Mia Hansen-Love’s first time in cannes Competition




French director Mia Hansen-Love’s first time in Competition finds the acclaimed director in a deeply personal mode with this winning story of a filmmaking couple (Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth) traveling to Faro Island, the famed home of Ingmar Bergman. As Roth’s character basks in his stardom, Krieps’ attempts to finish a screenplay inspired by their relationship struggles, and the movie turns meta with Mia Wasikowska playing Krieps’ alter ego. An absorbing meditation on storytelling and life priorities meted out with Hansen-Love’s usual understated touch, the filmmaker’s first English language effort is strong enough to be a serious Palme contender if its self-reflexive approach doesn’t wind up alienating the jury. Assuming that doesn’t happen, “Bergman Island” would be a natural pick for a group of filmmakers and actors who might relate to the movie’s fixation on cinema as a gateway for larger ideas, especially at such a complicated moment in the history of the medium. At the very least, the talky, layered narrative could be a formidable screenplay contender, but there’s plenty of competition on that front. There are four women filmmakers in Competition this year, and this one’s currently the frontrunner to become the second female-directed movie in history to take the Palme, following Campion’s win for “The Piano.”