Cannes kicks off in less than a week, and everyone’s groping around for any hint of controversy, other than the U.K.’s generally droopiness after, once again, no British filmmakers made it into competition.
Of course, not only is the festival short a certain inflammatory, haircut-avoidant presence this year, the films in competition are an impeccable selection from established masters of cinema. In the Independent, Sheila Johnston surveys the selections – the best she can come up with so far is that Lars von Trier‘s take on slavery, "Manderlay," will almost certainly anger Americans. Plus there was that donkey-killing thing (if only he hadn’t folded and cut those scenes!). Oh, and Gus Van Sant’s "Last Days" is supposedly even weirder, in terms of narrative style or lack thereof, than "Gerry."
At the Toronto Star, Peter Howell sits down with Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, whose films "Where the Truth Lies" and "A History of Violence" are both in the main competition this year. But not only do the filmmakers, who once apparently had a sizzling Canadian rivalry, seem to respect and like each other now, their films are each director’s most mainstream and accessible effort to date.
The Guardian doesn’t bother trying to drum up early gossip yet – but Peter Bradshaw blurbs twelve films to look out for.