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Cannes Review: David Robert Mitchell’s Hotly Buzzed Horror ‘It Follows’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 18, 2014 11:20 AM
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It Follows
Considering only first and second films are eligible, it's no mean feat to be a director returning to Cannes Critics Week--it necessarily means that your debut was selected too and that you therefore have a100% hit rate with the Critics Week committee. It's just such a feat that David Robert Mitchell, director of 2010's charming coming of age tale "The Myth if the American Sleepover,” has managed to pull off, and it perhaps accounts for some of the advance buzz surrounding his sophomore effort "It Follows." And after the first screening this morning, the word of mouth only got louder and its status as one of the breakout hits of this or any other sidebar seems assured with not a few impetuous critics rushing to declare it their find of the festival.

Mélanie Laurent's 'Breathe' & More Headed To Cannes Critics' Week

Aloft, Melanie Laurent
With the Cannes Film Festival lineup now out of the bag, it's time for the sidebars to do their thing, and Cannes Critics' Week has kicked things off today by unveiling their slate of films. The sidebar tends to focus on less established names, but on cinematic voices that could make an impact in years to come. So even if you don't know these filmmakers yet, chances are you soon will. Read More »

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' & More Head To France As Cannes Critics' Week Lineup Is Unveiled

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 10:50 AM
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There are few festivals where the placement of a selection comes under as much scrutiny as it does at the Cannes Film Festival. For example, many were surprised when the latest from auteur fave Claire Denis wasn't put it in the main competition, but shifted to the second tier Un Certain Regard slate. Which brings us to David Lowery's acclaimed "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which after a strong reception at Sundance (read our review), many pegged to be a no brainer for the Cannes Film Festival, with organizers often choosing one or two movies from Park City to make their overseas debut. Well, it will appear on the Croisette, just in a parallel event.

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