Alex is Headed to the Cannes Film Festival - Vive la France!
by Alex Billington
May 9, 2009
I've been dropping hints about this for a while, but this is the official announcement. I'm currently on my way to the airport to catch a flight to France, then a train to the French Riviera, where I'll be attending the world famous Cannes Film Festival. I'll be covering the full festival - May 13th to May 24th - and will be writing reviews and providing all the normal festival coverage (like I do at Sundance). Additionally, I'll be doing my very best to cover all the daily news, however with time difference (9 hours) and with the schedule at Cannes, updates might be a bit sporadic. If I'm late on getting something posted, now you know why!
This will be my very first year attending Cannes. I have been to France a few times before, but never to that part of the country. I'll be staying in the same place as my good friend Eric Lavallee of the indie film website IONCinema.com. He's a Cannes veteran, so he'll be showing me the ropes, and he's likely to often appear in my daily video updates. I'm bringing both my Flip camera and a SLR camera to try and give everyone a good sense of what it's like to be at this fest. You can at least expect the very best coverage that I'm able to provide, as long as there is internet available and I'm not stuck on yachts partying all night.
There are a lot of exciting films that I'm looking forward to on the line-up this year, like Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, Park Chan-wook's Thirst, Johnnie To's Vengeance, Lars von Trier's Antichrist, Gasper Noe's Enter The Void and of course, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and this time I'll be the first to bring you reviews and coverage straight from Cannes. It all begins on Wednesday this upcoming week!
I believe it's spelled Vive la France
Florian on May 9, 2009
Viva, vive - wow. Have a great time for all of us! Can't wait for updates.
MgbPeregrine on May 9, 2009
Congrats man! Good luck. Keep us posted.
Rabs on May 9, 2009
Lucky boy! If you get a chance, jump on the train that runs parallel with the shoreline and check out all the small towns around that area - one of my fav places on earth... Antibes, Nice and Biot and of course Monaco which will be catering for the F1 which I've had the pleasure to enjoy a few times now. Look forward to your reports Alex.
dom on May 9, 2009
Congrats! Enjoy the films! I look forward to hearing your reviews!
Bry from Chi on May 9, 2009
Hints? I could've sworn you said in a thread that you for sure were going.
BahHumbug on May 9, 2009
There goes the neighborhood.
Matt S on May 9, 2009
Vivian Roldo on May 9, 2009
I'll be looking forward to your review of Up. I'm anxious to see if Pixar does it again or if they're going to go back a step from the achievements of Ratatouille and WALL-E.
James on May 9, 2009
I will be there with you in spirit my friend, like a big First Showing cloud in the sky. This year's lineup looks better than last year's when I went. 🙁
Boxoffice Marco on May 9, 2009
not 'sporadic' a lil bit more in keeping with uk times :-))
craig on May 10, 2009
Make sure you have some fries and toast while you're over there!
The Clapper on May 12, 2009
Have a good stay in France, enjoy the film Festival and I hope you'll be fine in my country (I know : French people have a bad reputation lol). Bon séjour, amuse-toi bien et merci de ton enthousiasme 😉
Ludovic Abgrall on May 17, 2009
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