Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Cannes: Nothing for Sean Penn, “French Dispatch,” Adam Driver, Only American to Win is Caleb Landry Jones (Who, Some Might Ask?)


The Cannes Film Festival is finis.

And the winners are– no Americans, at least none who walked the red carpet to great fanfare.

There was nothing for Sean Penn, Wes Anderson, Adam Driver, etc. None of the big stars who got the PR splash from the US picked up a trophy.

But one American did win. Most people don’t know him, but the film community does. Caleb Landry Jones. He won Best Actor for Justin Kurzel’s “Nitram,” an Australian film. The red haired, freckled actor is known for roles in “Three Billboards” and “Twin Peaks” (the newer one), and appeared to great acclaim in Rod Lurie’s “The Outpost.”

“Nitram (Caleb Landry-Jones) lives with his mother (Judy Davis) and father (Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the Mid 1990s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never being able to fit in. That is until he unexpectedly finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, Helen (Essie Davis). However when that friendship meets its tragic end, and Nitram’s loneliness and anger grow, he begins a slow descent into a nightmare that culminates in the most nihilistic and heinous of acts.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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