#1) It was less discussed this time than in previous years, wasn’t it?
#2) A year ago I complained that all of the East Asian directors in Competition since 2012 have been ones that have competed in previous years. In other words, Cannes had stopped giving new East Asian directors a chance to compete for the Palme d’Or. And while Bong Joon-ho isn’t a new voice in any way, this is his first time in Competition. Yet with all the troubling things happening in the world, this feels like a very insignificant thing to strive for. I’m happy Cannes did this (and for my favorite South Korean director, as it happens), but I can’t bring myself to care about issues like this anymore.
#3) Once again, there are too many English-language movies in Competition. (I may have missed some, but here are the ones I know of: the films by Haynes, Coppola, Bong, Lanthimos, the Safdies, Ramsay and Baumbach. 7 out of 18!) But when the directors are that good, it makes it harder to complain.
#4) Takashi Miike has adapted manga to film before, though never one as legendary as Blade of the Immortal. (I’ve never read the series, but I’ve long-admired the gorgeous covers, and I’ve strung a few of them together at the top of this post.)
#5) This is the first time (since I started paying close attention to Cannes in 2011) where I’m at least loosely familiar with every single director in the Competition.
And now, probably the busiest week we’ve had on this site (excluding periods of heavy festival coverage). There were many movies both new and old to bring to your attention, as well as two that were released last week (Your Name and Win It All).
The Lost City of Z (Gray)
The Lost City of Z (James Gray, United States, 19 reviews)
A Quiet Passion (Terence Davies, United Kingdom, 29 reviews)
By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand, 15 reviews)
Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, Morocco, 17 reviews)
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (Dash Shaw, United States, 9 reviews)
Glory (Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria, 6 reviews)
Your Name (Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 10 reviews)
Win It All (Joe Swanberg, United States, 6 reviews)
Hi, Mom! (De Palma)
Cinema of the Past
Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma, United States, 1970, 11 reviews)
In a Year with 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1978, 13 reviews)
The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, United States, 1978, 12 reviews)
Casino (Martin Scorsese, United States, 1995, 8 reviews)
Ici et ailleurs (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Pierre Gorin, France, 1976, 6 reviews)
Little Odessa (James Gray, United States, 1994, 3 reviews)