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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Jacques Audiard’s Les Olympiades

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9 – Jacques Audiard’s Les Olympiades

Audiard established himself in Cannes with Regarde Les Hommes Tomber in the Critics’ Week, and then he saw 1996’s Un héros très discret land him Best Screenplay, his Cannes offerings of the last two decades include the 2009’s Grand Prix winning A Prophet, 2012’s Rust & Bone and a Palme d’Or winner in Dheepan. His latest project Paris, 13th District (Les Olympiades) stars quartet Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant and Jehnny Beth all navigating matters of the heart and job/apartment prospects.

Call this Cannes edition a year of hate it or love it extremes, some critics dismissed the film and some have given it a rent free space in their hearts. Currently sitting at a 2.9 average rating, I doubt that this will receive any wards consideration.

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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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