Zombies invade Cannes
The stars parade on the red carpet Tuesday night for the opening of this 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, but it is rather the zombies who have invaded the screening rooms with the presentation of Dead Do not Die by Jim Jarmusch .
T ristement, the evening turned into a tribute to the immortal Agnes Varda, recently deceased whose picture adorns the beautiful poster of the edition 2019. The gratin met in the Grand Theater Lumiere were treated to excerpts the most recent documentary by the late filmmaker, Varda by Agnes , and Cleo from 5 to 7 , presented in competition in 1962. The gifted Angela came to interpret Sans toi , of the same feature film, a shocking moment.
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Javier Bardem, all smiles, then completed the formality of the official opening.
Before, we could see Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton take a short walk on the Croisette. They borrowed the famous red carpet in the company of all the cast of Dead Do not Die and the director with gray hair crazy, to quote Edouard Baer, who officiated as a host for a second year in a row.
It is besides this plethora of stars, as well as the long relationship of friendship which links Jarmusch to the Festival, which had to convince Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate, to program it in opening. The director of Down By Law was reluctant. We can understand.
His amusing comedy, as it is, is a minor work in his filmography. The filmmaker did not completely succeed in subverting the codes of the genre as he had done for the vampire film with The Last Lovers , also presented in competition in 2013.
Of course, we recognize its particular touch, stylistic and musical. This hilarious story takes place in Centerville, a bled and frozen in time, around two apathetic and overwhelmed policemen, played by Murray and Adam Driver, in the way the student surpasses the master.
The fierce and biting criticism of the Trump era and consumerism – the zombies sold their souls to savage capitalism – suffers, however, from its scriptural softness. Winks to the New Wave fly, as well as some gags loop and appearances of RZA to Iggy Pop (barely made up) and the small role of Tom Waits as a hermit.
In short, an appetizer before tackling the biggest bites of the competition.
By the way, it’s not just the festival-goers who discovered the feature film: nearly 600 French theaters broadcast the event live.
In Quebec, The Dead Do not Die will be released on June 14th.