Flatulence, diarrhea, vomiting, blood and beheadings. This is how the 75th anniversary of the festival was celebrated thanks to a controversial choice for the opening film. Cut!, by Michel Azanavicius, zombie comedy with Romain Duris and Bérenice Bejo. Controversy for being called before Z and many voices thought that the timing was bad for the festival to open with a film whose title could refer to a message of support for the Russian troops, but above all because it is a remake in Dead, alive, camera, action! (2017, available on Spamflix), by Shin”ichorô Ueda, about a B series film crew making a bad zombie movie, but also because it seems like a fair choice to please the French industry – it has become the rule that the opening of the film has a preview in France on the same day. The good news is that Cut! surprises, importing even the best ideas into the Japanese original. It’s an interesting parable about meta references to so-called cult cinema. small budget it’s bad. He also has a very well executed sense of slapstick and physical humor. This zombie camera offers in its first 20 minutes a game to the public: to survive the “bad cinema” on purpose.
And it was also at the start of this festival which avoids parties that Thierry Frémeaux spoke to journalists, complaining of a computer attack which disrupted the “better and better” digital system of festival-goers. The event’s general delegate was vetoed against the Russian press: “It’s wrong! The Cannes Film Festival only refuses accreditation to Russian media controlled by Putin’s regime”. Frémaux was also clear about the decision to keep Kirill Serebrennikov’s Russian film in competition, Tchaikovsky’s wife: “Every day I receive many, many emails asking us to remove this film from the competition because it is supposedly financed by Roman Abramovich, but the truth is that the film was made before the invasion of the Ukraine and for us it is important”, also mentioning that the director is a real dissident of this Russian government.
As for the inclusion of Top Gun Maverickhis defense was to guarantee that it was a very good film: “The Cannes Film Festival needs to have American blockbusters! Over the years, there has always been a camaraderie between America and the festival. , more than ever, everyone wanted to be there. For me, it’s significant that we have works from Paramount, Warner and Universal in the official selection! And that’s also why we pay tribute to Tom Cruise, a real movie star, someone who never did anything for the platforms and always refused to be in series !!”.