Lately I’ve been trying to attend as many screening as possible, both in competition films and films just being showcased at Cannes. Yesterday I was able to see two Un Certain Regard films – O Estranho Caso De Angelica (The Strange Case of Angelica) by Manoel de Oliveria and Marti, Dupa Craciun by Radu Muntean. It’s nice to be able to see a lot of foreign films since they most likely will never make it to the American market. It’s also nice to get a different perspective on film besides the typical Hollywood format.
Tonight I got red carpet tickets to The Housemaid by Im Sangsoo, a Korean director. While we were waiting to get in, the stars of the film before it, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, were leaving so we had great views of Shia LeBeouf, Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin and Carey Mulligan. George Lucas was also in attendance so we got to see him as well.
While waiting, we met an L.A. based film company who has been coming to the festival for over fifteen years. He told us that it has changed a lot since he started coming, saying that most notably there is a lot less selling of film. The Cannes Film Festival is mainly a distribution festival where independent filmmakers are looking to sell films to buyers. However, this gentleman commented that the sales have gone down remarkably from past years. The organization of the venues has also changed over the years, as smaller companies with booths, like ITN Distribution, used to be housed in the Majestic and Carlton hotels, but have now moved to the Palais. Some minor changes, but I was surprised to hear that selling has decreased over the years.
Tomorrow I will be helping Steve Kimbrough locate participants for his 24 hour Film Challenge and hopefully acquiring tickets to Woody Allen’s film, A Tall Dark Stranger. Check back in soon!