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Instant Twitter raves for The Lobster at Cannes

15 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

We round up instant reactions to Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and John C Reilly.

It’s the brightest, sunniest day yet as thousands pour into the Grand Theatre Lumiere ready to be transported to an eccentric dystopia for the first Competition screening of the day: The Lobster. Just under two hours later, the credits rolled and critics began composing their initial-reaction tweets. As a backer of the film we were delighted …

Critics’ Week: Day Two – Paulina

15 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Catherine Bray applauds the technique of Paulina but struggles to engage fully with its presentation of difficult themes…


Paulina boasts the kind of central performance from Dolorez Fonzi that wins awards. (Update: as of 21st May the film itself has taken the top prize in the Critics’ Week strand.) That’s partly due to the calibre of the acting, and partly because it is the kind of tough role that juries like to recognise more than, say, an equally well performed …

Critics’ Week: Day One – Sleeping Giant

14 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

The Critics’ Week Competition proper kicked off on Thursday 14th May with Andrew Cividino’s debut Sleeping Giant. Catherine Bray reports.

Coming on like the part of a Venn diagram where Kings of Summer meets Gummo, the drama in Sleeping Giant centres on three mid-teen kids vacationing with their families on the shores of Lake Superior. Adam (Jackson Martin) is the most sensitive of the trio, not particularly keen to partake of activities such as egging houses, stealing liquor and other general …

What a lovely day: Mad Max screens at Cannes

14 May, 2015 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Catherine Bray is blown away by Mad Max: Fury Road at Cannes and applauds its scheduling in this annual showcase of the best of modern cinema

Mad Max: Fury Road

In film criticism, the word “experimental” is mostly flung around in reviews of art house cinema, and the experiments it denotes are often narrative in nature, or even simply shorthand for “they sure won’t flock to this down at the multiplex.”

Of course, it doesn’t have to be like this. Sin City …

Welcome to Cannes 2015

14 May, 2015 Productions Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals

Catherine Bray previews the four Film4 films in Competition at Cannes 2015

The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is something of a banner year for the filmmaking wing of Film4, Film4 Productions. We’ve never had four – four! – films in the main Competition in the same year before, and of course it makes attending the most exciting and adventurous film festival in the world an even more tantalising prospect.

Friday 15th: The Lobster

First out of the gate is The …