Audiences at Cannes would be forgiven for feeling nervous ahead of yesterday’s screening of Gaspar Noé‘s latest film “Enter the Void.”
The Argentina-born French director doesn’t mind if shocked viewers walk out of his films, in fact he may actually enjoy it. His last Cannes release, “Irréversible,” left some appalled and others in awe. “Enter the Void,” if not exactly Disney, is a much more palatable film. In competition for the Palme D’Or, it is mostly shot in Tokyo before being heavily tweaked by the effects machine. Elia Suleiman won the jury prize in 2002 with “Divine Intervention,” a tragi-comedy set in the Palestinian territories. His entry this year in the main competition, “The Time That Remains,” falls into the same genre. The semi-autobiographical film follows an Arab-Israeli family through several generations since the creation of the state of Israel.