CANNES 2010

Chris Nolan's Inception Rumored to Be Premiering in Cannes

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April 9, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Inception

We'll be providing some early coverage of the Cannes Film Festival leading up to the fest in May since I will be attending again this year. Anyway, I first saw mention that Christopher Nolan's Inception might be headed to Cannes over on The Playlist earlier this week, but I didn't actually think it was anything more than a rumor until Anne Thompson tweeted this reply last night: "Word is Inception is a real Cannes possibility." So maybe it is more than just a rumor? The Playlist says that they've heard that Inception "may unspool in a work-in-progress screening at the festival," but that was only a rumor. Now I really can't wait for Cannes.

Inception is probably my second most anticipated movie this year (behind Tron Legacy) and I get the chills just thinking about it potentially premiering at Cannes, even if it just a "work-in-progress" version. I'm a bit nervous about Chris Nolan agreeing to show an unfinished version of his movie (since it'd be mostly the FX that would be unfinished), but I have a feeling the Cannes programmers really want that movie to premiere there alongside of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (the only other high profile premiere confirmed so far), it will happen. Not to mention the extra press it'll get by premiering there. Warner Bros currently has the movie set to open on July 16th. We'll keep you updated on whether this turns out to be true or not, so stay tuned!

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  • 1-7
    Bullshit.
  • brou
    Could be just 2 or 3 scenes or sort of a long trailer, like The Lord of the Rings did in its time...
  • talli
    Really? You have got to be out of your mind if you think Nolan will show it in Cannes, 2 months prior to its release, after working so hard to maintain the secrecy about the movie. Think, man, THINK!!!!
  • I agree that it doesn't seem like a decision Chris Nolan would make. He's been extremely tight lipped about Inception and he is keeping his cards close to his chest on this one. Why would he show his whole (unfinished) hand 2 months early? Oh, and Alex, the release date is July 16th buddy 😉
  • WB Exec
    #3 Completely agree Some background into, Inception is about a person who steals ideas by going into their minds. I would just like you all to know that The Nolans stole Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception from me. LOL But seriously most anticipated movie of the year for me, Nolan has not dissapointed me ever.
  • SlashBeast
    Yeah, Nolan's going to risk revealing everything 2 months ahead of the film's release. Not happening.
  • WB doesn't need the extra hype. This ain't happening.
  • the weatherman
    The only reason that I could see that he might allow it to happen is if he is so confident in it's excellence that he wants to get critical support for it prior to its release. I still don't think it will happen, but these serious rumors about it make me think even more that this will be a masterpiece. I almost wonder if this is an attempt to get it jump started for awards season. Alex, I understand your worry about seeing an unfinished film, but as far as FX go Nolan only uses CGI when necessary and never makes a movie that relies on it so I think even the unfinished product will be top of the line.
  • Al
    Everyone stop bitching and read the headline. "Chris Nolan's Inception RUMORED to Be Premiering in Cannes" keyword: Rumored. Nowhere on here did Alex say it was official.
  • Chee
    I really hope they don't. I don't want any spoilers or any other information leaking onto the internet.
  • Shirley
    I can't not wait for inception. The cast is amazing enough for me to go see this film.
  • Ricardo
    To Alex: You left me curious, how does it feel as a movie critic to watch an unfinished version of a movie like this? Doesn't it damage the optimal movie experience? Then you watch the final version and it still feels fresh? How does that work? I know people like us allways want to get ahead of things, but i'm just wondering.
  • #7 - Actually, that's wrong... Warner Bros really is worried about this, even though they won't admit it. It's not Batman, they've got a lot of selling to do, and I think they could use this boost. #12 - Very interesting question... My simple answer is that I've learned to look past the "unfinished" stuff when watching a movie as best as I can, but I don't often see unfinished films (that's why we're not allowed to go test screenings as a member of the press). I just try and do my best to look past it. It's hard to answer because it doesn't happen often.
  • Ricardo
    Thanks for the answer 😉
  • I would be totally psyched if this actually happened.
  • 1-7
    Oh, look, it's DIDN'T premier at Cannes, who could have predicted that (rolls eyes). Thanks for propogating this bullshit FirstShowing.

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