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Skin 2022: We saw a biographical film about Elvis, a possible Golden Palm branch and a new film by Claire Dennis

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The editors of AlloCiné tell you every day about the films they watched at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Today, a biographical film about Elvis Presley, a serious candidate for the Palme d’Or and an Anglo-Saxon project by a French director.

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The festival is coming to an end soon, but rock ‘n’ roll is playing on a croissant. After the presentation of the documentary about David Bowie, Moonage Daydream, the decibels continue to climb with Elvis. This biographical film marks the return of the extravagant Buzz Lurman to Cannes, nine years after The Big Gatsby, which opened in 2013.

In terms of competition, one of Allociné’s team members, Maximilian Pierretti, fell in love with Leïla et ses frères, a new feature film by Saeed Roustayi – who celebrated 2021 with his thriller. Tehran Law. French woman Claire Dennis returns to the competition Des étoiles à midi with an Anglo-Saxon project led by Margaret Cowell and Joe Alvin. Since 1988 he has not submitted a film in this category.

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The parallel sections cover the Colombian film A Male, presented in two weeks by the directors, but also a new madness by Panos H. Kutras – Director. Attack of the giant Musaka – go to bed.

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By Elvis Buzz Lurman (no contests)

ᲠWhen the music is good… Buzz Lurman Is often around. But he goes even further with Elvis. And Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge or Gatsby is glorious The Australian director is signing a biographical film here. Real icon, cool and rock.

And it took all the mastery of the filmmaker to capture the scenic energy of the king, which complements the film from the thrilling images of his first hair. It’s almost superfluous, because this tornado of sounds, images and music raises the fear of fatigue after 2 hours, which goes on to tell a story told by Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), a troubled manager.Elvis. Fortunately, the rhythm calms down a bit when Priscilla (Olivia Dejong) appears, even if their love story is not as important as the feature film tells us.

Because Baz Luhrmann seems to have been more oriented in parallel with the King’s career and the history of the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, of which he was one of the catalysts. An interesting point of view in the form of an environment that illuminates Austin Butler with a thousand lights: the young actor is simply phenomenal in Elvis skin, whose gestures he manages to capture to the point that he sometimes cares about images. Whatever we see from a movie or an archive. Fans of the film director will be delighted and will be able to attend one of the craziest performances of recent years.

Maximilian Pieretti

Leila and her brothers Said Rustaei (Competition)

32 years old, Said Rustaee Three feature films have already been shot. Including Tehran Law, one of the most notable films of 2021, which caught the eye of the selection committee of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Because the Iranian director comes to the competition directly on the cruise, while his compatriot Asgar Farhad is part of the jury. And it would be very surprising if he did not go with the prize under his arm Leila and her brothers.

Or the story of a family torn apart by the economic crisis, linked to Donald Trump’s actions against Iran, and whose daughter is trying to find a way out and also maintain a look of unity. On paper, the 2h45 film shown at the end of the festival was a source of fright. it’s not like this. If the implementation is a bit slow, we will never get tired of the life full of dialogues and realizations based on different confrontations: men against women, parents against children, capitalism against family values ​​…

We obviously think of Asgar Farhad’s cinema as Said Rustai uses intimacy in general to stir up his country. But the filmmaker proves the quality of his talent with this drama, conducted by a golden actor, full of replicas that merge with each other and which ends with one of the most beautiful ending shots seen since the beginning of the festival. At the stake a golden palm branch? It did not bother us.

Stars in the afternoon (official competition)

Claire Dennis Has not returned to Cannes since 1988! Here he is back Stars in the afternoonEnglish language film, co Margaret Quell (Mentioned once in Hollywood and the Netflix hero of the series) and Joe Alvin (Discovered one day by Billy Lynn).

The story takes place in the 80s, in the middle of the Nicaraguan revolution. Stars at Noon tells the story of two lovers who are stuck in this country for various reasons and, most importantly, are trapped in their love passions. First of all, we keep these two actors from this film, whose association creates sparks. Margaret Cowell, as always, is magnetic. Joe Alvin, who replaces Robert Pattinson, who originally wanted the role (but retained Batman’s delay), is also seduced.

This couple clearly echoes what could have been seen in the spy films of the 1940s. Stars at Noon is clearly playing on these codes, putting tension and suspension. Add to that the country dampness, staging excitement and jazz music of the Stuart Staples of Tindersticks and you will have an idea of ​​the charm that comes out of this movie. Release: Coming soon.

Bridget Baronet

Men from Fabian Hernandez (Directors’ Biweekly)

For the very first film, Colombian Fabian Hernandez stands with his camera in a difficult area of ​​Bogota. Gangs and their retribution take place. In this ruthless world where the strongest man demands respect, Carlos tries to find his place. The young man lives at home, in prison away from his mother and away from his prostitute sister. His wish? Reunion with family for the Christmas holidays. But emotions and sadness have no place on the street. To gain respect, Carlos needs to prove more and more about himself as a man, “real.”

A film made with small means and a young actor – Felipe Ramirez -, In men Interested in the male figure and his authoritarian power over the weakest. He who drives the chakra is the one who rules the world. The feature film depicts a portrait of a sensitive and lost character torn between reason and society. Can we really survive the rejection of violence? This is a question asked by A Male, which makes the attractive marginal a real movie hero.

Thomas Desroches

Dodo Panos H. Kutras (Skin Premiere)

Presented in a selection of skin primers, Dodo Notes the Greek director Panos H. The Return of Kutras (Attack on Giant Musaka, Xenia), which offers a film in line with its unique and unusual filmography. Dodo tells the story of how this bird, which disappeared 300 years ago, came into being in a dysfunctional family on the verge of extinction.

Hidden in a luxurious residence near Athens, the couple Mariela-Pavlos hopes to regain social status by celebrating the reunion of their daughter Sophia with a wealthy heiress. But the appearance of this dodo in their garden and the agitation of unexpected guests a few hours before the wedding will transport the characters into a mad storm of incredible events, shocking revelations and necessary interrogations.

This original square allows Pános H. Koútras to unite strong personalities from all walks of life in different ways of life. This clash of identities will allow new connections, the emergence of mysteries, but also bring peace to one of her characters, whose special attachment to this dodo will turn us into a revised fairy tale inspired by Alice in Wonderland. If the share of poetry in certain pictures and the intervention of a very beautiful and very funny dodo is successful, we are less likely to believe the rather soapy dialogues of archetypal characters.

Megan Shock

Thomas Salvador Mountain (Directors’ Biweekly)

Eight years after Vincent has no Libra, the first French superhero film, here is La Montagne. Thomas Salvador’s second feature film, which accordingly won the Directors’ Monday for its release. After the water-related superpowers, the actor and director change elements to focus on the air. He finds the Alps, which his character, a Parisian engineer, discovers and loves so much that he decides to leave everything to arrange a bivouac at altitude.

Just as Vincent has no scales, Thomas Salvador embodies a man on the edge. In a story where fiction interferes with a little touch and enhances the poetry that emerges from these magnificent mountain landscapes. Enough to justify the rhythm approaching the rhythm of length and the hero who does not want to reveal emotions. This feature film, which advocates a return to nature, requires a bit of patience from the viewer, but will eventually be rewarded and prove the special talent of its author.

Maximilian Pieretti

Source: allocine

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