JAMES LATTIMER is a film critic, festival programmer, and filmmaker based in Berlin.
JUL-AUG 2018 | Film
After the critical bashing suffered by last year’s Cannes selection, the consensus on this year’s edition was more positive, a perplexing conclusion given that the festival’s by-now well-worn curatorial recipe was once again followed more or less to the letter. For all the handwringing about Netflix withdrawing its titles after a spat with artistic director Thierry Frémaux over theatrical distribution, the competition slate offered yet another stolid blend of Cannes stalwarts, established names, and newer faces of questionable merit, with only the latter suggesting that slots needed to be filled
JUL-AUG 2017 | Film
They say familiarity breeds contempt, which might explain why this year’s Cannes program was one of the worst received in recent memory.