Perhaps most urgent of all, as the festival nears its end, has been Hou Hsiao-hsien’s hypnotic wuxia martial arts fable The Assassin, about which critics here really have been passionate. There has been something fascinating and even rather inspiring from a cinephile point of view about the way this film has been so generally and enthusiastically discussed — people have been responding to it as a work of art, and cynicism has been banished. I have enormous admiration and respect for this very beautiful, glacially poised film, although it was sometimes too opaque to capture the heart as well as the head. But what an extraordinary movie.“

Hou Hslao-hsien wins Best Director at Cannes for The Assassin