The ovation to Quentin Tarantino, the “unforgettable” night of Pedro Almodóvar, the “green wave” of the Argentine activists in favor of abortion, the tears of Elton John and the scandal for an almost pornographic film were the five highlights of this Festival of Cannes.

– Ovation to Tarantino

The most anticipated film of the festival, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” by Quentin Tarantino, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, was all the rage. Through the story of a westerns actor and his double in Los Angeles of the 1960s, the American filmmaker makes a heartfelt tribute to the Hollywood of his childhood.

The film also includes the true story of Roman Polanski and actress Sharon Tate, murdered in 1969 by supporters of the Charles Manson sect.

At the end of the gala screening, the audience stood up and cheered for several minutes to Tarantino, 25 years after winning the Palme d’Or with “Pulp Fiction”.

– The “unforgettable” night of Almodóvar

The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, in the competition for the Palme d’Or with “Dolor y gloria”, his most introspective film, lived an unforgettable night with the ovation he received at the end of the gala screening. “I will not be able to forget yesterday night,” he told reporters the day after the premiere.

Almodóvar explained that he had experienced an “exceptional experience” when the audience of the historic Palace of Festivals stood up and applauded him for several minutes.

With this film, starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, the 69-year-old filmmaker aspires for the sixth time to the Palme d’Or.

– The “green wave” of Argentines

The green scarves of the campaign for legal abortion in Argentina also reached the red carpet in Cannes, with the documentary “Que una ley” by Juan Solanas and the activists who accompanied him.

Showing their green handkerchiefs, symbol of the protests in Argentina, a large group of Argentine activists demanded a “legal, safe and free abortion” in their country. One of them wore an impressive long green dress, where she had embroidered the motto of the movement.

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and actress Penélope Cruz also showed their support for this initiative, wearing the famous green scarf.

– The tears of Elton John

Rock star Elton John grabbed all eyes on the red carpet at the premiere of his biopic “Rocketman”, with heart-shaped glasses and the title of the film embroidered on the jacket.

At the end of the screening, neither he nor the actor Taron Egerton, who plays him in the film, could contain the tears.

The party ended on the private beach of a hotel where Elton John performed solo piano success “I’m Still Standing” and then “Rocket Man”, with Egerton.

– The Kechiche scandal

Cannes would not be Cannes without its scandals. This year broke the penultimate day of the event, from the hand of the filmmaker Abellatif Kechiche from Tunisia with “Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo”, a three and a half hour film with images on the edge of porn.

The tape is placed almost in its entirety in a nightclub, where a group of young people dance lasciviously. Kechiche films mainly the buttocks and the breasts of the girls.

“For you, public, I have counted all the planes that show ass in #MektoubMyLoveIntermezzo: there are 178. If we remove them, I think the film lasts 20 minutes,” French journalist Anaïs Bordages tweeted about the film.

“I tried to show what makes me vibrate, the bodies, the bellies,” the filmmaker, 58, winner of a Golden Palm in 2013 for “La vida de Adèle”, justified himself at the press conference.


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