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Heavyweights make their mark on the Croisette

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Heavyweights make their mark on the Croisette


The 62nd Cannes Film Festival began its second week with two directors seeking their second Palme d’Or.

Ken Loach returns with “Looking for Eric,” starring ex-footballer and occasional philosopher Eric Cantona. On acting, he said it was a game like football and life and that playing himself, sending himself up is a weapon. Loach won Cannes’ main prize three years ago with “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” but “Looking for Eric” is much more light-hearted. Critics are doubtful it can scoop the Palme d’Or, although it was well applauded at the avant-premiere screening. Lars von Trier, main prize winner nine years ago with “Dancer in the Dark” is among the favourites for this year’s golden palm, even if his new offering, “Antichrist” divided opinion. Those watching in the Salle Debussy began booing and cheering well before the film finished. Starring Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Antichrist” is a violent depiction of a couple trying to come to terms with the death of their son.

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