6 best performances at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

Last month, on the sunny shores of the Côte d’Azur, the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 75th edition from May 17 to 28. After two years of downsizing in the face of the global pandemic, Cannes rebounded this year with its usual sense of enthusiastic hype surrounding the premieres of some of the most important new films from all corners of the world.



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A variety of dramatic and experimental new cinematic works at this year’s edition of Cannes provided many showcases of talent from some of the world’s most influential actors and actresses, and these were some of the best.

6 donkeys in HEY

When Isabelle Huppertaka the “French Meryl Streep”, appeared in a diminutive three-quarter role by Jerzy Skolimowski new movie HEY, patrons at each showing gasped in elated surprise. However, Huppert’s immense fame was not enough to divert attention from HE the most incredible performances; the six real donkeys representing the main character of the film.

HEYan experimental and audacious remake of the 1966 French film Random balthazar, delights Cannes this year with its fascinating visual approach. The film’s narrative centers on a former circus donkey and his cruel journeys through modern Europe as he passes from owner to owner. The film is almost devoid of dialogue, allowing the audience to think about the donkey’s perspective without completely anthropomorphizing its animal perspective. As an epic animal tale, the six donkeys playing EO enchanted the film with the unique cinematic qualities of horses and other equines. When HEY received the jury prize at Cannes this year, director Skolimowski did not fail to thank the six donkeys who gave life to the protagonist of his film.


Austin Butler in Elvis

Millennials can recognize Austin Butler’s numerous roles on children’s television from the early 2000s. This year at Cannes, the thirty-year-old actor cemented his status as a Hollywood star with his starring role as “King of Rock N Roll” in Elvis. In by Baz Luhrmann latest exercise in over-the-top filmmaking, Butler’s standout performance as a Elvis Presley balances a film that ambitiously pushes the boundaries of spectacle with mixed success.

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Elvis chronicles Presley’s rise to international stardom, with Butler portraying the singer throughout several decades of his illustrious career. Butler’s incarnation of ‘The King’ is handled with expertise so detailed it’s enough to upgrade Elvis above just an excessive biopic. With the difficult task of portraying a celebrity such as Presley with such an iconic figure in popular culture, Butler skillfully captures Presley’s speaking and singing voices and captivating stage presence.


Song Kang-ho in Broker

During his last appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, the South Korean actor Song Kang-ho the most famous performance debuted in the Palme d’Or Parasite. This year, Song returned to Cannes with his latest work, Broker, a Korean-language film by a Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Song became the first South Korean actor to win Best Actor at Cannes in the festival’s 75-year history.

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Known for its social realism dramas, Kore-eda Broker adheres to the filmmaker’s work but leaves his native Japan for South Korea. As one of Broker, Song plays Sang-hyeon, a laundromat owner who plots with a friend to kidnap unwanted babies left in a church “baby box” to sell the children on the black market for adoption. As Song has proven in his collaborations with filmmakers such as Bong Joon Ho and Park Chan-wook, the talented actor can embody imperfect characters towards whom the spectator can feel a feeling of attachment and contradictory sensibility. Audiences will experience Song’s award-winning Best Actor performance at Cannes as Broker as the film releases worldwide this year, with Neon handling the US distribution of Broker.


Vicky Krieps in Bodice

Since her breakout role in 2017 as Alma in ghost yarnactress Vicky Krieps impressed with his skills and affinity for casting quality roles. This year in Cannes, Krieps received the interpretation prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival for his last role in Bodice. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Marie Kreutzer, Bodice is an ambitious period drama centered on the revisionist history of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, one of the most influential European aristocrats of the late 19th century.

Krieps skillfully embodies the anarchist spirit of the king. The character of Elisabeth is portrayed as discordant with her husband, of Emperor Franz Joseph, ideas about how a woman in power should feel and behave. However, Kriep’s spirited performance doesn’t erase Elisabeth’s shortcomings; the Empress was known for her indulgent demeanor and unpredictability as she navigated the boredom of aristocratic life.


Margaret Qualley in The stars at noon

In Cannes this year, Claire Dennis‘ last movie, The stars at noon, premiered to mixed reviews from journalists and moviegoers. Based on a novel of the same name set in the final years of the Nicaraguan Revolution, Denis chose to update The stars at noon for modern times in a world in the age of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the public scrutinizes The stars at noon for its meandering narrative approach and confusing political messages. Regardless of the film’s tangled themes, a major highlight was the budding actress’ performance. Margaret Qualley.

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Qualley stars as Trish, an American journalist with mysterious origins and motivations working in Nicaragua during a turbulent presidential election. Trish’s visa allowing her to work in the country was revoked for reasons not fully explained, leaving her trapped in Nicaragua. As she wanders erratically, planning her next move, Trish falls in love with a British businessman (Joe Alwyn). The two embark on a plan to escape Nicaragua while falling into a twisted romance of desperation in a country they both don’t belong to. As Trish, Qualley delivers a remarkable performance as a desperate young woman whose actions and reactions leave her simultaneously unbearable and pathetic. A24 will distribute The stars at noon in the United States later this year.


Michelle Williams in To show up

michelle williams received a lot of praise at Cannes this year for his latest role in To show uprealized by Kelly Reichard. In her fourth collaboration with the American auteur filmmaker, Williams stars as Lizzy Carr, an aspiring sculptor living in modern-day Portland, where the character faces creative crises leading to her biggest art exposure yet. day.

As with Reichardt’s other works, To show up has a quiet, unhurried sensibility that contemplates modern American life. As Lizzy, Williams tactically delivers a performance that evokes reality in a way that fits in with Reichardt’s down-to-earth work. Williams’ interpretation is a fully realized artist who juggles doubt in her creative process and feelings of inferiority alongside the daily stressors of life. In all, To show up is another outstanding work by Reichardt that perfectly showcases Williams’ remarkable talents.

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