A child who decides to lock his parents in a bunker and Timothée Chalamet in the world of Dune adapted by Denis Villeneuve, that was the program for this new day of the 47th Deauville Festival.
For its penultimate day, the Deauville American Independent Film Festival screened the last film of the competition, John and the Hole, the story of a pre-teenager deciding to sequester his parents and his sister in an abandoned bunker.
The day ended with a long-awaited screening, that of the film Dune, the new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary work by Denis Villeneuve. The director, often judged as one of the most promising of his generation, has he received the validation of festival-goers?
John and the Hole by Pascual Sisto (Competition)
Attention, chilling film! For his first production, Pascual Sisto stages the story of a young boy left behind by his family who decides one fine day to kidnap his parents in a hole. The actor Charlie Shotwell is the star of this film, he who had already been seen wearing the horror film Eli and who could be seen in Captain Fantastic, once awarded at Deauville.
In the role of parents are Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Jennifer Ehle. Taissa Farmiga ensures that of the big sister, also locked up, and all three play perfectly the emotions through which their characters must go, subjected to such an unprecedented situation.
Sisto dares to take the time to put down his atmosphere, slow like the reveries of this boy who is not yet a man and who does not see time passing at the same speed as the adults he holds prisoner.
John and the Hole won’t appeal to everyone, not least because of its open ending, but clearly stands out in the independent film landscape by finding its own voice, delivering neat photography, and paying special attention to its main character and character. his (very personal) vision of things.
Dune by Denis Villeneuve (Premiere)
That it was expected this Dune by Denis Villeneuve! The 1,497 seats of the Festival’s CID were obviously taken, and the Dolby Atmos sound of the hall honored the music of Hans Zimmer. During 2h35, the spectators vibrated with the adventures of Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa in the universe created by Frank Herbert.
Let’s not sulk our pleasure: Denis Villeneuve has made a great sci-fi film, ambitious, educational, rich in action and beautifully photographed (by Greig Fraser, who worked on the future The Batman, still for the Warner). The actors, well directed, bring the extra life that could have been lacking and make Dune a work of only visual interest.
The CID theater was not mistaken in reserving its warmest reception for the film, which will be released in French cinemas on September 15.