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Cannes Critics’ Week Closes with Works from Tsai Ming-Liang and Joao Pedro Rodrigues

While the entire Cannes Film Festival offers orgasmic oeuvre for the true cinephile, the Critics’ Week will close their 51st edition with a great climax of sorts in a trio of shorts from Tsai Ming-Liang and João Pedro Rodrigues. Ming-Ling who last delivered the insufferable Faces in the Main Comp a couple of years back, comes packing the short pair of Walker and Beautiful, featuring his muse Lee Kang-Sheng. Rodrigues who is currently working on a docu essay-like film (which we were thinking might show up) is also a juror for the section and won;t come to the party empty handed – Manhã de Santo António is set on June 13th, Saint Anthony’s Day – Lisbon’s patron -, lovers must offer small vases of basil with paper carnations and flags with popular quatrains as a token of their love. Normally the section does close out with a feature, so the final day may be a triple auteur threat.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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