Cannes Film Festival Opens With a Zombie Movie

CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival opened Tuesday with 21 motion pictures contending for the highest trophy, the Palme d’Or. A gala premiere of “The Dead Don’t Die,” by the American director Jim Jarmusch, kicked off the 12-day extravaganza.

An all-star solid together with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny and Selena Gomez assembled on the pink carpet earlier than the film’s world premiere, surrounding Jarmusch, who wore his signature darkish sun shades.

The film is a few horde of flesh-eating zombies — corpses that rise from their graves and hang-out a humdrum city referred to as Centerville, a “actual good place” with a inhabitants of 738. The zombies gravitate towards the issues they loved after they had been nonetheless alive: espresso, chardonnay, sweet, toys, cable TV and energy instruments. The zombies’ sudden emergence is seemingly linked to polar fracking, which has precipitated the earth to be pulled off its axis.

“‘The Dead Don’t Die’ fancies itself a cutting-edge macabre comedy, however the reality is that it’s behind the curve of popular culture,” wrote Variety reviewer Owen Gleiberman. “That’s why it’s a disappointing trifle.”

But some attendees of the Cannes premiere had been far more upbeat.

“Audiences that anticipated a standard zombie film might be type of upset by the pacing of this film, however individuals who know Jarmusch’s work might be very comfortable,” mentioned Luiz Oliveira, a movie critic from the Brazilian information portal Metrópoles, when leaving the screening. He described himself as a fan of the director. “It’s such as you’re hanging out with Jarmusch characters in a zombie apocalypse,” he added.

Audrey Shaw, a 21-year-old University of Florida movie scholar, mentioned she “actually favored it. It was very campy, very on the nostril, nevertheless it made quite a lot of factors.”

“It was undoubtedly speaking about local weather change, and ignorance of Americans, and the way we glance previous the issue,” she added, “and simply contain ourselves in our on a regular basis lives, and don’t have a look at what’s occurring.”

Jarmusch first took half within the competition in 1984, when his black-and-white “Stranger Than Paradise” received the Camera d’Or award, given to one of the best first movie. In 2005, Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers,” additionally starring Murray, received the Cannes Festival Grand Prix, the runner-up award to the Palme d’Or.

Interviewed throughout a break within the Cannes opening ceremony, Murray mentioned capturing the film was a drama of its personal.

“It was a tough film to make, for some motive,” he mentioned. “We shot within the Catskills, and the climate was extraordinarily wild.”

“We had floods, we had lightning storms, a number of warmth, we had bugs,” he added.

The 2019 competitors contains a variety of Cannes Festival stalwarts. Quentin Tarantino, whose “Pulp Fiction” received the Palme d’Or precisely 25 years in the past, is premiering his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Set in 1969, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie (within the function of Sharon Tate, the actress who was murdered that yr by followers of the cult chief Charles Manson).

Other Cannes Festival habitués within the competitors are the administrators Pedro Almodóvar, Marco Bellocchio, Ken Loach, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

At the identical time, the competition contains a variety of competitors first-timers, reminiscent of all 4 of the feminine administrators chosen: Jessica Hausner, Céline Sciamma, Mati Diop and Justine Triet.

This yr’s nine-member Cannes Festival jury is led by the Mexican-born filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, and likewise contains the administrators Kelly Reichardt and Yorgos Lanthimos. Prizes might be given out in a gala ceremony on May 25.

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