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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 6: Flash Mob Sides with Trier’s “Louder than Bombs”

There are a swarm of cinephiles out there who became instant, cult-like fans of his first work (2006’s Reprise) and his sophomore film in 2011, which was included in the Un Certain Regard section, only confirmed that the Trier name belongs to more Scandi filmmakers than just one. With a command of the visual language and an approach that is methodical, strategic and free spirited, Joachim Trier’s third feature Louder than Bombs was actually conceived prior to Oslo, August 31st. Partnering once again with scribe Eskil Vogt, this American-based drama mostly featuring Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg in the forefront and war fotog Isabelle Huppert has a spiritual reminder demonstrates Trier’s ease at working with the past and present tense, and for the first time in the English language. It’s being called a divisive film, but yet there are defenders as you can gather from our panel below.

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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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