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Ali Abbasi’s The Apprentice – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

Ali Abbasi’s The Apprentice – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

Making it three features in a row that’ll have premiered on the Croisette, Iranian-Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi saw his sophomore feature Border play like gangbusters in the Un Certain Regard section (winning the top prize via the Benicio Del Toro-led jury). Four years later in 2022, he presented Holy Spider (read review) and that won Zar Amir Ebrahimi the Best Actress Palme. The film scored an average of 3.0 with our jury. Jumping into production in late 2023 in Toronto, The Apprentice features Silver Bear Winner Sebastian Stan plays a younger Donald Trump in this piece of satire.

Gist: Written by Gabe Sherman, taking place in 70s and 80s NYC, this charts a young Donald Trump’s ascent to power through a Faustian deal with the influential right-wing lawyer and political fixer Roy Cohn. Jeremy Strong takes on Roy Cohn, and Maria Bakalova will play Trump’s first wife, Ivana.

Current temperature: A Canadian, Danish and Irish film production, we’re curious to see if Sebastian Stan can make it back to back fests winning Best Actor top honors Aaron Schimberg’s A Different Man. The second twisted New York-set tale for the actor might actually accomplish just that – and worth noting Jeremy Strong will receive awards kudos later this year. With almost all of our critics’ grades accounted for, we got a 3.0 average – no election fraud here.

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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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