How Cannes 2022 exposes a tough market for cinema

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The market is not favorable to cinema today, but the Cannes industry is looking for several solutions at the same time.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival took off in several directions at once. Tom Cruise walked the festival red carpet for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, arriving to an animated premiere accompanied by fighter jets. In the same room where Cruise took part in a 45-minute conversation about his career this week, lesser-known movies like “Rodeo” and “Corsage” screened in the Un Certain Regard section. New directors make their appearance at the Directors’ Fortnight with films like “Funny Pages” and “Aftersun” (above) that few people would hear about without the festival platform.

So what is the common thread here? On this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson sit down in their Cannes apartment to discuss this year’s festival and how it’s making the case for films in this very difficult market. While “Top Gun: Maverick” aims to bring commerciality back to multiplexes, other films would be thrilled to get a theatrical release, and festival buyers are carefully sorting through their options.

Kohn and Thompson also anticipate several of the films in the Official Competition section and how this year’s judging panel might weigh their options.

The duo will record next week’s episode live from the American pavilion in Cannes on Wednesday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Listen to the full episode below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you want to hear from the hosts on specific issues in future editions of Screen Talk.

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