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6 Days on the Croisette

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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. The festival’s main street, it connects the Official Selection screenings with those of the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week upstarts, drawing a line from the big names to those deserving to be better known.

Honey

Valeria Golino Italy, 2013

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6 Days on the Croisette

The Cannes Film Festival begins tomorrow, so let’s take a 6 day stroll along the town’s main boulevard, la Croisette, which connects the main festival with the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week upstarts. First stop: Valeria Golino’s supremely touching and intimate drama from Un Certain Regard.

The Giants

Bouli Lanners Belgium, 2011

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Winner of several awards from 2011’s Directors’ Fortnight, The Giants is an often compelling and always unpredictable coming-of-age portrait set in the Belgian countryside. With shades of Mark Twain, the film carefully honors and articulates adolescence in all of its complexity.

Breathing

Karl Markovics Austria, 2011

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Our 3rd day on the Croisette brings us to Austria, where some of the most accomplished dramas of existential self-discovery have arisen in recent years. Shortly after Revanche, there was Breathing: a sympathetic and deeply felt portrait of a juvenile relocating his place in an imperfect society.

Irreversible

Gaspar Noé France, 2002

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Spend long enough in Cannes and you are bound to find something controversial, groundbreaking or offensive—or all of the above. Such is Gaspar Noé’s backtracking revenger starring married couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel. Brutal and possibly cruel, it is a dark story audaciously told.

Henri

Yolande Moreau France, 2013

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Yolande Moreau’s dramatically ambitious film thoughtfully encompasses the many emotions and difficulties faced in the contrasting personal lives of two people sharing an unlikely but potent bond. Immense performances matched by attuned direction constructs this sensitive look at friendship.

Avé

Konstantin Bojanov Bulgaria, 2011

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Our final stop on the Croisette brings us to a road movie of two lost youths on a road trip across Bulgaria beset by romance and despair. Cannes’ Critics’ Week has presented some of cinema’s finest debut and second films over the years, and this beautiful portrait of adrift youths is no exception.

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