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Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 11: Jeff Nichols’ Mud

In only his third outing, Jeff Nichols has pretty much made a name for himself – it began with Shotgun Stories (2007) at the Berlin Film Festival and then really picked up with a Sundance-Cannes Critics’ Week showing for Take Shelter last year. Presented as the last of options of the heavily programmed American films in the Main Competition, it appears as if Thierry saved the best for last as Mud, a Dixie set drama with Tye Sheridan toplining alongside Matthew McConaughey and first time actor Jacob Lofland — Reese Witherspoon barely has a supporting role. Our critics’ appear to be big on the title – it’s currently rating among our tops.

Final Day Cannes Critics' Panel

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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