Adrien Brody attends, during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios, the Tribeca Festival Awards Night.
He is wearing IWC Portugieser Chronograph (IW371610).
Self-obsessed guys with daddy issues, maps, models and handwritten letters, probably some 1960s rock and definitely Bill Murray deadpanning — you know immediately whose universe you’re in.
“Wes Anderson is here tonight… He arrived on a bicycle made of antique tuba parts,” joked Amy Poehler, hosting the Golden Globes a few years back.
And everyone knew what she meant, because no one in film history has been so unblinkingly wedded to a specific off-beat vibe — from early successes like “The Royal Tenenbaums” through hits like “Fantastic Mr Fox” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — as the Texas-born director.
Anderson returns Monday with his 10th feature, “The French Dispatch”, finally premiering at Cannes after last year’s festival, where it was due to open, was cancelled by the pandemic. It is not a rom-com, slasher pic or dark thriller. It is a Wes Anderson movie, and at this stage in his career it seems unlikely he will ever make anything else.
“Wes is only getting more Wes-like. (His first films) ‘Bottle Rocket’ and ‘Rushmore’ are practically naturalistic compared to where he’s at now. Where will it end?” said Sophie Monks Kaufman, who wrote a book about him, “Close Ups: Wes Anderson”.
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The singular approach, full of meticulous sets and symmetrical shots, has certainly paid off. He has total creative control and an ever-growing menagerie of megastars eager to join his famously convivial sets.
Timothee Chalamet and Benicio del Toro are the latest additions, expected to join him on the Cannes red carpet on Monday along with Anderson regulars Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Adrien Brody.
“They do his films because it’s fun,” British critic Dorian Lynskey told AFP. “He’s not a difficult guy and yet has that total aesthetic that you normally associate with difficult directors.”
The adulation has not translated into many awards — Wes Anderson has seven Oscar nominations but zero trophies — perhaps because he seems to exist in a parallel world to the rest of the film industry.
“He never does anything to be successful,” said Lynskey.
Asked by Entertainment Weekly if he cared about awards, Anderson’s own response was: “I would if I won more!”
‘Brokenness and loss’
The miniature worlds look like chocolate box confections but are shot through with the hard facts of life: abandonment, self-delusion, suicide, the death of a parent or child. He has cited his parents’ divorce when he was eight as the defining moment of his childhood, and broken families are a theme throughout his work.
XHe returns endlessly to his childhood: filming in his own high school in Houston for “Rushmore”, paying homage to youthful infatuations with explorer Jacques Cousteau (“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”) and Roald Dahl (“Fantastic Mr Fox”).
“He seems particularly nostalgic about the age of 12,” writes Kaufman. “Wes can remember what it was like to be at that age and overwhelmed by a romantic crush, or when a book could become your whole world.”
‘My own handwriting’
Many find it all too twee. The winking irony and taste for analogue make him practically the definition of modern hipsterism: “Your barista’s favourite director,” as one YouTube parody put it. The style has leaked all over contemporary culture, from home decor to Gucci ads to countless films such as “Paddington” and “Lady Bird”.
It has spawned a hit Instagram account of real-life things that ought to be in his films, “Accidentally Wes Anderson”, the director’s personal favourite being a Croatian pancake stand. This points to the fact that Anderson is not a cult figure, Kaufman told AFP: “He is too influential for that. He’s more like his own cottage industry, and has been so successful at it that he doesn’t have to woo the establishment or make a Marvel movie.”
Having built his world, Wes Anderson seems content in it.
“There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do,” Anderson told NPR. “It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.”
(Main image credit: Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
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Presented by the award’s illustrious godmother Jessica Chastain, the Trophée Chopard recognised two up-and-coming talents in the world of international filmmaking: Jessie Buckley and Kingsley Ben-Adir.
Swiss luxury brand Chopard is the proud partner of the Cannes Film Festival – redesigning its prestigious Palme d’Or trophy, the highest prize awarded at the festival, in 1998. Co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele designed and crafted the stylised golden palm composed of 19 gold leaves resting on a single crystal rock, handmade in Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie ateliers.
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Since 2014, the Palme d’Or has been crafted using ethical Fairmined-certified 18K yellow gold — marking Chopard’s commitment to sustainable luxury.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the sustainable luxury brand’s own esteemed award — created in 2001 by Scheufele. While most awards at Cannes focus on rewarding excellence in present cinema, the Trophée Chopard honours the best of tomorrow – rising stars in international cinema.
“My family and I have always been committed to perpetuating the artistic professions cultivated in our workshops,” says Scheufele of her company’s altruistic DNA. “Thanks to our initiatives, Chopard is a company acknowledged for its decisive role in training. It was therefore only natural to extend our concern for transmission to our commitment to cinema.”
Part of the 74th Cannes Film Festival’s official calendar, the Trophée Chopard 2021 rewards a female and male ‘revelation’ of the year, “enabling us to draw public attention to an actress and an actor who deserve to gain recognition in their field so as to launch their career,” says Scheufele.
An illustrious panel of cinema veterans form the jury, chosen jointly by Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure, Thierry Frémaux, and Caroline Scheufele. On this year’s jury are Spike Lee, Mylène Farmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Tahar Rahim, Song Kang-Ho, Elsa Zylberstein (Un certain regard jury) and French minister of culture Roselyne Bachelot.
This year’s award went to Irish actor-singer Jessie Buckley and British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir, presented by actress Jessica Chastain at a star-studded dinner ceremony at the Majestic Hotel. A loyal supporter of the Cannes Festival, Chastain first debuted in Cannes in 2011 and has participated as a jury member since 2017, making her the perfect fit as Chopard’s patroness of the award.
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Other distinguished guests present included Audrey Azoulay, Irène Jacob, Aïssa Maïga, Adrian Brody, Paz Vega, Dorra Zarrouk, Joséphine Japy, Benoît Magimel, Nicolas Maury, Zita Hanrot, Haley Lu Richardson, Nelly Auteuil, Daphne Patakia, Miyi Huang, Kogomada, Irène Jacob and Dadju.
Trophée Chopard’s recipients are often highly decorated in the years after winning – Marion Cotillard and Florence Pugh come to mind, as well as previous winners like Anya Taylor-Joy, Diane Kruger, John Boyega and James McAvoy. This year’s honoured rising stars are sure to be no different.
“In 20 years, we have helped detect many brilliant actors,” says Scheufele. “This is a great source of pride for our Maison, and a sign that we must continue this work in order to contribute to the history of tomorrow’s filmmaking.”
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Buckley is currently filming in Canada and accepted her award remotely. Her film and television credits include lead in musical Wild Rose and psychological thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things, as well as roles in drama miniseries Chernobyl and black-comedy cult series Fargo.
Ben-Adir has plenty of television credits under his belt including High Fidelity, Love Life and The Comey Rule (as President Barack Obama), as well as the starring film role as Malcolm X in Regina King’s One Night in Miami.
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