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In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 7:10 am
by maxwelldeux
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In Competition at Cannes Challenge



Goal
Watch as many films ever in competition at CanCannes as you can from 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019.

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 60 minutes of short films counts as one entry.
- Episodes of miniseries follow the standard 40/60 rule.
- Rewatches are allowed and good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- Films viewed at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival may count for this challenge.

Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year) is the preferred format
- For Miniseries episodes, please use "Series Title: Episode Title" as the title
- New posts are preferred over edited posts

List of Eligible Films:
In Competition at Cannes

That's it. If it's not on that list, it's not eligible for this challenge.

Other Lists:
https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/69-e ... petition-1
https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/69-e ... petition-1
https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/69-e ... petition-1

Official Lists:
Palme d'Or
Grand Prix

Participants

Rank Participant Count
1 Traveller 74
2 jdidaco 62
3 allisoncm 43
4 albajos 40
5 jeroeno 37
6 sol 30
7 AB537 25
8 Mate_cosido 22
9 flavo5000 17
10 weirdboy 16
11 maxwelldeux 15
12 Tarris1 14
13 hurluberlu 13
14 OldAle1 12
15 sebby 10
16 cinephage 8
16 Obgeoff 8
18 Coryn 5
18 blocho 5
20 Knaldskalle 4
20 3eyes 4
22 RogerTheMovieManiac88 3
23 Eva_L 2
24 frbrown 1
24 zzzorf 1

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 9:02 am
by funkybusiness
those are some fun stats, maxwell!

in, for a handful or a dozen, whichever happens first.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 11:03 am
by funkybusiness
I have a question about the list, of eligible titles, and maybe this was answered in another thread and I missed it and if that's the case just ignore this, but why does the In Competition list effectively start at 1951? Films were in competition in '46, '47 and '49. There were no festivals in '48 and '50.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 3:16 pm
by OldAle1
funkybusiness wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 11:03 am
I have a question about the list, of eligible titles, and maybe this was answered in another thread and I missed it and if that's the case just ignore this, but why does the In Competition list effectively start at 1951? Films were in competition in '46, '47 and '49. There were no festivals in '48 and '50.
Yeah, the first few Palms were awarded before 1951, and they did a "retrospective" award for 1939 - which was supposed to be the festival's first year but was delayed for a little war thingie - in 2002, and the retro winner was Union Pacific, a western and thus a Double for this month, if allowed. Wiki has some more info on this stuff.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 3:31 pm
by Knaldskalle
funkybusiness wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 9:02 am
those are some fun stats, maxwell!

in, for a handful or a dozen, whichever happens first.
$5 says the handful happens before the dozen.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 3:33 pm
by OldAle1
In for a few, my focus will be on Iran. Speaking of which here are the Iranian films eligible for this challenge - if I've missed any please let me know

Through the Olive Trees, Kiarostami, 1994
Taste of Cherry, Kiarostami, 1997 (winner of the Palm)
Tales of Kish, Jalili/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Taghvai, 1999
Blackboards, Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000
Kandahar, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2001
Ten, Kiarostami, 2002
At Five in the Afternoon, Samira Makhmalbaf, 2003
The Past, Farhadi, 2013 (co-production between several countries)
The Salesman, Farhadi, 2016
3 Faces, Panahi, 2018

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 4:25 pm
by Tarris1
In. Aiming for 15-20 or so. Focusing on films also on the 21st century TSPDT list, a largely neglected list for me

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 5:02 pm
by allisoncm
Are the films from this year going to be added? Several films in competition are going to be playing in France.

Also, no films from Un Certain Regard? or Semaine de la Critique?

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 5:04 pm
by Traveller
In as well. Goal is to come close to finish both official lists.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 5:15 pm
by Coryn
Woohooo, I'm in

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 5:48 pm
by 3eyes
In, modestly.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 6:28 pm
by maxwelldeux
allisoncm wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Are the films from this year going to be added? Several films in competition are going to be playing in France.

Also, no films from Un Certain Regard? or Semaine de la Critique?
I'm not an expert in this - I'm just the challenge host. :P

Films from this year obviously are eligible. I don't own the list, so I can't update it. And since many of you know more about Cannes than I, I'm totally open to suggestion on eligibility of films and whatnot.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 8:01 pm
by jeroeno
Yeah I'm in. Lots of stuff on this list I wanna see.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 10:32 pm
by Daviddoes
I'm in.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 9:51 am
by Traveller
01. Miss Julie (1951) - 7/10
02. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) - 5/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
by sol
1. Pale Rider (1985)

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A pretty decent western with Clint Eastwood as a mysterious preacher who arrives in a small town to "finish [his] work" because "there are a lot of sinners here". I could have done without all the pep-talks about taking a stand on corruption together and I don't think that the adolescent crush subplot added much either. In general though, this was intense and exciting with Eastwood playing up the mysteriousness of his character for all it's worth.

Note: It's been a while since I have seen Shane, but IMDb credits Pale Rider as a remake, which seems a stretch. Influenced by maybe, but remake?

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 12:55 pm
by Tarris1
1. You Were Never Really Here (2017) 6/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 3:14 pm
by blocho
I would certainly call Pale Rider an uncredited remake of Shane, in the same way Appaloosa was an uncredited remake of Warlock.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 5:02 pm
by Traveller
03. Friendly Persuasion (1956) - 7/10
04. The Long Absence (1961) - 7/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 6:32 pm
by maxwelldeux
1. A Taste of Cherry (1997)

This had a bit of a slow start, but soon sucked me right in. The scenery was pretty awesome to look at, and the frequent wide shots allowed that to show. The film was conversational with a variety of people, and you just got to meet and get to know a wide swath of characters and their struggles. The overlay of life and death and money struggles made the film very contemplative. Cool kick-off to the challenge!

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 9:52 pm
by albajos
01. The Sun Shines Bright (1953) USA 4 official lists 379 checks [double]

I also saw The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things which world premiered in Cannes in 2004. But it wasn't part of the main competition. It was nominated for a C.I.C.A.E. Award though.
This is of course the movie they make in Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy which is in cinemas now.

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Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 11:25 pm
by sol
blocho wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 3:14 pm
I would certainly call Pale Rider an uncredited remake of Shane, in the same way Appaloosa was an uncredited remake of Warlock.
I don't know. I thought the film had a lot more in common with High Plains Drifter than Shane - though on paper is certainly hard not giggle at the notion of a Shane remake in which the doting hero-worshiping kid does not want to be Shane, but instead...
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...wants to screw Shane. ;)

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 1:42 am
by 3eyes
1. Mon oncle d'Amérique (Fr 80)

Took me a long time to get to this. I don't think I was ever so engrossed in / engaged by a Renais film. (Hiroshima, mon amour was my introduction to Renais - saw it in a theater in my callow youth and should revisit it.)

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 3:04 am
by blocho
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Today is International Worker's Day, one of the very few holidays actually worth celebrating. I decided to celebrate, in part, by watching a good labor movement movie, of which there are too few ...

1. Adalen 31

Unfortunately, this shit wasn't it. The movie focuses on a working class Swedish family in 1931 that has been on strike with a bunch of dockworkers for several months. You would thing being on strike during the Depression might be kind of rough. Not in Adalen! The first third of the movie is an idyll of quality family time, playing music with the local band, a little fishing, and some casual teen sex. After 40 minutes of this, some labor strife begins when scabs show up. (I'll go to spoilers here) ...
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The last hour of the movie is a compendium of stupidity. Certainly, the workers are shown in a poor light. They are thuggish and childish and stupid in their tactics. And when the movie reaches its climax, all they can do is rather stupidly march into a wall of infantry, who can think of nothing better to do than stupidly shoot them with a small arsenal, including a machine gun. And yet the workers, stupidly, ignore the bodies falling around them, calmly announce that the soldiers are firing blank rounds, and keep marching. The movie completely ignores any political or economic aspects to the story and dedicates maybe two minutes of screen time to management and the owners. Unbelievably, the movie's sympathies are apparently with the workers, at least based on the narrative text which opens and closes the movie. If so, I can scarcely imagine more incompetent storytelling.
For those hoping for a higher quality of labor movie, may I recommend: Harlan County USA, Matewan, The Molly Maguires, Pride, and Salt of the Earth.

Last thing: I see that the same filmmaker also made a biopic of Joe Hill, which is normally something I'd very much like to see. Can anyone tell me if it's better than Adalen?

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 12:54 pm
by sol
SpoilerShow
1. Pale Rider (1985)

2. Good Time (2017)

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This thriller feels like a more serious After Hours as directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, with moody neon lighting, a Tangerine Dream style pulsating score and many thrills as every decision seems to lead the protagonist further down a rabbit hole. Most striking of all though is how his quest is motivated by his dedication towards his brother. Other plot details are murkier, but the overall product is such an audiovisual assault on the senses that it works - and Robert Patterson is electric in a challenging role that requires him to constantly manipulate, convince and beguile those around him.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
by Traveller
Was this one missed for pinning on top?

05. The Given Word (1962) - 8/10
06. The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) - 6/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 2:03 am
by Knaldskalle
Traveller wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Was this one missed for pinning on top?

05. The Given Word (1962) - 8/10
06. The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) - 6/10
I thought I added it yesterday when I did the others... but apparently not. Sorry.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 2:41 am
by maxwelldeux
Knaldskalle wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 2:03 am
Traveller wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Was this one missed for pinning on top?

05. The Given Word (1962) - 8/10
06. The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) - 6/10
I thought I added it yesterday when I did the others... but apparently not. Sorry.
PA's quick - I asked, and the thread was pinned within about a minute. :worship:

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 4:15 am
by jeroeno
01. To teleftaio psema (A Matter of Dignity) (1958)
02. Rendez-vous (1985)
03. Rekava (1956)
04. Az prijde kocour (1963)
So that's where that cat is from :woot:
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Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 4:48 am
by Traveller
Knaldskalle wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 2:03 am
Traveller wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Was this one missed for pinning on top?

05. The Given Word (1962) - 8/10
06. The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) - 6/10
I thought I added it yesterday when I did the others... but apparently not. Sorry.
No troubles, was just curious. :D

07. A Man and a Woman (1966) - 9/10
Wow, this one really hit the right spot for me. Incredible movie.

Edit: New favorite.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 11:05 am
by sol
I haven't come up with a good spoiler line yet; sorry maxShow
1. Pale Rider (1985)
2. Good Time (2017)

3. The Sun Shines Bright (1953)

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While it is sometimes noticeable that three diverse tales have been stitched together here, this is better than Ford's earlier Judge Priest from 1934. The biggest plus is Ford toning down the comedy of the original and while there are a couple of racial stereotypes, it is a far cry from the original, which is filled with caricature humour. Lead actor Charles Winninger is about equal to Will Rogers in the 1930s version, though he feels closer to Atticus Finch here with some powerful moments as he tries to prevent an innocent African American man from being lynched.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 11:51 am
by Tarris1
2. The Sun Shines Bright (1953) 8/10
3. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 7/10
4. Jigokumon (1953) 7/10
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1. You Were Never Really Here (2017) 6/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 3:55 pm
by Eva_L
1. The Pianist (2002)

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 3rd, 2019, 6:01 pm
by Traveller
08. The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966) - 7/10
09. Accident (1967) - 7/10

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 3:30 am
by jdidaco
Thank you for hosting, max. The Festival's canvas is one too large to explore, so I'll be concentrating on the 60s and 70s.

Screenshots from the three most remarkable films of this batch: 'Les abysses', 'Feldobott kö' & 'The Buttercup Chain',

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1. Il relitto/To hameno kormi (The Wastrel, Michael Cacoyannis, 1961) 8/10
2. Les abysses (The Depths, Nikos Papatakis, 1963) 9/10
3. Los pianos mecánicos (The Uninhibited, Juan Antonio Bardem, 1965) 8/10
4. Feldobott kö (The Upthrown Stone, Sándor Sára, 1969) 9.5/10

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5. Matzor (Siege, Gilberto Tofano, 1969) 9/10
6. The Buttercup Chain (Robert Ellis Miller, 1970) 9/10
7. Loot (Silvio Narizzano, 1970) 8/10
8. Il était une fois dans l'est (Once Upon a Time in the East, André Brassard, 1974) 7.5/10
9. Budapesti mesék (Budapest Tales, István Szabó, 1977) 7/10
10. Kravgi gynaikon/A Dream of Passion (Jules Dassin, 1978) 7/10

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Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 4:03 am
by sol
I still haven't come up with a good spoiler line; sorry maxShow
1. Pale Rider (1985)
2. Good Time (2017)
3. The Sun Shines Bright (1953)

4. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

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Barry Pepper offers a nicely layered turn as a kidnapped border patrolman here and the film takes some interesting turns once the journey begins and when they finally reach Mexico. It is over 45 minutes in though before the the kidnapping occurs. The convoluted structure of the film (flashing backwards and forwards in time) is not helpful either, and while the flashbacks give us more insight into the promise made between Tommy Lee Jones and the titular Mexican, they do little to flesh out the bond and camaraderie that we have to assume existed between them.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 6:29 am
by maxwelldeux
I prefer a bottleShow
1. A Taste of Cherry (1997)
2. Z (1969)
I watched this two days ago... oy. Great thriller - my only complaint is that the dialogue was a tad fast, which made it hard to keep up with subtitles. Regardless, it was a fascinating political thriller that taught me a bit about Greek history. Gripped my attention early and held it for the 2-hour runtime. Nice watch and happy to add it to my favorites list.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 6:59 am
by Traveller
10. Adalen 31 (1969) - 5/10
Have to agree with blocho here.

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 8:40 am
by jeroeno
05. Surcos (1951)
06. Nishant (1975)

Re: In Competition at Cannes - Official Challenge May 2019

Posted: May 4th, 2019, 12:07 pm
by Coryn
1. Paris,Texas (1984)
2. The King of Comedy (1982)
3. What ever happened to Baby Jane (1962)
4. Melancholia (2011)