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Michel Hazanavicius’ The Most Precious of Cargoes – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 11

Michel Hazanavicius’ The Most Precious of Cargoes – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 11

The only animated film in the competition, Michel Hazanavicius has been a favorite of the festival landing several competition berths beginning with 2011’s The Artist. The Most Precious of Cargoes became his fourth feature to compete just after showcasing Coupez! as the opening film of the 2022 selection. This took a bit less time than most animated films we track — and stars Dominique Blanc, Denis Podalydès, Grégory Gadebois and Jean-Louis Trintignant as the voice cast.

Gist: An adaptation of Grumberg’s 2019 novel of the same name, the story centers on a Holocaust-surviving Jewish girl whose father throws her from a moving train heading to Auschwitz and ultimately found by a woodcutter and his family.

Current temperature: While some of our critics left town yesterday a good portion were able to fit in the #22 and final film of the competition and we’re looking at a nice trio of films to complete Cannes 2024. With thirteen critics weighing in, we have a bullseye average of 3 on the nose.

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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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