Wonderful Silver (whose previous film Summer, about a Russian rock band, was a personal favorite) faces competition from some of the biggest names in arthouse cinema. David Cronenberg promises to outrage the nervous public with his new horror for the body Crimes of the future. Pak Chan Wook, a scene with an octopus eating The old man was a real outrage, also in competition with a mystery called Care decision.
Former owner of the Golden Palm Branch Hirakazu Koreeda (Shopkeepers2018) competes with Brokermade in South Korea, and Ruben Ostlund (Area2019) enters Triangle of sorrowshowing Woody Harrelson as a Marxist skipper who takes some fashionistas on an ill-fated cruise, a kind of grim Scandinavian version Gilligan Island. Even Jerzy Skalimowski, 84, is once again in competition with a film called EO.
What none of these mature men will face is a lot of competition from women. In 2018 the festival
supreme Thierry Fremo signed a promise of gender parity after women from the film industry – led by that year’s jury president Cate Blanchett and the late French Nouvelle Vague director Agnes Ward – held a rally in black on the Croisette promenade in support of women in cinema.
Four years later – and a year after Julia Ducurna became the second woman to receive the Palme d’Or in 74 years of the festival with Titanium – Only three women directors were on the original list of 18 competing titles: Claire Danny The stars are noonKelly Reichardt Appearance up and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Always young. Two more have since been added, breaking the previous record of four films and increasing women’s representation in official sections to 23 percent. This is a big jump from the constant 16 percent over the past few years, but far from half.
Thanks to the confluence of blockbusters, the Australian representation jumped much more. Justin Kurzel Nitram shown in last year’s competition, Australia’s only film
festival program; the previous year, only one Australian short film was shown on the sidebar of Critics’ Week, making it a comparative success this year.