With the 62nd Cannes Competition at precisely the mid-way point, overall reaction to this year’s selection is warm so far.
Critics on ScreenDaily’s Jury have been thrilled (A Prophet, Bright Star), annoyed (Kinatay), disappointed (Taking Woodstock), amused (Looking For Eric) and provoked into indifference (Antichrist). All in all: a good Cannes selection.
With several anticipated titles still left to bow – most notably, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void and Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon – the selection so far has showcased a healthy art sector coming out of a time of commercial uncertainty. Even though the Lumiere and Debussy theatres have not been as full as previous years – or perhaps because of the stress-free seating – critics have been amenable to Thierry Fremaux’s selection so far, with two films, Bright Star and A Prophet, drawing raves and heading the candidates for the Palme D’Or.
On the Screen jury chart, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet heads the field with 34 points out of a possible 40, closely followed by Bright Star with 33. At the other end of the spectrum, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist scored a pointedly indifferent 16 out of 40, with Brilliante Mendoza on the bottom rung with 12.
See Fionnuala Halligan’s Cannes Competition Blog for regular updates.