The men and women of the international media who regularly cover the Cannes Film Festival backed the jury’s choice of “Love” for best picture, but they were generally disappointed in the range of entries.
To get a sampling of opinions, euronews culture producer Wolfgang Spindler asked: “How did you find the selection?”
Mariangela Castrovilli with Corriere Canadese answered: “Not especially brilliant. There were very few truly beautiful films, and a great many didn’t even deserve to be in competition.”
Carlos del Amor with TVE telelvision answered: “Disappointed. I think (this year’s selection) was quite conservative. It lacked courage. There were four directors who had already received the Palm D’or, but there was nothing really new, nothing that shone, nothing really memorable. This is among the most mediocre I have covered.”
Martina Riva with SKY TG 24 television answered: “The quality of films at Cannes is always rather high. This year in my opinion there were no real masterpieces, like we had last year with the film The Artist or The Tree of Life by Terrence Wallick. This year there were very prestigious filmmakers but no striking films.”
Karin Badt with The Huffington Post answered: “I am both happy and unhappy (about this year’s selection). I am happy because there were solid films to watch – there were at least four films I very much enjoyed, but there were also some very bad films and what I mean by “bad” is they were mass-market films and they were just a little empty.”
The reaction of the Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy was ‘vague to severe letdown’. He said it made for ‘a mixed-bag festival.