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Emanuel Pârvu’s Three Kilometres to the End of the World – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

Emanuel Pârvu’s Three Kilometres to the End of the World – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

One of the last trio of entries to be included in the competition was completely off our radar. Actor turned director Emanuel Pârvu‘s third feature film received a highly coveted spot for a Cannes first-timer with Three Kilometres to the End of the World. His debut feature Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things (2017) was a Sarajevo Film Festival world premiere but his 2021 title Mikado got some clout with a showing at the San Sebastian.

Gist: (Ciprian Chiujdea), who’s spending the summer in his hometown in the Danube Delta. As he prepares for final exams and gets ready to start a new life, Adi is brutally attacked on the street, turning his world upside-down. Suddenly, the seemingly tranquil façade of his village begins to show its cracks, as Adi finds himself at odds with the customs and mores of his community.

Current temperature: With only a dozen of our jury people hitting up this serving of Romanian cinema, we so far have the lowest graded film of the competition (our Nicholas Bell and I disagree with the popular vote as we both rated this as the best film so far).

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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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