Throwing up, fighter planes and donkeys: Cannes highs and lows

A red carpet protest ahead of a special screening of the Ukrainian film ‘Butterfly Vision’

No clear frontrunner has emerged in the race for the Palme d’Or announced on Saturday, but the Cannes Film Festival has certainly delivered some memorable scenes in its 75th year.

– Projectile vomit –

The masterly, almost balletic sequence of projectile throwing up, diarrhea and overflowing toilets was too much for many people to stomach, but it was also the only film that had the cinemas bursting with uncontrollable laughter.

Playing out of competition, “Top Gun: Maverick” brought an early dose of Hollywood razzmatazz with Tom Cruise’s first trip to Cannes in 30 years.

A producer from Ukraine said she nearly threw herself to the ground at the terrifying noise and burst into tears.

Some of South Korea’s biggest stars came to Cannes this year. Lee Jung-jae, the star of “Squid Game”, made his directorial debut with the political thriller “Hunt”, in which he starred out of competition.

And a favorite to win the top prize is director Park Chan-wook, known for cult favorite “Oldboy”, who returned to Cannes with the detective story “Decision to Leave”.

It’s been another rich year for music lovers, with a new documentary about David Bowie, “Moonage Daydream,” receiving critical acclaim for its kaleidoscopic, ultra-immersive take on the rock artist.

And the red carpet was lit up by the world premiere of “Elvis,” the new biopic from flamboyant Australian director Baz Luhrmann — though it received mixed reviews, with one critic calling it “indecently entertaining” and another “desperately awful.”

The most radical work in the main competition is “EO”, a film told completely from the point of view of a donkey.

It doesn’t necessarily end well, but it does end better than the donkey beaten to death with a rock in “Triangle of Sadness”.

The war in Ukraine was a constant backdrop for the festival.

The festival banned official Russian delegates, but controversy arose over the inclusion of a Russian film in the main competition, Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Tchaikovsky’s Wife”.

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Originally published as Vomit, Fighters and Donkeys: Cannes Highs and Lows

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