A film about Trump “politicizes” the Cannes Film Festival

A film about Trump “politicizes” the Cannes Film Festival
A film about Trump “politicizes” the Cannes Film Festival

In “The Apprentice,” Sebastian Stan plays a young Donald Trump on his quest to become a business mogul (Credits: Apprentice Productions Ontario)

The long-awaited “biopic” of donald trumpsix months before the United States elections, and the new David Cronenberg They are the two films in contention for the Palme d’Or that will premiere this Monday at the Cannes Festival. The Apprenticefrom Danish of Iranian origin Ali Abbasifollow in the footsteps of a young man donald trumpwhen he began his journey in the real estate sector, and his relationship with his mentor, the lawyer Roy Cohnwho worked in McCarthyist circles.

Sebastian Stanknown for his role in Marvel, plays the irascible ex-president, and Jeremy Strongfamous for the series Succession, plays the lawyer, who played a key role in the professional construction of the future tycoon. The film comes when Trump is being tried for falsifying accounting documents and six months before the presidential elections with which he aspires to return to the White House.

Abbasi, author of the thriller Holy Spider (2022) and Border (2018), both awarded at Cannes, made with The Apprentice his first foray into Hollywood. The other film in competition that will be presented this Monday is The Shroudsfrom Canadian David Cronenberg81 years old, author of such well-known titles as crash either The fly.

The film portrays the Donald Trump of the 1970s, who obtained a million-dollar loan from his father and worked to become one of the most famous billionaires in the world.
The film portrays the Donald Trump of the 1970s, who obtained a million-dollar loan from his father and worked to become one of the most famous billionaires in the world.

The Shroudsstarring Vincent Cassel and Diane Krugerrevolves around a businessman who, grieving the death of his wife, invents a revolutionary and controversial technology that allows the living to keep an eye on their deceased loved ones in their shrouds.

“I wrote this film when I was suffering the consequences of the death of my wife, who died seven years ago. “This drama affected me deeply and what had to be a technical exploration became, little by little, an emotional and personal exploration,” said the veteran director, quoted in the film’s release.

So far, 11 of the 22 films in competition have been screened, including the colossal Megalopolis of Francis Ford Coppola, Kinds of Kindnessof Yorgos Lanthimos with Emma Stone, birdfrom the British Andrea Arnoldand Limonovby the exiled Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov.

Of all of them, critics put them among the favorites for the highest award Caught by the Tidesfrom Chinese Jia Zhang-Kea reflection on the passage of time based on a love story that was frustrated for 25 years, and Emilia Perezfrom French Jacques Audiard, an original musical about a Mexican drug lord who wants to change his sex. If the French filmmaker were to win, it would be his second Palme d’Or, after Deephan in 2015.

Directed by the acclaimed Ali Abbasi,
Directed by the acclaimed Ali Abbasi, “The Apprentice” is among the main selection of the Cannes Film Festival

“One palm, that’s already very good,” the director joked. But give an award to the Spanish trans actress Karla Sofia Gascón, protagonist of the film, “would be strong, he would be intelligent,” he added in a meeting with journalists. But the jury, chaired by Greta Gerwigthe director of global success Barbiestill has to see a dozen films before handing in his award on May 25.

One of those that raises the most expectations is that of the Iranian Mohammad Rasoulof, The Seed of the Sacred Fig, scheduled for Friday, the last day of the competition. It is not yet known whether the director will be able to present it in person, after having clandestinely fled Iran, where he was sentenced to prison.

Out of competition, the contest will present an honorary Palme d’Or this Monday to the Japanese animation studio Ghibli, from which classics such as Spirited Away, The moving castle either My neighbor Totoro. The master of animation Hayao Miyazaki will be represented by his son Gorō.

Source: AFP

 
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