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Live from Cannes 2014: Meet Our Cannes Critics’ Panel

Jeez. Time sure does fly by. It’s hard to fathom that we’re now in year number four with our world film critic on the La Croisette gallop poll, which we conveniently refer to simply as: our Cannes Critics’ Panel. I’m proud to say that a good dozen of us have remained a tight bunch. Back in 2011, our critics decided to “vote for Pedro” and La piel que habito over Von Trier, Kaurismäki, Dardennes and Palme d’Or winner Terrence Malick. In 2012, Haneke’s golden Amour won by a nose over 2nd place vote getter Holy Motors while last year’s Blue is the Warmest Color (aka La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2) was the unanimous pick (and tallied the highest score ever) not only by the Spielberg jury, but our own collective. How will the stars align for the eighteen Palme hopefuls? Where will our set of critics (see their profiles below) find common ground? Visit us twice daily critical snapshot of the Main Competition selected films in our star ratings-grid approach.

Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I from team are joined by returning critics (Christophe Beney, Dave Calhoun, Per Juul Carlsen, Paola Casella, Mike D’Angelo, Carlos F. Heredero, Fabien Lemercier, Guy Lodge, Isabelle Regnier, Liu MIN and International Cinephile Society President’s Cédric Succivalli), and we’re happy to include Quebecois film journalist Manon Dumais to the clan.

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Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF and AFI.




Christophe Beney is the co-founder of Accreds (, the only French-language web media entirely devoted to film festivals. Former editor in chief of Palmarès magazine and film critic for Les Cahiers du Cinema, he is also an academic and holds a PhD in cinema. This is the 14th consecutive year that he covers the Cannes Film Festival. On Twitter: @ChrisBeney

2011 Cannes Critics' Panel David Calhoun Dave Calhoun is the Film editor of Time Out London. He has also written for The Times, The Observer and Sight & Sound magazine in the UK and regularly broadcasts on Sky News and BBC Radio Three and Four. On twitter: @davecalhoun

Per Juul Carlsen grew up in a small provincial Danish town that had the reputation for producing rope and young farmers fit for fight. It was a perfect setting for escapism and when puberty hit, he considered himself a full-fledged film addict. Since then he has tried to immerse others into seeing films that lend to new worlds, visions and fantasies and he currently does so via hosting a weekly radioshow on film called Filmland on the Danish National Radio in Copenhagen and he is the editor-in-chief for On twitter: @pjcarlsen

Born in Milan but based in Rome, Paola Casella is the film critic for Italian national daily Europa ( since 2005. She contributes to CineCritica, the official publication of the Film Critics’ Association of Italy. She served on the Fipresci juries at the Venice, Turin, Lecce film festivals and takes part of the jury for Cannes this year. She is the author of several books on film criticism. Her last one, “Cinema: femminile, plurale“, won the Domenico Meccoli prize as “Best film essay by an Italian author” in 2010. On twitter: @cinecasella

Mike D'Angelo Cannes Critics' PanelMike D’Angelo was among the first people to begin writing regular movie reviews on the Web, having created his stubbornly text-only site The Man Who Viewed Too Much in the summer of 1995. He has since been the chief film critic for Time Out New York and written a monthly film/TV column for Esquire, and has also contributed to the Village Voice,, Onion’s A.V. Club, and Variety, among other publications. Currently he writes regular film reviews for The Dissolve. On twitter: @gemko

Manon DumaisWith a background in screenwriting and a Master’s in Literature, Manon Dumais has alternately moved from publishing a critical edition of a posthumous novel by Hubert Aquin (The Invention of death) to embracing cultural journalism and film criticism becoming an assistant at La Presse. Working as a writer in the cinema section of the weekly paper, Voir , she covered prestigious film festivals around the world such as Cannes, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and Berlin.  Columnist cinema issuing View Télé-Québec from 2009 to 2014 , she will can be found shortly at MATV. On twitter: @Manon_Dumais

Carlos F. Heredero is a film historian and critic and was the editor-in-chief for the Spanish edition of Cahiers du cinéma. A professor of History of Spanish Cinema in the ECAM (School of Film and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid) and ESCAC (Barcelona Film School) he was the writer on four documentaries about film (all directed by Carlos Rodriguez) for Canal Plus: Huellas de un espíritu; Alfred Hitchcock: la ficción sin límites; Orson Welles en el país de Don Quijote (with E. Riambau) y Huston y Joyce. Diálogos con los muertos. His most recent publication, also in the company of Antonio Santamarina, is an investigation of the literary sources of Spanish film, titled: La biblioteca del cine español (2011). He also directed, along with Eduardo Rodríguez, the Dictionary of Spanish and Latin American Cinema (10 volumes). Carlos currently writes for Caimán Cuadernos de Cine. On twitter: @carlosfheredero

Eric Kohn Cannes Critics' Panel
Eric Kohn is the chief film critic and a senior editor at Indiewire. His work has also appeared The New York Times, New York magazine, Variety, Filmmaker, and several other publications. Born in Texas and raised in Seattle, he holds bachelors and masters degrees in cinema studies from NYU. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, two cats and a projector. His book, Harmony Korine: Interviews is set to be released later this year. @erickohn

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. On Twitter: @ioncinema

Fabien Lemercier is the France & Hungary correspondent and Film Focus coordinator for; Italy correspondent for Le Film Français. On Twitter: @FabienLemercier

Born in China, Liu Min moved to Paris 14 years ago. As Journalist and film critic, she regularly covers film festival and cinema events in France and Europe for, the leading entertainment Chinese website, Movie World and Popular Movie. During the year she also contributes to Movie World and contributes to Shoutern Weekly, as columnist. She is also involved, as consultant, for the organization of the Chinese Film Festival in Paris.

Guy Lodge is a South African-born critic and screenwriter now based in London. He can be read most frequently at US film website, and occasionally contributes to The Guardian‘s online division. Recently named one of the 100 Greatest Arts Tweeters by Britain’s The Times newspaper. On Twitter: @GuyLodge

Journalist and film critic at Le Monde, Isabelle Regnier also blogs. During the Cannes Festival, she feeds Cannes – The Bubble, and the rest of the year, Film Bazar. She wrote a biographic essay on Tex Avery, and Produire un film, an essay on film production, both to be published by Phaidon / Cahiers du cinema. She directed the documentary film, Take it to the Street, on the online press experience of Rue89. On Twitter: @isabregnier

President of the International Cinephile Society, Cédric Succivalli has a M-Phil on Crash and Deleuzian Desiring Machines and a MA on My Own Private Idaho. He is a full-time translator, creative writer, performer (Rosalind Crisp company) and film critic. On Twitter: @OnTheCroisette

Cannes Critics' Panel Blake Williams Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He earned his Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto, and has screened his work at TIFF, Images Festival, and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. For the last year, he’s been contributing to‘s coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs, while also writing weekly film previews for On Twitter: @Astrostic

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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