Park Chan-wook’s Decision To Leave finishes on top of Screen’s Cannes jury grid with an average of 3.2 after Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up and Léonor Serraille’s Mother And Son fail to match its score.
Reichardt’s Competition debut Showing Up landed in third place with an average of 2.7 after receiving five scores of three (good) from our jurors.
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The film, starring Michelle Williams, centres on a New York artist preparing for a show who must balance professional demands with the dramas of her personal circle.
Time Magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek awarded the film its only top score of four (excellent) but Positif’s Michel Client gave it a one (poor).
Serraille’s 1980s set drama Mother And Son, following a woman from Africa settling with her two young sons in the Paris banlieue, averaged at 2.4.
It scored four threes and three twos (average), with one four from Zacharek. Two ones from Meduza’s Anton Dolin and The Paper’s Wang Muyan dragged down the average.
The French director previously won the Cannes’ Camera d’Or in 2017 with her debut feature Montparnasse Bienvenue (aka Jeune Femme) which screened in Un Certain Regard.
Decision To Leave’s 3.2 average is below the 3.5 scored by the past two grid winners; Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car in 2021, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite in 2019. Whilst Lee Chang-dong’s Burning score of 3.8 in 2018 remains the record holder. It marks the fourth year running an Asian director has taken the win on Screen’s Cannes jury grid.
Runner-up is James Gray’s Armageddon Time with 2.8, whilst Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Tori and Lokita join Showing Up in third place with 2.7.
On the other end of the grid, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Forever Young takes last place with this year’s lowest score of 1.8. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker and Claire Denis’ Stars At Noon are slightly ahead with 1.9.
The average score across all titles on this year’s grid comes out as 2.4, between ‘average’ and ‘good’, higher than last year’s 2.2.
Unfortunately, one of our jurors, Korydor’s Nataliia Serebriakova had to withdraw from Screen’s Cannes jury grid due to personal circumstances, Screen is grateful for her early contributions.
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