The Cannes Film Festival is not known for being a soft touch – with tough juries and ferocious competition between filmmakers, it’s always impossible to predict the final outcome when the votes are counted. But if the festival can be said to have ‘favourites’, Belgian directors the Dardennes Brothers must be at the top of that list. Not only are they one of the few directorial teams to win the coveted Palme d’Or award twice, they also took the Grand Prix for their most recent film, 2011’s ‘The Kid With a Bike’. And now they’re back with ‘Two Days, One Night’, a rarity for the Dardennes in that it features a major international face, ‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Marion Cotillard. She plays a factory worker who finds out that her colleagues have chosen to receive a €1,000 bonus rather than let her keep her job, and she has only a short time (guess how much?) to convince them to take pity. Could the brothers break the all-time record and make it a hat-trick of Palmes d’Or?
We’re paying particular attention to the fortunes of this film because it has also been selected to open this year’s Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, the classiest of all London’s outdoor cinema events. You can read our critic Dave Calhoun’s glowing review of ‘Two Days, One Night‘ here, and catch up with all the latest Cannes news and reviews here, with the latest word on new films by Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and David Cronenberg.
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