Wednesday Jul 21, 2021

Cannes Review: The Year of the Everlasting Storm is a Creative Look at Globally Unifying Trauma

on thefilmstage.com

Summary

Investigative documentarian Laura Poitras delivers the most riveting segment with “Terror Contagion.” The courageous Citizenfour filmmaker maps the global landscape of digital infection left in the wake of NSO Group, an Israeli cyber-arms manufacturer that builds spyware (e.g. Pegasus) used by corrupt governments to target journalists and activists. Anthology films like The Year of the Everlasting Storm, wherein a flurry of esteemed directors create short segments tethered to a common theme, lack a strong track record.

We venture across the United States, Iran, Chile, and China only to end up on a white bedsheet in Thailand, where Apichatpong Weerasethakul (who had another short and a feature in competition at Cannes this year) captures the final segment, which doubles as the best.….

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