Cannes Diary: Trump and the Undead Collide on the Croisette

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Courtesy of Getty Images The 'The Dead Don’t Die' team on the Cannes red carpet on Tuesday.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Rebecca Keegan on May 15, 2019.

“… Jim Jarmusch’s political zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die was an unusual choice for Tuesday night’s festival opener, as Cannes typically begins with a night of French pageantry and a forgettable European drama,” writes Rebecca Keegan in The Hollywood Reporter.

“Instead, the audience in the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals watched as Jarmusch skewered Donald Trump-era politics in a satire, in which the residents of small town Centerville, U.S.A. (‘A Real Nice Place,’ according to its road signs) come to terms with an environmental apocalypse caused by ‘polar fracking.’

“The evening’s political messaging began on the red carpet, as Jarmusch and his cast, including Adam Driver and Bill Murray as Centerville’s police [officers], Tilda Swinton as a mortician who happens to have surprisingly practical swordsmanship skills and Selena Gomez as a hipster passing through town, entered the Palais to speakers booming Bruce Springsteen’s heartland anthem ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ …

THR 5/15

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