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Final batch of Cannes titles: Un Certain Regard includes Begic’s Djeca, Leon’s Gimme the Loot and Bourdos’ Renoir

A special screening, a pair of Midnighters and a trio have been added to the Un Certain Regard section – in it we find a little bit of SXSW, a bio portrait on French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (father of Jean) and the accurately predicted latest from the helmer behind Snow. The break out title/grand prize winner from SXSW in Adam Leon’s debut Gimme the Loot which our critic described as a “subtly observed but poignant day in the life of two Bronx kids trying to claim a small place for themselves,” will be receiving a vitally important international showcase and Aida Begic is receiving a huge boost — Snow was a 2008 winner in Cannes CriticsWeek while Djeca will leap her into an ideal intenational showcase. Rounding off the 20 Un Certain Regard selections is Gilles Bourdos’ latest Renoir, (his feature film debut, Disparus was shown at the in 1998) starring Michel Bouquet (see pic above), Vincent Rottiers and Thomas Doret (the child actor who debuted in the Dardenne’s latest) closes out the section.

Other titles included in the Cannes Classics sidebar is the 400 film collage in Final Cut – Hölgyeim És Uraim from my favorite (working) Hungarian filmmaker György Pálfi and produced by my favorite (no-longer directing) filmmaker in Bela Tarr, a documentary film from Candida Brady called Trashed, (Cannes’ annual inclusion of an eco-friendly docu) and in the Midnight screenings we’ve got Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires (four Aboriginal singers who become Australia’s answer to The Supremes who are offered their first real gig – entertaining the troops in Vietnam) and one more Wild Bunch title in Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac a 3D remake with Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder.

The additional Official Selection titles are:
Special Screening
Trashed, dir. Candida Brady (UK)
Midnight Screenings
The Sapphires, dir. Wayne Blair (Australia)
Maniac, dir. Franck Khalfoun (US/France)
Un Certain Regard 
Djeca, dir. Aida Begic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Gimme the Loot, dir. Adam Leon (US)
Renoir, dir. Gilles Bourdos (France) (closing film)
Cannes Classics
Final Cut – Hölgyeim És Uraim, dir. György Pálfi (Hungary)

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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