We haven’t talked much about Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors in the run-up to its Cannes debut, but now that the festival’s underway it’s already emerging as a strong candidate for the most buzzed-about title of this year’s event. Since premiering on Wednesday, Carax’ first feature since 1999’s Pola X has drawn tons of fervent admiration and a bit of withering scorn — but the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that it’s totally freaking off-the-wall insane.

Frequent Carax collaborator Denis Lavant stars as a mysterious figure who spends 24 hours zipping across town in a limousine, completing various “assignments.” Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Edith Scob, and Michel Piccoli also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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It is sad to me that reviews of We Have a Pope weren’t all that positive when the film premiered at Cannes last year. Because this trailer features a couple of great concepts that could be the basis for a funny and thoughtful film.

The core idea is that, after the death of the Pope, a Cardinal (Michel Piccoli) totally inexperienced with the spotlight is chosen to be the new pontiff. (Mostly because no one else seems to want the job.) He freaks out and tries to skip out of the Vatican, and a psychologist (Nanni Moretti, who also directed) is brought in to counsel him. Shades of The King’s Speech, The Sopranos, The President’s Analyst, and probably ten other films you could eventually list. But some moments, particularly the first section with the election of the new pope, look promising. Check out a trailer below. Read More »