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“Love” Spreads Her Arms…Gaspar Noe, Guillaume Nicloux, Michel Franco & Thai Joe Are Going to Cannes

Thierry Frémaux wasn’t done adding to the official festival selections, and in the same token, wasn’t done in shaking up a certain Main Comp status quo. By programming the latest from Main Comp mainstay filmmakers Naomi Kawase, Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Brillante Mendoza in the Un Certain Regard section and giving Gaspar Noe a more suitable Midnight showing for sizzler Love, Frémaux is using his film god powers to give the Main Comp section a fresh coat of paint with an overwhelming number of filmmakers who’ve previously been programmed elsewhere on the Croisette. Basking in the Main Comp glow, today’s two add-ons are Michel Franco (Cronic our #41 most anticipated foreign film) and Guillaume Nicloux (The Valley of Love – our #5 most anticipated foreign film of 2015 – this makes it two MC titles for Isabelle Huppert). Here is the last batch:

MAIN COMP
Cronic by Michel Franco
The Valley of love by Guillaume Nicloux

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Alias Maria by José Luis Rugeles Gracia
Taklub by Brillante Mendoza
Lamb by Yared Zeleke
Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
AN by Naomi Kawase (Opening UCR title)

SPECIAL SCREENING
Une histoire de fou (Don’t Tell me the Boy was Mad) by Robert Guédiguian

MIDNIGHT SCREENING
Love by Gaspar Noé

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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