2023 Cannes International Film Festival

  • Interviews

“Killing Boris Johnson”

As announced by this headline-grabbing title, it would be an understatement to describe up-and-coming filmmaker Musa Alderson-Clarke as unhappy with former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who ran the United Kingdom from 2019 to 2022. In Alderson-Clarke’s protagonist Kaz (Shadrach Agozino), we meet a grieving man whose mother suffered from depression and who killed herself during the lockdown of the Covid pandemic, a tragedy that coincided with the time when Johnson himself was attending an office Christmas party.
  • Film

“Perfect Days”: Portrait of a Simple Man in a Tokyo Story by Wim Wenders

Screened in the official competition at the last Cannes Film Festival in May, Wim Wenders’s Perfect Days is set in Tokyo and follows the quiet and uncomplicated life of Hirayama, a toilet cleaner, played by Koji Yakusho, (this year winner of the Best Actor award). His daily existence consists of driving in his van from job to job, listening to cassettes of classic rock music, as he fastidiously carries out his tasks which he takes much pride in.