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Yorgos Lanthimos’ Kinds of Kindness – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Kinds of Kindness – 2024 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 4

A film that went into production as they were still doing post-production on Poor Things, Kinds of Kindness becomes Yorgos Lanthimos‘ third trip to the Cannes competition after presenting The Lobster in 2015 and then The Killing of a Sacred Dear in 2017 (both films won the Best Screenplay prize). We of course fondly remember becoming acquainted with his work when Dogtooth won the Un Certain Regard section in 2009. This latest oeuvre sees several members of team Poor Things move on over with the full ensemble being comprised of Searchlight release this in the United States next year. This stars Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, Mamoudou Athie, and Hunter Schafer.

Gist: Co-written along with Efthimis Filippou, this a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.

Current temperature: With sixteen of our jury folks took a dive in the empty swimming pool both yesterday and today, and we’re looking for a combined score of 2.7.

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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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