Cannes 2016, Day 5: In the Shadow of Women
The sun came out and smiled: Cannes was dominated by women, even if for a moment. As the 69th edition of the festival comes to a pivot point – the halfway mark, the critical first weekend when trends and favorites begin to pop up – one title was on everybody’s lips: American Honey, a long (162 minutes), dazzling exploration of millenial angst on the roads of America, served straight up from the mind of director Andrea Arnold, a two-twice Jury Prize winner in Cannes. Focus Features was quick to nab the distribution rights in several territories, and buzz around the movie, the director and newcomer actress Sasha Lane crossed the Atlantic quicker than you can say “awards season”. To make matters even more interesting, the second series of Women in Motion talks was launched, gathering filmmakers, actresses and executives around the issues that women face in the industry. And, of course, the oarty scene is in full swing, with the massive HBO/Vanity Fair bash at the Hotel du Cap dominating the weekend’s must-attend lists.
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