 - Thy Kingdom Come

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Press Conference of the Jury
Nanni Moretti: "I am one of nine, and only a sort of head of the class. What is important is to see all the films with the same attention and same respect."
What an honour to be amongst this group. Here we are doing our press conference. 1st movie tonight. Wes Anderson. http://pic.twitter.com/PT0iIoGGEwan McGregor
Bérénice Bejo and the team of “Moonrise Kingdom” declared the 65th Festival de Cannes open! #Cannes2012 http://pic.twitter.com/uUJnlNPnFestival de Cannes