here’s what they thought

here’s what they thought
here’s what they thought

It’s a Cannes tradition. The day after the Palme d’Or was awarded, 1,500 residents were invited by the town hall to watch the film won the day before, during the closing ceremony. Few images have leaked from the film “Anora”, by Sean Baker. Here is what the invited public thought about it this Sunday, May 26.

Anora, by director Sean Baker, is the big winner of the 77th Cannes Film Festival. The closing ceremony of the Riviera high mass of the 7th art saw the jury of this edition, chaired by the director of Barbie, Greta Gerwig, crowning this feature film written and directed by the 53-year-old American.

The Palme d’Or was presented to him this Saturday, May 25, in front of the cameras of France Télévisions which broadcast this ceremony live, seen by some 6.7 million people – viewers and Internet users of the France TV platform.

This Sunday, it was a face-to-face audience who was able to appreciate this cinematographic work which succeeds Anatomy of a fallPalme d’Or last year.

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1,500 places were given to those who live in Cannes, in the Alpes-Maritimes, for three screenings of the Palme d’Or. The opportunity, also, for a climb of the steps, this Sunday, May 26 at the beginning of the afternoon.

The first to benefit from this invitation to the Palais des Festivals attended the screening of the film Anora, by Sean Baker. Few images have leaked from the film, its release date in France has not yet been given.

The American director wrote this feature film and put it into images. Lasting 2 hours 19 minutes, it narrates the journey of Anora, played by American actress Mikey Madison, a young prostitute who falls in love with the son of a Russian oligarch. They get married, but the groom’s family will want to have this union annulled.

A press release from the City, sent in the wake of the Palme d’Or announcement, alerted the public likely to see the film this Sunday, detailing “sex and drug scenes which may be offensive. It is therefore strongly not recommended for minors.”

A team from France 3 Côte d’Azur interviewed these Sunday spectators as they left the room. “I liked it, it was quite interesting to talk about these subjects […] Original.”pleads a young woman. “Very good, young actors” salutes another moviegoer who also enjoyed “a very good plot at the start, before a somewhat hasty conclusion”.

When Frédéric Roche, journalist from France 3 Côte d’Azur, asked how to classify this film, the answer was quick. Anora put on the spotlight “a theme that we don’t touch too much on, prostitution, striptease, etc. It’s somewhere between suspense and an action detective film.”

“It’s quite taboo in France and he [le réalisateur, NDLR] knew how to tackle drugs and prostitution whereas for a French film, this would be almost impossible”, concludes his first interlocutor.

“I didn’t expect to see a film with so many erotic and sexual scenes, let’s say. I find that we really manage to put ourselves in the place of the characters” underlines another spectator at the end of the projection. And to continue: “I didn’t expect to see a film that was so much about a kid who parties.” To finally concede that the film “I liked it a lot anyway.”

Other spectators mention “a surprising film”, “scenes that are sometimes shocking, but shot with humor.” An opinion shared by a Cannes retiree who welcomed the film “like a comedy about an environment that is clearly open to criticism”the one “of oligarchs, fortunes and spoiled children”.

It remains to be seen whether the reception of the criticism will give Anora the same destiny as the 2023 Palme d’Or achieved by Justine Triet, and whose career over the past year has been unanimously praised by more than forty awards around the world.



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