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Cannes Courts Controversy: Kawase and Palme Winner Thai Joe Go to UCR, Terence Davies Out

Naomi Kawase is coming back to Cannes
Naomi Kawase is coming back to Cannes

As it happens every year, the announcement of final addition of films to the In Competition and Un Certain Regard slates have been announced and, as usual, not without controversy. Naomi Kawase’s AN will be the opening night film for Un Certain Regard. Her Still the Water was in competition last year. Previous Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can See His Past Lives) will also be represented in the UCR this year, a perceived step down. In an attempt to quell the impression that this year’s selection was slight on diversity of continents, Latin American films from Brillante Mendoza (Taklub) and José Luis Rugeles Gracia (Alias Maria) will also appear in the UCR and Yared Zeleke’s Lamb becomes the first Ethiopian representative in Official Selection. The highly anticipated Gaspar Noé film Love will show up as a Midnight Screening. Expect that to be a crazy night on the Croisette.

For the In Competition additions we have Cronic from Michel Franco, about a nursing home for the terminally ill and starring Tim Roth and The Valley of Love from Guillaume Nicloux and starring French acting royalty Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. Terence Davies’s Sunset Song, about the daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s, was on the short list for being added to this year’s competition. He had previously been in competition for the Palme d’Or in 1992 with The Long Day Closes and in 1995 with The Neon Bible.

Cronic by Michel Franco
The Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux

Alias Maria by José Luis Rugeles Gracia
Taklub by Brillante Mendoza
Lamb by Yared Zeleke
Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
AN by Naomi Kawase (Opening Film)

Une histoire de fou (Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad) by Robert Guédiguian

Love by Gaspar Noé

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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