Martyn Conterio

Martyn Conterio

Final Thoughts on Cannes 2019

The 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes climaxed with South Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho, receiving the Palme d’Or for Parasite. He is the first South Korean director to win the most coveted prize in world cinema. As President of the Jury, Alejandro González Iñárritu, said in the post-ceremony press...

Cannes 2019 Review: Nina Wu

Cannes 2019 Review: Nina Wu

★★★★☆ Taiwanese director Midi Z’s Nina Wu tackles the theme of predatory male behaviour and exploitation of female bodies in the film industry. The screenplay, co-written with lead actress Ke-Xi Wu, does not pull any punches. Going soft on the audience would hinder the uncompromising message at the heart of...

Cannes 2019 Review: Matthias & Maxime

Cannes 2019 Review: Matthias & Maxime

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Xavier Dolan is known as a child of Cannes. He is feted at the world’s leading film festival like few directors have ever known. 2014’s Mommy earned him the Jury Prize (which he shared with Jean-Luc Godard) and It’s Only the End of the World...

Cannes 2019 Review:Parasite

Cannes 2019 Review:Parasite

★★★★☆ Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) is long-term unemployed and festering at home. He makes a bit of money folding pizza boxes for a local restaurant, helped by his two teenaged kids and wife, but their living conditions are dire and the future looks decidedly bleak. Rough and uncouth this family might...

Cannes 2019 Review: Beanpole

Cannes 2019 Review: Beanpole

★★★★☆ Kantemir Balagov returns to Festival de Cannes’ Un Certain Regard programme for a second time with Beanpole (2019), a haunting post-WW2 drama where two former soldiers who served on the front in a female combat unit are reunited. The young cineaste portrays, with deft skill, themes of submission and...

Cannes 2019 Review: Lux Aeterna

Cannes 2019 Review: Lux Aeterna

★★★★☆ Gaspar Noé surprised us all, when the Cannes Film Festival announced the world premiere of a new work from the controversial auteur of Irreversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009) and last year’s acclaimed horror movie, Climax. A medium-length film clocking in at 50 minutes, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beatrice...

Cannes 2019 Review: Liberté

Cannes 2019 Review: Liberté

★★☆☆☆ Albert Serra’s Liberté (2019) is set in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Banished from the court of King Louis XVI, a band of errant aristocrats flee to Germany, hoping they will find there a haven to safely practice their libertine philosophies. Across the border, the group...

Cannes 2019 Review: Litigante

Cannes 2019 Review: Litigante

★★★★☆ Presenting his second feature in the Cannes parallel programme, Semaine de la critique, Colombian director Franco Lolli focuses once more on the lives of the country’s bourgeoisie. Litigante (2019), as with his debut Gente de bien (2014), is a portrait of a family, though here it is entirely from...