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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 (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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