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Variety: Cannes Winners Underscore Contrast Between Creators and Critics

Monday, May 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From Variety:

We say it every year — often repeatedly — over the course of Oscar reason, as we puzzle over the quirks and oversights of the Academy’s choices: Actors and filmmakers are not critics.

We don’t say it as often at the Cannes Film Festival, though it’s just as often applicable. For every year the Cannes jury — composed mostly of working industry professionals — echoes their approval of a critics’ pet in Competition ("Blue is the Warmest Color” or "Amour,” to name two recent Palme d’Or winners), there’s another where they express a very different preference.

Last year provided a good example of that, as Jacques Audiard’s "Dheepan” took the top prize from a Coen brothers-led jury, despite a critical reception that was more respectable than ecstatic. That mild divergence, as it turned out, was a mere warm-up act for the surprises of this year’s Competition awards, which left the festival’s press contingent largely, sometimes angrily, baffled.

- Read the full article at Variety.com



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