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Cannes Festival & Market Talking Points At Half-Way: ‘Corsage’ & ‘Aftersun’ Prove That Women Directors Continue To Shine, While In The Market There Are Record Asking Prices & Russian Distributor Boycotts

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Here are some of the key talking points from the Cannes Film Festival and market at half-way.First of all, how about that weather.

The general feeling is that it’s great to be back en masse at a sunny, in-person, A-list festival with the spectre of Covid greatly diminished, at least.At dinner last night, it was noted to me by a seasoned critic that the small number of widely loved films to date (it’s still early) has meant that industry and media are talking more about issues than the movies themselves.

Between Russia-Ukraine, ticketing concerns, the censorship question, Rithy Panh’s jury exit, a red carpet protest etc, there have been plenty of talking points away from the lineup.The films themselves have generally had a mixed response.

Perhaps the most liked film in Competition so far has been James Gray’s emotional Armageddon Time. As expected, Top Gun was a great get by the festival and the fly-by was memorable.Two of the movies to really stand out to date have been Corsage and Aftersun, the former in Un Certain Regard, the latter in Critics’ Week.

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