Another film I was looking forward to seeing here in Cannes (after the trailer) was young Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan's newest lavish love story, Les Amours Imaginaires, or simply just Heartbeats in English. I'm not even sure how to explain the style of the film, since I could categorize it as hyper-stylized, but it was one of the most beautifully shot films at Cannes this year and one film that I will definitely not be forgetting anytime soon. Its a uniquely modern bit of cinema that I'm absolutely in love with and I can't even begin to think about it without listening to Dalida's "Bang, Bang" which is used almost as a theme song in the film.
One of the big premieres in Cannes that I was really looking forward to this year was for Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, his sequel to the classic 1987 stock market film Wall Street. Considering its now 23 years later and we're in a new economic recession, the film feels very much like a fresh, modern take on the Wall Street idea but wrapped around the economic troubles of today, which will instantly anger and distance some critics who don't like looking into that world. But that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable film with fantastic performances all around and a stellar script from one of the best screenwriters working today.
First things first, this isn't an official Cannes film, it is not part of any official line-up, it was a film showing in the Cannes Market. That said, I'm extremely glad I chose to seek out and see Gareth Edwards' Monsters, an incredibly low budget sci-fi film that is truly one of the best indie sci-fi films I've seen recently, and I am doing my best not to overexaggerate on this film. But I truly did love Monsters, through and through, and I would honestly call it a nearly flawless film, from script to acting to directing to score to cinematography. It is that phenomenal and I suggest everyone do their best to seek out this sci-fi film out as soon as they can.
I know it's not exactly ideal to instantly compare Ridley Scott's Robin Hood to Gladiator, but I can't really help it, especially because Gladiator is one of my all-time favorites (and a nearly flawless film), and because Russell Crowe is a little too similar to Maximus Decimus Meridius while playing Robin Longstride in Robin Hood. I finally saw the movie earlier today in Cannes and it's not terrible or a failure, like some people have been saying, but it's not great either. It's definitely no Gladiator, and although Ridley's production values are speculator as always, the story felt a little muddled and it lacked the true epicness of Gladiator overall.
In addition to all of the films playing in the Cannes Film Festival every year, Hollywood makes a show at the festival as well with big snazzy promotional banners displayed on hotel fronts up and down the Croisette (the main street in the town). Like last year, I took a quick trip up the street to snap some photos of any new, exciting banners I could find, but ultimately there weren't too many great banners. In addition to the Kane & Lynch display we featured earlier, I found some banners for Jack Black's new Gulliver's Travels comedy as well as The Last Airbender, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and a few more.
As I write this, I'm currently sitting on a train riding through the French countryside on my way down from Paris to Cannes. It's the last leg of my multiple day journey to the Cannes Film Festival. A bit earlier, an interesting thought crossed my mind. Almost all of the premium film festivals that I attend on a yearly basis - Sundance, Telluride, Cannes - are all in remote locations. What I mean is that you can't actual fly directly into any of these cities, you must fly into a neighboring city and travel in by car, train, or bus. Of course, not all of the major festivals are like this (e.g. Toronto, Venice, Berlin) but to me it seems like the idea of hosting
We're headed to France again! I'm currently in Paris, spending a few days here before taking a train down through the French countryside to Cannes. For my second year in a row, I will be attending and covering the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday, May 12th this week, and lasts until Sunday, May 23rd (I return home on the 24th). I'm formally announcing this for a couple of reasons. First, to let you know posting may be a bit more sporadic than before only because the time difference is a bit big (nine hours from Los Angeles). Second, to ask you what kind of coverage from Cannes you'd like to see from us?
A few weeks back, we introduced you to Jacques d'Azur, the French bon-vivant who is offering his lavish weekend at the Cannes Film Festival this year in a contest that Stella Artois is running. As today is the last day to enter the contest and win a trip to Cannes, we have one more final video entitled "In Memory Of Jacques d'Azur, Legend and King of Cannes, 1939-2010" to share with all of you. Again, if you want to win the contest, all you need to do is visit StellaArtois.com, connect the contest with your Facebook account, and then "add your name to the will." Check out the final video and more information on the contest below!
Yesterday morning the official selection for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival was announced and with only 26 days until the fest kicks off, it's time to start early preparation. First, I am officially announcing that I will be attending Cannes again this year, for my second year, and I already can't wait to go. Additionally, both SlashFilm and I have been sponsored by Stella Artois for the festival and will be spending plenty of time in their lounge on the Croisette. But until then, I should tell you about the contest Stella is running where you could win an entire trip to this year's Cannes by inheriting the "King of Cannes" Jacques d'Azur's weekend.
The 63nd Cannes Film Festival official selection was just announced this morning. A total of 53 films this year are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition and Special Screenings (including those Midnight Screenings). The festival kicks off on May 12th next month and last for 11 days until May 23rd. I will be attending for my second year in a row. It was previously announced that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood would be opening the festival. Highlights from this year's selection include Mike Leigh's Another Year and Jean-Luc Godard's Socialisme among many others. Read on for a full list!
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.
With the Cannes Film Festival only 45 days away from kicking off (I will be attending again this year), buzz about the line-up has started to build. Last week it was officially announced that Ridley Scott's Robin Hood would open the festival, the same honor that Pixar's Up had last at last year's fest. Anne Thompson at indieWIRE also names a few titles that she's heard will be heading to Cannes: Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and of course, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which we've talked plenty about before, although none of them are official yet.