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Cannes Takeover

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With the Cannes Film Festival premiering what will be some of the year’s best films this month, take a stroll with us down the Boulevard de la Croisette and enjoy some of our favourite past festival highlights. Bonne projection!

sex, lies and videotape

Steven Soderbergh United States, 1989

We close our Cannes Takeover with Soderbergh, who won the Palme d’Or at age 26! The eclectic director has moved from cinema to television—the two seasons of The Knick are some of TV’s best—but his revolutionary debut is a reminder of just how bracing and fresh indies were in their true heyday.

Time of the Gypsies

Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia, 1988

Only completely distinct visionary artistry could have realized this difficult tale of the struggles of nomad life with several poetic-realist flourishes. Emir Kusturica’s inspired film is bound to divide and yet remains utterly essential for its political, aesthetic, and narrative ingenuity.

After the Battle

Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, 2012

One of the most undervalued of recent Cannes competitors is Yousry Nasrallah’s impassioned After the Battle. Deftly weaving between melodrama, poetic flourishes and the socio-political complexities of Egypt’s mid-revolution democracy, Nasrallah has made an admirably energetic and smart film.

Salvo

Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza Italy, 2013

A surprising revision of overdone hitman thrillers, this genre-bending Italian film was a deserving winner of the Critics’ Week—and the filmmakers are back on the Croisette this year! Salvo’s premise beautifully taps into the poetry behind films from Chaplin’s City Lights to John Woo’s The Killer.

Eyes Wide Open

Haim Tabakman Israel, 2009

An official selection at Cannes, this look at tradition and guilt is a small, heartbreaking marvel of suppressed feelings within a traditionalist Jewish community. Director Haim Tabakman has produced an indelible experience on the struggle of homosexuality in the context of modern faith.

The Taste of Money

Im Sang-soo South Korea, 2012

One of South Korean’s most consummate and sly genre dramatists, Im Sang-soo made his name with the excellent The President’s Last Bang and was upgraded to the Cannes Film Festival’s competition with The Handmaid. This follow-up is a slickly opulent and torrid immersion into Korean class dynamics.

Tip Top

Serge Bozon France, 2013

After a 6-year wait for his follow-up to the wonderfully eccentric, tender WWI musical La France, director Serge Bozon returned in fine form with this burlesque detective film comedy starring oddball duo Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain, investigating racial tensions in a small French town.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Juho Kuosmanen Finland, 2016

It’s an immense pleasure for us to exclusively present this 60s-set Nordic charmer and knock-out debut. Triumphant winner of last year’s Un Certain Regard, shot on gorgeous monochrome 16mm and based on the true story of the most romantic of boxers, one thing’s for sure: it’ll make you happier.

Aliyah

Elie Wajeman France, 2012

What does it take to return home? And what is home exactly—the place you live, your business, friends, debts…your family? Or something greater even? Such evocative searching is the core of Wajeman’s debut—a Directors’ Fortnight selection, and a smart drama asking tough questions of a tougher milieu.

Dear Diary

Nanni Moretti Italy, 1993

The Cannes Film Festival begins today! To celebrate, we’re bringing you some of our favourite past festival highlights. We open with Dear Diary, already a cult film across Europe for its gentle, optimistic blend of documentary and fiction, slapstick and meditation. Winner of Best Director at Cannes.

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