What I think of Cannes, from Ken LOACH and from his Golden Palm politically wrong.
The 69th Golden Palm of the Cannes Festival is faithful to its reputation when rewarding once more a film from a fully committed film director.
Cannes is a wonderful machine for the worldwide cinema industry. To be in Cannes is obviously to put your work in front of the projectors of the whole world. It’s in Cannes where the most important professionals of the film industry meet and where unknown personalities from the public are revealed.
Cannes is also a clever mix of all kinds: between the big and well-functioning productions and the small experiences in the laboratory….between the big entertaining shows and unbearable dramas… between the right politics and fierce critic of the system.
“Moi, Daniel Blake” crowns Ken LOACH with his second Golden Palm, after the one in 2006 for the film “The Wind that shakes the Barley” (“Le vent se lève”).
This film is not really the best of Ken LOACH cinematographically speaking. But it seems that the well-informed people of the jury, swamped by super-productions, were much more sensitive to the political message. Nowadays in Great Britain where the modern economy and liberalism should be a successful example, the British citizens, courageous enough, are inexorably sinking in a misery, dragged by this economic and social system.
Ken LOACH resists. It is really this neo-liberal system that he denounced at the closing ceremony after he received the Golden Palm. We have to greet the author for this action!
Ken LOACH does not remain in his cinema armchair, already awarded by the Palm, well-known and beloved. He carries on denouncing stupidities and injustice.
This film is right in the description of the system, the description of the portraits and its realization.
The best productions, scenarios and performances will be found with the other rewards of the 2016 “grand cru”.
This Golden Palm is a subjective and subliminal message from the jury to help our world to become better.