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18-05-2006
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I think the problem with Da Vinci's code is the fact everyone thought of the books as a marterpiece,BUT,Dan Brown wrote a best-seller. Those are 2 different things.
Therefore the film is not meant to be a marterpice but a blockbuster. I am not expecting nothing more.

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Is anybody actually going to be at the festival???

I did go last year, my sister's boyfriend was covering the event and since we live in Nice, there was no prob.
However, this year I am not willing to stand there for hours no matter what. Last year, we had like this press pass so it was great.

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In Competition
"Flandres" (Bruno Dumont)
"Selon Charlie" (Nicole Garcia)
"Quand j'etais Chaunteur" (When I Was a Singer) (Xavier Giannoli)
"Volver" (Pedro Almodovar)
"Red Road" (Andrea Arnold)
"La Raison du Plus Faible" (Lucas Belvaux)
"Indigenes" (Days of Glory) (Rachid Bouchareb)
"Iklimer" (Climates) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
"Marie Antoinette" (Sofia Coppola)
"Juventude em Marcha" (Pedro Costa)
"Pan's Labyrinth" (Guillermo Del Toro)
"Babel" (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
"Lights in the Dusk" (Aki Kaurismaki)
"Southland Tales" (Richard Kelly)
"Fast Food Nation" (Richard Linklater)
"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" (Ken Loach)
"Summer Palace" (Lou Ye)
"The Caiman" (Nanni Moretti)
"L'Amico del Famiglia" (Paolo Sorrentino)
My two cents are between Volver(which I think it is very very likely), Marie Antoinette and Babel.

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Odette, how did you like being at Cannes last year? i always wanted to see the festival ... do you know a way to come close to it? i`m also wondering how ma will be, i can imagine that its great or that its bad both, when im right it will open in france in may 24th. do you know on which day it will premiere in cannes and when sofia coppola, kirsten dunst will come??? -thx

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You're so lucky, Odette. Cannes seems like such an event... This is the first year I've really payed close attention.

Regarding the films in competition, I don't really know what they're all about so I don't want to make any snap judgements. But, I hear that the focus is really on Marie Antoinette (of course, but opposed to here in the US).

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Odette, how did you like being at Cannes last year? i always wanted to see the festival ... do you know a way to come close to it? i`m also wondering how ma will be, i can imagine that its great or that its bad both, when im right it will open in france in may 24th. do you know on which day it will premiere in cannes and when sofia coppola, kirsten dunst will come??? -thx
It was great,cause my sister's boyfriend covered the event, he wasn't interviewing any stars or anything like that he just took photos which were later sent to agencies(I don't want to lie you so I must say I can't tell you whether it is for magazines or newspapers, I never took much trouble to ask where he was sending pics,sorry) so we had a press pass,well actually he had 1 press pass but we all use it.
So we were there looking at the stars during conferences in the morning,I saw no evening premiere and that's a shame though, it was great cause you see how busy everyone is, the flashes don't stop for a second and it's all like people shouting for them to move to right or look at the left or smiling for them or posing near the films' poster or getting all the actors together for a family photo of them all.Really exciting.Though since there is like a professional relationship you can't go and ask for an autograph or a photo when the conference is over.Or at least we didn't cause it was quite embarrassing
Now, my sister and his boyfriend broke up so therefore there is no press pay, that silly sister of mine.I tell it can be really great to the stars and premieres and all that but standing there for hours can be a pain in the back so I am not going.
You're lucky caue Marie Antoinette opens the 24th of May. May be you get to see them!!Let's see what happens.

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Volver sounds so interesting. I dont know about Southland Tales. I've always thought Donnie Darko was overrated so I dont know about this one. and Bai Ling is in it so I think i'll stay away. lol.

When will Babel premiere? I'm excited to see how it's going to be received in Cannes. I've always loved Cate Blanchett as an actor and the fact that it is directed by Inarritu is icing on the cake!

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'Darko' Director Receives Mixed Reception at Cannes
Southland Tales, the first film from writer-director Richard Kelly since his 2002 cult classic Donnie Darko, has received a decidedly mixed reception at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or award. In advance of its premiere Sunday night, the film, which touches on everything from an apocalyptic nuclear bombing in Malibu in 2008 to the nation's obsession with celebrity, received a cold reaction at a press screening. (Daily Variety later called it "a pretentious, overreaching, fatally unfocused fantasy.") At a news conference following the screening, a reporter prefaced a question to Kelly by remarking that he had "never seen so many walkouts" at a press screening at Cannes. The moderator of the conference, however, promptly insisted that, from where he sat, the audience appeared "mesmerized" by the film. Kelly himself said that he realized that it would "push buttons" and that it was meant to be experienced not in the way a viewer ordinarily approaches a film but "like a puzzle." He acknowledged that he felt under "tremendous pressure" during the making of his second film "to live up to whatever expectations people have of me" following the Darko success.

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Nine Things You Didn't Know About Cannes
From the Jean-Luc Godard riot to "E.T.'s" launch, great moments in le cinema.


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  1. The first Cannes festival was conceived as a democratic response to the Venice Film Festival, which was seen as increasingly fascist in the '30s, as only German and Italian films were getting prizes. The festival was scheduled for September 1939, but was cancelled after opening night because of the start of World War II.
  2. The Palme d'Or and the best film Oscar have been given to the same film exactly once. Delbert Mann's 1955 film "Marty," about a lonely butcher searching for love, won both awards.
  3. On opening night of the Cannes festival in 1968, a year of civil unrest in Europe, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and others took over the largest screening room stage and held onto the curtains to prevent them from opening. This and other acts of solidarity with French student and worker protests led to the festival's subsequent shutdown.
  4. There hasn't been a hometown win for 18 years. The last time a French filmmaker won the Palme d'Or, formerly known as the International Grand Prize, was when Maurice Pialat's "Sous le soleil de Satan" won in 1987. (Last year's winners, the Dardenne brothers, are Belgian — close, but not close enough.)
  5. The average age of Cannes residents is 64.
  6. In 1991, Danish director Lars von Trier was so upset when his film "Europa" won a mere Jury Prize that upon receiving it he called jury chair Roman Polanski a "midget" and then threw the award to the ground. (He eventually won the Palme d'Or in 2000 for "Dancer in the Dark").
  7. Only one woman has won the Palme d'Or in the history of the festival. That distinction goes to Jane Campion who took the award home in 1993 for her film "The Piano."
  8. Richard Kelly, director of "Donnie Darko" and this year's Palme d'Or contender "Southland Tales" almost didn't make it to the 2006 festival because the U.S. government was holding his passport under review. Apparently there was a mix-up when officials confused the director, whose full name is James Richard Kelly, with a James Kelly currently on the terrorist watch list.
  9. In 1982, "E.T." was test-screened at the Cannes Film Festival as a non-competition entry. It brought the house down, receiving a standing ovation that had eluded most of the official entries. Steven Spielberg described the evening as one of the best nights of his life.
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When will Babel premiere? I'm excited to see how it's going to be received in Cannes. I've always loved Cate Blanchett as an actor and the fact that it is directed by Inarritu is icing on the cake!
Babel was yesterday (or today) and some critics think it is the front runner for the Palme d'or. Too bad about Southland Tales.

Jeffery Wells coverage is pretty good http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/

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I'm not terribly surprised about Southland Tales. I think Richard Kelly lucked out with the way Donnie Darko was recieved by the fans, but he doesn't seem to have really mastered his craft. I don't expect him to be a master writer and filmmaker, either; he's young and probably has ample time to figure things out. I just hope that him premiering something that doesn't sound to be his finest work at Cannes so early in his career won't hurt him. Granted, Cannes is filled with hits and misses, but I think that one of the main reasons that they allowed him to show there in the first place was because of his Donnie Darko "success." Now that it seems like Southland Tales will not reach the same status as Darko, I hope that he won't be ruled out in the future, although I believe he still shows enough promise to be able to come out with some interesting projects in the future.


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^ I agree. i've also read mixed reviews on Southland Tales. The main consensus seems to be that it was an interesting concept but poorly executed.

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Looks like alot of new talents aren't getting that great a response at Cannes this year... Richard Kelly and now Sophia Coppola

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Movie-maker Sofia Coppola has defended her new period drama Marie-Antoinette after it was booed during a press screening at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday night. Despite admitting the response was "disappointing," Coppola insisted the Kirsten Dunst-starring movie was always going to provoke heated debate. She said, "It's better to get a reaction, it's better than a mediocre response. Hopefully some people will enjoy it. I think it's not for everybody." Coppola was defended at the festival by the film's stars Dunst, who also appeared in Coppola's The Virgin Suicides in 1999, and British actor Steve Coogan. Dunst said, "I like the movie and I'm really proud." Coogan added, "When you make something that's personal and specific it's inevitable that there will be some naysayers, and it's better to have that than just have a bland uniform response. I think it shows that Sofia is true to her voice. I've seen the film and it's consistent with all the qualities that make her films great in the past. People who like Sofia Coppola will love this film. People who don't won't but then they're not really under her radar anyway." The biopic of the tragic French queen premieres in Cannes tonight.
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is anyone suprised about the reaction to Marie Antionette? I'm not. I'm just not a fan of Sophia. The Virgin Suicides was good but Lost in Translation was all hype.

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Did anyone see Babel or Volver i cant wait to see those movies.Pedro is always amazing i think i am additced to his movies!

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