The 71st Cannes Film Festival has come to a close for another year, and we’ve recapped the 12-day event, highlighting films, looks and moments that made an impression in Paris.
Here’s the gist.
So, Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built had critics stomachs in stitches. Mass walkouts ensued. Why? The film, which stars Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, the latter plays a serial killer, is surrounded by murder and mutilation. According to Variety, more than 100 people walked out of the screening because of the film’s “vile” content–many pointing specifically to the scene featuring Riley Keogh’s in which her character’s breast is cut off and another scene where Dillon’s character fires a hunting rifle at two young children. There’s also content surrounding concentration camps which had viewers distraught. “I’m against censorship of any kind, my opinion is that if you can think it you should be able to show it,” von Trier said about the content portrayed in the film. He also said he felt “very relaxed” with the response. “It’s quite important not to be loved by everybody because then you’ve failed,” he said to Cineuropa. “I’m not sure if they hated it enough, though. If it gets too popular I’ll have a problem. But the reception seemed just about right, I think…I do know a bit about psychopaths. I’ve never killed anyone myself. If I do, it will probably be a journalist.”
— Charlie Angela (@CharlieAJ) May 14, 2018
I’ve never seen anything like this at a film festival. More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ which depicts the mutilation of women and children. “It’s disgusting,” one woman said on her way out. #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/GsBGCoyHEG
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018
Spike Lee’s thriller-comedy is surrounded around a rookie police office who impersonates a racist white person and gains entry into the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970’s. John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, the black cop, Adam Driver plays a white Jewish coworker and David Duke, the big wig of the Klan, is played by Topher Grace (who stars in Under the Silver Lake, also premiering at Cannes). The film, which is fact-based, got favourable reviews and received a 10-minute standing ovation following the screening. It also won the Grand Prix award (a top accolade of the festival). The film features footage of last year’s Charlottesville, Va., march and it screens to the public on Aug. 10, the anniversary of the march.
Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters is a film about a Tokyo family who takes in a young girl that’s been mistreated and due to their own poverty-stricken life, they begin shoplifting to survive. It claimed this year’s Palme d’Or, joining former winners like Fahrenheit 9/11.
— The Hunt (@thehunt) May 14, 2018
Remember Cannes’ “no flats rule” where you aren’t allowed to wear flat soled shoes on the red carpet? Well Kristen Stewart didn’t feel that, and while on the red carpet took her heels off in protest.
Some of the best looks came from stars like Cate Blanchett (who is the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury); many donned her as the prized peach of the festival. Some of the designers she wore included Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 19, 2018
Here are more of our favourite looks.
— Kristen Stewart World Fans (@KristenSWorldF) May 18, 2018
— ELIE SAAB (@ElieSaabWorld) May 17, 2018
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Balmain is continuing to empower black women and during Cannes actresses marched in solidarity on the red carpet, all dressed by the French designer. The actresses were promoting the documentary Being Black Is Not My Profession. Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing is the first black man to hold the position and continued the ‘Balmain Army’ which stands for inclusion.
Cannes plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story: that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave. – Cate Blanchett, President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes 2018