A record number of African films at the 76th Cannes Film Festival has fueled debate about a renaissance of cinema on the continent by a new generation of women directors. This year’s Carrosse d’Or award, which is part of the Directors’ Fortnight, went to Malian Souleymane Cisse, a veteran director credited with reinventing cinema as an African art form.
After celebrating the last gasp of Europe’s shabby elite with the controversial “Jean du Barry” starring Johnny Depp, the world’s most luxurious movie rendezvous opened for business on Wednesday with a barrage of big movies. and small, new and old, from all corners of the planet.
In the running for the Palme d’Or, winner of the prestigious trophy in 2018, Japanese Hirokazu Kore-eda presented “Monster”, the story of a young man whose strange behavior causes concern, while French Catherine Corsini presented her family drama “The Return”. red carpet for, which has been the subject of controversy following allegations of harassment during filming.
At the end of the huge Palais des Festivals in Cannes, dealers were already announcing an extraordinary edition of the all-important Cannes film market, a key indicator of the state of the industry’s health, with a record number of 13,500 delegates already registered and There was a return. Large number of Asian companies after a long gap induced by Covid-19.