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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Leos Carax’s Holy Motors

Gist: I’m sure their might be sequel, a prequel or inspired-like portions from Tokyo! in what, on paper, sounds like a meta project that follows Denis Lavant’s manhole creature in and out of character. Known as DL, this shapeshifter roams the streets of Paris, takes on multiple personalities and first row witnesses in Holy Motors include Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue and Michel Piccoli (who recently played the confused cardinal in, We Have a Pope). Expect Carax to bend Lavant like plasticine and to test auds’ patience.

Prediction: I’d bet that Carax first feature film in more than a dozen years (since the Main Competition entry Pola X) has been rsvped for a showing in the Salle Debussy theatre, the same spot where the 2008 Un Certain Regard selected Tokyo! played.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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