Cannes day 1

Here are some pictures of Cannes:

Slideshow photos – from  (Robin Hood red carpet and after party)

Robin Hood is the opening night film of Cannes. I obviously haven’t seen the movie, but just by the look of it, I would not have guessed that such film would be an opener for Cannes. Still, in my fledgling state-of-mind viewpoint of Haut-Niveau Cannes, such film is too Hollywood, too epic, too action packed with glory hero shining moment climax … to be “oh la la Cannes”

After searching for blogs about Cannes, I have found this one. Ann Hornaday writes for Washington Post; the post seems legit. I would like to thank the writer for posting , and hopefully she’d excuse me copying and pasting her words here: (just borrowing em!)

By Ann Hornaday |  Washington Post Staff Writer  |  Friday, May 14, 2010

CANNES, FRANCE — The skies are partly cloudy, the breeze is chilly and the iffy weather is matched by the prevailing muted mood at the 63rd edition of Festival de Cannes, which opened Wednesday. Perhaps it was fitting, then, that “Robin Hood,” which stars Russell Crowe as the 12th-century legend and kicked off the festival, received a respectful but less-than-rousing welcome from the press here.

i love LOVE the official poster. I believe that’s Juliette Binoche, non?  ça a l’air trés chic et cool et classy et fraiche!!

But the latest “Robin Hood” received mixed reviews from critics here, ranging from admiration of its pristine production values to boredom with its talkier sequences and two-hour-plus running time.

The only American film in competition is “Fair Game,” Doug Liman’s adaptation of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s book of the same name. (Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, are expected to be here in support of the film when it premieres May 20.) Two other American titles, Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” are being screened outside competition.

For the most part, Cannes belongs to the world this year, with such highly anticipated foreign titles as “Biutiful,” by Alejandro González Iñárritu, starring Javier Bardem highly anticipating this!! ; “Outrage,” by Takeshi Kitano; “Tamara Drewe,” by Stephen Frears; and “Aurora” by Cristi Puiu.

this is a still from BIUTIFUL. not much info on this film on the net. mysterious!  and let us pause to look at such boon wee gee pic of Inarritu:

The festival also marks the return of some cherished veterans, including Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami I’ve seen his “Taste of Cherry”, a Palme winner , Bertrand Tavernier, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Manoel de Oliveira — who at age 101 is nearly as old as the medium itself.

USA Today reporter Anthony Breznican said he sensed “mild disappointment” on the part of festival-goers at the absence of mainstream American titles this year. (Several fans were hoping that Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” would be here.) “But in their absence, there’s now an eagerness and a sense of potential surprise for movies that probably would have been overshadowed totally by higher-profile behemoth Hollywood movies.”

The governing ethic of austerity seems to have seeped into the movies themselves. Among a program featuring films about a disaffected father (Wang Xiaoshuai’s “Chongquin Blues”) is it “ChungKing”? , a young photographer’s obsession with a dead girl (de Oliveira’s “The Strange Case of Angelica” this is the one by the really old director. almost 100 years old! ) and divorce (Radu Muntean’s “Tuesday, After Christmas”), only “Tournée” (“On Tour”), directed by the actor Mathieu Amalric, has dared to show a little skin, figurative and literal. The quirkily transgressive backstage comedy-drama features a dazzling cast of American New Burlesque performers strutting their spangled, suggestive stuff as dancers touring France under the tutelage of an anxious impresario, played by Amalric. “Tournée” offered a brief, unruly burst of joie de vivre in an otherwise tasteful but tediously safe opening slate.

a review by Reuters writer Maggie Lee (she’s Asian? cool :] )

Editing is clean and maintains a comfortably measured pace even if the film is overall too long at 115 minutes. Occasional use of a romantic piano score sits awkwardly with the gritty realism conveyed by the ambient sound and natural lighting in outdoor scenes.

an interesting comment about TOURNée by Reuters writer Kirk Honeycutt (

Let’s salute the festival’s artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, for his loyalty to industry pals who have delivered worthy films time after time, in this case actor Amalric, who has presented nine previous films at Cannes, all as an actor. By why embarrass a friend by putting such an inauthentic film as “On Tour” (“Tournee”), Amalric’s first time in Cannes as a director, into competition? Why not a special screening?

i wonder if i’ll ever be able to make such comments; and this also reminds me that selections for Cannes is obviously also by another human being, just as i was a programmer x]

But a warm Cannes reception can send a movie into its theatrical life with an important wind of approval at its back. Certainly Allen, whose 2008 film, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” was a Cannes hit that year, hopes the same luck will strike with his newest work, which stars Scarlett Johansson and which the program describes as possessing “a little romance, some sex, some treachery and . . . a few laughs.” i wonder if this is a typo here; she makes it sound like Allen’s film this year is with ScarJo. Cuz I’d be very much anticipating that!

I just found a publication online blog that i think i will really really like!  By Michael Phillips?  Merci Monsieur!


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