RTL Today – A crazy story: “Without filter”, the sacred film at Cannes that will not please the rich

The 75th Cannes Film Festival has chosen a corrosive and political outburst of laughter by offering a second Palme d’Or to Swede Ruben Östlund, for “Without Filter”, his acid satire of the ultra-rich and class relations in western societies.

After “Titane” by the Frenchwoman Julia Ducournau, it is another kind of punk, much less bloody but just as hair-raising and willingly scatterbrained, which wins the most prestigious prize in world cinema.

Östlund, 48, has not calmed down, five years after “The Square”, on the middle of contemporary art, and which was in the same vein. This time in the film, he denounces, through caricature and excess, the excesses of the society of appearances and capitalism. And joins the club of webbed doubles, alongside the Dardenne brothers, Ken Loach or Michael Haneke.

“Sans Filtre”, a cross between “Titanic” and “La Grande Bouffe”, made the Croisette explode with laughter, with a crazy story of a luxury cruise with a drunken and Marxist captain, who runs aground on an island with his passengers, joined by a couple of young influencers.

“We had only one goal: to make a film that interests the public and makes them think by provoking”, declared Ruben Östlund when receiving his award. “The whole jury was extremely shocked by this film”, recognized the president of the jury, Vincent Lindon.

The spectators are not ready to forget the scene of generalized seasickness, with deluges of vomit and excrement, during dinner on the sinking boat or the battle of citations between the captain, a communist, and a Russian oligarch.

Wash away the “humiliations”

Beyond the Palme d’Or, the jury including Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), the Indian Deepika Padukone, and the directors Asghar Farhadi and Ladj Ly, gave its second most prestigious distinction (Grand Price) tied with the Frenchwoman Claire Denis, 76, (“Stars at Noon”) but above all with a young talent to follow, Lukas Dhont, 31 years old.

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With “Close”, his second film, the Belgian tackles questions of identity and the weight of masculinity with sensitivity, and reveals an actor, Eden Dambrine, 15, on stage alongside him.

The latter saw the interpretation prize escape him, in favor of the South Korean star Song Kang-ho, the father of “Parasite”, this time rewarded for “Les Bonnes étoiles” by Japanese Kore-eda.

On the women’s side, the jury singled out a courageous journey marked by “humiliations”, that of the Iranian Zar Amir Ebrahimi, for her role as a journalist investigating the murders of prostitutes committed in the name of God, in the thriller “Les Nuits de Mashhad”.

“This film is about women, about their bodies. It’s a film filled with hatred, hands, feet, breasts, gender, everything that is impossible to show in Iran”, declared the one who has saw her career in Iran abruptly interrupted because of a sex scandal, which prompted her to leave her country for France.

Belgian winners

Belgium is one of the winners of the Festival: in addition to Lukas Dhont, the Dardenne brothers, champions of social cinema, received a special prize for this 75th anniversary edition, for “Tori et Lokita”, a social drama about young exiles, and the Flemish couple Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen (“The Eight Mountains”) received the Jury Prize, tied with the UFO of the competition, “EO” (“Hi Han”), an animalist manifesto on a donkey, directed by a figure of Polish cinema, Jerzy Skolimowski.

And if the war in Ukraine was not forgotten during this Festival, opened with a message of resistance addressed, from kyiv, by the Ukrainian president Zelensky, and which programmed several Ukrainian filmmakers, the Russian Kirill Serebrennikov left empty-handed .

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Having become the standard-bearer of Russian art in exile, the filmmaker breaking with the regime had for the first time been able to travel to the Croisette to personally defend one of his films in competition, “Tchaikovsky’s Wife”.

Out of competition, the Festival also wanted to make the public dream by inviting the mega-star Tom Cruise, who came to present the new “Top Gun”, and the new darling of Hollywood, Austin Butler, in the role of Elvis for the biopic -Event of the “King”. Two films on which the cinema industry is counting on to bring the crowds back to theaters, after two years of health crisis.