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Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9

Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 9

A notable year for the New German Cinema filmmaker with two (or three if you include Chambre 999) films in Cannes with docu item (you need 3D glasses) Anslem (a Special Screenings selection) and a proper return into fiction with the shot-in-Japan and off-the-radar Perfect Days. Wim Wenders’ most notable Cannes legacy will always be with Palme d’Or winner Paris, Texas (1984) and Wings of Desire (1987) for which he won the Best Director Award.

Hirayama seems utterly content with his simple life as a cleaner of toilets in Tokyo. Outside of his very structured everyday routine he enjoys his passion for music and for books. And he loves trees and takes photos of them. A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past.

Current temp: With scores still rolling in…of the eleven critics who have seen Perfect Days we are getting a better than average grade of 3.3 which currently places the film fourth on our grid just underneath Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves.

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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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