Best and Worst of Cannes 2015: Why wasn't 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in competition?

Posted by · 4:59 pm · May 24th, 2015

CANNES – We finally have a Palme d'Or winner (Jacques Audiard's “Dheepan”), but what are our major takeaways from the entire 2015 Cannes Film Festival?

Overall, the competition slate was slightly mediocre, with festival programmers really finding only three stellar films. There were a number of major disappointments (“The Sea of Trees”) and true surprises (“Son of Saul,” “Amy”). The Un Certain Regard and Critics” Week selections didn”t generate much buzz and we missed the textbook over-the-top publicity stunts for Hollywood releases looking to make a mark with the 4,000+ members of the global media credentialed for the festival.    

The biggest buzz actually came from a Midnight screening (“Love”), a ladies' shoe controversy and attendees questioning why “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Inside Out” weren't in competition. The question remains, however: Should either film been eligible for a jury prize? We”ll dive into that in our Best and Worst story gallery that you can view at the bottom of this post.  

Before you take a swing at the “Best” and “Worst,” however, here”s a list of some of the films that are already quickly fading from memory: Woody Allen”s “Irrational Man,” “Tale of Tales,” “Marguerite and Juliene,” “Louder than Bombs” and the opening night feature, “Standing Tall.” As for the rest…check out the story gallery.

.What were your biggest takeaways from this year”s festival? Share your thoughts below.

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