A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.
Lars von Trier has never quite sat right with me, I can see his excellence when it comes to filmmaking, he makes quite the impact, but his films on the whole have left me too cold to consider great. And his mouth often dents his appeal. His 2011 film Melancholia, however, is a master stroke, in writing, acting, directing, and to von Trier a somewhat personal journey. His leading lady Kirsten Dunst is incredible here, saying every callous and impulsive line with such truth I believed her character Justine. Every movement on her face tells a story or a feeling, a longing to be away or alone, in a film which hosts her wedding but also the imminent end of the world. At the Cannes Film Festival, it was just a shame that an actress of such high regard and class had to endure von Trier’s press conference ramble regarding his German heritage that quickly morphed into irresponsible remarks about Jews, Nazis, an empathy towards Adolf Hitler. The festival officials labeled him “persona non grata”, that is to say he was thrown out of the festival. Thankfully, for the movie and the actress, Dunst deservedly was given the Best Actress prize.