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2016 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” Sinks & Swims

Day three and four films and so far it’s been a sturdy festival line-up. Excluding his mini-series P’tit Quinquin which shored up at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014, his eighth feature film and fourth time on the Croisette, Slack Bay otherwise known as Ma Loute represents a slight departure for the filmmaker. He got noticed in ’96 for his Camera d’Or winning La vie de Jésus (Directors’ Fortnight) and has hit the Comp a total of three times: 1999’s L’humanité (Grand Prix and a double Best Performance prize for his non-professional actors) and once again Grand Prix winner for 2006’s Flandres. Variety’s Peter Debruge says it “feels both more and less like a movie than anything the misanthropic filmmaker has done before” and The Hollywood Reporter’s Tood McCarthy says future auds might be taken aback, claiming it is “more weirdly fascinating than genuinely good, this beautifully made, bracingly eccentric and often arch film will generate a measure of strong support but will bewilder more than entrance most traditional art-house regulars.” We’ll be taking in more grades before we truly know whether this film sinks……or swims.

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Slack Bay Dumont 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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