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2014 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 5: Miller’s Foxcatcher is Gold Medal Greek Tragedy & Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Charts Familiar/Familial Grounds

Cannes Monday 19th –

Despite its rather grim subject matter and ultimate denounement, the reception was warm and positive for this morning’s 8:30 a.m. Grand Lumiere world premiere to The Foxcatcher. With only his third fictional feature film, Bennett Miller’s first time in Cannes should be a memorable one, as he appears to have a knack for making compelling material at of biopic terrain. Sculpted with the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carell,  this is a fairly somber interpretation of the events that unfold on the du Pont estate. We’re antsy to see how our other critics grade the material.

In the other Main Comp English-language film item of the day, having screened yesterday night at 7:00p.m., critics have had time to mull over Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars. Filled with name-dropping, auds will wonder who the kids & adults in this bizarro universe otherwise known as Hollywood. His fifth trip to Cannes, he previously showcased Crash (1996),  Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Cosmopolis (2012).

2014 Cannes Critics' Panel

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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