In search of a second Palme: crowned twenty years ago, the Italian Nanni Moretti returns to competition in Cannes with Tre Pianiat the dawn of the second week of a festival in which nothing is yet played.
Spearhead of a cinema at the crossroads of the intimate and the political, a major voice of the 7th European art, the Roman had won the prize for directing in 1994 for Personal diarythe story of his own fight against cancer, then the Palme d’or in 2001 with The son’s room, a heartbreaking film about the loss of a child. He is a regular at the Croisette where he also presented the comedy Habemus Papamwith a Michel Piccoli as a Pope gripped by doubt.
In Tre Pianias usual, the director will appear on screen in one of the roles, that of Vittorio, a magistrate, but this time the screenplay is adapted from a novel by the Israeli Eshkol Nevo, Three floorsthe plot of which he transported to Rome.
The film interweaves the stories of several homes, in a three-storey building in the Italian capital, according to the synopsis unveiled by the producers: a family with a seven-year-old daughter, a young mother whose husband takes long stays in foreigner, a couple of magistrates faced with a painful choice…
It “addresses universal themes such as guilt, the consequences of our choices, justice and the responsibility that comes with being a parent,” the filmmaker said in his production notes. His thirteenth film, shot before the pandemic and which patiently waited to be presented this year at Cannes, could resonate with the news: it also tells “our tendency to lead isolated lives”, he adds.
Presented on the same day as an adaptation by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami by Hamaguchi Ryusuke and the latest film by Frenchwoman Mia Hansen Love, Tre Piani will it shake up the competition? This sixth day comes to close a week marked by several strong works: Annetteby Leos Carax, the opening film, a real cinematic firework with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, at the top of the notes given by international critics on the first days and compiled by the magazine Screen International.
The film by Norwegian Joachim Trier, Julie (in 12 chapters)a subtle portrait of a young woman plagued by the doubts and questions of the time, moved the Croisette and revealed an actress, Renate Reinsve, 33, when Paul Verhoeven, 82, did not leave anyone indifferent but did not not unanimous with Benedettaabout a lesbian nun in the Middle Ages.
Two movies (The dividefeaturing the “yellow vests” and the hospital lacking resources, signed Catherine Corsini and Ahed’s Knee by Nadav Lapid, very critical of Israel) carry political messages that could catch the eye of the jury chaired by the American Spike Lee. The latter promised that the decisions would be “democratic” and that he himself would take into account “the originality, the performance of the actors, the work of the camera” and the “emotion” conveyed by the works.
The second week could reshuffle the cards: from Monday, Cannes strikes very hard by aligning a skewer of international stars to the poster of the latest film by Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, from Tilda Swinton to Timothée Chalamet via Adrien Brody and Léa Seydoux. The presence of the latter (starring in three films in competition) is uncertain: she has tested positive for Covid and is awaiting a medical green light to possibly join Cannes.
And, like Nanni Moretti, two other filmmakers who have already won prizes are in the running to join the club of nine doubly crowned filmmakers between now and the award ceremony on July 17: Jacques Audiard and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
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Cannes Film Festival: Nanni Moretti in the running for a 2nd Palme d’Or