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Sean Baker’s Anora – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8

Sean Baker’s Anora – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8

Returning to the official competition for a second time, this is American indie filmmaker Sean Baker‘s third consecutive trip to Cannes after The Florida Project premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2017 and Red Rocket (read our ★★★★ review) premiering in 2021 (the film scored an average of 3.5 with our jury). Shot (mostly) in New York City, clocking in over the two-hour mark, production on Anora is Baker’s eighth feature to date took place under the radar and we find him re-teaming with cinematographer Drew Daniels on this project. NEON landed the rights on this shot on 35mm project.

Gist: Anora (Mikey Madison), a young sex worker from Brooklyn, gets her chance at a Cinderella story when she meets and impulsively marries the son of an oligarch. Once the news reaches Russia, her fairytale is threatened as the parents set out for New York to get the marriage annulled.

Current temperature: Overtaking Jacques Audiard’s chart-leading Emilia Perez, Anora lands with an average 3.6 score from 16 of our 20 critics weighing in.  With only six remaining films left in the competition, this could very well be the top graded item from the twenty-two offerings.

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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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