CANNES 2010

A Look Back at Cannes 2010 in Photos - My Home for 12 Days

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May 23, 2010

Cannes Film Festival

Yes, that is actually Batman, and it's just one of the many memorable images from this year's Cannes Film Festival. As the festival winds down and comes to an end, and as I prepare for my long journey home after arriving in Cannes 12 days ago, I thought I'd put together a quick look back at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in photos. You've been able to read my reviews of the films, but the experience of attending a festival in this small town in the south of France is something that's very hard to describe in text, so I thought I'd give you a taste of the imagery and the sights (and sounds) of Cannes. So without any further ado, let's get right into it!

This first photo below is a panoramic (created on my iPhone) of the biggest theater in Cannes, the Grand Lumiere, where most major premieres are held and where I saw about half of the films that I watched here.

Cannes Film Festival - Grand Lumiere Theater

This building is known as The Palais, where almost everything is located, including most movie theaters.

Cannes Film Festival - The Palais

Our tradition most mornings was to wake up around 7AM, take a quick shower, write some news, and head to the Grand Lumiere where we'd walk up this red carpet (where the celebrities would be later that night).

Cannes Film Festival - Red Carpet

Below is the sign that Cannes created for this year's festival with every filmmaker's name on it. It's displayed above the Salle Debussy, the fest's second largest theater where all the Un Certain Regard films are shown.

Cannes Film Festival - Debussy Banner

A look down at the huge crowds that line-up in hopes of getting into the Debussy theater for a big screening.

Cannes Film Festival - Crowds

A few extra photos of the signs and atmosphere around Cannes, including the Grand Lumiere's red carpet.

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Another typical bit of Cannes imagery. All day, every day, for the entire fest, fans stand outside of the Palais exits with signs asking for invitations (tickets), as that's the only way they can get into any screenings. That Woody Allen sign, complete with a little caricature, was one of the most creative signs I saw the entire fest.

Cannes Film Festival - Invitations

The nightlife in Cannes was also quite spectacular, and this is a look at one of the signs above the main road.

Cannes Film Festival - Nighttime Sign

One afternoon we were invited to a press conference held on a yacht. There's a harbor right in Cannes and it's always full of expensive yachts for the entire fest. Stepping onto one was a very interesting experience.

Cannes Film Festival - Yacht

Why is Batman at Cannes? The head of the jury this year was Tim Burton, so found throughout the Palais were his sketches, and the image they used for the Un Certain Regard banner was this photo from Batman.

Cannes Film Festival - Batman

Near the end of the fest, we found a guy who was selling old French posters for just about any film you could ever think of. I ended up buying one for Indiana Jones, but this is a brief look at his collection/organization.

Cannes Film Festival - Posters

So with that, the 63rd Cannes Film Festival comes to an end, and although I've got one final wrap up (that's focused on the films I saw here) in the works, this will be one of our last posts about Cannes. Its been a very interesting year and although it didn't live up to my experience last year, I'm looking forward to returning next year. As I said in my article when I first arrived this year, there's nothing like flying halfway across the world to attend a film festival as unique, exciting and unforgettable as this one. These photos are just a brief look at what it's like here in Cannes, but I can assure you it's a wonderful place to experience great cinema.

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  • twispioust
    Hope you had a good time there Alex,that batman piece is amazing.
  • http://www.facebook.com/ esophus
    Thanks for sharing. On to Comic Con!!!!!
  • Dreckent
    Looks like an awesome experience... Thanks for sharing!!! ;)
  • Have Hope
    Great Batman photo right there. The REAL Batman
  • Tom
    I would've bought the Lebowski poster in a fucking heartbeat!!!
  • Lincoln
    Cool. I'm so jealous.. I'd really love to go to that festival or the one in Venice (Italy).
  • Lincoln
    I see Hideo Nakata's name up there.. Pretty awesome! Did you get to see his new movie (Chatroom)? Did you meet anyone famous?
  • Fisherr
    The best photo among all is the one with Batman, I like. A great movie it was.
  • Mars
    Blood Simple poster hands down
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    I agree with 6, did you interview anyone this year? I'm assuming if you went to a press conference on a yacht that there had to be someone of interest there.
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    Nah, no interviews. They basically hate giving interviews to anyone in the US, it's all about Europe in Cannes. Plus, no one I really wanted to interview besides Oliver Stone and well, there's no chance in hell I could've talked to him (I even tried).
  • crumb
    this years cannes seems like a waste of time; no nolan, no malick, no Tarantino, PT anderson, etc, etc...
  • http://www.cgfolio.co.uk dom
    Nice coverage - the upsides of film reporting. ;)
  • fcee
    @4 tim burton's batman sucked...
  • Emily Lu
    amazing! very happy my sleeping photo did not make it in. phew!!

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